Community Music Day

Crowden's annual music carnival is March 20, online and on campus!

Sunday, March 20, 2022 • Free for ALL

Community Music Day is Crowden's annual free musical carnival. Join us online or in person for musical fun for all ages!

Crowden is planning a hybrid Community Music Day, with a more limited, adapted in-person event as well as an online livestream of our Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. The in-person event will follow all City of Berkeley, Alameda County, California state, and CDC guidelines for live events, and we are formulating our plans with an abundance of caution. Please check back here for updated policies as they continue to evolve.

While on Crowden's campus, all patrons over 2 years old must wear masks indoors; masks will be optional for outside activities. Thank you for keeping our community safe and healthy!

The Community Music Day online concert broadcast will begin at 12:15pm (PT) with "Very First Concerts," followed by Crowden Student performances at 1pm. 

Visit our YouTube channel on March 20 to watch Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra live!

How to attend in person: Reserve your free tickets for one of three event time-slots: 10am to 12pm (10:45 Very First Concert), 11am to 1pm (11:30 Very First Concert), or 12 to 2pm (12:15 Very First concert). No tickets necessary for children 2 years old and under.

Advanced ticket reservations are required for all guests over 2 years old. Please note we cannot guarantee entry for individuals without advance reservations.

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).

This year's theme is "Strings Attached!" Join Ben Simon and five SFCO All-Star string players for this family-friendly exploration of the very special qualities of the most important instruments in an orchestra: the violin, viola, cello and double bass. We’ll set our strings in motion to produce wonderful sounds and beautiful music together.  

Repeat performances at 10:45am, 11:30am, and 12:15pm.

Very First Concerts will be both livestreamed online and presented in person this year! If you would like to attend in person, please reserve your free tickets in advance. 

The Community Music Day concert broadcast will begin at 12:15pm (PT) with Very First Concerts, followed by Crowden Student performances. Watch online here.


Instrument Petting Zoo

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 March, we plan a limited. strings-focused Instrument Petting Zoo, with increased supervision and sanitization to ensure everyone's safety. 

Students taking a bow

Musical Performances

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

The Community Music Day concert broadcast will begin at 12:15pm (PT) with Very First Concerts, followed by Crowden Student performances at 1:00pm. Watch online here.

Community Music Day

Instrument Making

Construct your own instruments to make music at home! Individual 'kits' will be available to avoid sharing of materials.

Community Music Day

Class Demonstrations

Crowden's Early Childhood music faculty members will give short class demonstrations for the whole family! Big kids are welcome to join in the fun too!


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 to answer your questions. 

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