Sierra Community Music launches in Grass Valley |

Sierra Community Music launches in Grass Valley

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What: Sierra Student Showcase

When: 3 p.m. May 18

Where: Unitarian-Universalist Church, 246 South Church Street in Grass Valley

Information: or email

Musical movies from the past often featured a classic scene. A composer sits down at the piano, then plays a chord or two, toys with a simple motif and ripples an arpeggio.

Before long a small band or orchestra rises out of the ether, a singer stands at the microphone, and a song or a full-scale production is born.

While these old movies offer an on-screen presentation of the creative process, beyond the fantasy, the off-screen process may very well contain a few similar elements. Back in February, a small group of musicians, teachers, arts managers and fans of classical music gathered around a dining room table in a local farmhouse with a single goal in mind: To create a small community organization devoted to music education and enrichment, according to a release.

It was a passionate group and ideas flew around the room like fingers fluttering on a keyboard playing Liszt. There could be recitals, chamber music groups, music camps, classes in music history and music appreciation — and programs for adults as well as kids: the possibilities were endless.

As the proverbial cup spilled over, the new group settled on both a name — Sierra Community Music — and a clear mission: “To provide educational and performance opportunities for the music community throughout the Sierra Foothills” — and to do so in a way that supplements and complements existing programs in our arts-rich neighborhood.

The group’s first offering, the Sierra Student Showcase, will be a public recital featuring young musicians playing a variety of instruments. Local teachers from Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City and surrounding areas will be sending talented students of all ages to share their polished pieces with an audience. The recital will take place at 3 p.m. May 18 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Grass Valley.

In addition, the new organization will be offering two chamber music workshops for string players and pianists in July, each a week long. The curriculum for the Sierra Summer Conservatory includes individual and group coaching, as well as classes in music history and music theory. The workshops are open to students ranging from fifth grade through high school who are proficient at reading music.

For more information on either the recital or the summer workshops, visit the SCM website:, or email:

Source: Sierra Community Music

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