OUR STORY

The History Behind Our Journey

In 2019, we were just a group of friends who started this as a small school music club. Throughout our freshman year, we always dreamed of creating a club that would give light to music as its importance is often forgotten. As we held free performances for senior centers throughout the year, our club members realized that we have a passion for performing to the community after seeing the happy faces of the elderly audience. 


After seeing success in our club in the first year, we envisioned a plan to create a non-profit organization to empower the community with music to a further extent. Follow us to see our journey!

 

Organization Directors

 
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Alicia Kang

Co-Founder and McLean Chapter President

Alicia Kang is a rising senior at McLean High School and a dedicated musician. Since fourth grade, she has been playing the violin and piano. She is a part of the McLean High School Philharmonic Orchestra as a violinist, but her main instrument is the piano. Currently, she is the Vice-President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Since freshman year, Alicia has been a voluntary mentor for Music Buddies, a school club that teaches elementary students music. After finding a passion for teaching, she became a paid tutor for many young children in subject areas of the violin, piano, and English. Interested in music theory, Alicia has been taking the Virginia state theory exam for the past seven years and passing with proficiency. In the future, Alicia dreams to major in music, especially in areas of music theory and composition.

Alicia Kang
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Cynthia Ma

Co-Founder and McLean Chapter President

Cynthia Ma is a senior at McLean High School and an avid violinist. She has received several awards in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association competitions and most recently won the first prize at the International Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and was invited to perform at Bonn, Germany. She has also previously performed with the McLean Youth Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. Cynthia initially wanted to create Youth Harmony to spread musical experiences with her local community. Since then, she is extremely proud to see that Youth Harmony has been able to not only share musical concerts with local senior centers and hospitals but also has donated numerous instruments to school arts programs. 

Cynthia Ma
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Julia Tan

Co-Founder and McLean Chapter President

 Julia Tan is currently a rising senior at McLean High School who has been playing the flute for 7 years and the piccolo for 2 years. She is an active member of the McLean High School Symphonic Band  and the McLean Chamber Ensemble Program.  She is also a section leader for the McLean Marching Band. Since 2016, Julia has been involved with various American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra ensembles, such as the AYPO Flute Ensemble, American Youth Concert Orchestra, and the American Youth Philharmonic. She currently continues to play for their top orchestra, AYP. Julia was accepted into the District 12 All-District Symphonic Band in 2019 and the District 12 All-District Wind Ensemble in 2020, ranking first place for her audition in 2020. She also was accepted into the All Virginia Concert Band and Symphonic Band. In addition to her commitment to her musical activities, Julia is interested in international relations/business. 

Julia Tan
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Evan Zhu

Director of Performance

Evan Zhu is a rising senior at Mclean High School and has been playing piano for over 10 years. He has performed in numerous recitals and is taught by renowned pianist Hyun-Mi Chung. In the past, Evan has played the piano for Mclean High School's Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band. Those were  extraordinary experiences for him, and he wishes to share those feelings with the community.

Evan Zhu
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Christina Wu

Director of Logistics

Christina Wu is a junior at McLean High School and a passionate cellist. She has passed numerous auditions to perform with orchestras including the Northern Virginia Senior Regional and All-Virginia Orchestras. Christina joined the Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras in 2018 and had the opportunity to perform with its Symphonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has served as assistant principal cellist of the orchestra and will be joining once again as co-principal cellist this fall. Christina is also an avid solo cellist, receiving the Honorable Mention prize for the U.S. Army Orchestra Young Artist Competition. Aside from her interests as a solo and orchestral player, Christina also expresses her passion for teaching music as the co-director of the McLean Music Buddies Club. She continues working with other musicians in hopes of seeing the influence of music spread throughout her community.

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Cristina Pak

Director of Public Relations

Cristina Pak is a sophomore at Langley High School and has been playing the violin for 8 years. She has performed with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. In the past two years, she has also played with the District 12 All-District Orchestra and the Regional Virginia Orchestra. Cristina has been a mentor for Music Buddies since freshman year and has discovered her fondness for teaching students through this program. She now looks forward to privately tutoring students in violin, English, and math. Outside of school, she likes to listen to music, teach herself guitar, and read. She loves meeting new people and learning about who they are, thus being Director of Public Relations. She strives to become her best version of herself by helping others connect through music and the arts.

Cristina Pak

McLean Branch Directors

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Tieran Holmes

McLean Chapter Vice-President

She is a senior at McLean High School. She plays flute and piccolo in the McLean Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Ensemble. She is currently principal for both flute and piccolo in the Capitol Youth Symphonic Orchestra. She is also a participant in the Flute Ensemble at American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO). She made district band 3 times and she qualified to audition for states this year on both flute and piccolo. This is her 7th year playing flute and her 3rd year playing piccolo. She also has some background playing piano and singing in choir. She has studied music theory for 7 years and she currently takes AP music theory at McLean. She plans on continuing to study music along with either law, mathematics, or neurology in college. Some of her hobbies include baking, bike riding, playing softball, and watching Netflix.

Tieran Holmes
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Jacob Daniels

McLean Chapter Secretary

Jacob Daniels is a rising junior at McLean High School and a passionate cellist. He has performed with the TCSYO symphonic orchestra, string quartets, cello ensembles, duos, and in masterclasses from renowned cellists including Julián Schwarz and Michael Reynolds. Within ensembles, Jacob has demonstrated both leadership and dedication to the instrument, sitting first stand in the TCSYO symphonic orchestra, sitting principal cellist as a freshman in the district honors orchestra, and qualifying for assistant principal cellist in the senior regionals orchestra. Aside from music, Jacob is a member of the McLean swim, cross country, and track teams and he coaches swim during the summers.

Jacob Daniels

Richard Montgomery Branch Directors

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Desiree Chen

Richard Montgomery President

Desiree Chen is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland with a passion for music. She has been mastering piano for over a decade and has played cello when she was younger. Desiree has received her ARSM diploma, won numerous state and international awards, and is very excited to be performing at Carnegie Hall in 2022. She loves to spread the joy of music, especially in senior houses, and hopes to do the same with Youth Harmony. Outside of music, Desiree is heavily involved with her community, especially in empowering girls interested in the business and finance sector, and loves to read and take nature walks. In the future, she hopes to major in business or economics (as well as sustain her love for music)!

Desiree Chen

Langley Branch Directors

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Cristina Pak

Langley Branch President

Cristina Pak is a sophomore at Langley High School and has been playing the violin for 8 years. She has performed with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras and American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras. In the past two years, she has also played with the District 12 All-District Orchestra and the Regional Virginia Orchestra. Cristina has been a mentor for Music Buddies since freshman year and has discovered her fondness for teaching students through this program. She now looks forward to privately tutoring students in violin, English, and math. Outside of school, she likes to listen to music, teach herself guitar, and read. She loves meeting new people and learning about who they are, thus being Director of Public Relations. She strives to become her best version of herself by helping others connect through music and the arts.

Cristina Pak