Changing Lives Through Music

Music Mobile Display at Promenade

When twelve year old Erica Mineo stopped by the Music Mobile display at Music Promenade, we could hear how our program touches lives.  She first tuned all seven of our violins, and then played a Bach Concerto!  Better yet, she remembered one of our Music Mobile sessions when she attended in third grade.

We do change lives through our youth programs, and we kick off our 2012 season in March with renewed focus.  You’ll see us at schools around the South Bay in the iconic van we donated to the Phil in 2005.  This year we have expanded our reach to five new schools, and enlisted our men to join the fun.

Our reward is the warm glow we get from reading letters from the kids.  A cherished favorite is one that critiqued a docent’s earnest effort to play an instrument with “at least you tried.”

Creating a Vibrant Future – At 60!

Gustavo Dudamel

The Peninsula Committee will celebrate its 60th birthday in 2012, confident that a vibrant future lies ahead. Our membership is active and growing, and we are nurturing a robust music culture on the Peninsula where young musicians can hone their skills, and seasoned performers can share their talents with enthusiastic audiences.

Our day-long Music Promenade fundraiser on October 9 offered a wide reach to the community, with 3 events attended by over 750 people. Our main event offered diverse selections for every taste, ranging from classical music to lively ethnic pieces. Six high school jazz bands and a string quartet dazzled us with the talent of our teen musicians, and a Music Mobile display rounded out our emphasis on youth programs. We ended the day with an elegant tour of a music museum featuring automated musical instruments from 1820-1920.

The summer brought a change of pace and a chance to reflect on how far we’ve come and where we’re going. Our Summer Party in August was a time to enjoy each other’s fellowship, and honor our nine new members for the energy and creative ideas they have already infused into our Affiliate. August also brought the birth of our first Men’s Group. Our men have always been there for us, pitching in whenever there was work to be done, and sustaining us in achieving our mission. This new Auxiliary will give them well-deserved recognition and integrate them more fully into our activities. And, to insure that we listen to the voice of our active members, we issued an Interest Finder Survey where everyone could raise their hands for favorite jobs. With this foundation, we can strategically place our members in roles that will help us thrive next year…and for the next 60!