Harmony Project Social Support Liasion Mayra Moreno receives SHEROES Award

Mayra Moreno works to support the social needs of families and students that fall outside of our music programming — through referral services, parent workshops, community counseling, translations, mediation and assistance with accessing available resources in the community.

Last Sunday, she received the SHEROES Award from Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr, which honors women making a positive change in their communities. We're lucky to have her. Congrats Mayra, and well deserved!

We're off to college! Celebrate with us on May 22

Whew! We've Had A Busy Month!  ...and we're not done yet!

On May 1st, we held our Annual Luncheon and it was a rallying success. We surpassed our fundraising goal, which means we'll be able to operate at full capacity for the coming year, serving thousands of students across Los Angeles. We couldn't have done it without the help of hundreds of supporters like you. Thank you.

We hope you'll join us at our Senior Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 22, where we'll give a warm Harmony Project send-off our graduating Senior Class. 97% of our seniors were accepted into college in 2016, and we couldn't be more proud of them. Most of our students will be the first in their family to go to college, and in a few short months they'll be studying at Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown, UCLA, USC, and Berklee College of Music. Not a bad list if you ask us!

Harmony Project Senior Graduation Ceremony & Reception
4PM Sunday, May 22, 2016
Musicians Union Auditorium
817 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Harmony Project Annual Luncheon

Here at Harmony Project, when Spring rolls around we think of two things: Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the annual Harmony Project luncheon! This year's luncheon is shaping up to be a hit. We're honoring Janet and Marvin Jubas, who have been vital in preparing our students for higher education. 

The deadline to reserve your table and submit your tribute page for the journal is fast approaching, and we need your support. Tribute pages must be sent by Thursday, April 14th. 

You may reserve your table by mail, email, or phone:

Print your sponsorship form here to mail or email it to us

Or call/email Natalie Jackson

[email protected]

(323) 895-7703

Your presence at the luncheon and tribute page will help provide teachers, instruments, and safe spaces where low-income children can learn and thrive. Thank you for your dedication to the children of Los Angeles!

April News

“You own the world with that instrument” - Gustavo Dudamel

8 students from our YOLA EXPO program were in London last month with the LA Philharmonic on their European tour. Students joined an orchestra of young musicians from London in an open rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel. They also participated in a Leadership Forum, toured some sights, saw the LA Philharmonic perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, and ate some great Indian food! Lucky kids!

61 Harmony Project Seniors applied for our 2016 Banchik Family College Scholarship, awarding eligible Seniors with $5,000 towards college costs. Applicants wrote an essay about their time with Harmony Project and were interviewed by a panel of Board Members.

"Harmony Project has taught me to dream and aspire to be greater than what I see around me.
Music has opened the windows of my soul and made me a better person."
- Ryan, HP Senior


Students from our Longfellow Pasadena program raised money for Harmony Project with a Practice-a-thon. Check out the dedication of this young violinist:


And in case you didn’t hear.. YOLA EXPO students performed at the Super Bowl with Coldplay & Beyonce. NBD. Check out the video: Harmony Project at the Super Bowl.

Gustavo Dudamel & Harmony Project's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) To Perform At Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

LOS ANGELES, January 28, 2016 - Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), led by LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, will perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Sunday, February 7 on CBS.

The show will echo elements of the NFL's On the Fifty campaign – honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years. Global superstars and winners of seven Grammy Awards Coldplay will perform, among other acts.

“This is a wonderful honor and an extraordinary showcase for YOLA, as well as a tribute to youth orchestras worldwide,” said Dudamel. “When we play, it will be for the youth of the world so they can be inspired to create both a better life for themselves and a better future.”

Dudamel will be joined on the stage by students from the program’s YOLA at EXPO site in South L.A., a partnership of the LA Phil, Harmony Project, and the EXPO Center (a Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility).

Gustavo Dudamel is defined by his untiring advocacy for access to music for all. Through YOLA, conceived by Dudamel and inspired by Venezuela’s pioneering El Sistema, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support to more than 700 students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them to become vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change.

The Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show is the most watched musical event of the year. More than 118.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show, marking the most-watched Halftime Show ever.  The Super Bowl and Halftime Show will be broadcast worldwide from Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay area. 

The Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show is an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton. For more information about Super Bowl 50, visit SuperBowl.com or follow #SB50.

Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)
Since it was established in Fall of 2007, YOLA has grown to serve 700 students, ages 6-18, in South L.A., the Rampart District and East L.A. YOLA partners share costs and program management responsibilities. The YOLA initiative currently consists of three programs: YOLA at EXPO, YOLA at HOLA, and YOLA at LACHSA.

Part of Exposition Park in South L.A., YOLA at EXPO has grown to include three orchestras, mentorship, group lessons, chamber music, and parent ensembles. The program serves hundreds of students who attend four days each week. In addition, students perform annually at Walt Disney Concert Hall and have appeared multiple times on the iconic stage of the Hollywood Bowl. YOLA at EXPO is a partnership of the LA Phil, Harmony Project, and EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility.

YOLA at Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), located in the Rampart District, serves hundreds of students with intensive after-school orchestral instruction five days a week. Classes include music creativity, singing and solfège, ensemble rehearsals, and academic tutoring daily. This holistic approach fosters a sense of community and provides the students with the opportunity to take advantage of HOLA’s exceptional programs and resources. YOLA at HOLA is a partnership between the LA Phil and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA).

YOLA at LACHSA engages 140 students, ages 8-11. High school students at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts act as mentors to their younger YOLA counterparts. YOLA at LACHSA is a partnership between the LA Phil and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Gustavo Dudamel
While his commitment to the LA Phil and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela account for the major portion of his yearly schedule, Dudamel also guest conducts with some of the world’s greatest musical institutions, including the Vienna Philharmonic, which he returns to lead in Vienna and on tour in 2016 and which he has been invited to conduct in the globally televised 2017 Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Day Concert. This season, opera features prominently in his schedule, notably his April 2016 Vienna State Opera debut conducting a new production of Turandot.

Now in his seventh season as Music & Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel’s contract has been extended through the 2021-2022 season.  Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has expanded its diversified outreach through many notable projects, including Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema.  With YOLA, Gustavo brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the U.S. and in Europe.

As Music Director, his 17th season, of the entire El Sistema project in Venezuela, he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela as well as on tour. A Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Grammy winner Gustavo Dudamel has numerous recordings on the label, as well as many video/DVD releases that capture the excitement of significant moments of his musical life.

In addition to his orchestral duties, Dudamel conducted the opening and closing credit scores for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Dudamel was also on a recent episode of Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” has appeared on “Sesame Street” and has been profiled twice on “60 Minutes.”

“I Am An Artist. I Am A Leader. I Am College Bound.”

We all have our own influences and identities – we are parents, we are students, we are teachers, and we are members of a community. We’re unique individuals, but we all share a common commitment to our children.

Harmony Project students also have complex identities, yet they share a common goal as well. Our students wish to create better lives for themselves and their communities by working together on creative projects, by making their education a priority, by enacting positive change in their environments through leadership, creativity, and empathy.

Their journey begins with music. Music teaches kids that with focus and perseverance, they can tackle difficult problems (Have you learned to play an instrument? It’s tough!). Music teaches children that their creative ideas matter and that together they can create beautiful things. With the support and guidance of caring adults and role models, we’re confident they will succeed in music and in their future career.

Your gift to Harmony Project is an investment in the creative potential of Los Angeles.
Donate today, and change the lives of children across our city.
Thank you.

Donate Now at www.harmony-project.org/givingtuesday

Melanie, age 17: “Don’t give up — practice, practice, practice!”

Whether she’s playing music, soccer, or studying, Melanie’s advice is the same: “don’t give up — practice, practice, practice! Even when it seems hard or you don’t wanna do it anymore, in the long run it will pay off.”
“Harmony Project has helped me be independent,” she says, “it creates the feeling like a family so you have support coming from all sides and I really like that atmosphere.”

Melanie, age 17, is a senior in High School and is on her way to college. According to her, the eight years she spent at Harmony Project helped her develop as a person and make her own choices about her education.

She has applied to UCSD, UC Irvine, UC Davis, Northwestern University, Boston University, USC, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, UC Santa Cruz, and UCLA.

We’re spotlighting children as they grow up in Harmony Project, from age 6 through high school graduation, as a special ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ feature.

Show your support for Melanie with a donation at www.harmony-project.org/givingtuesday