"Hearing Anne speak at Princeton University was an inspiration. Musical education today needs big vision, whole-hearted commitment, and creative solutions. Anne is a leader in the field, not only keeping music learning alive, but ensuring that it thrives, living in the hearts of the kids who are so fortunate to benefit from her work."
-Sadie Brightman, Director
Middlebury Community Music Center
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 raised millions of dollars in financial support and 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.
SELECT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Keynote graduation speaker, Mannes College of Music, New School for Social Research, 2018
Presenter, Fulbright Association 40th Anniversary Conference, Washington, D.C., 2017
Visiting Artist, PACE (Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement) Division, Oberlin College, 2017
Featured presenter, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 2017
Featured presenter, Golandsky Institute’s 2015 Summer Symposium, Princeton University, 2015
Panelist, Plenary Session, “Arts Education: A Global Perspective,” Face-to-Face Conference, Arts in Education Roundtable, New York, 2012
Facilitator, Take A Stand Symposium, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles, 2012
Panelist and presenter, “Global Leadership Seminar: The Evolution of El Sistema,” Seoul, South Korea, 2011
Panelist, “The El Sistema Movement in the US and its Message to US Education,” Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, WNET, New York, 2011
Discussion leader, Composing Change: YOLA and the El Sistema Movement, Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA, 2010