Cal Performances hosted the first-ever Seminario on the UC Berkeley campus, an immersive musical sharing with young musicians from a half-dozen local El Sistema music programs to rehearse and perform alongside members of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Our musicians played side by side on the Zellerbach Hall stage as peers with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.Read More
Thirty students participated in our two-week intensive Creative Composing Camp. They wrote about challenges, obstacles and opportunities and created a 'rock opera' in six movements that described alternative paths one can take in life. All original lyrics and music. They curated the performance and memorized all the music. It was a huge success and great accomplishment of which they and their parents were proud.
You won't want to miss this. Join the fun surprise and support our musicians on Sunday, August 9th at 3:45 pm at the Plaza in Mill Valley - opposite the Depot Bookstore.
Back by popular demand, Dan Trahey, from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids program and Peabody Conservatory, will return to ELM this summer to do a two-week creative composing camp from August 3-14. We will have several concerts showcasing the incredible work of our ELM students and faculty.
Juan Felipe Molano returns as ELM's guest conductor on June 6, 2015 at 3pm at Pickleweed Park in San Rafael. Local Marin musicians will join our ELM students to create a Canal Community Orchestra. Meet the ELM musicians and share a potluck meal prepared by ELM families after the concert. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity!Read More
We are honored that the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra (LVCO) has selected ELM as a recipient for their benefit concert April 17th at 7:30 PM at the Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda 620 Del Ganado Road, San Rafael 94903. Enjoy Beethoven, Mozart and Gershwin's gorgeous Lullaby and support the LVCO and ELM! Thank you Frank LaHorgue and the LVCO! And thank you Christ Presbyterian Church for your generous sponsorship of this concert.
Our concert on Saturday, February 7th, with Juan Felipe Molano, ELM's artistic-director in-residence and currently the conductor of the Youth Orchestra LA, was an incredible success.
With a 57 piece orchestra, composed of our ELM students, our faculty, students from public and private schools, and professional musicians - it was truly a community event.
We are especially proud of our beginning cello students who, after just playing their instruments for a few months - proudly joined the orchestra..
Stay tuned for our next big concert on June 6th and news about our 2015 summer composing camp with Dan Trahey - starting August 2nd.
ELM performed with Quinteto Latino in San Francisco in their inaugural Latin American Chamber Music Festival. Here is our new video from Zach and Jacquy at Inner World Films documenting the event.
ELM students along with two other Bay Area El Sistema inspired programs performed side by side with the National Youth Orchestra at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The "pop-up" concert in the Rotunda was a thrill!
Quinteto Latino is working with our most advanced 'Bartok' ELM students this year on improvisation and two pieces of music composed for them to be performed at our local schools and for our Winter 2015 concert which will be held at 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley on December 20 from 2-3 pm.
Internationally known cellist mesmerized our students and families during a visit to ELM this month. Describing vibrato as similar to the ripples on a pond made by a butterfly, sharing his stories of how music fills his imagination and how his parents helped him persevere when at an early age he wanted to quit, inspired and reinvigorated us. He transformed our multipurpose room into a concert hall. Afterwards, one ELM mom of a five year old student said, "hearing Zuill speak and play for us deepened my commitment to music for my son." Thank you! And thank you Marin Symphony for sharing Zuill with us.
Our Creative Composing Summer Camp with Dan Trahey from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Conservatory was beyond successful. Twenty-five ELM students worked for six hours per day to create a unique piece of music based on an immigration story that they jointly wrote. It included original music and lyrics and was curated by Khida, one of our talented flutists. Dan recently wrote to us:
Dear Jane: "My time at ELM this summer was incredible. I was the one learning during our week together. The student's ability to put very complex world issues such as racism, segregation and immigration into musical ideas and then into complex form and orchestration is unbelievable. ELM students are not only playing at a sophisticated level but are also becoming musical citizens".
Starting this summer, Jane will participate in a 7-month Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners.
ELM students Diana and Jocelyn were two of 25 El Sistema students from across the country to win scholarships to a 3-day Leadership Forum for Young Musicians Take a Stand conference in Los Angeles. D The highlight of the trip was a rehearsal and performance with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
Watch the video of their trip.
'House of Cards' mind-set threatens Millennials' idealism
By CARLA MARINUCCI
Gardner agrees. The 17-year-old started on her public service road in the seventh grade, tutoring elementary school students. Today she works with a program called Enriching Lives Through Music, teaching violin and music theory to children in the largely Latino Canal district of San Rafael.
Last year, Gardner was appointed head of the education equity committee for the county Youth Commission. She and other teenagers on the panel advocated for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who were being bullied.
San Rafael-based program teaches Canal youth music, leadership skills
By Megan Hansen
When Donis Luarca's daughter joined the San Rafael-based Enriching Lives through Music program about seven years ago, he had no idea it would teach her to play a handful of different instruments and prepare her to attend an exclusive music and leadership conference next month.
Strawberry teen helps fellow immigrant students make music
By ANN MIZEL
"It's a real 'wow' feeling that I get when I help someone out — and kind of addictive," says Marcus Nunes, 18, a senior at Tamalpais High School. "If I can, I should be able to help others." A self-taught clarinetist and saxophone player, Nunes, who volunteers with the nonprofit Enriching Lives through Music program in the Canal area of San Rafael, says he did not speak English when he came to Californai at age 10 from Brazil.
Marin Voice: A San Rafael music program changes lives
By MARK PHILIPS
Guest op-ed column
El Sistema U.S.A. is bringing the approach to the U.S., including the Canal area in San Rafael, in an exciting program called Enriching Lives through Music. ELM was founded by Jane Kramer, an oboist, who, years after receiving a PhD in urban policy from UC Berkeley, was awarded a grant to return to her music studies and embark on her dream of enriching the lives of underserved children.
Dream a Little Dream
By VIRGINIA PERRIN
Vassar Time-Out grants change lives. Just ask Marin County, California resident Jane Kramer '78. An anonymous alumna established Time-Out grants more than 20 years ago to enable Vassar alums age 40 and over to "make a career change or take time out to pursue a strongly desired endeavor." After receiving the grant for 2003-2004, Kramer took a leave from a research position, returned to her first love—music—and never looked back.