Generations of Impact

Midori & Friends provides high-quality, sequential music education programs to students in Grades PreK-12 in over 70 NYC schools and organizations who have little or no access to the arts.

What began in 1992 as a renowned artist’s singular vision to bring great music to NYC students, has become a music education leader embraced by a community of thousands. Midori & Friends has reached over 250,000 young people in our history, and yet the impact of our story lies with each individual child.

Generations of Impact

Midori & Friends provides high-quality, sequential music education programs to students in Grades PreK-12 in over 70 NYC schools and organizations who have little or no access to the arts.

What began in 1992 as a renowned artist’s singular vision to bring great music to NYC students, has become a music education leader embraced by a community of thousands. Midori & Friends has reached over 250,000 young people in our history, and yet the impact of our story lies with each individual child.

Midori

Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 32 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children.

Even only at the young age of 19, Midori knew she wanted to be a force of change. She saw music being stripped away from New York City public schools due to decreased budgets, and she knew that something had to be done. She knew the joys that music could bring to a young person’s life, and she resolved that we, the New York City community, could not let our students miss out on these immeasurable benefits.

Midori began to perform concerts in the schools, dazzling students with her exquisite technique and fascinating them with stories about her favorite pieces, her instrument, and her career. Students, teachers, and principals alike sat on the edge of their seats, mesmerized by the talents of this celebrated artist. These moments of musical enrichment were the start of our organization.

Our team

Suzanne Wilson

Suzanne Wilson

Executive Director

Greg Pierson

Greg Pierson

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Arencibia

Lauren Arencibia

Program Manager

Jessica Yang

Jessica Yang

Development & Marketing Coordinator

Daniel Bernstein

Daniel Bernstein

Program Coordinator

Briana Hall

Briana Hall

Program Associate

David Reynolds

David Reynolds

Finance Associate

Our boards

  • Founder and President Emeritus
  • Midori
  • Chair
  • Peter Glaser
  • Vice chair
  • Marilyn Cohen
  • Treasurer
  • Daniel C. Goldhagen
  • Secretary
  • Geeta Sharma, MD
  • Chair Emeriti
  • John D'Addario, Jr.
  • Alan Fischer
  • Jill Klinow Jaffe
  • Peter D. Lederer
  • Board of Directors
  • Ron Claiborne
  • Alan Fischer
  • Laraine Fischer
  • Setsu Goto
  • Jennifer Hanley
  • Deanna Landivar-Ruiz
  • Robert Merrell
  • Debra Perry
  • Marc Richter
  • YUKARI SAEGUSA
  • HOWARD SENDROVITZ
  • MICHAEL SMITH
  • MAKIKO TANAKA
  • Artistic Advisory Committee
  • Emanuel Ax
  • Yefim Bronfman
  • Regina Carter
  • Paquito D'Rivera
  • Eliot Fisk
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Zubin Mehta
  • Audra McDonald
  • chinoam Nini
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Dawn Upshaw