Senior Partnership Programs
Community Music Center’s choruses for older adults were launched in February 2011 as part of the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. (Funding was provided by MetLife Foundation through a grant by the National Guild for Community Arts Education; additional funding for Solera Singers was provided by Autodesk). Both choruses have flourished and are currently open to additional members.
Solera Singers (El Coro Solera)
Solera Singers, or El Coro Solera in Spanish, is a free chorus for seniors led by Community Music Center with classes taking place at Mission Neighborhood Center (two blocks away from CMC’s main branch). The word solera describes the process of aging fine liquids like sherry or brandy. The chorus sings in Spanish and the repertoire focuses in Latin-American folklore and popular music. The program began in February of 2011 as part of the MetLife Foundation Creative Aging Program. Funding was provided by MetLife Foundation through a grant by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Chorus director, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar and accompanist Jennifer Peringer are thrilled with the community atmosphere and the camaraderie that has developed within the group. The Solera Singers have performed at Mission Neighborhood Center, Bethany Center, Heritage Senior Residence, Dolores Park (as part of the Cinco de Mayo Festival) and the 30th Street Senior Center.
The 30th Street Chorus (El Coro de la 30)
CMC offers a free chorus for seniors in partnership with 30th Street Senior Center. The chorus is directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar and accompanied by Jennifer Peringer and meets on Mondays from 10:15-11:45am at 30th Street Senior Center: 225-30th Street between Dolores and Chenery, on the 3rd Floor. Participation is free and open to the public. If you are interested in singing with the chorus, please visit a choir rehearsal before it begins and speak with the instructor.
CMC Music at Ruth’s Table (Bethany Center)
CMC holds a concert series at Ruth’s Table at Bethany Center Senior Housing. Past performances include a Musical Caravan to the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia, a Latin dance party by CMC’s Potingue, and performances by Solera Singers, Anything Goes Chorus, CMC’s Latin Vocal Workshop and Children’s Chorus. All performances are open to the public. See Community Music Center’s event calendar for concert announcements.
Bethany Center Senior Housing is a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and services to low-income people with a focus on seniors. It is located at the corner of Capp and 21st Streets, literally two houses away from our main branch. In 2010, Bethany opened a new community center within its walls: Ruth’s Table, a center for creative learning designed for people over 50. Their objective is to provide art classes and services to enrich the lives of Bethany’s residents as well as to attract new younger seniors to their center.
Since the fall of 2010, Community Music Center uses Bethany Center space to teach private lessons and group classes. In exchange, CMC enriches Bethany’s cultural and social environment by bringing music events under the name CMC Music at Ruth’s Table. Past performances include a Musical Caravan to the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia, a Latin dance party by CMC’s Potingue, and performances by Solera Singers, Anything Goes Chorus, CMC’s Latin Vocal Workshop and Children’s Chorus. All performances are open to the public. See Community Music Center’s event calendar for concert announcements.
Partnership programs for older adults included a collaboration between CMC and the Center for Elders and Youth in the Arts. A series of concerts take place in partnership with The Heritage, a residence in the Marina, on site at The Heritage as well as at CMC’s Richmond District Branch, and at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.