New summer music classes for all ages and levels

CMC is rolling out new offerings just in time for summer. Learn a new instrument or sharpen your musical skills. All ages and levels can enjoy fun and affordable classes taught by excellent CMC faculty.


Afro-Caribbean Drumming and Singing for Kids with Hector Lugo (New this summer)
Day/Time/Location: Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Mission Branch

Kids play drums and sing lively music from Afro-Caribbean traditions exploring rhythm and melody in a group. In this hands-on class, kids play hand drums, maracas, bells and other percussion instruments to learn a sense of rhythm. Kids also sing songs from diverse Afro-Caribbean cultures, helping kids to learn melody, dynamics, and listening.

More group music classes for kids


Saxophone Workshop with Charlie Gurke (New this summer)
Day/Time/Location: Tuesdays, 5 – 6:30pm, Mission Branch
This four week series will focus on different aspects of the saxophone, including tone production (air, embouchure, articulation), equipment (reeds, mouthpieces, horns), technique (scales, patterns, fingers). Each class will be very hands-on, with opportunities to play and try out these different concepts.


More group music classes for adults.


Summer Theory and Composition Classes with Jono Kornfeld (Summer only)
Day/Location: Thursdays, Mission Branch
Composition Workshop: 6:15 – 7:05pm
Introduction to Jazz Theory: 7:05 – 7:55pm
Rock Music of the ’60s and ’70s: 7:55 – 8:45pm


Learn more about enrollment on the CMC enrollment page.

CMC choir concerts to brighten the June gloom

All 12 CMC Older Adult Choirs will be performing free concerts this June. With spirited renditions of favorite songs from Latin, Jazz, gospel, Broadway, and oldies, these concerts are an inspiring and uplifting way to spend a morning or afternoon. You’ll be swept away by the energy and enthusiasm of the singers and the conductors! The concerts take place around the city in the various neighborhood centers where the choirs hold weekly rehearsals. All the events are free and open to the public. Some of the concerts are followed by a potluck.

Older Adult Choir June Concerts

Monday, 6/4 (9:30-10:15AM, potluck) – CMC 30th Street Older Adult Choir, 30th Street Senior Center, 225 30th Street

Thursday, 6/7 (1:30-3PM) – Coro CMC del Centro Latino de San Francisco, Centro Latino de San Francisco, 1656 15th Street

Friday, 6/8 (1-3PM) – CMC Solera Singers of Mission Neighborhood Center, Mission Neighborhood Center, 362 Capp Street

Monday, 6/11 (1:45-2:30PM; potluck) – CMC Bernal Heights Older Adult Choir, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Avenue

Tuesday, 6/12 (1:45-2:30PM, potluck) – CMC Older Adult Choir at Castro Senior Center, Castro Senior Center, 110 Diamond Street

Monday, 6/25 (2:00-3:00PM) – CMC Veterans Equity Center Older Adult Choir, VEC/Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street

Tuesday, 6/26 (10:15-11:45AM; potluck) – CMC Richmond District Center Choir,Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Avenue

Thursday, 6/28 (1:00 – 2:30 PM) – CMC Aquatic Park Older Adult Choir, Aquatic Park Center, 890 Beach Street

Friday, 6/29 (12:45-2:00 PM; potluck) – CMC OMI Senior Center Choir, OMI Senior Center, 65 Beverly Street

Saturday, 6/30 (10:30-11:00 AM– CMC IT Bookman Older Adult Choir (and members of CMC Western Addition and Bayview Older Adult Choirs, IT Bookman Community Center Grand Re-Opening, 446 Randolph St.

International music stars ​team​ing​ up to support Community Music Center’s Gala

Jeffrey Freymann host of Classical KDFC’s “The State of the Arts” sat down with Frederica “Flicka” von Stade and Jake Heggie to talk about Community Music Center’s Spring Gala. The event reunites old friends: Frederica von Stade, honoree at the CMC Gala; acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, headlining the Gala; and composer Jake Heggie, also headlining the event. DiDonato will be flying across the country the morning of the Gala after finishing her run in Cendrillon at the Met. Freymann spoke with Flicka and Jake about the enduring friendship and admiration between these world-renowned artists and their whole-hearted support of CMC’s visionary mission of free and low-cost access to music education for all people.

Listen here.