Neighborhood Choirs as Public Health Solutions
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Michelle Lee
4d ago
July 8, 2024 KALW Radio Crosscurrents Sheryl Kaskowitz Listen to the broadcast here Twelve years ago, a UCSF researcher teamed up with city and nonprofit officials to launch a novel experiment meant to answer one question: can singing in a choir provide real health benefits for older adults? In the social hall of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco’s Castro district, a group of singers sit with their choir folders open, in rows of chairs around the grand piano. There aren’t very many of them here today—just two sopranos, about three altos, four tenors, and two basses. A han ..read more
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The Journey of Emiliano Diaz-Graham: From MDYMP to the School of the Arts
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
1w ago
Emiliano Diaz-Graham’s music journey began with the violin at Westport Elementary, but after two years, he realized it wasn’t for him. “I didn’t really like the violin that much, and I didn’t like my teacher much either,” he recalls. During his time in this school orchestra, he discovered his true passion: the bass. Fascinated by its deep, resonant sound, Emiliano switched instruments with his mother’s support and began playing the bass in the orchestra at Hoover Middle School. In the spring of his 6th grade year, his middle school teacher nominated him for the MDYMP scholarship. As part of th ..read more
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Congratulations to Our 2024-2025 Merit Scholarship Awardees and Recital Performers
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
1M ago
The CMC faculty and staff audition students every May for full scholarships for private lessons in the upcoming school year. These scholarships are awarded based on need and merit. This year, the jury listened to numerous students playing a diverse range of repertoire. The jury would like to express their gratitude to everyone who helped prepare the students for the auditions, as well as to the students who participated. We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Merit Scholarships for private lessons for the 2024-2025 school year, as well as the selected participants for the CMC All-Sch ..read more
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Melodies of Heritage: Celebrating Asian Music in the US
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
1M ago
May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to honor the diverse cultural traditions, histories, and contributions of Asian communities. At CMC, we celebrate the significant influence of Asian music and musicians in the United States. This month, we spotlight the rich contributions of Asian musical traditions and artists who have enriched the American musical landscape, fostering connections and cultural understanding. Asian music encompasses a vast array of styles, instruments, and traditions. From the classical ragas of India and the serene melodies of the Japanese koto to the dynamic rhythms of Chi ..read more
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Unleashing Your Voice: A Guide to Expanding Your Vocal Range
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
1M ago
Whether you’re just starting your vocal journey or returning to the world of singing after a hiatus, expanding your vocal range is a crucial step towards unlocking your full potential as a vocalist. Your vocal range not only determines the notes you can sing comfortably but also influences your versatility and ability to tackle a wide variety of musical styles. In this article, we’ll explore effective strategies for beginners and those with previous experience who are looking to expand their vocal range and take their singing to new heights. Understanding Vocal Range Your vocal range refers to ..read more
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Sabrina Raphael: Making a Difference Through Volunteering
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
2M ago
Sabrina Raphael embodies the power of volunteering, especially in the community of music. Her heartfelt commitment to facilitating access to music education for all has driven her involvement with the Community Music Center (CMC). For Sabrina, music is a unifying force that brings people together, creating a community of like-minded individuals who share the same passion. Sabrina’s experience as a volunteer at CMC has given her a deeper understanding of the importance of music education and its accessibility. Her involvement in significant events, such as the opening of CMC’s new building, has ..read more
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Buying a Keyboard: Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Instrument
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
2M ago
As a piano student, selecting the right keyboard is crucial to your musical journey. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced player, your instrument should embody quality, functionality, and inspire your creativity. In this guide, we’ll explore the essentials of buying a keyboard, including features, brands, and sample models across different price ranges. Basics A quality keyboard should possess certain fundamental elements. Firstly, it must produce a sound that resonates well and closely resembles that of an acoustic piano. Secondly, it should boast 88 keys, providing the full range necessa ..read more
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Beginner’s Guide to Voice Studies: Vocalpalooza
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Michelle Lee
3M ago
“I don’t sing because I’m happy. I’m happy because I sing.” ― William James There are few joys as accessible as singing—whether it’s singing along to the radio, joining a community choir, singing a bedtime lullaby to a child, or just in the privacy of your own shower—it’s the only instrument that’s part of yourself. Songs are endless avenues for storytelling, self-expression, connecting with cultural traditions, and unifying groups across many different styles and backgrounds. But it can be hard to know where to start if you want to pursue becoming a better singer. Should you start with voice ..read more
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From Student to Opera Composer: The Journey of Vance Maverick
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
3M ago
Vance Maverick, a composition student at CMC, is ready to debut his first opera this June at the CMC Concert Hall in the Mission. His path to this achievement has been marked by dedication, collaboration, and support from the community. Maverick’s passion for musical composition began at 13 when he discovered the Bach Brandenburg Concerti. Although he pursued other interests, including a career in computer science, his love for composition persisted. In 2017, he decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a composer and turned to us for guidance. Under the mentorship of Jono Kornfeld, a ..read more
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Elevating Trans Voices: New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus
San Francisco Community Music Center
by Alba
3M ago
Creating community through music, especially through singing, is an incredible gift that we all possess. We have this amazing ability to connect through communal music-making, communal creation, and shared purpose, and it’s something that is perfectly encapsulated in choir and choral settings. It’s such a refreshing and soul-releasing opportunity that we have, becoming an amazing community space that people not only enjoy but in many cases truly need as a place to connect with other trans people, to collaborate with other trans people, and to create something new with other trans people. Wheth ..read more
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