Amazing Spring Concert, The Biggest Yet

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. 

ELM Movie Night A Success

ELM and the Lark Theater in Downtown Larkspur hosted a wonderful night of music, film, and of course free popcorn! On April 17, 2017, some our high school flute students and our 4th grade cello class from San Pedro Elementary performed pre-movie music, and then we watched the inspirational film Landfill Harmonic. All ticket sales went to fund the ELM Scholarship Program. Many thanks to all the staff at the Lark Theater for a great night. 

ELM Awarded Grant At Marin Charitable Ceremony

ELM was awarded a grant at Marin Charitable's Annual Grant Ceremony on February 2, 2017 and Jane Kramer was one of the keynote speakers. The funds will be used for our middle school string and wind programs - started this year with funds from Marin Charitable. "Marin Charitable's believes that every child deserves the opportunity to have a happy and fulfilling childhood. Marin Charitable provides grants to organizations that offer critical support, education and enrichment for school-aged children in Marin County with limited opportunities." Thank you Marin Charitable for honoring Jane Kramer for her passionate work to serve Marin youth through Enriching Lives through Music! http://www.marincharitable.org/

ELM Students Sing on the Canal Alliance's "Get the Picture" Campaign Song

Five ELM students were chosen to sing on a song, written by Andre Pessis and Tony Lindsay in collaboration with the Canal Alliance on the recording of the campaign music video "Get the Picture." They spent a Saturday afternoon recording their lively part in the Andre's music studio. The music video was screened at the Panel Discussion on Immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on January 30, 2017 from 5:30-7:00pm, at Dominican University of California and has been shown in many venues around the county. "Get the Picture" is now available on iTunes and Youtube. 

2016-17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award Goes to Jane Kramer

Jane Kramer, ELM founder and executive director, is the recipient of the 2016-17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award for her outstanding efforts in the area of human and civil rights. Jane has selected Enriching Lives Through Music to receive the award stipend. The Marin Community Foundation and the Marin Human Rights Commission honored her on January 12, 2017 during an awards ceremony at Marin Civic Center. 

National Take A Stand Festival

Five of our students were accepted to the National Take A Stand Festival, a seven day summer music intensive at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival. Take A Stand, a program founded by the LA Philharmonic, is specifically geared towards students from El Sistema inspired programs across the country. After a rigorous audition process, five of our students were accepted, and they were flown out to Colorado in June for the festival. For most of them this was the first time they had ever flown, and when they arrived they had a chance to meet several other students from similar programs across the US. This was an incredible opportunity for musical growth, learning, and connection. The students had a wonderful time, and we couldn't be more proud. Jane even flew out to Colorado to see their final performance (video here). Here's looking at next year!

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Spring 2016 Concert the best yet!

All three levels of our students - Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok - played a beautiful concert filled with favorites from the Classical repertoire as well as fun new arrangements of latin music and contemporary film music. We played at the Mt.Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley, a space well-loved by the greatest classical musicians that have passed through Mill Valley. The hall was absolutely packed, and ELM couldn't have been more proud. Here's looking at another new year that's even better!

Marin Country Day School hosts ELM for weekend music-fest

Our conductor, Juan Felipe Molano from the LA Philharmonic, flew up for a full weekend of rehearsals, workshops, and performances at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera. The students and families were so happy, and we shared a beautiful potluck after the final concert. After this weekend, we can already tell that our final concert on June 12th is going to be spectacular!

New opportunity for ELM students at historic Cazadero music program

ELM has been invited to participate in one of the most long-standing musical traditions that the Bay Area has to offer. Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, a secluded camp and performance space near the Russian River, has been a significant part of the Bay Area music scene since 1957, partnering with the SF Symphony, SF Opera Orchestra, SF Ballet Orchestra, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among countless other reputable Bay Area music groups and programs. More than 100,000 young musicians have gone to Cazadero to participate in this transformative program, and now it's ELM's turn.

Enriching Lives through Music has been rapidly increasing its reach and capacity, and people are noticing. Cazadero Performing Arts Camp offers a three-day intensive program for exceptional public school music programs called JumpStart in Music, and ELM has the opportunity to take fifty students to Caz for this program at the end of May. 

We have invited several guest musicians for workshops and masterclasses. Conductor Juan Felipe Molano is even flying out from Los Angeles for this music weekend with ELM. There will be a faculty recital, a talent show, group hikes among the redwoods, campfire songs, and s'mores, among other nature-oriented, community-building activities. This is the first time ELM has been able to take the students on a musical excursion like this. It will be an incredibly inspiring weekend for the students. We can't wait! To donate and help a student go to Caz, go to this link: www.gofundme.com/ELMatCaz