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Program Director, Harmony Project Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Diogo Pereira, conductor and social entrepreneur, embraces two passions: music and social justice. "I strongly believe that no child's talent should be defined by his or her zip code, and that music can be a tool to equalize opportunities." Diogo is the Program Director of the Harmony Project Phoenix, an evidence-based mentoring program that uses music as the tool for positive youth development and social inclusion.

Harmony Project Phoenix is a mentoring program that uses music as a means of positive youth development and social inclusion. Students participate in music-based mentoring, including lessons and rehearsals, 4 to 6 hours per week or more, year round. Harmony Project Phoenix builds full-time bands and orchestras with students in their own neighborhoods during after-school hours. The program is tuition-free (including instruments), based on family income. As they advance, students are trained to mentor their less advanced peers. Harmony Project Phoenix is an affiliate of the nationally acclaimed Harmony Project, a network of evidence-based afterschool programs that serves over 3,000 low-income students across the nation.

As conductor, Diogo has appeared in important venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Gammage, Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts, etc. During the summer, Diogo collaborates with El Sistema-inspired program in Brazil. A native of Brazil, Diogo was fortunate to be part of the Sistema Fellows Program at NEC. He also holds a Masters Degree from The Conductors Institute at Bard College and a Doctoral Degree from Arizona State University. 

Photo: Tito Brige de Carvalho