Harmony SD: Social Transformation through Music


Sioux Falls, SD — Harmony South Dakota aims to prove that music can provide a powerful opportunity for children and their local communities.

Harmony’s mission is “to empower children in challenging social and economic conditions to improve their sense of community and opportunity through music learning and performing.”

The history of Harmony emerges from a program called El Sistema, created by Dr. Jose Antonion Abreu in Venezuela, who gathered together 11 children to play music in a parking garage nearly 40 years ago. Today, that program teaches music to over 350,000 of Venezuela’s poorest children.

The power of ensemble music has dramatically changed the lives of Venezuela’s youth while transforming surrounding communities. Dan and Heidi Goeller hope to achieve this in the local community of Sioux Falls.

Harmony offers a free after-school music program that provides opportunities for students ages 6-12 to participate in choir, percussion ensembles, string orchestra, musicianship classes, movement/dance classes, and private instrumental lessons. Currently, registration for classes is full — but you can still complete an application to become placed on a waiting list. Learn more here.

Dan and Heidi are passionate about making meaningful music and sharing it with others. Dan and Heidi, along with other talented teaching artists, are working to create an encouraging and cooperative community of young musicians.

This music program has the power to change the life trajectory of children in the local community. To donate to their organization click here.

Harmony’s upcoming Fall Concert will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral School (located at 601 W 4th Ave) on Saturday, October 8th at 10:30a.m.

Please bring your family and friends to hear the Harmony Choir, Chamber Choir & Orchestra.

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