On December 9 and 10, over 250 students will convene in concert halls and auditoriums around the city to perform winter concerts with Elemental Music. In our 14th season, we're used to the flurry of preparation for first concerts of the season, but this year, there is a new buzz of excitement in the air.
Elemental Music was founded to help support grade school children in their musical education. This holiday season, we are launching an exciting new initiative to expand that goal outside of their own ensembles. This December, we are running our first Holiday Recorder Drive at the winter concerts. While SMMUSD students learn how to play the recorder in 3rd grade, most move on from the instrument as they grow up. Elemental Music is asking families to clean those leftover recorders and bring them to the winter concerts on December 9 and 10. We will then partner with the nonprofit Education Through Music-Los Angeles to package and distribute the instruments to inner-city schools in Los Angeles. Two programs that will benefit from the drive include Hooper Elementary School and Normandie Elementary School, where the recorder will be used to provide music instruction for their 3rd and 4th grade students.
When asked about the effort, Executive and Artistic Director Josephine Moerschel said, “We are so thrilled to be able to provide these recorders as gifts to another community of students. Music is truly universal, and the opportunity to help other schools and students was one we couldn't pass up.” She noted that all families in the community are invited to participate in the Elemental Music Holiday Recorder Drive. Collection boxes will be available on December 9th at 2:00pm at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center Music Hall and on December 10th between 1:30–5:00 pm at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium. Interested families can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.