The spirit of harambee

In 1963, Kenya’s first President, Jomo Kenyatta, called on the people to adopt the spirit of Harambee meaning “all pull together” in Swahili. He used Harambee as a call to action, urging the people to unite and help build the newly independent nation together. Over the years, the Harambee concept was expanded to embrace social tolerance, harmony and unity, to facilitate equal access and opportunities for all citizens to realize their full potential.

In the spirit of this idea, Harambee Chamber Orchestra is a place for young musicians of diverse origins to express themselves in a supportive, collaborative environment.

Aiming to advocate for under-represented musicians and composers, including people of color and women, the orchestra performs challenging and fun repertoire taken from a wide range of musical styles and genres — including commissioned compositions for the orchestra showcasing compelling new voices and perspectives in music.

Benefit Concert for Covenant House June 2019 .


Music for pleasure

Music among friends




Casual environment

High expectations




Saturday, Jan 25

NNJYO Winter Concert

with Varsity Orchestra and Ravina Youth Symphony

Tuesday, Feb 18

Jubilee! A Celebration of Black Composers
The Woodland
60 Woodland Rd
Maplewood NJ

Saturday, Apr 25

NNJYO Spring Concert
Columbia High School

Columbia High School

17 Parker Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040