Harmony Project's Class of 2019: Your success

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Music takes commitment. Through countless hours of practicing, performing, and serving as mentors at their sites, Harmony Project's Class of 2019 has dedicated much of their lives to harnessing the power of music to make our communities a better place. Here’s a snapshot of what they’ve accomplished, and what’s next for our graduating seniors!

66

seniors received Harmony Project’s Banchik Family Foundation College Scholarship

92%

completed one or more Honors, AP, or college level courses while in high school

84%

will be the first in their family to attend college

7.7

years, on average, spent in Harmony Project programming

Congratulations 2019 graduates and scholarship recipients!

Leslie Aguilar

Alexandria Super Nova Orchestra
Woodbury University

Abigail Alva-Quintana

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Giezi Alva

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Santa Monica College

Jonathan Antonio

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of Southern California

Deb Barua

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
Savannah College of Design

Juan Brambila

Hollywood Wind Ensemble
California State University, Northridge

Fryda Brito

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California, Davis

Alex Calderon-Perez

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
California State University, Northridge

Jonathan Castro

Alexandria ONova Orchestra
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College

Omar Cayetano

Hollywood Wind Ensemble
California State University, Los Angeles

Faith Crowder

Washington Prep Advanced Soul Band
University of California, Riverside

Jasmine Diaz

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California, Davis

Melissa Diaz

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Annika Dudley

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
University of California, Los Angeles

Liliana Galvan-Jimenez

Compton
Cerritos College

Jason Garcia-Escobar

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
Santa Monica College

Cristina Gonzalez

EXPO Center Youth Orchestra
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Leslie Gonzalez

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
University of Redlands

Alejandra Gudiel-Escobar

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of Southern California

Manuel Guerrero

Alexandria Super Nova Orchestra
California State University Dominguez Hills

Asriel Hayes

Leimert Park Funk Orchestra
Berklee College of Music

Cesar Hernandez

RYO Symphonic Orchestra
California State University Dominguez Hills

Cynthia Hernandez

Leimert Park Funk Orchestra
University of California Santa Cruz

Magy Emperatriz Hernandez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Peabody Institute Of The Johns Hopkins University

Ingrid Hernandez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of Southern California

Isai Hernandez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Pomona College

Jose Hernandez

Alexandria Super Nova Orchestra
California State University San Bernardino

Karen Hernandez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
California State University Long Beach

Nicole Jimenez

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
Los Angeles Valley College

Chris Lopez

Hollywood Wind Ensemble
Los Angeles City College

Jasmine Love

Leimert Park Advanced Soul Band
Xavier University

Sean Loveland

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
Los Angeles Pierce College,

Carlos Lucas

Hollywood Wind Ensemble
California State University, Northridge

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Amy Madrigal

RYO Symphonic Orchestra and RYO Mariachi Armonía
California State University, Northridge

Patricia Magnaye

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
University of California, Davis

Jose Luis Mateo Jr.

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
University of California San Diego

Sebastian Medina

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
San Francisco State University

Alexander Mendez

Hollywood Wind Ensemble
California State University Long Beach

Diana Meza

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Harvard University

Liliana Morales

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California, Riverside

Alexis Moreno

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
California State University, Northridge

Carley Orteza

Hollywood Youth Orchestra and Anodyne String Quartet
Santa Monica College

Christian Ortiz

EXPO Center Youth Orchestra
Santa Monica College

Edwin Pacheco

Alexandria Super Nova Orchestra
Los Angeles City College

Eliana Perez

RYO Symphonic Orchestra
California State University, Northridge

Keven Pineda

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California Irvine

Gizelle Polanco

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
California State University Long Beach

Katie Polanco

EXPO Center Youth Orchestra
University of California, Riverside

Karla Ponce

Hollywood Youth Ochestra
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Safelg Preciado

RYO Symphonic Orchestra
El Camino College

Pedro Ramos

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
California State University Long Beach

Frabricio Reyes

Leimert Park Guitars
California State University, Los Angeles

Fatima Reyes

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Harvard University

Francis Rodezno

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
University of California Irvine

Gerardo Rodriguez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California, Merced

Jackelinne Rodriguez

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
University of California, Los Angeles

Sheida Samayoa

Hollywood Youth Orchestra
Chaffey College

Allison Saona Reyes

Alexandria ONova Orchestra
Los Angeles City College

Grace Son

EXPO Symphonic Orchestra
Santa Monica College

Kevin Tototzintle

Alexandria ONova Orchestra
Santa Monica College

Chad Trotman

Leimert Park Jazz Band
Los Angeles City College

Congratulations to our graduating seniors! While your time as a Harmony Project student may be coming to an end, we will always be here to support your growth as alumni into the broader world of music and adulthood. So, stay in touch and keep soaring!

Special thanks to ScholarMatch, our partner in providing free college advising to all Harmony Project high school students.



Gala 2019: Harmony Project Celebrates 18 Years of Achievement

Harmony Project’s annual gala, Celebrating 18 Years of Achievement, is a gathering of our most dedicated supporters featuring a luncheon and performances by Harmony Project students from across Los Angeles. This year's luncheon took place Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Honoring Barbara and Arnold Price.

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2019 Honorees

From left: Arnold Price, Barbara Price, Howard Banchik, and Susan Plutsky

We are thrilled to recognize Barbara and Arnold Price with the Banchik Humanitarian Award for their incredible, continued support of our programming.

“It is with the deepest gratitude that we thank our family and friends and all of you here for your support of the amazing young people who have put so much effort into striving for a better future. We are humbled to receive this honor, and we accept it on their behalf.“

- Barbara and Arnold Price, 2019 Honorees

Celebrating musical excellence.

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The luncheon featured performances from Harmony Project’s most advanced ensembles and orchestras. Our Hollywood Jazz Band and EXPO Center / YOLA String Trio opened the event’s indoor and outdoor spaces as guests filled the venue. They were followed by selections from the Harmony Project Honor Orchestra, who rehearsed for the gala relentlessly at our recent Spring Seminario. After lunch, our Foshay Jazz Band closed the event with help from special guests Jade Elliott on saxophone and vocalist Sophia Wackerman.

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2019 Concerto Competition winner Sean Loveland

Performing Schindler’s List with the Harmony Project Honors Orchestra

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Harmony Project Student Conductor, Grace son

Conducting Somewhere with the Harmony Project Honors Orchestra

From students to leaders.

This year, over 60 graduating high school seniors will receive Harmony Project college scholarships. Representing the Class of 2019, Alex Calderon-Perez reflected on his growth as a Harmony Project mentor, and Liliana Morales expressed her optimism for change in welcoming Harmony Project’s newest site to her home town of La Habra, CA.

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Scholarship recipient,

Alex Calderon-Perez

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Scholarship recipient,

Liliana Morales

Year after year, our luncheon has served as a pivotal convening point in showcasing what Harmony Project is made of and deepening our commitment to accessible music education. We are deeply thankful to have such a robust community of supporters championing our mission by our side. Thank you!

Watch full performances from this year’s luncheon below.

 
 


IN PHOTOS: Harmony Project's first ever Spring Seminario

Harmony Project’s first ever Spring Seminario united 100 students and dozens of professional instructors to intensively workshop pieces for our year-end Gala and graduation. The week long summit took place at our Hollywood site, Sammy Lee Medical and Health Science Magnet School.

Leveling up

Starting with small group ensembles and working their way up to full orchestra rehearsals, students spent the week building up their repertoire with the introduction of four pieces: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, Perez Prado's Mambos Suite, John Williams’s Theme from Schindler’s List, and Leonard Bernstein’s Somewhere from West Side Story. Take a listen!

The next generation of conductors

The Seminario also marked the start of training for the inaugural class of Harmony Project’s International Academy of Young Conductors. After diving into conducting essentials, student’s elected senior Grace Son to represent the Academy by conducting the Harmony Project Honor Orchestra at our gala, graduation, and Grace’s home site - the EXPO Center’s end-of-semester concert.

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Peers beyond the rehearsal room

The week united students from across Harmony Project’s 16 communities, as well as students from our LA Phil compeers YOLA at HOLA. Each day included team building activities and culminated with a group trip to The Huntington Botanical Gardens to celebrate all the progress made.

Great work, musicians! Check out more photos from this year’s Seminario below.



ANNOUNCEMENT: Sean Loveland wins 2019 Concerto Competition

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Concerto Competition winner: Sean Loveland!

Harmony Project’s Annual Concerto Competition offers students a chance to perform at our year-end Gala, as well as our graduation ceremony, and win a cash prize. Participating is a pivitol milestone in a student’s musical journey. Students must perform an entire movement of a concerto from memory, solo.

2019 Concerto Competition results

Winner

Sean Loveland, Hollywood / Alexandria

Runner up

Skyler Lee, EXPO

Honorable Mentions

Leslie Gonzalez, Alexandria

Andrew Dela Peña, Alexandria

What exactly does it take to win a concerto competition? Check out this video for student and alumni perspectives on preparing and auditioning for a chance to win the prestigious title.



WATCH: Harmony Project's Conducting Academy goes behind the scenes of CineConcert's 'Rudy' Live!

Harmony Project’s aspiring Academy of Young Conductors recently visited the Microsoft Theater for a chat with Justin Freer prior to conducting the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra for the CineConcerts presentation of the film Rudy - live! Students even got a peek of the film’s original score by Jerry Goldsmith. Check out this video recap of the night for the full scoop!

Thanks to The CineConcerts Foundation, hundreds of Harmony Project families were also able to attend the film’s projection alongside the live performance of the score in honor of its 25th anniversary. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with CineConcerts and can’t wait to attend more live film events! The night was a huge source of inspirations to our budding conductors and a fantastic kick off to the program’s pilot run. More to come! 



"We Believe in Music" and special guest DJ Battlecat bring music tech to Leimert Park

Harmony Project’s Leimert Park site is innovating the way we create sounds together, and it all starts with Music Technology 101! Special guest Kenny Liner from We Believe in Music broke down the basics of collaborative beat making using cloud-based production software.

Later, Audubon Middle School’s very own DJ Battlecat joined in to share his experience producing legendary tracks for the very best of the West coast. In just one afternoon, student produced and laid down bars to their own song! Thanks for stopping by, guys.

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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, which featured students and teachers from across Harmony Project sites playing side by side 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 with 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’s 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!