Creating stronger learners, building confidence, and opening new doors through music
In October 2016, GTCYS launched a new El Sistema-inspired music program in partnership with Riverview Elementary School on the West Side of St. Paul. The program, Harmony, currently provides group violin instruction for 18 third graders after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Led by seasoned violin instructors and GTCYS conductors Barb Flooding and Mary Sorlie, the program provides instruments, group lessons, performance opportunities on the West Side and at GTCYS concerts, mentoring by GTCYS students, and transportation home after each session. With the help of generous funders and the community, this program is highly accessible with a suggested $20 participant fee for the year.
Harmony students will perform with Concertino on March 11 at Humboldt High School and will make their Orchestra Hall debut at GTCYS’ Spring Festival on May 7!
GTCYS and Riverview share a long-term goal of expanding Harmony to include additional grades and instruments. We also plan to create a beginning level Philharmonia West Side orchestra so students can experience the benefits of playing in an orchestra in their own neighborhood. From Philharmonia, students will eventually be able to move through GTCYS’ advanced orchestras with additional support for transportation, instruments, instructions, and tuition. Stay tuned for details about Harmony’s 2017-18 expansion!
For more information about Harmony, contact GTCYS’ community engagement coordinator Gracie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-602-6806.