The GRAMMY® Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the Recording Academy, has a challenging responsibility to bring national attention to important issues such as the value of music and arts education and preserving our rich cultural legacy for future generations. Through its nationwide efforts, the Foundation has made great inroads. Foundation programs include: Smart Symphonies, Music in High Places, Concerts for Young People, Grammy in the Schools: Careers, Mentoring, High School Jazz Ensembles, and programs offered through the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning.
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
The Kuumbwa Jazz Center is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization serving the Santa Cruz community. The vision of the Kuumbwa Jazz Society is to see and hear the future of jazz develop in the capable minds and hearts of younger citizens. This vision supports their mission to promote education opportunities with a focus toward young people. Kuumbwa’s Annual Summer Jazz Camp and the Kuumbwa High School Honors Band are for young people willing to dedicate themselves to study, practice, and performance. Kuumbwa’s new education program, the Master Class Series, invites jazz enthusiasts of all ages to dig a little deeper and spend an evening with a well-known Bay Area educator and musician learning about jazz with a special focus. The Web site provides a calendar of events, information on education programs, special event information, and membership information.
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra draws audiences from the greater Long Beach region to its six Classics and four Symphony POPS concerts each season. The Long Beach Symphony is a professional orchestra of 83 members. Select “Classic Concerts and Tickets” for the Classic Series and “Symphony POPS Concerts and Tickets” for the Pops Series. The Web site also provides information on Education Programs, Involvement Opportunities, sponsors a Bulletin Board, and offers a mailing list for patrons wishing to receive notice of events. Visitors to the site may want to select the “Site Map” link to view all of the categories of information available.
The MOMI Museum of Musical Instruments
A fascinating site of virtual collections featuring guitars, mandolins, and musicians of the last two centuries. The beautiful exhibits include photographs, audio files, and valuable historical information. A few of the many topics are Mark Twain’s musicianship, Rita Hayworth’s guitar playing in the movie Gilda, singing cowboys, and the greats like Elvis and Woody Guthrie. A small gallery has guitars as works of art. Well worth a visit.
Ojai Music Festival
The Ojai Music Festival is for music lovers who desire an opportunity to get away for a special weekend of music and festivity. The festival weaves music of the past and present to create an event in an intimate, natural setting in the Ojai Valley. The Web site provides information about the festival and events. Tickets can be ordered by mail, fax, and online. Additional information is available on the Web site regarding lodging in Ojai, directions for visitors, volunteer opportunities, and educational outreach programs.
Percussive Arts Society
The Web site of the Percussive Arts Society is informative and useful for both teachers and students. Search for in-depth information on anything regarding percussion technique, instruments, education, research, performance, and appreciation throughout the world. Click on the small blue magnifying glass symbol in upper right to see an overview of the whole site. An online magazine is included for the latest percussion news plus valuable links.
The mission of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, a not-for-profit corporation, is to foster, promote, and increase the knowledge and appreciation of the arts through the presentation of performances by musical artists of national and international stature and the development and implementation of a wide variety of music education outreach programs. The Society’s youth programs are offered without charge to schools, students, and parents, and each year reach over a quarter of a million children from first grade through high school. Select Music Education to learn about the programs being offered for schools during the current year.
Sacramento Taiko Dan
Taiko is a dynamic blend of sound, rhythm, and movement. Based on traditional Japanese percussion, it is a vibrant expression of Japanese and Asian-American art and culture. Sacramento Taiko Dan provides many programs for students from kindergarten through college. Performers have extensive experience working with students and student groups of all ages. Select School Performances to learn about booking performers for an individual school. The site also provides information on currently scheduled performances, the individual performers who are part of the group, a History and About Us section, and on taking classes in Taiko drumming.
San Diego Symphony
The San Diego Symphony is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. The Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs over 100 concerts each season. The Web site provides links to an events calendar, tickets online, background information on the concert hall used for performances, and program notes for concerts. Select “Education & Outreach” to learn more about The Young People’s Concerts and Outreach Program. An e-mail newsletter is available by signing up through the “Join Our Mailing List” link.
Santa Rosa Symphony
Instituted in 1928, the Santa Rosa Symphony has grown to be a respected regional orchestra, the seventh largest in the state of California, presenting 21 classical performances plus specials each year. The mission of the Santa Rosa Symphony is to inspire and engage people with the highest quality musical performances and educational programs, while maintaining core values of excellence, enthusiasm, innovation, integrity, and community. Concerts are simulcast on KRCB 90.9/91.1 FM. The Web site provides information on the current season and ticket purchase. Musicians interested in auditioning for the symphony should select “Musicians & Staff” to learn about audition opportunities. Select “Music Education” to learn about education and outreach opportunities offered by the symphony.
Westwind Brass seeks to foster international appreciation of brass chamber music through education and entertainment. Westwind Brass is a professional ensemble devoted to increasing students’ awareness in music. Select “Concert Series” or “Calendar” to view information about the current Westwind Brass performance schedule. Westwind Brass also offers three shows that can be booked as school assemblies. Select the “Education” link to learn more about booking these assemblies, plus the Summer Brass Workshop. The Web site also offers visitors a “Contact Us” feature and information about recordings done by the group.