Outreach Programs

Project Harmony

By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development, self-confidence and personal empowerment, Project Harmony creates social transformation through music. 

Program Description

Arts+ and the Charlotte Symphony have combined forces to launch a bold new public music program aimed at building pathways to success for Charlotte-area youth. By engaging children in orchestra programs that foster skill development and personal empowerment, Project Harmony is social transformation through music.

Project Harmony was inspired by the renowned El Sistema youth and community development program of Venezuela, which focuses on providing free orchestral education to underserved communities. The program currently serves students in four neighborhoods across Charlotte: Winterfield, Montclaire South, Oaklawn and West Sugar Creek. Project Harmony aims to serve 500 children by 2020.

This new community collaboration offers an intensive youth music program focused primarily on communities with the fewest resources and greatest need. It builds off of our 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. The collaboration comes on the heels of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report.


Arts+ is grateful for these partners that make Project Harmony possible:

  • Clt Sym Logo Wdirectorlg Best
  • Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation - Social Capital Grant
  • Rea Charitable Trust