About US

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.

Our History

Meet the Staff

Felice Miller Baritz

Executive Director

Ian Taylor

Program Director

Garrett Mendez

Artistic Director

Kayla Coker

Program Coordinator

Larry Simpson

Program Coordinator

Willie Bruno

Percussion Teaching Artist

Julie Lee

Flute Teaching Artist

Joe Kozlowski

Brass Teaching Artist

Tommy Weeks

Woodwind Teaching Artist

Board of Directors

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

Advisory Board

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

Our Donors

D’Addario Foundation 

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

Knobloch Fund

Truglia Thumbelina Fund

State of CT Youth Prevention Services

Stamford Womens Club

Bob & Ardis James Foundation


Amazon Smile


Craig B. Tate Foundation

Americas Charities

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Irene Buynoski Trust