The original Harmony Project was founded by Dr. Margaret Martin, who went from being a homeless single mother to earning a Ph. D. degree and being honoured by U.S. President Barack Obama for her work on the project.
Harmony Project’s mission is to promote the healthy growth and development of children through the study, practice and performance of music; to build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children through music; and to develop children as musical ambassadors of peace, hope and understanding among people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and beliefs.
Lead organizers in Sooke include Norman Nelson and Anne McDougall of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, and Lorna Bjorklund, conductor of the Journey Middle School Concert Band.
Harmony Project Sooke will offer students in School District 62 the following programs commencing February 2016:
Beginning Strings for 21 students enrolled in Grades 2-3.
Drumline for 24 students in Grades 6-8.
Students are expected to attend three classes per week, and to make an initial commitment of two years.
All students will be enrolled in ensembles which will perform concerts – students at all levels of ability will be able to participate.
The program is provided FREE of charge to students who otherwise would not be able to participate in this musical experience. Additional students are accepted on a 50% scholarship subject to availability. Openings for up to one-third of the spaces may be available. For those students on half scholarships, the cost will be $350 for Term 1, which ends in June.