Meeting our LA Counterparts!

While most of our friends were sleeping in on Saturday, the Harmony Project student committee woke up early to take a trip down to Harmony Project LA – our first time ever visiting them!

10 middle school students and 2 teachers went to observe their program, taking special note of their “Peer Mentorship” program, where older students are trained to help out in younger classes. Ventura students were paired with LA students, and we had valuable conversations, assisted in classes, played along in orchestra, and observed their most advanced ensemble. We were blown away by how well they play!

Many thanks to Harmony LA for hosting us, as well as Roadrunner Shuttle for their discounted services which made it possible for us to make the trip. It was definitely one of our highlights this year, and we are inspired to be even better musicians.

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Percussion Ensemble Rocks Out

This week Harmony Project’s percussion ensemble received a much anticipated visit from NWS Guest Artist Stewart Copeland, former drummer of The Police. We had been working up to this event for months! We played our warmups for him, receiving feedback and compliments, and then presented him with an arrangement of “Walking on the Moon”. He was estatic! Many thanks to Percussion Teaching Artist Paul Hanson for all his hard work. Also, check us out in the Ventura County Star!!

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Starting off the Spring

By Amy Agudo, CSUCI Communications Intern

It’s no secret that practice makes perfect but it hardly seems like work when you’re having so much fun with your friends! As we prepare for upcoming performances, we are reminded just how important the program is when it comes to building friendships while having the opportunity to learn something new.

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This past week the Musicianship students  really got into the swing of things by incorporating drums into their recorder practice. It was definitely a pleasant surprise to see how well the two instruments meshed together. After practicing for a couple classes, the 3rd graders then put a Sheridan Way flashmob, surprising the beginning string ensemble!

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Practice for NWS Harmony Project kids always presents a chance for new learning experiences as well as the opportunity for them to truly enjoy themselves amongst their peers.For a quick sneak peak of some of the things we are working on, check out our Instagram! @new_west_symphony

 

Thank you…

…from the bottom of our !!

The Valentines Day Celebration Brunch was a special opportunity to show our gratitude to our Harmony Project community and all the support they have contributed, which is why we are very pleased to announce that the event was a great success! The Harmony students were incredibly excited to demonstrate all their hard work that they have accomplished over the past weeks. Their preparation for the event was displayed as their performance went flawlessly! It was noticeable that all the students were thrilled to be there interacting with everyone, especially with our special guest Eric Odom.

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We would like to thank all the donors, guests, and parents who contributed to the success of the event! Watching the children truly enjoying themselves made the experience all the more enjoyable for the adults. Also, a big thank you to Andrew Conrad, Caitlin Boruch, and Rusty Kennedy  for leading the ensemble groups. We couldn’t have done it without your diligence and dedication! All the warmth and support exhibited by the Harmony Project community makes us eager to host further events in the future.

Coming together

This past Friday a unique combination of students met for the first time in preparation for our Valentines Day Celebration Brunch on February 14th. This orchestra, configured specifically for this event, is one of a kind in that we are bringing together a range of ages, abilities, and instruments. Older students are mentoring younger ones in order to master their parts, and our smallest students are incredibly proud to be playing with the “big kids”. We are excited to present a diverse range of musical selections for our guests, including love tunes from all over the world. Make sure to come early to catch some Elvis during cocktail hour!

More importantly, this is our opportunity to say “thank you” and “we love you” to our Harmony Project community; those who stand by these students and believe in their promise and potential, knowing that they will be tomorrow’s leaders.

 

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We can’t wait to see you there!

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Happy New Year from Harmony Project!

December was a flurry of performances, concerts, intensive rehearsals, and celebrations. We are proud of our accomplishments this year! There were countless victories (big and small), mistakes made, lessons learned (for both kids and adults), and beautiful music created. As we reflect on 2015 with satisfaction and gratitude, we look to 2016 with inspiration and determination – always striving to be a better version of ourselves. Here are a few photos from our Winter Concerts. Thank you to all who attended! We hope your new year is filled with adventure, love, and harmony.

 

Acts of Kindness

Inspired by the City of Ventura’s “Acts of Kindness” Campaign, the Harmony Project Student Committee performed Christmas music for patients at the Coastal View Healthcare Center this past weekend. The “Acts of Kindness” Campaign was initiated by the city’s Mayor in an effort to encourage citizens to demonstrate generosity in honor of Ventura’s 150th anniversary. Harmony students wanted to spread music and holiday cheer to those who may not normally be able to attend a concert.  It was the first performance of this kind that we’ve done, and we had a blast! THANK YOU to all who made this possible. We’ll see you at our Winter Concerts – Dec 10th and Dec 12th!

Coming Together

The past few weeks we have been bringing together ALL the Harmony Project Middle School students to collaborate on a giant orchestra piece: Carol of the Bells, for our Winter Concert. From violinists who just joined and have only been playing for a couple months to wind players who are in their 5th year of Harmony Project, this is a space where each and every student is involved and contributes to our big sound. Many thanks to Mr. Kennedy for arranging and conducting the piece!

We hope to see you at our Holiday Concerts!

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