Maya Enriquez: A Story of Community Leadership

“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 at Community Music Center in the Mission District, near her home. “Kathleen Connor, my music teacher at CMC, is amazing. She taught me how to sing out with expression and imbue my music with meaning. And even as I mastered this, she encouraged me to respect the piano passages and the silences.”

Music study at CMC has both tracked and guided Maya’s academic career. When she was accepted at both Lowell and School of the Arts (SOTA) high schools, she held out once again — this time, in favor of music education: She enrolled in SOTA. She’s now a senior at Vassar, and the first in her family to attend college. Maya makes sure to incorporate her music into her curriculum. Although she is pursuing rigorous undergraduate science courses and planning to enter medical school, Maya rehearses and performs in the orchestra.

To practice successfully, she advises, “Take it slowly. Don’t rush through – give it time. Break it up into small parts, and then add the parts together. And always keep in mind that an audience will be listening.”

Maya is leading the way among a growing number of CMC’s young musicians to practice leadership and give back to the community. Recently, she has become the newest—and youngest—member of Community Music Center’s Advisory Board. “Maya is a remarkable CMC success story,” said Executive Director, Chris Borg, when announcing Maya’s acceptance to join CMC’s Advisory Board.

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
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• “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 la Misión” will be performed on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Brava Theater Center in the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16, 2016 – Community Music Center today announced its upcoming March world premier of “El Son de la Misión,” an original work commissioned to celebrate the rich history of the Mission District through original songs that reflect pivotal social and artistic movements in the neighborhood’s past, performed by artists of the present. As part of the CMC’s 95th anniversary, “El Son” is a celebration of the neighborhood where the Center has offered music lessons to all people, regardless of financial means, since 1921.

Drawing on fifty years of changing musical styles and created by renowned local musician John Calloway in concert with fellow Mission artists, including iconic storyteller Carlos Barón, “El Son” celebrates all the Mission has given to San Francisco at the very moment the district’s future stands at a crossroads.

“Creating ‘El Son de la Misión’ has been like coming home,” said John Calloway. “Working with fellow Mission artists and cultural leaders has been inspiring, and has reminded us all of what makes the Mission such a powerful community and potent artistic voice. “El Son” is a living homage to our community.”

“El Son” brings together four generations of Mission District artists and organizers, sharing memories and creative vision as a way to both pass on traditions and create new possibilities together. John Calloway grew up musically with the Afro Cuban and salsa music groups of the late 1970s and early 1980s. As an educator in the San Francisco School District, at San Francisco State University, director of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, and long time collaborator with CMC’s Mission District Young Musicians Program, Calloway has played an integral role in training and shaping young musicians’ lives.

“El Son” includes current and former students of CMC’s Mission District Young Musicians Program and those of other Mission district arts groups such as Loco Bloco. Other leading Mission artists such as Fogo Na Roupa, Roberto Hernandez and new generation ensembles Bayonics and Soltron will perform in “El Son”. Visual artist Carlos “Kookie” Gonzalez created artwork for the piece to visually represent the neighborhood.

This backdrop makes “El Son” not only a creative project that will result in a world premiere of a new musical work but also an important thread in preserving and passing on to new generations neighborhood history and culture.

“The Mission district has a rich and compelling history of arts and cultural activism,” said Christopher Borg, Executive Director, Community Music Center. “Today, the Mission district is at a critical juncture, with rapid change happening all around us. Preserving neighborhood history and the cultures which make our district so rich is vital, and we are proud to work with John and our community’s artistic leaders to record our district’s unique voices and powerful living history.”

“El Son de la Misión” will be performed on Saturday, March 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at the Brava Theater Center in the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. General admission is $12, with a door price of $15. To buy tickets, please visit www.brava.org or contact www.sfcmc.org for more information.

“El Son” is supported by the Creative Work Fund. Community partners include Acción Latina/El Tecolote, Brava Theater Center, Mission High School Bear Society, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Machete Records, The Mexican Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

About San Francisco’s Community Music Center: Founded in 1921, San Francisco’s Community Music Center (CMC), a Bay Area nonprofit, is one of the oldest and largest community arts organizations on the West Coast making high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of financial means. CMC, based in the Mission District, was established to “be a provider of music that is not art for art’s sake, but art for life’s sake.” CMC serves more than 23,000 people each year, including more than 2,400 students of all ages, ethnicities and income levels who enjoy music lessons, programs and concerts at no or low cost. Learn more about CMC at www.sfcmc.org and follow the organization on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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

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 someone gets to meet one of the best musicians in the world, Emanuel Ax. Your comments helped me understand the piece better think beyond what is written in the music, and try out new things too. At first, I was really nervous when I came, but once I saw you personally and how nice you were, that calmed me down.” Rebecca Portnoy, from a letter of appreciation to Emanuel Ax.

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

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 board member engagement.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized by Bloomberg Philanthropies for the life-changing music and music education services we provide to more than 23,000 people in and around San Francisco each year,” said Christopher Borg, executive director of Community Music Center. “This generous donation will allow us to expand our outreach efforts and programs to an even wider community. We’re thrilled for the opportunity to bring more people from all walks of life together to connect through music – no matter their age, musical ability or financial background.”

The invitation-only program supports nonprofit cultural organizations based in six cities: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All organizations are locally or internationally recognized nonprofits that have been in existence for at least two years. The grantees are required to participate in a management training program; secure matching funds; ensure 100% board participation in fundraising; and maintain up-to-date information in the Cultural Data Project, an online financial & data collection platform that assists arts organizations across the country to collect, learn from, and use data effectively. The grants are unrestricted so that recipients can use them to address their greatest needs.

Funds from this grant will be used to expand fundraising and marketing initiatives, all of which will ultimately help CMC become a national leader in community-based arts education. Combined, these efforts will further the organization’s strategy to attract the highest caliber of teaching professionals, board volunteers and staff to sustain CMC’s work and mission.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is partnering with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland to develop curricula and conduct trainings for the AIM program in each city. The comprehensive workshops engage organizations around activities that strengthen their long-term health and goals and include consultations and implementation support for arts managers and their boards.

Architect Mark Cavagnero to Design CMC’s Expanded Mission District Campus


PR Contact:
Sonia Caltvedt, Marketing Director
Community Music Center
(415) 647-6015 x75
scaltvedt@sfcmc.org

Architect Mark Cavagnero to Design Community Music Center’s
Expanded Mission District Campus

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 20, 2014) — Community Music Center (CMC), a non-profit music school with the mission of making music accessible to all, has announced the selection of renowned architect Mark Cavagnero for an exciting  and critical  campus expansion project.

To meet a growing need for high quality, affordable music lessons in the Bay Area, Community Music Center purchased the property next door to its Mission District Branch in September of 2012. Gifts from CMC’s Board of Directors and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, coupled with financing from the Northern California Community Loan Foundation made this ambitious step possible. The timing couldn’t have been better: CMC’s Mission branch is at capacity, with waiting lists for prime lesson times and offsite teaching due to limited classroom space.

Says Executive Director Christopher Borg, “We believe that music transforms lives and that everyone should have access to a high quality music education.  The expanded campus will prepare Community Music Center well for our second century of serving Bay Area residents.”

Integrating the Victorian next door to CMC’s home at 544 Capp Street will nearly double the center’s capacity to offer music lessons and classes. When the campus is completed, students, faculty, staff and performers will enjoy more teaching studios, ensemble rehearsal spaces, work areas, and a state-of-the-art renovated concert hall.

Architect Mark Cavagnero was selected in part for his deep understanding of how architecture creates and fosters community.  His unique and thoughtful approach to leading an organization through the design process makes him the clear choice for this project.  In partnership with Community Music Center stakeholders, Cavagnero will develop a solution that best captures CMC’s identity and meets its needs while being mindful of cost.  Mark Cavagnero Associates has won many awards and is responsible for the acclaimed new SFJAZZ Center, as well as the innovative renovations of the Oakland Museum and the historic East Bay Center for Performing Arts.

Mark Cavagnero shares CMC’s enthusiasm for an enhanced and expanded presence in the Mission District: “Community Music Center’s lovely campus has been an important player in San Francisco’s cultural and community life. It is with great excitement that we begin our journey of taking CMC to an even higher level of music instruction and performance, all the while reinforcing the community connection in a city searching for just such opportunities.”

To manage the project, CMC has engaged Equity Community Builders (ECB), a real estate developer with a focus on responsible development that contributes to the strength and vitality of neighborhoods and communities. ECB has worked with clients such as the East Bay Center for Performing Arts and Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage Coffee House.

Community Music Center is in the early stages of raising funds for this $10-12 million project.

 

About Community Music Center:

Community Music Center is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1921 with the mission of making high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial status. CMC is the Bay Area’s oldest community arts organization and San Francisco’s largest provider of free and low-cost music classes and concerts. During the 2012-13 school year, over 2,300 students of all ages, ethnicities and income levels enrolled in CMC programs and over 19,000 people enjoyed musical performances at no or low cost. Learn more at www.sfcmc.org.

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Community Music Center’s Older Adult Choir Program Finalist for Bay Area Impact Challenge Grant

PR Contact:
Sonia Caltvedt, Marketing Director
Community Music Center
(415) 647-6015 x75
scaltvedt@sfcmc.org

 

Community Music Center’s Older Adult Choir Program
Finalist for Bay Area Impact Challenge Grant

 

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 22, 2014) — Community Music Center (CMC), a non-profit music school with the mission of making music accessible to all, is a Top 10 finalist in Google’s Bay Area Impact Challenge.  To compete, local nonprofits were invited to share their most innovative ideas for improving Bay Area communities. Four winners will receive a $500,000 grant and technical support from Google. Finalists were selected based on the following criteria: community impact, innovation, scalability, and feasibility.

Community Music Center will bring the joy of music making to hundreds of older adults through community choirs. The program will extend the innovative work of the Community of Voices research study, which is a partnership between CMC, UCSF and the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services. The study examines whether singing in a community choir is a cost-effective way to promote health and well-being among culturally diverse older adults. It is funded by the National Institute on Aging and supports each choir for one year.

As a finalist, Community Music Center has already been awarded $250,000 to extend rehearsals for the 12 choirs that are participating in the Community of Voices study. With enough public support during the Google Bay Area Impact Challenge voting period, CMC can increase its grant funding to $500,000, ensuring that the positive impacts of the senior choirs continue for at least four years beyond the duration of the study.

The results have been truly transformative for choir members so far.

“When someone is old and shut away in a room watching television, it withers the soul. With [singing] you feel very good. It gives life.” — Francisco, 83

“All week, we wait with enthusiasm for Friday [rehearsal]. I feel a lot better physically and spiritually.” — Isabel, 76

The public voting window is open from May 22 to June 2. Visit g.co/bayareachallenge to learn about all ten finalists or visit Community Music Center’s voting page directly. On June 3, the top four winning projects will be revealed.

Community Music Center is honored to have been selected as a finalist by a distinguished panel of advisors: Honorable Aida Alvarez, Secretary Norman Mineta, Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, Reverend Cecil Williams and Major League Baseball player Barry Zito.

 

About Community Music Center:

Community Music Center is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1921 with the mission of making high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial status. CMC is the Bay Area’s oldest community arts organization and San Francisco’s largest provider of free and low-cost music classes and concerts. During the 2012-13 school year, over 2,300 students of all ages, ethnicities and income levels enrolled in CMC programs and over 19,000 people enjoyed musical performances at no or low cost. Learn more at www.sfcmc.org.

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