INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION
by promoting the arts in our schools.
The Community Music Center Education Program filled a void in our schools, and it’s so important to have this opportunity. Many of these children and families would never have had a chance to be part of a music program.
– Sara King
former school administrator in San Diego County
Bringing World-Class Musical Arts to All Communities
in San Diego
The La Jolla Music Society in San Diego County has a long and rich tradition of bringing world-class performances to the southern part of our great state. Their productions, programs and passion enhance the vitality and deepen the cultural life of San Diego residents. Every year, they have successfully presented and produced a dynamic range of performing arts for an increasingly diverse community. Their vision touches all neighborhoods, including those that are less affluent and families who would miss out on the experience of music if it weren’t for the Society and its community programs.
The La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center has a special after-school music program in South San Diego for children who would wouldn’t find the same opportunity in their local schools. The 30-week program provides a safe environment for creativity and music making to more than 2,500 students annually. The children receive their instrument of choice for free and have access to bilingual music instruction, which boosts their music skills, increases their self-confidence and motivates them to succeed. When they complete their program, they’re awarded their instrument to keep for life.
BANC OF CALIFORNIA BELIEVES THAT EVERY STUDENT SHOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE THE ARTS FIRSTHAND, AS PART OF A HOLISTIC AND DIVERSE EDUCATION.
Through corporate donations to the La Jolla Music Society, we’re able to support their education programs, which bring unmatched access to music and learning opportunities to more than 11,000 students and community members each year throughout San Diego communities. We also proudly serve on their board and are pleased to be part of their efforts to expose families to music, especially in underserved areas.
Providing Opportunities for Children to Experience the Best California Has to Offer
“Every school-age child starting in elementary should have the opportunity to experience the power and beauty of music, both hearing it and playing an instrument,” says Stephen Gamp, Banc of California Branch Manager in La Jolla. “The Education Program of the La Jolla Music Society brings music to the children and parents in our less affluent communities. The children learn how to play an instrument, perform in recitals for their families and attend live performances. This is a unique experience the La Jolla Music Society provides free to the community.”
Banc of California recognizes the Society’s ongoing commitment to bring music to all neighborhoods in our community, regardless of socioeconomic status, and we proudly support their cause and efforts. Since 1999, La Jolla Music Society, through its Community Music Center, has put forth a comprehensive community outreach effort to bring music education and performance opportunities to at-risk elementary school children in Southeast San Diego. The Community Research Program was recognized for its work by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities for reaching out to a new generation in an underserved community.
HEAR FROM OUR VOLUNTEER
“I value Banc of California for encouraging me to be a resource for our community and our clients. Being on the Board of Directors for La Jolla Music Society allows me to work closely with a remarkable group that supports all of San Diego in so many different ways. Together we work with purpose to engage our communities and enhance cultural life through education and presentation.”
– S. Gamp, Banc of California Branch Manager in La Jolla