Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Pasadena Conservatory of Music THE PASADENA CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC is an independent, nonprofit, nationally-accredited community school whose mission is to educate, advocate, inspire, and share through music study and performance.

The Conservatory offers a comprehensive curriculum that encompasses old, new, traditional, and avant-garde music for children and adults. More than 1,200 students attend the school annually and more than 3,000 students in schools throughout the Pasadena Unified School District and the community benefit from its extensive outreach programs. Funding for music classes is received from tuition, contributions from the community, foundation and government grants.

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The Jam: PCM's open mic series this Friday, December 3 at 4 pm!Looking for an additional, informal performance opportuni...
12/01/2021

The Jam: PCM's open mic series this Friday, December 3 at 4 pm!

Looking for an additional, informal performance opportunity or just want to share what you've been working on? Sign up for The Jam, this Friday at pasadenaconservatory.org/event/the-jam/

A retired clinical social worker, adult student Shirley Robertson has always enjoyed creative activities. After sufferin...
11/24/2021
Shirley Robertson|A Beginner’s Mind | Pasadena Conservatory of Music

A retired clinical social worker, adult student Shirley Robertson has always enjoyed creative activities. After suffering from asthma for twenty years, she took up singing in hopes of improving her lung function. She has since enjoyed singing a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, and musical theater. Read more about Shirley on our blog at pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/10/shirley-robertson/

Blog Shirley Robertson|A Beginner’s Mind Student Voices Shirley Robertson|A Beginner’s Mind October 13, 2021 A retired clinical social worker, adult student Shirley Robertson has always enjoyed creative activities. After suffering from asthma for twenty years, she took up singing in hopes of...

As we take a moment to reflect and give thanks, we want to express how grateful we are for you: our amazing students, fa...
11/23/2021

As we take a moment to reflect and give thanks, we want to express how grateful we are for you: our amazing students, families, supporters, faculty, and staff. Thank you so much for being part of the PCM family.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful holiday!

As we take a moment to reflect and give thanks, we want to express how grateful we are for you: our amazing students, families, supporters, faculty, and staff. Thank you so much for being part of the PCM family.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful holiday!

Do you or someone you know want to join the PCM team? Pasadena Conservatory of Music is seeking a part time teacher for ...
11/19/2021

Do you or someone you know want to join the PCM team? Pasadena Conservatory of Music is seeking a part time teacher for guitar group classes for 4th and 5th grade students. Work hours require early afternoon availability from 1:15 - 2:15 pm Tuesday - Friday, beginning January 4, 2022 and ending May 13, 2022.

Learn more at pasadenaconservatory.org/about/employment.

Do you or someone you know want to join the PCM team? Pasadena Conservatory of Music is seeking a part time teacher for guitar group classes for 4th and 5th grade students. Work hours require early afternoon availability from 1:15 - 2:15 pm Tuesday - Friday, beginning January 4, 2022 and ending May 13, 2022.

Learn more at pasadenaconservatory.org/about/employment.

Meet Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern at PCM. Yetunde is currently attending University of California, ...
11/17/2021
Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern | Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Meet Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern at PCM. Yetunde is currently attending University of California, Los Angeles studying Ethnomusicology and plans on graduating in 2023.

Read more on our blog.

Blog Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern Around the Conservatory Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern November 16, 2021 Meet Yetunde Shekoni, Development and Marketing Intern at PCM. Yetunde is currently attending University of California, Los Angeles studying Ethnomusicol...

11/16/2021

Student of Brian Barany, Lucas Catalan plays guitar at The Jam on October 22.

11/12/2021

PCM YM faculty, Sharon W**d, and Rio Navarro play an accordion duet at The Jam on October 29, 2021.

11/10/2021

Check out this video to learn all about PCM's Young Musicians program!

Olin Barrett: A Force For Good in Our CommunityOn Thursday, October 28, longtime PCM board member Olin Barrett  passed a...
11/08/2021
Olin Barrett: A Force For Good in Our Community, His Impact On The Pasadena Conservatory of Music Was Transformational | Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Olin Barrett: A Force For Good in Our Community

On Thursday, October 28, longtime PCM board member Olin Barrett passed away at the age of 83. Olin helped alter the landscape of our school from a small grassroots organization to a nationally-recognized community music school and had an outsized impact on the thousands of students who have enrolled at PCM, and the faculty, staff, and board members who work here.

Please take a moment to read our full tribute to Olin on our website.

Blog Olin Barrett: A Force For Good in Our Community, His Impact On The Pasadena Conservatory of Music Was Transformational Around the Conservatory Olin Barrett: A Force For Good in Our Community, His Impact On The Pasadena Conservatory of Music Was Transformational November 8, 2021 To witness Olin....

On Friday, October 22, we presented our first student recital in Barrett Hall since the beginning of the pandemic. Perfo...
11/05/2021

On Friday, October 22, we presented our first student recital in Barrett Hall since the beginning of the pandemic. Performing on the recital were advanced students Srijani Bhattacharya (cello), A***n Cazares (viola), Isabella Hayden (violin), Maria Kuznetsova (violin), and Eddie Zhou (violin), who is the 2021-2022 Roman Andrew Borek Scholar.

View the program repertoire on our website and watch the student performances on our Youtube page at youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD4Exss8r8jWr7ZnFsOAXah3RqsXjz1P8.

Join Jenni Olson for a free zoom masterclass, November 8, 2021, at 6 pm.To register submit your name, age, and school on...
11/03/2021

Join Jenni Olson for a free zoom masterclass, November 8, 2021, at 6 pm.

To register submit your name, age, and school on the contact form at jenniflute.com/contact.

Join Jenni Olson for a free zoom masterclass, November 8, 2021, at 6 pm.

To register submit your name, age, and school on the contact form at jenniflute.com/contact.

11/01/2021

PCM faculty members Sharon W**d, accordion; Erika Walczak, violin; and Lindsay Dodoras, voice perform La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf at The Jam in the PCM courtyard.

#trio #lavieenrose

10/31/2021

Mani Afagh (student of Brian Barany) and Mozhan Afagh (student of Ruby Wang) play This Is Halloween by Danny Elfman.

Happy Halloween!

#thisishalloween #happyhalloween #youngmusicians

When the pandemic closed the PCM campus in March 2020, the first three quarters of the school year were already in the b...
10/29/2021
2020-2021 Annual Report | Pasadena Conservatory of Music

When the pandemic closed the PCM campus in March 2020, the first three quarters of the school year were already in the books. Most of the year’s lessons, recitals, and events that made up daily life on campus happened as they were intended — live and in person. The disruption that the shutdown had on PCM (and the world) early on was substantial, but at the time, the hope was that the pivot to distance learning and remote everything was a matter of finishing the school year strong and, for a brief period of time, keeping our community connected and engaged until the pandemic passed. However, as fall 2020 approached it became clear that what we had all hoped was a sprint was, in reality, a marathon. We were about to embark on an unprecedented full school year of remote learning...

Read the full story in our annual report.

Blog 2020-2021 Annual Report Around the Conservatory 2020-2021 Annual Report October 28, 2021 “…as fall 2020 approached it became clear that what we had all hoped was a sprint was, in reality, a marathon. We were about to embark on an unprecedented full school year of remote learning.” When th...

10/28/2021

Cecilia McIntyre, violin and Katelyn Vahala, keyboard played the first movement of Barber’s Violin Concerto at The Jam last Friday.

Come watch The Jam tomorrow at 4 pm in the Courtyard!

PCM faculty member Dr. Alexander Zhu offers Montecedro residents a glimpse into the 1900's, speaking about and performin...
10/25/2021

PCM faculty member Dr. Alexander Zhu offers Montecedro residents a glimpse into the 1900's, speaking about and performing preludes of Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.

PCM has partnered with Montecedro since 2013 to provide engaging musical programs to their community, both on our campus and theirs.

PCM's piano department students and faculty introduced this year's Composer of the Year, Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the annual...
10/22/2021

PCM's piano department students and faculty introduced this year's Composer of the Year, Pyotr Tchaikovsky at the annual Meet the Composer event on October 10.

Study of the composer and his works for keyboard will continue throughout the year, culminating in festival recitals and adjudicated performances in the spring.

Young Musicians classes are not only back on PCM's campus, but also at Longfellow Elementary where our teachers provide ...
10/20/2021

Young Musicians classes are not only back on PCM's campus, but also at Longfellow Elementary where our teachers provide general music classes to Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and piano, choir, guitar, and percussion classes to 4th and 5th grade students.

Thank you, Ms. Sharon, for sharing this photo of your 5th grade piano class!

Young Musicians classes are not only back on PCM's campus, but also at Longfellow Elementary where our teachers provide general music classes to Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and piano, choir, guitar, and percussion classes to 4th and 5th grade students.

Thank you, Ms. Sharon, for sharing this photo of your 5th grade piano class!

Megan Shung leads Monday night Suzuki violin group class.
10/18/2021

Megan Shung leads Monday night Suzuki violin group class.

Megan Shung leads Monday night Suzuki violin group class.

Meet Ashlen Harris, the Education Programs Intern at PCM. Ashlen is currently attending California Institute of the Arts...
10/15/2021

Meet Ashlen Harris, the Education Programs Intern at PCM. Ashlen is currently attending California Institute of the Arts studying Stage Management in the Theater school and plans on graduating in 2024. Read more about Ashlen on our blog at pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/10/ashlen-harris-education-programs-intern/

Meet Ashlen Harris, the Education Programs Intern at PCM. Ashlen is currently attending California Institute of the Arts studying Stage Management in the Theater school and plans on graduating in 2024. Read more about Ashlen on our blog at pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/10/ashlen-harris-education-programs-intern/

After a yearlong hiatus, PCM's popular Young Musicians' Piano Bridge classes are back! Taught by Rachael Doudrick, Dr. S...
10/13/2021

After a yearlong hiatus, PCM's popular Young Musicians' Piano Bridge classes are back!

Taught by Rachael Doudrick, Dr. Stephen Cook, and Renee Gilormini, classes provide opportunities for students to experience making music through our Young Musicians curriculum, while learning the fundamentals of piano.

#ymwednesday #youngmusicians

After a yearlong hiatus, PCM's popular Young Musicians' Piano Bridge classes are back!

Taught by Rachael Doudrick, Dr. Stephen Cook, and Renee Gilormini, classes provide opportunities for students to experience making music through our Young Musicians curriculum, while learning the fundamentals of piano.

#ymwednesday #youngmusicians

Shirley Robertson sings for Glee Club in the PCM Courtyard, led by Lindsay Dodoras.
10/11/2021

Shirley Robertson sings for Glee Club in the PCM Courtyard, led by Lindsay Dodoras.

Shirley Robertson sings for Glee Club in the PCM Courtyard, led by Lindsay Dodoras.

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music presents livestreamed and pre-recorded classical, jazz, and multicultural performance...
10/08/2021

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music presents livestreamed and pre-recorded classical, jazz, and multicultural performances by PCM students, faculty members, and special guests for ArtNight Pasadena!

Visit https://pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/10/artnight-october-2021/ to view all of our offerings.

#artnightpasadena

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music presents livestreamed and pre-recorded classical, jazz, and multicultural performances by PCM students, faculty members, and special guests for ArtNight Pasadena!

Visit https://pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/10/artnight-october-2021/ to view all of our offerings.

#artnightpasadena

The Piano Department is excited to announce this year’s Composer of the Year, Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This musical icon will ...
10/06/2021

The Piano Department is excited to announce this year’s Composer of the Year, Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This musical icon will be introduced to students and their families on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 at our Meet the Composer of the Year presentation in the PCM auditorium.

Study of the composer and his works for keyboard will continue throughout the year, culminating in festival recitals and adjudicated performances in the spring. We hope to see you on Sunday, October 10!

The Piano Department is excited to announce this year’s Composer of the Year, Pyotr Tchaikovsky. This musical icon will be introduced to students and their families on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00 at our Meet the Composer of the Year presentation in the PCM auditorium.

Study of the composer and his works for keyboard will continue throughout the year, culminating in festival recitals and adjudicated performances in the spring. We hope to see you on Sunday, October 10!

Areny Mankerian has a viola lesson with Patrick Rosalez.
10/05/2021

Areny Mankerian has a viola lesson with Patrick Rosalez.

Areny Mankerian has a viola lesson with Patrick Rosalez.

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music introduces “The Jam,” our new open-mic series (open to all PCM students or faculty!)....
10/01/2021

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music introduces “The Jam,” our new open-mic series (open to all PCM students or faculty!). The Jam is a great way to work through nerves while supporting fellow musicians.

The Jam will be held in the Courtyard every Friday in October beginning October 8 and will feature performances by special guests from the PCM faculty.

Sign up for The Jam on October 8 at pasadenaconservatory.org/event/the-jam/

The Pasadena Conservatory of Music introduces “The Jam,” our new open-mic series (open to all PCM students or faculty!). The Jam is a great way to work through nerves while supporting fellow musicians.

The Jam will be held in the Courtyard every Friday in October beginning October 8 and will feature performances by special guests from the PCM faculty.

Sign up for The Jam on October 8 at pasadenaconservatory.org/event/the-jam/

09/30/2021

Practice-a-thon 2021 kicks off tomorrow - don't forget to sign up today at pasadenaconservatory.org/practice-a-thon!

Rachael Doudrick's recorder class, Baroque to Folk, meets in the PCM courtyard. #recorders #adultstudies
09/29/2021

Rachael Doudrick's recorder class, Baroque to Folk, meets in the PCM courtyard.

#recorders #adultstudies

09/27/2021

It’s the last week to sign up for Practice-a-thon 2021. Sign up today at pasadenaconservatory.org/practice-a-thon-2021!

PCM's suzuki cello group performs at the Glendale Amtrak Station for Bach in the Subway 2016. #fbf #flashbackfriday
09/24/2021

PCM's suzuki cello group performs at the Glendale Amtrak Station for Bach in the Subway 2016.

#fbf #flashbackfriday

PCM's suzuki cello group performs at the Glendale Amtrak Station for Bach in the Subway 2016.

#fbf #flashbackfriday

09/22/2021

PCM student of Steve Cook, Tyler Hernandez, performs Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor. Performed for Practice-a-thon 2020 Performapalooza.

Sign up now for Practice-a-thon 2021 at pasadenaconservatory.org/practice-a-thon-2021.

The Chamber Music Intensive has been a cornerstone of PCM summer programming for the past 8 years. Recent CMI’s have inc...
09/20/2021
A Musical Reunion: PCM’s Alums Perform a Private Concert in Barrett Hall | Pasadena Conservatory of Music

The Chamber Music Intensive has been a cornerstone of PCM summer programming for the past 8 years. Recent CMI’s have included the return of a handful of accomplished PCM graduates as apprentice coaches.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, this summer’s Chamber Music Intensive was cancelled; however, a few of the PCM’s alums who were in town for the camp decided to participate in a private concert for friends and family. Before the performance, we caught up with the alums and asked about their experience being back on campus and practicing together for the concert.

Read about it on our blog!

https://pasadenaconservatory.org/blog/2021/09/a-musical-reunion/

Blog A Musical Reunion: PCM’s Alums Perform a Private Concert in Barrett Hall Alumni Voices A Musical Reunion: PCM’s Alums Perform a Private Concert in Barrett Hall September 20, 2021 “Nothing can ever truly replace the magic of sitting down to play a chamber work for the first time with a gro...

This October, PCM is excited to present our second annual Practice-a-thon, challenging students and faculty of all ages,...
09/16/2021

This October, PCM is excited to present our second annual Practice-a-thon, challenging students and faculty of all ages, levels, and instruments to participate in a school-wide project to practice, while also raising funds for scholarships.

Sign up now at pasadenaconservatory.org/practice-a-thon-2021/

This October, PCM is excited to present our second annual Practice-a-thon, challenging students and faculty of all ages, levels, and instruments to participate in a school-wide project to practice, while also raising funds for scholarships.

Sign up now at pasadenaconservatory.org/practice-a-thon-2021/

PCM welcomed string faculty back for their first in-person department meeting of the 2021-2022 school year. Welcome back...
09/15/2021

PCM welcomed string faculty back for their first in-person department meeting of the 2021-2022 school year.

Welcome back!

PCM welcomed string faculty back for their first in-person department meeting of the 2021-2022 school year.

Welcome back!

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#Poetry + #Jazz = soul sisters! Excited to celebrate the grand re-opening of Red Hen Press to the public on November 12th; to share poems alongside Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson, and to celebrate the West Coast launch for Jan Beatty and her memoir #AmericanBastard! The event will be rounded off with incredible music from jazz saxophonist Dr. Ray Briggs of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Join us if you’re in the area! Doors open at 6:00pm PT. 1540 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91114. https://redhen.org/event-calendar/literature-and-jazz-a-grand-re-opening-celebration/ #writingcommunity #reading #celebration
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Join the UCLA Film & Television Archive Thursday, May 6, at 4 PM PT for a free virtual screening of the Los Angeles-based TV 📺 music program “Frankly Jazz” from 1962 hosted and co-produced by noted disc jockey Frank Evans🎷, who was known for his laid-back cool and trademark sign-off, “later.” The Archive presents three episodes of this obscure local music TV series, as preserved from recently acquired, original master videotapes featuring legendary artists such as Gerald Wilson, the Jazz Crusaders and Sammy Davis Jr. Introducing the performances will be jazz musician, educator, and UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Ethnomusicology alumnus, Ray Briggs Ph.D., ‘02, Jazz Studies Department Chair for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, and Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in jazz history and ethnomusicology.📚 To learn more and RSVP for this event, click the link below ⬇️. https://uclamusic.info/3eV04xp
Dear young musicians, here is the link to download the announcement of the 6th "Milano City" Chamber Music Competition which, for this year, will take place online. For guitarists it is important to know that a dedicated section has been included for chamber ensembles with guitar. The limit on the average age of competitors has been raised to 35 years. LINK:
Need Sunday plans? Tune in to Pasadena Conservatory of Music's Musical Interlude virtual concert inspired by The Vexations (a novel by Caitlin Horrocks). This Sunday at 4pm. Afterwards, there will be a virtual meet & greet with the performers, narrator & program editor. For more info visit their webste: https://pasadenaconservatory.org/event/musical-interludes-the-vexations/
Looking for someone who can play the Violin and or cello at a little reception in our backyard. Please PM me if interested. Thank you!!🙏😇
We're thrilled to discover that Pasadena Conservatory of Music has launched a youth mariachi program! Very exciting. Learn more about the program and enrollment here: https://pasadenaconservatory.org/mariachi-pasadena/
new piano music dedicated to this wonderful page AMOR - from Cupid and Psyche by Antonio Cericola Pianist Anna Sutyagina the score of the entire opera is available in paper book on Amazon https://amzn.to/33fTawE and in pdf format on Sheetmusicplus https://is.gd/erosandpsichecericola http://movingclassics.tv www.anna-sutyagina.com https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Cericola
They say first impressions are everything! And to prove it, meet our #2015 projects. #40YearsARG http://bit.ly/40YearsARG The Steven S. Koblik Education & Visitor Center opened to the public in April, creating a welcoming new ‘front door’ to The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. ARG’s design added eight acres of new buildings and gardens for visitors, scholars, and staff while respecting the Huntington Estate’s historic scale and character. Just a few blocks from The Huntington, a former mortuary was transformed into a Recital Hall for the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Having created a Master Plan for the site in 2012, the first phase – which included the Recital Hall – was complete. The Recital Hall provides the Conservatory with a signature performance space with a mix of fixed seating on risers and movable chairs, balanced acoustics, and up-to-date sound and lighting systems. Down in San Diego’s Balboa Park, the California Tower at the Museum of Us (previously known as Museum of Man) re-opened for the first time in 80 years. ARG worked closely with the San Diego building department to make sufficient life safety improvements to allow public access once again, just in time for its centennial. ARG also designed an innovative exhibit at the ground level that allows those who are not able to (or choose not to!) climb to the viewing balconies at the 8th floor to see, at the press of a button, current views from webcams installed at 9th floor. The California Tower project received the 2015 Grand Orchid award from The San Diego Architectural Foundation.
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