Lunch & Learn: Anne Fitzgibbon on How Music Impacts Our Wellbeing and Performance -

Music can change the way you see work and life


What do Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Paul Allen, and Bernie Williams have in common? Yes, they have reached the tops of their respective fields, but they are also musicians. In this presentation, Anne Fitzgibbon, Founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program, a music education organization that provides musical training in under-served New York City communities, shares compelling research on music’s powerful impact on our brains and behaviors, and makes the compelling case that broader, more equitable access to music education can shape our society for the better.

About Anne Fitzgibbon:
Anne Fitzgibbon is a social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, city government, and arts education. She is founder and Executive Director of the Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that provides hundreds of youth from under-served New York City communities with free, intensive musical training with the goal of supporting their healthy social development and academic achievement.

Anne founded the Harmony Program while working as a policy advisor in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and was awarded a year-long Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 to study “El Sistema,” Venezuela’s world-renowned national youth orchestra system, and adapt tenets of the model to serve children in New York City. Her work has been featured on the PBS NewsHour,ABC Nightly News, and CBS Evening News, among other media outlets, and in books and documentary films.

As a leader and innovator in the field of music education, she has developed strategic partnerships with educational organizations, cultural institutions, and businesses, including the New York Philharmonic, the Warner Music Group, G. Schirmer, and the City University of New York. She has collaborated with world-class artists such as Plácido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Committed to inspiring others to develop creative solutions to social challenges, Anne has led workshops for musicians, educators, and nonprofit entrepreneurs abroad and at home at universities and conservatories, including Princeton University, Oberlin Conservatory, New York University, the Juilliard School, and others.
Anne holds a graduate degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She studied clarinet at the Juilliard School through the Columbia-Barnard-Juilliard exchange program.