Harmonic Youth Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, was born out of a shared belief in the transformative power of music and the desire to create a platform for young musicians to showcase their talents. We recognized a gap in the existing opportunities for young musicians, who, despite their dedication and passion for music, often find themselves limited to practicing in school or privately with a teacher, without the chance to perform in front of a live audience.Our mission is to change that narrative and provide a stage for these budding musicians to shine. Through our program, we strive to offer students the invaluable experience of sharing their musical talents with the people of our community. We firmly believe that when young musicians are given the opportunity to perform in a supportive and engaging environment, their confidence soars, their skills deepen, and they develop a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts. At Harmonic Youth Orchestra, we go beyond simply offering performance opportunities. We are committed to fostering a sense of unity within the musical community in our area. We aim to bring together musicians from different schools, backgrounds, and skill levels, creating a collaborative and inclusive space where they can learn from one another, form lasting connections, and cultivate a strong sense of camaraderie. By uniting the musical community, we create an environment that encourages growth, nurtures talent, and inspires creativity. Through the power of music, we envision making a difference in people's lives. The harmonious melodies and captivating performances that emanate from our orchestra have the potential to touch hearts, uplift spirits, and bridge gaps within our community. We understand that music has the power to transcend language, cultural barriers, and social divides. It has the ability to evoke emotions, convey powerful messages, and promote understanding and empathy. Harmonic Youth Orchestra is dedicated to harnessing this power to effect positive change in the lives of individuals and the community as a whole. Through our performances, we seek to inspire, uplift, and bring joy to audiences of all ages. Furthermore, we actively engage with local schools, community centers, and other organizations to provide music education opportunities, workshops, and outreach programs. By promoting music as a means of self-expression and personal growth, we aim to create a more inclusive and culturally enriched society.
UCLA Chapter President
Anna Johnson, founder of Harmonic Youth Orchestra, has been playing violin for over a decade, studying under Dr. Gregory Fried. Anna has won festival awards in San Diego, New York, and New Orleans, and has served as the concert mistress in several orchestras. She also plays tenor saxophone in the UCLA Marching Band. Anna founded the organization in 2017 and continues to oversee the organization’s chapters located nationally, run the HYO-UCLA chapter, and organize scholarships and summer programs. Anna is a public policy major and public health minor at UCLA and aspires to serve as a lawyer in the U.S. Navy and work for state and local governments while continuing to manage Harmonic Youth Orchestra.