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Monthly musical news from CMC!

In this Issue
• In the Spotlight: Julian Lage at CMC
• New additions to CMC Faculty
• Meet Elenka Refsell, CMC's Development Assistant
• SFMusic Day. Live + Free


In the Spotlight

julian lag photo by christina storozkova
Miss the first Concert with Conversations? See some of the intimate moments of guitarist Julian Lage on the CMC stage. And not to fret, we still have four more concerts in the 2015-2016 Concert with Conversation series sponsored by San Francisco Performances.

The Growing Faculty Family

summer camp photo by linda a cicero
Welcome to the newest additions to CMC Faculty!
Diane Aurelius (Family Music), Helen Dilworth (Choir Director), Yongyu Gao (Piano), Charlie Gurke (Adult Jazz Ensemble), Alexx Hinkle (Violin, Viola), Bruce Loeb (Piano), Leon Palad (Choir Director), James Pannell (YMP Winds), Billy Philadelphia (Choir Director), Teddy Raven (Saxophones, Flute), Abigail Shiman (Violin), Ashten Smith (Voice), Marcus Stephens (Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet), Elyse Weakly (Piano), and Howard Wiley (Saxophones).

Meet Elenka Refsell

Carrying on the tradition of staff members that are highly skilled individuals as well as talented musicians, we welcome Elenka Refsell to CMC. Joining the Development Department this past August as a Development Assistant, Elenka brings her experience and new perspectives to the post. She was most recently at Shanti Project and before that was at the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir.

Special musical memory or moment? 
My parents had a subscription to the Boston Symphony Orchestra when I was growing up and my sisters and I got to go along when one of them was sick or out of town. I remember going up to the stage before the beginning of one of the concerts to see the musicians warming up. I loved seeing the instruments up close and seeing the violinists – it was inspiring to see where my violin lessons could take me if I practiced hard enough. 

What's on your playlist right now? 
I’m learning the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème right now so I’ve been listening to a bunch of different recordings of the opera. Listening to several interpretations of a song/aria/role is a staple in my learning process.

Read more about Elenka on our website and keep her busy by giving to CMC today.

SFMusic Day. Live + Free
Presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music 

sfmusic day
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the newly remodeled Veterans Building bursting with music at SFMusic Day. More than thirty ensembles will perform in the Herbst Theater and Green Room throughout the day at this amazing event. CMC Faculty Jon Jang and Samsun Van Loon are among the 148 music makers. Check out the full schedule of events for the day. 

CMC is honored to be part of the rich musical community represented at the event and we will have table in SFMusic Marketplace. 
Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12 noon to 10 pm
Herbst Theater and Green Room

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A Legacy of Jazz 

harvey cobb with cmc myp jazz musicians pier 27 dedication event 3.15It is with much sadness that we share with you the passing of CMC faculty member and longtime friend Harvey Robb. Harvey passed away on September 16 in his home with friends at his bedside after a brief bout with cancer. Harvey's love for music and gentle manner with students made him well loved during the 15 years he worked at the Community Music Center. He will be sorely missed. 

Max Miller-Loran is continuing to keep the spirit alive, teaching the Adult Jazz Ensemble that Harvey led for years at the Richmond District Branch.

la estrella
We anticipate another sell-out weekend for our beloved bilingual holiday musical, La Posarela.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 15. Fri. 12/4 at 7PM
Sat. 12/5 at 3PM & 7PM

children's chorus at gala
A Salute to the Joy of Making Music
CMC's Spring Gala
April 20, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel
San Francisco

From the Archives


Water Stained Wagner
One of the many pieces of ephemera found in the files at CMC. We can only imagine how many fingers have turned its pages through the years.

CMC's Mission


The mission of Community Music Center is to make high quality music accessible to all people, regardless of financial means. Learn more at
Community Music Center
Mission District Branch: (415) 647-6015
Richmond District Branch: 
(415) 221-4515

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