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University Development and Alumni Relations
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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
McConchie Hall
Stockton, CA 95211

Harmony Stockton

The joy of music is touching the lives of local underprivileged students thanks to Harmony Stockton.

This free after-school program introduces young children from disadvantaged backgrounds to classical music, teaches them to play a musical instrument and taps into their creativity. Through the rigorous study of music, participation in youth orchestras and concert performances, students:

  • Become role models and liaisons between diverse populations in Stockton
  • Develop the confidence, discipline and tenacity needed for academic success
  • Become more likely to graduate from high school and college and less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, according to studies
  • Strengthen their work ethic and leadership skills

Harmony Stockton is patterned after El Sistema, Venezuela's visionary and highly successful music program for disadvantaged young people. Pacific and its partners successfully launched the first Harmony Stockton Academy here in summer 2011.

The United Way of San Joaquin has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar all monetary gifts to Harmony Stockton. United Way SJC provided seed money for this innovative academy.

Pacific and its partners plan to roll out additional Harmony Stockton academies in the near future, much to the benefit of students, their families and the community. Please join us in broadening the horizons of and opportunities for Stockton's most vulnerable students.