Our mission is to use the transformative power of music to effect positive social change for the students most in need of
access, opportunity and inspiration.
Project Music was founded in July of 2014 by music educators Garrett Mendez, Ian Taylor and board members Joyce DiCamillo, Christel Truglia and Mort Lowenthal. The program takes inspiration from a previous iteration of Project Music founded by Stamford music teacher and then State Senator, Anthony Truglia in 1967, and is shaped in the image of the revolutionary Venezuelan music education initiative known as “El Sistema.” Mayor David Martin allocates start-up funding in the City budget, and a partnership is formed with Domus, a social services organization, to host the program at its Chester Addison Community Center.
Check our history to see some of our amazing experiences and accomplishments.
2020 – The year of the Pandemic: 2020 was a tumultuous year for Project Music. When the Pandemic began, and schools and afterschool programs closed… we pushed ahead. We were able to successfully pivot our students and staff to fully virtual programming and had a virtual recital for students and families in June.
August 2020: We successfully produced our first ever Virtual Fundraising event – Playing for our Future. The event included performances by students, our Project Music House Band and several other local performers and was hosted by our Artistic Director and one of our PM parents.
July 2020: We opened a fully virtual summer music camp experience, collaborating with El Sistema inspired organizations in CA, MN, and Utah. Students loved interacting and making music with teaching artists and students from different communities and explored a diversity of musical genres.
September 2020: We continued our all virtual programing, adjusting and adaptating our curriculum as we went, to better meet the needs of our students. We added an intentional Social Emotional learning component to support students feeling the strain of the pandemic and create a social structure for our students to share, learn and grow together.
Daniel Morris, Chair
Sara Bromley Seide, Vice Chair
Charles Spaulding, Secretary
Fritz Chery, Board Member
Michael Cooney, Board Member
Joseph Destin, Board Member
Ephraim Fink, Board Member
Dorothy Ghiorzo, Board Member
Angelica Gorrio, Board Member
Hugh McGoran, Board Member
Laureen Mody, Board Member
Don Pastorello, Board Member
Ethan Schwartz, Board Member
David Tate, Board Member
Marion Meadows, Musician
Candace Allen, Chineke! Foundation
Gail Malloy, Douglas Elliman
Cynthis Mullins, Esq, JMW Consultants
Rev. Dr. Robert W. Perry, United Baptist Church of Stamford
Frank Savage, Savage Holdings, LLC
Lolita Valderrama Savage, Artist
Dan Trahey, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids
Mayor’s Youth Music Grant
Pitney Bowes Foundation
Stamford Rotary Trust Fund
CT Office for the Arts
El Sistema USA Presto
Fairfield County Community Foundation
Truglia Thumbelina Fund
State of CT Youth Prevention Services
Stamford Womens Club
Bob & Ardis James Foundation
Craig B. Tate Foundation
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Irene Buynoski Trust