PHOTOS: Students and Teachers deliver heartwarming sounds at Bach Marathon

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This year’s Bach Marathon was truly enchanting! The 10-hour event, presented by see / hear LA and Metro Art celebrates the work of the renowned composer with a full day of Bach and Bach-inspired performances. Harmony Project students and teachers took on the 2 - 4 pm block in Union Station’s East Portal.

Courage. Skill. Emotion.

Some of Harmony Project’s most advanced string players took center stage for breathtaking solo and ensemble performances, evoking strong, emotive responses from the audience.

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All together now…

Union Station enjoyed a special performance from our teacher ensemble before our grand finale featuring students and teachers from across Harmony Project sites and even a few improvisations from some friendly station birds.

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Thank you to everyone who joined in on the fun! We can’t wait to come back next year!



HP Seniors gear up for College Decision Day with Winter and Spring workshops

This semester is flying by! Luckily, Harmony Project seniors are well on their way to college readiness. With the influx of acceptance letters coming up this spring, our College Access and Alumni Success team has been hosting a number of workshops for students and parents to ensure a smooth transition into college life.

The latest round of workshops, presented by our partner ScholarMatch, was all about making smart college decisions and financial literacy. Students learned how to analyze a financial aid award letter, understand common financial aid award letter terms, and compare award letters when selecting a college or university.

Earlier this year, Harmony Project families attended a workshop on interviewing and professionalism with specific resources for both students and parents. Participants drew parallels from their experiences as musicians performing in front of large audiences to nailing scholarship, admissions, and job interviews with confidence.

It’s never too early to start preparing for college! All Harmony Project students are welcome to get a head start by emailing our College Access & Alumni Manager Sasha Davila at [email protected].



Featured Board Member: Ramin Abrams is taking big strides to support Harmony Project's growth - literally

Harmony Project is fortunate to have an incredibly passionate Board of Directors! Today we're highlighting Board Member Ramin Abrams, who will be running in support of Harmony Project in this year's Los Angeles Marathon

Ramin is one of Harmony Project’s newest Board Members and has a passionate devotion to our organization. His training at the Julliard School of Music in New York City in Cello and Double Bass along with his impressive history performing at well-known concert houses and some of the finest music festivals in the United States and Europe make Ramin an inspirational example of the way music can change a life. He also known for embracing the possibilities of new media and technology in transforming how performers and audiences engage with music. Ramin donates every dollar earned through his musical performances. 

On Sunday, March 24th, Ramin, joined by his father Clark Abrams - Chief, Money Laundering and Financial Investigations Unit, Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York - will run the Los Angeles Marathon with a goal to raise $10,000 for Harmony Project.

Will you join Ramin in spreading the power of music?

Donate now to help Ramin meet his $10,000 goal and be sure to cheer him on, alongside his father, at the marathon Sunday, March 24!



Celebrating MLK's legacy with Art Active LA and the Leimert Park Funk Orchestra

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Whether through painting, music, or a combination of the two, art makes us feel free! In honor this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Leimert Park program hub - alongside our friends at Art Active LA - hosted a reflective afternoon potluck with family and community members.

Jazz and Funk

Our Leimert Park Funk Orchestra provided cool jazz and funk covers of popular songs throughout the afternoon, highlighting compositions from Black musicians across the Americas.

Arts and Crafts

Art Active LA fuses the arts and mindfulness to create a refreshing approach to arts education for youth. With help from Apple community volunteers, musicians and community members were led through Dr. King-inspired painting and sculpting activities.

Alumni in Action

Before closing out the program, Harmony Project Alumni took the stage with their band, Colors, which has a mission to promote diversity through musical collaboration.



WATCH: Harmony Project students join Palaver Strings' conductor-less orchestra

Our friends at Palaver Strings came all the way from Boston to share their improvisational skills with Harmony Project students in a week-long series of workshops. Check out this video to see what we came up with!

Palaver Strings is a musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit organization sharing music with diverse audiences in and beyond the concert hall. Learn more on their website.



Tough issues, STRONG SOLUTIONS at 10th Annual Mentorship Retreat

Starting the New Year strong, Harmony Project’s student mentors recently convened at our Hollywood site for a productive, full-day Mentorship Retreat. 50 mentors representing HP program sites across Los Angeles spent the day discussing the state of their communities, presenting their mentorship best practices, and sharing aspirations for the coming year.

HP mentors from various neighborhoods across Los Angeles generating solutions

Some things to look forward to: a Harmony Project student-produced newsletter, community mental health workshops, and more adult classes

Since the program’s launch by CEO Myka Miller in 2009, Harmony Project’s mentors have gone above and beyond their duties as teaching assistants to younger students and have used their platform to both amplify and respond to problems they see in their communities. During this year’s retreat, mentors expanded on this by generating solutions to those problems to be implemented across all program sites, and we’re super excited to see these ideas put into action throughout the year!

Mentors - you’re brilliant! We’re with you every step of the way to accomplish your goals!

Are you a current Harmony Project student interested in becoming a mentor? Contact your site’s Program Manager to get involved!



Our Year in Review

This year, Harmony Project grew by more than 1,000 students! Our musicians traveled across the world to share the power of music with communities near and far. Here are some highlights from our 2018 Fiscal Year.

JULY 2017

HOLLYWOOD BOWL FIELD TRIP

950 students and family members attended Shaham Plays Williams.

DODGER STADIUM PERFORMANCE

Harmony Project brass students performed the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium.

AUGUST 2017

SUMMER FIELD TRIPS

Students attended summer music festivals at Sun Valley, Interlochen Arts Camp, Oberlin Conservatory, Sphinx Summer Festival, Idyllwild Arts Academy, among others.

SEPTEMBER 2017

BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

In partnership with Ark Collective, Harmony Project welcomed 2,500 students back to school with free backpacks.

OCTOBER 2017

CUMBIA NIGHT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Harmony Project students celebrated Mexican Independence by performing a fusion of African and indigenous music at the Hollywood Bowl.

LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC GALA AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

The Harmony Project String Quartet performed a selection of Mozart pieces to kick off the LA Phil’s 2017/18 season.

NOVEMBER 2017

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CONCERT

Harmony Project’s Leimert Park mariachi ensemble celebrated Dia de Los Muertos with a concert and community potluck.

DECEMBER 2017

NOBEL PRIZE CONCERT

Harmony Project alumni Daniel E., Moses A., and Juliana R. had the honor to perform with Gustavo Dudamel at the 2017 Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm, Sweden.

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FEBRUARY 2018

MASTER CLASS WITH BLACK VIOLIN

Students had a master class and performed with hip-hop/classical duo, Black Violin.

APRIL 2018

LA PHIL AMERICAS TOUR

Alumni Isaac G., Dalanie H., Beatrice P., and Samantha R. joined young musicians from the Americas in Mexico City for a four-day workshop and final performance at the grand Palacio de Bellas Artes with Gustavo Dudamel.