[Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA] Harmony Project is excited to announce the launch of the International Academy of Young Conductors (IAYC), a premiere, tuition-free conducting and leadership training program for young musicians from all over the world.
Committed to diversifying classical music leadership from the ground up, Harmony Project will provide 12 students ages 13 to 18 from underrepresented communities with a unique opportunity to gain the technical knowledge and social skills required to lead musical ensembles and enter the world of conducting. The curriculum will cover a wide range of topics - from composing and ear training to music history and administration - to produce well-rounded, industry-conscious young conductors. The first cohort will spend 100+ hours working with top conductors, professors, and music administrators from around the world.
"With the International Academy of Young Conductors, Harmony Project is not just empowering the next generation of music directors; it’s also fostering a generation of community leaders with the skills to unite people with different voices, ideas, and backgrounds for the explicit purpose of creating harmony."
- Abiram Brizuela, Harmony Project Artistic Director
Beginning with a selection of local ‘pioneer’ students from Los Angeles, the Academy will launch Spring 2019. Later in the year, additional students from around the world will join the pioneers during a two-week summer intensive.
Harmony Project is currently scouting interested young musicians and will finalize selections for the pioneer cohort in January 2019. For more information about the International Academy of Young Conductors, along with the interest form for eligible musicians, visit harmony-project.org/iayc
"This academy speaks volumes to the commitment to social and artistic excellence that has characterized our organization for the past 18 years. Something magical happens each time I have an opportunity to see our students in action and I’m excited to share that magic with the rest of the world."
- Myka Miller, Harmony Project CEO