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STAFF

Harmony Project Staff

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Myka Miller
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Myka Miller is a musician, oboist, teacher, student, and agent for social change through music. Since joining Harmony Project as Executive Director in 2007, she has overseen the program expand from 250 to over 2,000 students.
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Natalie Jackson
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Natalie Jackson, a Southern California native, was introduced to the Viola at a young age, and her love of music has always been strong. It was during time spent at the American Youth Symphony that Natalie came to know Myka and was subsequently introduced to Harmony Project.
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Margaret Martin
DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY & RESEARCH

Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH overcame early challenges, including teen pregnancy and parenting, domestic violence and homelessness with her two children, to enroll at LA City College as a freshman at the age of thirty-three.
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Paloma Udovic Ramos
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Paloma Udovic Ramos has formed a musical career in both performance and social justice. She received her Bachelor of Arts in 2003 from Northwestern University in Anthropology, with a focus on Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies. Paloma moved to Los Angeles following her undergraduate studies, and began touring…
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Sarah Wass
PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Sarah Wass is a flutist, teacher, administrator and entrepreneur. She earned her BM in flute performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and spent the next year working for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as Executive Assistant. Sarah went on to study at the California Institute of the Arts, earning her MFA in music…
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Olivia Pittel
PROGRAM MANAGER
Alexandria Avenue Elementary

Olivia Pittel was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She began her musical training at age 9, studying classical piano and music theory. 

From 2004-07, she worked as a piano and music theory instructor at Piano Play Music Systems…
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Maya Barrera
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

A California native, Maya Barrera performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad on Oboe and English Horn. Ms. Barrera’s classical training is vast with performances spanning solo, symphony, chamber, new and experimental music.
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Jessica Catalan
PROGRAM MANAGER
Regional Youth Orchestra, Harry Bridges SPAN School

As an active performer and music educator, Jessica Catalan saw the need for music education and professional performances in underserved communities throughout Los Angeles. Her desire to contribute to this need led Jessica to work at the Harmony Project.
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Bill ‘Bj’ Johnson
PROGRAM MANAGER & MUSIC DIRECTOR
Glassell Park, Pacoima

Bill ‘Bj’ Johnson holds a Masters Degree from the USC Thornton School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Bass Performance from Oberlin College Conservatory.
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Juan Luna-Ramirez
SITE COORDINATOR
Beyond The Bell


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Cheryl Malonson
PROGRAM MANAGER
Washington Prep

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Cynthia Rodriguez
PROGRAM COORDINATOR
EXPO

A native of Los Angeles, Cynthia received her Bachelor of Music from UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, where she was a recipient of the Ann & Gordon Getty and Medici scholarships.
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Christine Tavolacci
PROGRAM MANAGER
Hollywood

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Monique Van Willingh
PROGRAM MANAGER
Leimert Park

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Scott O’Gara
DATA & INSTRUMENT MANAGER

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Clarence Walker
PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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Kayla Wilson
PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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Daniel Merrill
MEDIA COORDINATOR