The late 14-time Grammy award winning music producer Phil Ramone believed so much in the power of music to transform lives that, in 2011, he partnered with the local community to build a music program for underserved children.
The Phil Ramone Orchestra for Children program uses music to serve youngsters from Harlem whose neighborhoods are challenged by poverty, family breakdowns and violence. Phil knew that music can help to build a child’s self-confidence, sense of pride and academic skills and that’s what he wanted for them.
Students are provided with music instruction and academic enhancement. Throughout the year, the orchestra performs everything from jazz to classical, gospel to hip-hop, in concert venues across the city.
11 year-old Serenity says, “I really love this music program because it shows kids that, through music, anything is possible. It shows that we can accomplish anything we want. We can embrace life through music.