Music: We Need It Now More Than Ever!

Harmony Project KC students have been busy getting creative while at home during the pandemic. During their summer session, HPKC students created their own compositions in a Song Writing Lab with a certified Music Therapist on staff.

One HPKC student, Vanessa, was selected to participate in a collective composition piece featured in the Price Hill Creative Community Festival with sister program MyCincinnati. The piece explored how music was used as resistance in the Terezin Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany. It was an incredibly timely focus on how art helps us cope, process, and impact the world around us. It can be viewed here. Artist in Residence Mr. Isaac Selya said of Vanessa: “She brought so much to the discussions and invested herself both intellectually and emotionally in some very difficult topics. We are also very grateful for her beautiful playing.”

This school year, HPKC continues to close the arts access gap in the city. 4 out of 5 HPKC middle and high school students do not have access to an orchestra program during the school day. Harmony Project KC is preparing for continued virtual instruction in September, while hoping to phase-in with in-person classes later in the semester.

You can help the beat go on by joining Napa @ Home (8/30) a virtual event benefiting the Northeast Community Center: Home of Harmony Project KC. The Community Center is open for essential services and HPKC continues virtual orchestral training for kids! Emcees Michael Stern (KC Symphony Conductor) and Mike Gordon (Principal Flute) trade in tuxedos for aprons to battle it out in the kitchen while HPKC students take the stage.

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