Community Music Day

Crowden's annual music carnival is Sunday, October 8, 2023!

Sunday, October 8, 2023 • Free for ALL

Community Music Day is Crowden's annual free musical carnival. Join Crowden, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Harmony Project, Berkeley Symphony, and Multicultural Music Fellowship for musical fun for all ages!


10am: Crowden Suzuki Strings
10:30am, 11:15am, and 12pm: Very First Concerts with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
12:45pm: Harmony Project
1pm: Crowden ensembles
1:30pm: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

10am to 2pm: Instrument Petting Zoo, face painting, instrument making, prizes and more!

Please note: currently masks are recommended while indoors on the Crowden campus, but not required. This safety guideline is subject to change. Crowden prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our students, employees, performers, and community members.

What to do at Community Music Day

Community Music Day audience

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).

Mixed Nuts: Winds, Brass, and Strings

Violin, bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone. You’ll love hearing how different (and how much the same) these instruments are.

Featuring SFCO conductor, Crowden alum, and frequent Crowden faculty member Jory Fankuchen ('91)

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

Students taking a bow

Musical Performances for kids, by kids!

We'll be sharing musical performances featuring inspiring young musicians from Crowden and the Harmony Project!

10am: Crowden Suzuki Strings
12:45pm: Harmony Project

1pm: Crowden Ensembles

Community Music Day

Instrument Making

Construct and take home your very own instruments!


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. Kids love learning about musical instruments from other kids—and our Student Zookeepers are happy to help you make sounds on the different instruments! We even have tiny violins and cellos for wee fingers.

This year, don't miss Music Multicultural Fellowship's outdoor Harp area. In the Percussion tent, Berkeley Symphony's  percussionist will present a thrilling demonstration of the vast array of sounds possible in a percussion section, highlighting the colorful contributions that percussion brings to an orchestra! You can even try historical instruments in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra's special room.


Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Join members of PBO from 11am to 1:15pm in composing a brand new piece and hearing it played—no experience required! Be sure to also catch PBO's special section at the Instrument Petting Zoo to try out historical instruments and hear what makes them unique. The musicians will demonstrate the gorgeous sounds of baroque strings in a performance in the Auditorium at 1:30 pm.

Don't miss members of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra perform in the Auditorium at 1:30pm!


Face painting and more!

Every child who attends Community Music Day receives a special prize.

Thank you to our community partners:

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