Project Harmony

A powerful after-school intensive program serving families who face challenges and seek to provide greater opportunities for their children, Project Harmony provides free instruments, ensemble music training, and homework help to Charlotte area students. Together with our project partner, Arts+, the CSO serves more than 200 students in four Charlotte community-based sites in the Montclaire, West Sugar Creek, West Boulevard, and Winterfield neighborhoods.

Music can be a powerful tool for social transformation, especially in communities disproportionately faced with their share of difficulties. By aiming to expand the possibilities for each student, Project Harmony changes lives - one child, one family, one neighborhood at a time. Currently serving children in grades 2 through 5, the program is designed to grow to a full-scale K-12 program, offering students the opportunity to grow as musicians, as students, and as mentors to one another. 

Project Harmony is inspired by the revolutionary music-for-social-change organization, El Sistema, which began in Venezuela in 1975. There are more than 100 El Sistema USA member organizations and programs throughout the United States. The CSO is one of only five in the state of North Carolina, and Project Harmony is the only affiliated program in the Charlotte region.


PRESTO (Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations) 

In July of 2018, El Sistema USA (ESUSA) identified 13 exemplary organizations nationwide to support through the Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations (PRESTO). As a member of PRESTO, ESUSA provides the Charlotte Symphony with funding, networking and mentorship opportunities, and training for senior leadership over a three-year period. Learn more about the Charlotte Symphony's involvement with PRESTO and El Sistema USA here.


El Sistema USA 

El Sistema USA (ESUSA) provides connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership development for program directors, teaching artists, students, and volunteers. Members collaborate to share resources, values, aspirations, and advocacy efforts. ESUSA serves three major purposes: strengthening existing nucléos through capacity development and research, encouraging the formation of new nucléos through providing resources, connections and training, and building awareness of El Sistema at large throughout the United States. Learn more about El Sistema USA here: https://elsistemausa.org/