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.
St. Luke Church in San Rafael will host their Spring Fling, a kid-friendly event, from 1-3pm on May 13, 2017. There will be food, raffle prizes, games, and activities for kids. Our 5th grade San Pedro violin class will perform a few songs to kick off the festivities. Proceeds will benefit ELM.
On May 18, 2017 our middle school string players and high school flute students will perform for the Marin IJ Lobby Lounge at the Marin Civic Center. The second annual concert will showcase Marin's most talented student musicians, including select ELM students. Purchase tickets in advance here.
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.
On Saturday March 4, 2017, "Twilight Concert on the Bay" was held in Tiburon, CA. It was an elegant evening of stunning views and music with world renowned musicians from the SF Opera- Beni Shinohara, Victoria Ehrlich, and with special guests Maiko Nishio, and Haruka Fujii. All net proceeds went to the ELM Scholarship Fund.
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, staff, and families were treated to a delightful performance by Midori on January 28, 2017. Her presentation included duets with her student and guest violinist from USC Thornton School of Music. They played Bach Partita No. 3, and ended with Mozart's Turkish March arranged for two violins. We are grateful to the Marin Symphony for arranging the visit. It was an exciting performance!