Kithara Project is a collective of internationally acclaimed classical guitarists with the mission of enriching the lives of young people worldwide through the classical guitar. The guitar is unique in its ability to appeal to people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Kithara Project currently maintains three long-term classical guitar education programs: one in a community center serving a low-income housing development near Boston; another in a self-governing community in southeast Mexico city; and another in an elementary school in Albuquerque's South Valley.
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Why the Guitar?
The guitar is arguably the most popular instrument in the world. It is versatile, portable, accessible, intimate, and eminently lovable, reaching across socioeconomic and other societal fault lines to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. It might also be said that no instrument provides so poetic a metaphor for shared histories and cultural fluidity. The ancient Greek kithara, which inspired this organization's name, was a prototypical plucked instrument, "ancestors" of which can today be found nearly anywhere in the world. It is from kithara that we get the Latin cithara and, of course, the chitarra, guitarra, and guitar we know and love today. In all probability, the word kithara comes down to us from the Persian setar, which translates literally to "three strings" and which describes an old plucked instrument often heard in the folk music of Iran and Central Asia. Setar is also the etymological root of the the Indian sitar and the Central European zither, to name just two. Down to the very name then, the guitar, as an instrument of diplomacy and education alike, taps into a powerful wellspring of common heritage.
A beautiful piece by Alex Ross on how music can unite us across (physical) borders! Matthew Rohde, Madeleine Davidson, The D'Addario Foundation, Embajada Estados Unidos en México, Cesarlara, Carl Straussner, The New Yorker https://www.newyorker....
Board member, Daniel Shugrue, shares his love of the guitar with the Ralph and Jenny Senior Center in Somerville, MA. Not only are our teachers doing great work in the community, but also our extraordinary board members. The D'Addario Foundation
A student’s parent wrote our teacher, Genevieve Leitner, a beautiful note about our new program in Albuquerque, NM. Thank you, Genevieve, for being such a wonderful leader! “I am writing you a thank you letter with my heart. ☺ Last week, an...
Kithara Project continues to grow. Now in New Mexico! Matthew E. Davis
After nearly three years of continuous guitar education programming in Boston and Mexico City, we are proud to announce that we have launched a third program in Albuquerque, NM. Valle Vista Elementary School, in the South Valley, is home to this p...
Kithara Project Detroit Music Education residency at Holy Redeemer Grade School was a success! We worked with each grade from K-8 and the students were curious and excited about the music we played for them. We had fun too! Here are some photos an...
None of our work would be possible without you, our supporters. Thank you!
Kithara Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donations may be made through our secure online form below, or by mailing a check, payable to Kithara Project, to the following address:
Kithara Project, Inc.
P.O Box 171583
Boston, MA 02117