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 Award. In 2014, Rad took the lead in creating the Tulsa affiliate of Harmony Project 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 High and Junior High School, performs with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Tulsa Rock Quartet. She is also the recipient of the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

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.

"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
Vice President
Jennifer Sherman
Cody Litrell
Executive Director
(Ex Officio Member)
Kathy Rad
Board Members
Wilmon Brown III
David Hurewitz
Raymond Johnson
Louise Redcorn
Liliana Vargas-Vergara
Jose Emmanuel Vega
Callie Jo Morey

Advisory Board Members

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

Program & Support Staff

Teaching Artists
Rachel Caldwell
Edwin Garcia
Josh Massad
Heidi Rigert
Jocelyn Rowland Khalaf
Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Sherman
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.

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
1645 S Cheyenne Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119

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