Harmony Project Bay Area (formerly Music Team SF)
Inspired by Venezuela’s wildly successful El Sistema program, Seth Mausner, a veteran San Francisco Symphony violist, and Jerry Pannone, retired music director of the San Francisco School of the Arts, wanted to bring the program model to the Bay Area.
The program launched in September 2012 at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School – in a very under resourced area of Daly City just south of San Francisco. This large school offered few other after school activities and almost no music education. HPBA currently provides orchestral and choral music instruction three days per week to 75 third through 7th grade students. An additional 75 second graders receive a weekly 50 minute singing/musicianship class.
HPBA plans to expand, initially focusing on the ability to serve all the interested students at Woodrow Wilson, then to other locations around the Bay Area where students have no access to music instruction. Our program will continue to be available to students as they graduate to middle school and beyond.