PROJECT MUSIC Enriching Lives…Building Community
by RONA MANN
“If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.”
Joyce DiCamillo has had a lifelong love affair with music.
It propels her body, moves her soul, and is at the very core of her heart. As a professional jazz pianist who has played worldwide for more than 40 years, she cannot imagine a minute, an hour, a day, a time, or a world without music; and she has always longed to share that life-changing experience with children. Especially children who come from the inner city, who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own, yet have little chance to ever experience anything more than sounds emitted from a blaring boom box. But Joyce DiCamillo knows it doesn’t have to be this way and has spent a significant portion of her life proving her point, wishing to continue dedicating herself to this goal.
For over 24 years, while also performing and recording with the Joyce DiCamillo Trio, she was Executive Director of the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic, a youth symphony that engaged students from all over Connecticut and Northern Westchester County to educate and enrich young people through the power of music.
In July of 2014 DiCamillo stepped down from her position with the Philharmonic and helped to launch a new model of PROJECT MUSIC, a program begun in the late 1960s by her mentor. “I had known Anthony Truglia since grammar school. Although he went on to become a state senator, he was my high school music teacher as well, and I had the greatest love and respect for him and his talent,” DiCamillo recounted of the man who died suddenly in 1987. Truglia had started a program that provided free music lessons to Stamford’s inner city youth within walking distance of their homes, and DiCamillo wanted to see that legacy continue through a re of the original program.
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