About Us

Music Matters

Harmony Project Tulsa (HPT) is a multi-year, music-based, after-school mentoring program that gives daily academic tutoring, string instrument instruction, and music lessons to students in at-risk communities. We follow students from pre-k through high school graduation.

The primary aim of HPT is to build responsible, productive, caring citizens, while using music as a means of positive development and social inclusion.

HPT is one of nine affiliates of Harmony Project of America, based on the award-winning Harmony Project Los Angeles.

Harmony Project has been recognized as one of the most effective arts-based youth interventions in the nation.

Kathy Rad

  • Executive Director and Master Teaching Artist

    Kathy Rad has been teaching orchestra students in the Greater Tulsa Area for 25 years. Rad’s devotion to sharing the joy of music with others has earned her the Bart Betow Memorial Education Award given by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, and the United States Army’s third highest award, the Superior Civilian Service Award. Ms. Rad served as the Music CurricuIum Coordinator for Tulsa Public Schools for 3 years, and Education Outreach Director for the Tulsa Symphony for 7 years.  In 2014, Rad took the lead in creating the Tulsa affiliate of Harmony Project of America, and saw the program through to its current iteration/status as a non-profit independent organization. While serving as HPT’s Executive Director, Rad is also a Master Teaching Artist. Additionally, Rad teaches Orchestra at Will Rogers College Junior and Senior High School, and performs with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Rock Quartet – Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Artists. She has played her Cello with musicians spanning many musical genres, including Itzhak Perlman, Eric Whitacre, Andre Watts, Joshua Bell, Harry Connick Jr., Shirley Jones, Sarah Coburn, Reba McEntire, Leo Kottke, Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Mark O’Connor, Amy Grant, Doc Severinsen, Bernadette Peters, Roy Clark and has played for US Presidents such as Jimmy Carter.   Kathy Rad has recorded on the Universal/Republic label and is the recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf

  • Teaching Artist

    Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf started playing violin at the age of 3 in Joplin Missouri. The daughter of a piano tuner/composer/theater organist, she was always surrounded by music as a child. Her father always nurtured her and encouraged her to pursue her talents.
    Jocelyn graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music in Violin and Voice. Jocelyn has extensive Suzuki pedagogy training. She is not only an accomplished composer and arranger for Strings, she is also in a critically acclaimed band, We The Ghost. She sings backup vocals, programs strings, and helps write songs for the band. They have won multiple awards, including Los Angeles Music Awards and charting on Billboard.
    Ms. Rowland-Kahlaf has taught General Music and Strings Classes in Broken Arrow and Tulsa Elementary Schools, and currently teaches Orchestra and Choir at Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa Public Schools. After school she teaches Violin, Musicianship Classes and Choir for Harmony Project Tulsa.

Joshua Massad

  • Teaching Artist

    Joshua began teaching in Greece in 2001.  Upon returning to his native state of Oklahoma, he taught for 8 years before founding World Through Music, Mindfulness school of Music (WTM), Yoga & Performing Arts in India in 2008.  As director of WTM, Massad travels between America and Asia every year to share his love for music and further explore and discover why we make music.

Michael Nicholson

  • Program Manager and Master Teaching Artist

    Michael Nicholson gave his life over to music and the violin at the age of thirteen and has since performed in chamber ensembles, orchestras, and as a soloist throughout the United States and Italy. Currently, Nicholson is Principal Second Violin for Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, performs with Tulsa Opera, and is also a founding member of Tulsa Rock Quartet. Possessing a deep passion for teaching, Mister Michael (as he’s commonly referred) has dedicated his life to his students. Nicholson was one of the first violin teachers in the early stages of Harmony Project L.A., and now he is serving as a Master Teacher Artist. Nicholson is also conductor of the Tulsa Youth Symphony Preparatory Orchestra.

Edwin Garcia

  • Artist Instructor of Bass

    Edwin Canito Garcia was born in New York City and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and received his M.M. in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music Production at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has been a faculty member at the University of Central Oklahoma, HOSTOS Community College CUNY, and has worked as an educator for over 10 years combined in the NYC Public Schools District, Union Public Schools District and the Broken Arrow Public Schools District. He specializes in upright bass and electric bass studies, improvisation skills, music technology, Afro-caribbean and south American studies, recording and music business. Edwin Canito has performed and recorded with many notables in the Jazz, Latin Jazz and Latin Pop idioms of music. Some of those notables include: Freddie Bryant Trio, Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Phil Woods, Charlie Porter, Sharel Cassidy, Bobby Porcelli, and is currently a musical director for NYC percussionist, Frank Valdes.

Kara Erwin

  • Teaching Artist

    Kara Dawn Erwin is a Tulsa singer/songwriter & actress.
    Kara was born & raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she began singing in front of an audience at the age of 6.

    When Kara began 9th grade, she also fell in love with acting at Jenks High School & an amazing community children’s program ran by Elizabeth Hunt called Youth On Stage!
    She has starred in many professional Tulsa productions.
    Tulsa Project Theatre has been a big part of Kara’s theatre experience since 2012.
    Her resume includes principal roles in Hairspray, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, and Lizzie The Musical! 
    She has also been a professional make up artist since 2013 working for MAC Cosmetics, Laura Merciez, and eventually branching out on her own! Kara is so grateful & excited to have the opportunity to be a teaching artist with Harmony Project, and enrich the lives of the students involved!

Hannah Murray

  • Master Teaching Artist

    Hannah Murray currently serves as Associate Concertmaster for Signature Symphony, as well as Associate Principal Second Violin for Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Murray performs with Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Rock Quartet. Throughout her career, Murray has performed, recorded, and collaborated with a diverse collection of composers, ensembles, and performers. In 2016, Murray joined Harmony Project Tulsa as Master Teaching Artist.

Jennifer Scott

  • Teaching Artist

    Tulsa native and Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Violist, Jen Scott, is an alumnus of both the University of Oklahoma and the University of North Texas. She also holds the position of Music Librarian, Production Manager, and Violist for the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and maintains a position with the Fort Smith Symphony, as well as a steady freelance career with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, Signature Symphony, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. Jen gives back to her community through her involvement with an Arkansas native ensemble, Storybook Strings, an ensemble involving presentations of children’s books accompanied by a small string ensemble. Jen has also performed with Dallas Summer Musicals, the Tulsa String Quartet, and has been involved in studio sessions for film, as well as participating with The Music Paradigm, a leadership workshop for industry business executives, demonstrating organizational dynamics within an orchestra.

“I am very happy and thankful that they got in the program because it has helped them so much, and they enjoy it. They get a lot of help from their teachers, a lot of guidance.”
Mother of two HPT students

Board Of Directors

Executive Officers
Ron Spigelman 
Vice President
Dr. David Hurewitz 
Jennifer Sherman
Bart Hall
Data Management
Elena Schmidt
Executive Director
(Ex Officio Member)
Kathy Rad
Board Members

Alexandra Holder
Bruce Guthrie 
Raymond Johnson
Callie Jo Morey
Louise Redcorn
Daniel Regan
Heidi Rigert
Liliana Vargas-Vergara

Advisory Board Members

Ken Brune
Susan Burkhart
Ken Busby
Drew Diamond
Beth Donica
Dr. Deborah Gist
Pastor Chris Hall
Vernon Howard
Danielle Hovenga
Vernon Howard
Dr. Erv Janssen
Dr. Kathy LaFortune
Dr. Margaret Martin
Christina Starzl Mendoza
Joe Metzer
Danielle Neves
Dr. Anna Norberg
Paula Strunk
Heavin Taylor
M. Teresa Valero
Laura Whitman-Q
Timothy Weinstock 

Program & Support Staff

Teaching Artists
Rachel Caldwell
Edwin Garcia
Kevin Jackson
Josh Massad
Heidi Rigert
Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf
Jennifer Scott
Katalina Simmonds
Kyle Wagner
Tiffany Washington
Kara Erwin
Parent & Teacher Liaison
Esmeralda Laguna
Academic Tutor
Sadelina Dowling
Jean Jerow
Jessica Hamilton
Marion Wicks
University of Tulsa Interns
Emilee Adair
Lydia Juong

Harmony Project Founder

In 2001, Dr. Martin founded Harmony Project, which has provided instruments and tuition-free group and private music lessons to thousands of the most vulnerable children in Los Angeles as a means of positive youth development and social inclusion. The Harmony Project has garnered two Presidential awards since 2009.

 Click here to learn more about our founder.

PRESTO (Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations) In July of 2018, El Sistema USA (ESUSA) identified 13 exemplary organizations nationwide to support through the Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations (PRESTO). As a member of PRESTO, ESUSA provides Harmony Project Tulsa with funding, networking and mentorship opportunities, and training for senior leadership over a three-year period.  Learn more about Harmony Project Tulsa’s involvement with PRESTO and El Sistema USA by clicking here: https://elsistemausa.org/presto-2018/  El Sistema USA El Sistema USA (ESUSA) provides connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership development for program directors, teaching artists, students, and volunteers. Members collaborate to share resources, values, aspirations, and advocacy efforts. ESUSA serves three major purposes: strengthening existing nucléos through capacity development and research, encouraging the formation of new nucléos through providing resources, connections and training, and building awareness of El Sistema at large throughout the United States. Learn more about El Sistema USA here: https://elsistemausa.org/

Harmony Project Tulsa, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, EIN 47-4235862

Contact Executive Director, Kathy Rad:
EMAIL ADDRESS: kathy@harmonyprojecttulsa.org
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 918-688-1405

Harmony Project Tulsa
406 South Boulder Ave, Ste. 660
Tulsa, OK 74103

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