GIVE MUSIC. CHANGE LIVES. Harmony Project students share the power of music with their families, schools, and communities year round. This #GivingTuesday, the global day of giving following Thanksgiving, join us in giving the gift of music by making a donation and helping spread the word about Harmony Project. Every contribution helps us guarantee free, continuous access to music education and social support to more and more children throughout Los Angeles, Southern California, and beyond!
[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
This year, Harmony Project’s Regional Youth Orchestra put on a Día de los Muertos Family Fun Day concert with activities for audiences members of all ages including a photo booth, DIY sugar skull station, and performances from our Mariachi ensembles!
Sugar skulls, pancito, and music are Día de los Muertos essentials!
We love seeing how creative our students, families, and supporters are in dressing up for Halloween as well as flaunting their Día de los Muertos gear!
It’s National Transfer Student Week! Many people only picture high school students when thinking about college admissions, but transferring colleges is far more common than you might expect. Check out HP Alum Edwin Santiago’s experience with transferring from Santa Monica College to the University of California, Santa Barbara:
HP SITE: Hollywood, Class of 2015
I had a great transfer experience. Going to a Santa Monica College was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. City college prepared me for the university experience at my pace and I wasn’t forced to change environments drastically, but ease into it.
My favorite part of going to SMC is that I had professors teaching my classes who also taught at schools like UCLA and LMU. I had these amazing professors preparing me for the UC system without having me feel overwhelmed or nervous. I took 3 upper division courses over the summer at UCSB so that I could get a feel for the quick paced classes and that was also a great decision, because now that Fall quarter has begun, I feel very sure of my priorities and course load management. I feel ready to take on the challenges of the UC system.
What a day! The CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank came to town and left a huge impact on Harmony Project students! Here’s a recap of the surprise-filled day.
Alumni in action
The day began with the arrival of HP Alumni volunteers Leilani, Hugo, and Matthew who each shared their unique journeys through Harmony Project programming and beyond with a film crew.
Preparation is key
It takes a lot of coordination to surprise our clever students! More alumni, staff, and U.S. Bank volunteers spent the morning carefully prepping instruments at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center for the night’s reveal.
Surprise #1: A dream come true for Matt
Country music fan and incredibly talented HP Alum Matthew received an all-access invitation from the CMA Foundation to attend the upcoming CMA Awards this November!
Surprise #2: Florida Georgia Line crashes exclusive Songwriters Workshop
After a quick trip over to the Novo at LA Live and the arrival of Harmony Project students from across the city, everyone gathered around for a deep-dive discussion with CMA songwriters Corey Crowder, Ernest K., HARDY, RaeLynn, Canaan Smith, and a surprise visit from headliners Florida Georgia Line
Surprise #3: Instruments for all!
Finally, just before settling in for the Songwriter Series concert, every Harmony Project student in attendance was surprised with a brand new instrument courtesy of U.S. Bank!
Special thanks to the CMA Foundation, U.S. Bank, and all the HP alumni & helpers for putting together an unforgettable day for Harmony Project musicians!
Every fall, Harmony Project devotes a special day to recognizing the unwavering talents and dedication of our professional staff with our annual Teaching Artist Appreciation & Awards Luncheon. This year, the event took place at the Luxe Hotel and featured the introduction of new staff members, program highlights, and an awards ceremony.
Congratulations to our 2018 honorees!
Excellence in Teaching and Service
Mara Hall, Leimert Park
Danny Levin, Hollywood
Erick Jovel, EXPO
Most Outstanding Site
Harmony Project’s success would not be possible without our team of expert teaching artists putting in the daily work to promote musical excellence and create a safe place for youth to be creative and grow. HP TA’s, we appreciate you and all you do!
It’s been a busy summer for Harmony Project’s Leimert Park Funk Orchestra, but after months of fundraising, performances, and outreach their efforts have finally paid off. The group of 20 students led by teaching artist and Jackson State University (JSU) alum Mara Hall have raised $10,000 to travel to JSU’s annual high school/community college day.
Check out the full coverage of their time at JSU via the Jackson State Newsroom!
The Funk Orchestra also documented their trip with a Harmony Project Instagram takeover.
Mara was also recently recognized for her Excellence in Teaching and Service at Harmony Project’s Teaching Artist Appreciation & Awards Luncheon. Leimert Park also received the title of Most Outstanding Site.
Congratulations to the Leimert Park Funk Orchestra on your successful fundraising - your perseverance is truly inspiring!
The massive, free, eight-mile street party connecting Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl featured performances from Harmony Project's YOLA at EXPO and Banda musicians, Regional Youth Orchestra Mariachi, Hollywood Jazz Band, and Leimert Park Drumline. Check out these highlights from the festival!
The CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank is set to arrive in LA Wednesday, Oct. 10 at The Novo, LA Live and will feature four-time CMA Award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line. Before hitting the stage, Harmony Project students will participate in an exclusive Songwriters Workshop with some of the critically acclaimed writers performing alongside FGL that night, including Corey Crowder, HARDY, and Tree Vibez Music. Students will bring their original, in-progress music projects to work on with the expertise of experienced CMA songwriters at their hands, and while connecting with other student musicians.
Since 2015, the CMA Foundation has been a dedicated partner of Harmony Project, committing $50,000 annually in grant support for our music programing. In the spirit of their collaboration on the Songwriters Series, U.S. Bank will be joining CMA in supporting Harmony Project with a $25,000 grant as part of their Community Possible giving platform and Places to Play partnership with the CMA Foundation.
We can’t wait to hear what our students produce and are thrilled to continue growing our ongoing partnerships with the CMA Foundation and U.S. Bank!
Interested in attending?
All Harmony Project students are invited to RSVP to the free Songwriters Workshop by emailing [email protected] or calling (323) 895-7702 for more information.
Tickets for the Songwriters Series concert go on sale Friday, Sept. 21 at 10:00 PM PST at CMAsongwritersseries.com.
Harmony Project is excited to announce a new partnership with ScholarMatch, a free college advising program specializing in volunteer-based, virtual counseling. The goal of the partnership is to equip Harmony Project high school seniors with the tools and mentorship needed to excel in their transition into higher education and beyond.
ScholarMatch supports students nationwide through the college application and admissions process. The pilot program is set to launch this month with 20 Harmony Project seniors, who will each receive free, one-on-one, virtual counseling with a trained College Coach. Once matched with a mentor based on their unique needs, students will have unlimited, on-demand access to contact their personal coach using the technology they already use every day, including text messaging and video chat.
"ScholarMatch is thrilled to partner with the Harmony Project to motivate and inspire high school students in Los Angeles to achieve a college education! We believe that the Harmony Project is doing exceptional work with music education, and we’re honored to provide college access support to leverage the opportunities they’re creating for youth. With this partnership, we’re excited to expand our college access services to Los Angeles to make college dreams a reality for deserving students across California and beyond." - ScholarMatch
In addition to the virtual counseling, ScholarMatch and Harmony Project will collaborate to host five in-depth college workshops for all HP seniors throughout the 2018-19 school year beginning in October. The year of workshops will also feature two additional parent-focused support sessions. Each session will incorporate bilingual facilitation and resources.
In our mission to build a world in which all students - regardless of income, background, or zip code - have equal access to the resources needed to succeed, Harmony Project is eager to embark on this partnership with ScholarMatch. We look forward to expanding the scope of direct support we can connect our students to in achieving their greatest dreams and aspirations!