Project Harmony

An intensive after-school youth program focused on Charlotte communities with the fewest resources, Project Harmony is a music and leadership program aimed at expanding the vision of what's possible in the lives of area youth.

Project Harmony is social transformation through music.

In partnership with Arts Plus, and established on the heels of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force recommendations, Project Harmony expands the Charlotte Symphony's Winterfield Youth Orchestra program and fosters skill development and personal empowerment opportunities to Charlotte's underserved east, west, and southwest neighborhoods.

Project Harmony is inspired by the renowned El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela. The program served Charlotte's Winterfield, Montclaire, Oaklawn, and West Sugar Creek neighborhoods in the 2018-19 season.

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: