Community Music Day

Crowden's annual music carnival is now online!

Saturday, November 28 • 10am to 12pm • Free Virtual event

Community Music Day is Crowden's annual musical carnival for all ages. Join us online for musical fun throughout the morning!

Time Activity
10:00am Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: "Plus One" Have paper and crayons at the ready!
Instrument Petting Zoos
10:20am Instrument Petting Zoo: Harp with Diana Stork
10:26am Instrument Petting Zoo: Viola with Cassandra Lynne Richburg
10:30am East Bay Music Together Breakout Zoom Class (first come, first served; link in live comments)
10:31am Instrument Petting Zoo: Flute with Stacy Pelinka
10:36am Instrument Petting Zoo: Clarinet with Matthew Boyles
10:41am Instrument Petting Zoo: Trumpet with Scott Macomber
10:47am Instrument Petting Zoo: Keyboards with Scarlatti Squirrel
10:58am Make Your Own Instruments with Wolfie
11:00am East Bay Music Together Breakout Zoom Class (first come, first served; link in live comments)
11:03am Body Percussion with Mr. Mark
Crowden School Performances
11:10am "Gavotte" from Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 5 by George Frideric Handel, arr. Sheila Nelson
11:12am "Poules et Coqs," "Hémiones," and Final" from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns
11:16am String Quartet No. 2 in A minor by Florence Price (A Crowden School Performance)
11:26am Felliniada by Arkadi Serper (Crowden faculty!)
11:29am Concerto Grosso No. 1, B. 59 by Ernst Bloch (A Crowden School Performance) I. Prelude, IV. Fugue
Crowden Community Student Performances
11:34am Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
11:35am Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout by Gabriela Lena Frank (a Crowden Youth Chamber Music Performance) VI. Coqueteos
11:41am Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 by Johannes Brahms (a Crowden Youth Chamber Music Performance) I. Allegro con brio

What to do at Community Music Day


Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Crowden Music Center encourage audiences to get up and dance in Very First Concerts, a classical series designed with the youngest listeners in mind. Each concert features a central theme, short selections, and hands-on musical activities geared toward families with young children (infants to 7 year-olds).

Have your paper and five different crayons at the ready for this participatory concert!


Instrument Petting Zoo Presentations

Usually Crowden’s entire campus transforms into our gigantic Instrument Petting Zoo, where kids and adults alike explore all the different instruments in a symphony orchestra. This year, we are proud to present a virtual version, featuring members of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Berkeley Unified School District, Multicultural Music Fellowship, and Scarlatti Squirrel (Crowden pianist Elizabeth Dorman).

Students taking a bow

Musical Performances

We'll be sharing musical performances featuring our inspiring young Crowden musicians!

Community Music Day

Instrument Making

Construct your own instruments to make music at home. Suggested supplies: toilet paper rolls, rice or beans, lots of tape, markers or crayons to decorate.

Community Music Day

Class Demonstrations

East Bay Music Together's Teacher Alice will give a demonstration of Music Together Online and share how to create music at home with the whole family! Alice will lead songs and musical activities geared toward families with babies, toddlers and young kids. Big kids are welcome to join in the fun too! For added fun: Please bring to class a few small plastic containers or Tupperware, and a couple of wooden spoons or percussion sticks per person. 

Break-out Zoom classes at 10:30am and 11am. Please note that space is limited; first come first served. Zoom links will be shared in the live comments during Community Music Day.


Instrument Coloring Book

Get to know different types of musical instruments with Crowden's Instrument Coloring Book! Free download here.


Admissions Information

If you're interested in The Crowden School for grades 3–8, our admissions manager Anette Skloot will be on hand in the live chats to answer your questions throughout the event. 

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