Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Together in Music

Project #
1025
Year
2015
Country
USA
School
Princeton University
Proposal
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Report
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Students
  • Darya Koltunyuk
  • Stephanie Liu
Article
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Together in Music

Stephanie and Darya’s Together in Music project aimed to bring together youth from various socioeconomic backgrounds through an intensive chamber music camp. They hoped that the act of engaging in chamber music would allow the participants to embrace music as a collective activity, and that the leadership and listening skills they would develop through such collaboration would encourage them toward a more constructive mindset in their other pursuits. Stephanie and Darya gathered 29 participants, ages 6-18, from all around New York City at Opportunity Music Project’s midtown headquarters for six straight days of intensive chamber music making. Following several days of individual practice, the group reconvened for performances at senior centers, nursing homes, and a professional concert space. The project was greatly facilitated by Stephanie and Darya gathered 29 participants, ages 6-18, from all around New York City at Opportunity Music Project’s midtown headquarters for six straight days of intensive chamber music making. Following several days of individual practice, the group reconvened for performances at senior centers, nursing homes, and a professional concert space. The project was greatly facilitated by

Stephanie and Darya gathered 29 participants, ages 6-18, from all around New York City at Opportunity Music Project’s midtown headquarters for six straight days of intensive chamber music making. Following several days of individual practice, the group reconvened for performances at senior centers, nursing homes, and a professional concert space. The project was greatly facilitated by Stephanie and Darya gathered 29 participants, ages 6-18, from all around New York City at Opportunity Music Project’s midtown headquarters for six straight days of intensive chamber music making. Following several days of individual practice, the group reconvened for performances at senior centers, nursing homes, and a professional concert space. The project was greatly facilitated by partnership with the Opportunity Music Project, which provided space, instruments, and professional coaches using a proven curriculum. The participants responded very positively and made remarkable progress both in their individual and group playing.

While each participant had a unique experience, the single most important and unifying outcome of Together in Music was the simple yet incredibly difficult ability to listen to each other. The project’s focus was on the development of community awareness and collaborative progress. Stephanie and Darya believe that the capacity and desire to listen is a musician’s greatest asset, and they were pleased to manifest that belief in their Project for Peace