Provide Music Classes for Students in Harlem

by Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
2012 End-of-Year Concert
2012 End-of-Year Concert

After a successful End-of-Year Concert (see photo) and summer, Opus 118 is gearing up for another exciting year! After-School Program classes officially begin on October 1st and as we begin the 2012-13 school year, we are thrilled to continue to share space with one of our longtime In-School Program partners in East Harlem. This current location allows us to continue to operate in the community we serve, while we look for a new permanent home. 

Our After-School Program offers affordable high-quality music instruction for students of all ages. Opus 118's expert bilingual faculty provides private, partner, and group lessons for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, guitar, and piano. Students have the opportunity to participate in one of four auditioned ensembles, all of which regularly give back to the community through performances at local events, cultural institutions, and hospitals. Our youngest students (ages 2 to 5) learn through interactive, improvisational music-making in our Music Within classes. The curriculum used in these classes was developed by Sara Zur, Ph.D. especially for Opus 118.

As you know, your continued support helps underwrite the costs of these lessons and classes. This ensures that students who would not otherwise have access to music education can learn in an environment that nurtures creativity and excellence. We look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the year!

Opus 118 students are excited to be gearing up for this year's End-of-Year Concert! This year is special as we are not only celebrating our students' achievements, but also celebrating the 20th anniversary of our founding.

The support of donors like you throughout the year have helped make these students' in-school and after-school lessons possible. As you know, Opus 118 provides teachers, music, instruments, and other materials to students, many of whom would not otherwise have music instruction. Your gifts have also helped ensure that these valuable programs can continue during a challenging period.

This year's concert will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Admission is free and the doors open at 6:30pm. For more information about the concert, please email us at We hope you can join us to see first-hand how your contribution makes a difference in our students' lives!

Did you know that Opus 118 offers early childhood music classes as part of the After-School Program?

Since 2008, we have offered group classes for children between the ages of 2 and 5 using Music Within, a curriculum designed for Opus 118 by Sara Zur, Ph.D. Students and their caregivers learn basic music vocabulary through an interactive exploration of sounds and songs. We not only offer these classes onsite at our 125th Street facility, but also offer classes at partnering locations throughout Harlem. In the 2010-2011 school year, we had a record number of participants, with more than 450 students benefiting from these classes! According to one of the classroom teachers at our partner sites, students are better prepared for kindergarten because of Music Within. Children develop their motor skills by using hand percussion instruments. Many parents have also commented that their children were more outgoing as a result of the classes; those who participated in the onsite classes added that they looked forward to learning with their children on Saturday afternoons.

Our early childhood instructor, Catherine Meyers, is wonderful asset to Opus 118 and we're thrilled to be offering onsite classes through the After-School Program again this spring. Saturday classes are scheduled to begin on March 3rd and are offered at very affordable tuition rates, fulfilling Opus 118's commitment to the accessibility of music instruction in the greater Harlem area. Let our offices know if you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the spring sessions of Music Within.

Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, the 2011-2012 school year has gotten off to a great start at Opus 118. Students in our After-School Program have been working hard in their lessons and performance groups, and some participated our first Music Hour of the year on November, 21st. These monthly recitals are open to the public and provide a wonderful opportunity for our students to share their progress with friends, family members, and the rest of the Opus 118 community. To find out when the next Music Hour will be held, please visit our Upcoming Events page at

We are also proud to announce a new partnership with the Harlem Chamber Players that aims to bring more chamber music opportunities to our students in the After-School Program. The first of these opportunities is a holiday concert at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church on December 10, 2011 at 6pm. Students from the After-School Program will play alongside of the Harlem Chamber Players in works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, Karl Jenkins, as well as traditional Christmas carols. We would love to have you join us for this special concert. To learn more about it and to reserve your tickets, please call us at (212) 831-4455.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a joyous holiday season!

On June 17th Opus 118 Harlem School of Music celebrated another successful year of providing quality music instruction to children in East Harlem through our In-School and After-School Programs.

The 2010-2011 school year culminated with the annual End-of-the-Year concert celebrating the students in our In-School Program. More than 100 students performed at The American Academy of Arts and Letters for an appreciative audience of family, friends, and community members. Our In-School Program provides students at our partner schools with instruments and teachers for violin and cello instruction, and we look forward to working with these remarkable schools again in the fall!

This spring, students in our After-School Program’s performance groups gave back to the community of Harlem by playing at The Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, and at local hospitals. Music Within, the early childhood curriculum used in the After-School Program, had a very successful spring semester last year onsite at Opus 118 and offsite at partnering Head Start programs. The After-School Program will begin again this fall with Music Within classes and private, partner, and group instrumental instruction.

We hope you will make a gift in support of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music at this time, so we can continue to provide quality music instruction in the 2011-2012 school year.



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Opus 118 Harlem School of Music

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Opus 118 Harlem School of Music
Project Leader:
Rebekah Harkins
Associate Director, Programs & Development
New York, NY United States

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