As we did in April, on Saturday, November 2 the Philharmonic provided an afternoon of free coaching to the young students of the Harmony Program, an El Sistema–inspired program. The event took place at United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
The Harmony Program is the largest El Sistema–inspired youth orchestra program in New York City. Founded by Anne Fitzgibbon, Harmony Program provides daily after-school music lessons to children from economically disadvantaged communities. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.
"This master class is a highlight of our year, and we’re so grateful to the New York Philharmonic for making it possible," said Fitzgibbon. "One of our young students was so inspired that he asked his trumpet teacher for the day, Paul Murphy, how to join the Philharmonic. Paul told him that musicians do a lot of auditions and are not always successful, so they have to keep trying. That message is exactly what we try to impart to our kids."
The musicians who coached included Marc Ginsberg, Principal Second Violin (pictured); Anna Rabinova, violin; Judith Nelson, viola; Nathan Vickery, cello; Mindy Kaufman, flute; Pavel Vinnick (substitute); Paul Murphy (Teaching Artist); George Curran, bass trombone; Victoria Aschheim (Teaching Artist); and Michael Adelson.
(Photo by Mike Fitelson)