In partnership with Community School of the Arts, Project Harmony is an intensive youth music program focused primarily on communities with the fewest resources and greatest need. It builds off of Community School of the Arts' long-running Orchestra in Schools program and expands the Charlotte Symphony's Winterfield Youth Orchestra elementary school program to a number of new community-based sites.
Shifting the focus from individual schools to broader communities extends this valuable opportunity to a larger number of students in Charlotte's underserved east, west, and southwest neighborhoods. The collaboration comes on the heels of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report.
Project Harmony is inspired by the renowned El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela. The program will serve Charlotte's Winterfield, Oaklawn, and Montclaire neighborhoods in the 2017-18 season and aims to serve 500 children by 2020.
Media about the Winterfield Youth Orchestra programThe Charlotte Observer article featuring first the two graduates from Winterfield Youth Orchestra to the audition-only Northwest School of the Arts (2015)
Winterfield TEDx talk video (2012)