On February 12, 2019 ELM students and staff made a surprise visit and performance to the Marin Community Foundation. ELM received a grant for the funds to purchase a 10 passenger van that we will use to take students to ELM events and other activities. We are incredibly thankful! Watch this video of MCF seeing the van for the first time!
On November 17, 2018 ELM joined with three other Sistema programs for the first North Bay Seminario and side-by-side with the Sonoma State Orchestra at the beautiful Weill Music Hall at the Green Music Center. Our Bartok Ensemble were at the top of their game and performed several pieces on their own before joining with the full orchestra for a rousing finale of two beloved Leonard Bernstein pieces - Mambo and Somewhere. They looked great in their newly ELM shirts donated by our wonderful landlord, David Brown of BNC.
Our annual Day of the Dead celebration at our first home, Pickleweed Park. Twenty ELM students sang and performed traditional Dia de los muertos songs before heading to Mill Valley to perform at the Sweetwater for a Marin Charitable Gala.
December 8th: This is a special, mini-concert for our new ELM students who are in the Pre-orchestral program. They will give a short presentation in the Venetia Valley gym on Saturday, December 8 at 11:30am.
December 16th: Come celebrate ELM’s 3 Ensembles with a special performance by our parent ukulele ensemble. Our string and wind students are excited to to highlight the impressive musical and ensemble skills they have focused on this fall. Marin Showcase Theater, San Rafael, December 16, 2018 at 1:00pm.
ELM wrapped up its 2018 summer teaching season with a concert at the Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael on July 25. It was our largest summer concert in ELM history.
ELM elementary and middle school chorus members will put on a lively performance at the Italian Street Painting Marin event on Sunday June 24, at 4:00pm. Look for us by the piano! The event runs 10-6 pm all weekend, at 5th and A Street in downtown San Rafael. Read the interview here with Ronnie's Awesome List.
Photo credit: Tim Porter
Gather at San Rafael plaza at 6:15pm, then march with the community to St. Raphael Church. The inside program starts at 6:45pm in the gym at St. Raphael Church with music from ELM's advanced chamber orchestra playing a variety of Latin and classical favorites.
Join us for our annual spring concert!
As part of a social justice series, ELM students and 'Til Dawn (from Youth in Arts) will be performing at Angelico Concert Hall, at Dominican University. The free concert starts at 2:00pm with a panel discussion and reception to follow.
In San Rafael’s Canal Area, music lessons are helping kids gain confidence, community and the courage to pursue meaningful lives. Story and photos by Tim Porter. Read here for the article- The Right Notes
Festival of the Arts at Marin Lutheran Church hosted a benefit concert for ELM on Sunday October 29, 2017. They presented a Halloween-themed concert with ticket sales to benefit ELM. We are so grateful for their work and dedication to spotlight and support the ELM program. Thank you!
October 28, 2017. 3:00pm Play Me, San Rafael will launch Piano #1 in the downtown San Rafael plaza on 4th street. The vibrantly painted piano will mark the start of the lively and unique street piano program, with more pianos and special events to follow. Join us for the official ribbon cutting and musical presentation. Check out the AOL article!
Join us for our Winter Concert Celebration, Sunday December 17, 2017 at 1:00pm. We will be at Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, CA. The concert will feature 120 ELM students in a 60 piece Choir, parent ukulele class, and three levels of Ensemble.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, ELM will have our first real home. Stay tuned for information about our open house! Check back for news so that you’ll be the first to know when and where we will be. Thank you Jonathan Logan Foundation.
ELM has been selected to receive a $30K grant from Carnegie Hall's Play USA. ELM joins this network that supports organizations across the country that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved K–12 students. This grant will fund our new brass and wind instrument program for students at Venetia Valley School in San Rafael. Press release http://www.marinij.com/arts-and-entertainment/20170805/san-rafael-canal-youth-music-program-scores-30k-grant-from-carnegie-hall
Our 5-week camp session ended on July 27 with performances by all the camp students. The Canal Alliance in San Rafael hosted our camp and we had a wonderful turnout of ELM families, friends, and Canal Alliance staff at the performance. Photo credit: Tim Porter.
ELM celebrated their annual spring concert on May 20, 2017. We enjoyed the evening performance at Mt. Tam United Methodist Church in Mill Valley. This was our biggest concert yet that included: an Orff Ensemble, 40 member Chorus, 11 piece Parent Ukulele Ensemble, and an All ELM Orchestra of 65 instrumentalists. We played numerous folk songs from around the world like Aya Ngena (South African), Cielito Lindo (Mexican), and Ho Ho (Japanese). Our Advanced Chamber Orchestra rounded off the concert with selections from J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, and Zequinha de Abreu; and then our combined orchestras, chorus, and parent ukulele ensemble gave us a lively and inspirational finale to close the concert. What a phenomenal way to end our 2016-2017 season.