Music Changing Lives in LA
Harmony Project’s Hollywood Program began in 2001 with 36 violin students. By 2003 nearly 200 young violinists, cellists, flutists, and clarinetists were coming together on Saturday mornings to play as an orchestra. Now, almost ten years later, the Hollywood Program serves nearly 300 youth six days per week year-round.
Harmony Project Hollywood students have access to several different levels of learning from private lessons to peer mentor lessons and from group classes to small and large ensembles. Harmony Project Hollywood ensembles include the Hollywood Youth Orchestra, the Harmony Project Orchestra, the Harmony Project Concert Band, and the Harmony Project Choir. The highly successful peer mentoring program—in which older, more advanced students coach their younger peers—has been replicated at other Harmony Project sites.
In 2012, Harmony Project received a Widening the Stage grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to launch the Academy at Hollywood, designed to give highly motivated and dedicated students a more intensive music education experience. Academy students receive weekly private lessons, chamber music, music theory and history classes and are encouraged to perform in the community as ambassadors and role models.