2024 Gala

Each year, hundreds of Harmony Program supporters unite for a festive evening of music and celebration.

Event Details

Join us to celebrate another year of changing lives through music!

Hosted by CBS National News Correspondent & Anchor, Adriana Diaz, the Harmony Program 2024 Gala will include a musical cocktail reception, seated dinner, student stories, and live performances.

The event will honor Christian McBride, eight-time GRAMMY-winning jazz bassist, composer, and educator, and Melissa Walker, GRAMMY-winning jazz vocalist and Founder & President of Jazz House Kids. We are also thrilled to celebrate our 2024 Corporate Honoree, Cheryl Guerin, Executive Vice President, Global Brand Strategy & Innovation at Mastercard.

We look forward to having you with us!

MONDAY, MAY 6, 2024

6:30 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Dinner & Program

Tribeca 360°
10 Desbrosses Street

New York, NY 10013

Festive Attire

All funds raised at the gala support the Harmony Program’s efforts to bring music education into under-served communities across New York City.

For information about tickets or sponsorships, please contact us at gala@harmonyprogram.org or (332) 236-9152.

2024 Artistic Honorees: Christian McBride & Melissa Walker


Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. He is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. McBride is also a respected educator and advocate for youth, and serves as Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to artistic directing and consistent touring with his ensembles, he hosts NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” and “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always part of the music. From jazz to R&B, and pop/rock and hip-hop/neo-soul to classical, he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.



Melissa Walker is a visionary leader and arts education advocate. She has dedicated her life to making sure that every student receives a great arts education, establishing Jazz House KiDS, now in its third decade, to bridge the gap in music instruction and place students on a level playing field with their peers from other communities. In addition to more than 150 public performances produced each year, the organization’s far-reaching cultural signature program is the award-winning Montclair Jazz Festival produced by the Jazz House. The brainchild of Walker and now in its 15th year, the Montclair Jazz Fest is the largest free jazz festival in the NYC area, attracting more than 25,000 attendees to downtown Montclair each year. A Brown University graduate and GRAMMY-winning jazz vocalist, Walker has been recognized by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s “Best 50 Women in Business,” and received the Jazz Journalists Association’s Jazz Hero Award. In 2023, Walker was awarded the prestigious Russ Berrie Making a Difference Award, one of 11 individuals who give back to the community–unsung heroes from around New Jersey who demonstrate their passion and unstoppable commitment to serve the most vulnerable.

2024 Corporate Honoree: Cheryl Guerin

As Executive Vice President, Global Brand Strategy & Innovation of Mastercard, Cheryl Guerin leads the overall stewardship of one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable brands. A passionate and accomplished marketer, Cheryl oversees the strategy and activation of Mastercard’s highly decorated Priceless campaign, advancing the brand to consumers and B2B audiences through cutting edge advertising, media, digital marketing and innovative insights that inform and inspire new opportunities for the business. Cheryl is also a member of Mastercard’s Management Committee.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has been committed to philanthropy, innovation, and the arts, recently leading the launch of Mastercard’s Artist Accelerator platform, which unites music industry icons and technology in support of emerging artists. This year the effort will partner with Ones To Watch to bring live performances of new music to fans around the world. An avid supporter of the Grammy’s MusiCares effort and the Young People’s Chorus, she has also advanced Mastercard’s commitment to curate and create live music performances, involving such collaborators as Jennifer Hudson, Camila Cabello, and Justin Timberlake.

Additional civic contributions include spearheading the True Name® card, which enables transgender and nonbinary people to proudly display their chosen names on their credit cards, and was globally recognized with a Cannes Lions Grand Prix in 2021; the Strivers Initiative, supporting women-owned small businesses; and Priceless Causes’ Stand Up To Cancer program, which has generated seven FDA-approved drugs.

Cheryl is an Effie and WARC awards juror and serves on the Board of Directors for The Advertising Club of New York, Ronald McDonald House NYC and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. She has received several industry honors, including the 2023 Catalyst award from ADCOLOR, Brand Innovators’ 2022 Top 100 Women in Brand Marketing, Advancing Diversity.org Hall of Honors, Yahoo Finance OUTstanding Ally Role Model list, and the Moves Power Women list. Cheryl also received the Women in Payments “Change Agent” Award.

Past Gala Photos

Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer & Educator, 2016

Joshua Bell, Violin Soloist & Conductor, 2014

Chris Thile, Mandolinist & Host, "Live from Here", 2020

Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano, 2019

Norm Lewis, Broadway Actor, 2022

Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic, 2018

Paquito D'Rivera, Saxophonist, Clarinetist & Composer, 2017

Augustin Hadelich, Violinist, 2015

Ben Jackson Walker, Broadway Actor, 2023

André Previn, Pianist & Composer, 2015

Peter Kenote, Violist, New York Philharmonic, 2020

Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer & Educator, 2016

Paquito D'Rivera, Saxophonist, Clarinetist & Composer, 2017

Larisa Martinez, Soprano, 2018

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Chris Thile, Mandolinist & Host, "Live from Here", 2020

Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic, 2018

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