Summit of Older Adult Choirs Uplifted Crowds at the Herbst Theater

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By Judy Goddess “I came away with such a high. I wish there was something like this [older adult choir program] where I live” — Audience member View photos from the Summit of Older Adult Choirs Joyful is the simplest and most accurate way to describe the recent Community Music Center Summit of Older Adult […]

Maya Enriquez: A Story of Community Leadership

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“I’ll hold out for the oboe,” Maya Enriquez recalls saying when she decided to switch instruments (from flute) to play in her elementary school’s band. She added that although she does not sing, she feels that playing the oboe is an extension of her voice. Maya has studied oboe for ten years, six of those […]

Community Music Center’s World Premier of “El Son de la Misión,” Celebrates Rich Mission Culture as District Faces Rapid Change

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For Immediate Release Contact: Kevin Herglotz HPA Strategic Communications 415-963-2601 kevin@hpastrategies.com • “El Son de la Misión,” an original work commissioned by Community Music Center, examines the rich history of the Mission District through music, featuring original songs that reflect pivotal social and artistic movements in the neighborhood’s past and present. • “El Son de […]

Emanuel Ax master class a chance of a lifetime for CMC students

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Celebrated pianist Emanuel Ax returned to Capp Street in January to offer a second master class to CMC musicians and audiences. Participating that day were 7th grader Susanna Lau, 6th grader Rebecca Portnoy, chamber music students Dov Grunschlag, Julie McDevitt and Kari Prindle, and piano duo Carrie Chan and Nayoung Kim. “It is not every day […]

CMC Selected as Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program

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Community Music Center is honored  to be a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. Through the two-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing $30 million across 262 small and mid-sized nonprofit cultural organizations around the country to help strengthen their operational and programming efforts, including training in fundraising, audience development and […]

Effective & Efficient Practicing: Practice tips from cello and YMP faculty member Leo Baluk

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Do you want to get started learning how to improvise, but don’t know where to begin? Max Miller-Loran, who teaches trumpet, Jazz Improvisation-Beginning, and Jazz Improvisation Workshop, has great tips to get you going. Winter Quarter is a perfect time to learn a new musical skill. CMC offers an array of opportunities to woodshed your jazz skills. In addition to Max’s classes, try private lessons, Jazz Ensembles, and Djangology. All levels are welcome.

New faculty light up the Black Music Studies Program

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This year, the Black Music Studies Program is expanding, offering a comprehensive approach to the study of Black Music! Along with the certificate program, private lesson and group class faculty will participate. Based on student interest, private lessons can focus on Black music styles, which include blues, jazz, R&B, Afro-Cuban, funk, soul, and others, as well as offering students a full range of technical and creative skills. Many CMC group classes and ensembles cover music with roots in the African Diaspora, as well as coaching in musicianship, music theory, and ensemble playing. Some of the classes in the Black Music Studies Program include, Vocal Harmony Workshop, R&B Choir and More, The Great Songs of Soul and R&B, and the new Black Music Ensemble: Funk, Soul, R&B, & Gospel.

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