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.



Give a child the gift of music this Giving Tuesday!

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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!



ANNOUNCEMENT: Harmony Project launches International Academy of Young Conductors

 
 

[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



PHOTOS: RYO's Día de los Muertos and Family Fun Day Concert

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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!

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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!

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Alumni in action: The transfer experience with Edwin Santiago

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:

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Edwin Santiago

HP SITE: Hollywood, Class of 2015

INSTRUMENT: Violin

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.



Florida Georgia Line, CMA Foundation, U.S. Bank, & HP Alumni surprise Harmony Project students with an unforgettable night at the Novo

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!