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Registration for Harmony summer programming is here!

We are excited to announce that registration for summer programming is open! Below, you can find links and brief descriptions to Harmony summer programming.

Harmony June Summer Camp – Seminarios: Led by our enthusiastic Harmony teaching artists, our Harmony June camp will offer two  seminarios, or small learning groups focused on a specific subject. For the first half of the day, we will spend time in our first seminario focusing on mariachi music. In the second, we will spend time in small ensemble groups, also known as chamber music. This camp takes place from June 17-21 from 9am-3pm at Riverview (skipping Juneteenth). Register for camp here.

Harmony August Summer Camp with special guest The OK Factor: Led by highly acclaimed string duo The OK Factor, this camp offers students the opportunity to explore their improvisational skills in a relaxed environment. Students will learn techniques for creating their own music while continuing to improve on their technical skills. This camp takes place August 5-9 from 9am-12pm at Riverview. Register for August camp here.

¡La inscripción para la programación de verano de Harmony ya está aquí!

¡Nos complace anunciar que la inscripción para la programación de verano está abierta! A continuación, puede encontrar enlaces y breves descripciones de la programación de verano de Harmony.

Campamento de verano Harmony June – Seminarios: Dirigido por nuestros entusiastas artistas docentes de Harmony, nuestro campamento Harmony June ofrecerá dos seminarios o pequeños grupos de aprendizaje centrados en un tema específico. Durante la primera mitad del día, dedicaremos tiempo a nuestro primer seminario centrándonos en la música de mariachi. En el segundo, pasaremos tiempo en pequeños grupos conjuntos, también conocidos como música de cámara. Este campamento se llevará a cabo del 17 al 21 de junio de 9 a. m. a 3 p. m. en Riverview (omitiendo el decimonoveno). Regístrese para el campamento aquí.

Campamento de verano Harmony August con el invitado especial The OK Factor: Dirigido por el aclamado dúo de cuerdas The OK Factor, este campamento ofrece a los estudiantes la oportunidad de explorar sus habilidades de improvisación en un ambiente relajado. Los estudiantes aprenderán técnicas para crear su propia música mientras continúan mejorando sus habilidades técnicas. Este campamento se llevará a cabo del 5 al 9 de agosto de 9 am a 12 pm en Riverview. Regístrese para el campamento de agosto aquí.


Harmony students play on the Orchestra Hall stage

Creating stronger learners, building confidence, and opening new doors through music

Harmony Overview

Harmony is a strings instruction program that breaks down barriers and uses music as a tool for social transformation, empowering students  to make a positive impact in school and society. Harmony is inspired by El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education philosophy which develops the whole student and meets specific community needs.

Launched in 2016 as a small, barrier-free after-school program, Harmony has expanded to serve up to 75 2nd – 5th students at Riverview Spanish-English Dual Immersion School located in St. Paul’s West Side neighborhood. During the school year, students meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am – 9:15am before school to learn violin or cello. They perform in various concerts throughout the year including at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and in collaboration with GTCYS’ orchestras. Students also benefit from extensive summer programming including camps and weekly jam sessions.  The annual participation fee is $20 per student which is waived for families who can’t afford it. Harmony is made possible with generous support from GTCYS’ donor community.

As they progress musically, Harmony students and alumni advance into GTCYS’ school-year orchestras and benefit from weekly private lessons and instruments paid for by GTCYS. More than 30 Harmony alumni are now GTCYS orchestra musicians.

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    • To provide students with opportunities to learn a musical instrument and develop their musical performance skills
    • To promote social emotional learning, which contributes to students’ positive outcomes in school and society
    • To foster a lifelong passion for and interest in music
    • To open doors to new opportunities and experiences

Watch a Harmony Performance

Enjoy their live performance of Rafael dos Santos’ Bolo de Limão.


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