Standout Summer for Kids 4 Harmony

Kids 4 Harmony is back in action for the school year. Earlier this month, Pittsfield’s Beginning Ensemble students got to choose their instruments at Morningside, while the Advanced String Ensemble and Elayne P. Bernstein Ensemble got back to work at Pittsfield High School. And new for K4H this year, we got a head start with our Advanced String Ensemble in North Adams when we launched lessons at Drury High School before the program opens at Brayton Elementary in October.  All this comes on the heels of an amazing summer. 

June kicked off with a very special Casual Concert featuring a showcase of students performing pieces from their solo repertoire with piano accompanist Elham Fanous. Fanous was the Kids 4 Harmony Young Artist-in-Residence for the 2021-2022 school year, working with students to gain exposure to a broader range of music, build their creative skills, and fully realize the solo repertoire they have been working on since the pandemic. This engagement with Fanous was made possible by Lesley and Ted Rosenthal.

Watch the abridged version of the June Casual Concert below or click here to find a playlist of each solo performance.

We finished the month with an epic concert at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall for the Kids 4 Harmony 10th Anniversary Celebration.  Check out the special gala page to watch an encore recording of the evening and find a digital version of our Tenth Anniversary Celebration booklet filled with student stories, a look back at a decade creating access to opportunities through music, and a glimpse at the future of our program.

Click to watch a recording of the celebration.

Summer successes continued with seven Kids 4 Harmony students participating in Youth Orchestra Los Angeles’s (YOLA) National Festival with Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.

Three of our Kids 4 Harmony graduates returned for their second year at the YOLA National Institute.

One of our students made a Kids 4 Harmony debut at the Heartland Chamber Music Festival in Kansas City.

Back here in the Berkshires, we helped kick off Tanglewood in the City with an opening performance for the evening’s festivities, while our summer instruction kept students engaged and skills growing, with 66 young people attending the programs in North Adams and Pittsfield.