A word from Mark Vance, Education Coordinator

Events & Opportunities

Welcome to the launch of Music in the Mountains’ new Education Newsletter.

As Education Coordinator for Music in the Mountains, I am excited about our commitment to music education throughout the community. We are working together with the schools, public school teachers and private teachers helping support and augment the programs and instruction they offer, as well as offering several unique programs of our own.

MIM, now in year 31, has ten impressive music education programs, many of which are free and or subsidized, which is absolutely imperative in these economic times. From our Brummitt-Taylor Classical Listening Program and Music Live assemblies in the schools to our Family Music Faire and Young Composers Project, MIM is making a difference in our community. This newsletter is an opportunity for us to share some of what we do with you.


Mark Vance
Education Coordinator 


October 13
The Met: Live in HD season premiere

The opera season kicks off with Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, featuring soprano Anna Netrebko. Join us for mimosas for this opening opera performance. Our Young Composers will be attending this show, thanks to our friends at Sierra Theatres.
9:55am @ The Del Oro Theatre
More Info & Tickets 

October 26
Brummitt-Taylor Liason Reception

Meet & greet with wine and appetizers for all of our school liaisons for the Brummitt-Taylor Listening Program. Come say hello, tell us what’s happening at your school, share BT related practices/stories and hear about what MIM has planned for this year.
Call MIM for details (530) 265-6173

October 28
NCCC’s Command Performance Benefit Concert 

A special house concert featuring the music of NCCC’s composers: Vance, Grant, Vandevorst and compositions from two Young Composers students: Keaton Hild’s Water and Jake Collins’ Beginning the End.
More Info at NCCC

November 16
Music Teachers Summit

Connect and network with other music educators in the area and learn about great opportunities for your students.
4-5:30pm @ Nevada City Winery
Join our email list to receive updates about this event, or call (530) 265-6173 for details.

December 1
Messiah Sing-Along

Come sing this holiday classic with Choral Master Ryan Murray and the MIM Chorale.
2:00pm @ Peace Lutheran Church

December 6
YCP Trip to the Berkeley Symphony

Including a dress rehearsal visit and meet & greet with composer Dylan Mattingly.
Concert Info

December 8 & 9
MIM Holiday Concerts

The MIM Chorale will be joined by the Foothill Children’s Chorus to sing out our holiday celebrations. Also featuring a brass quintet.
7:30pm @ The Amaral Center



Altruism & Arts Education

“People who engage in the arts or watch others do so are more likely to be civically engaged, socially tolerant, and altruistic.” We like the sound of that. 

Read the whole article…

A community joined in music

Our Family Music Faire this summer was a ton of fun. We created this short video piece that gets to the heart of what this event means to us: take a look for yourself. We hope to see you there next year!

Visit our YouTube channel to see more videos about our Young Composers Project, Young Musicians Competition, and more.

2012-2013 Teachers Summit

On November 16th, MIM will be hosting a summit for teachers – both public and private – to talk about what we can do together. Let’s keep making music a part of children’s lives in Nevada County! 

This is a great event to connect with other music educators around the area, and to find out about the many resources available for teachers in the arts.

Join us from 4-5:30pm at Nevada City Winery.

Get email updates or call our office at (530) 265-6173 for details.

2012-2013 Young Composers Field Trip

Young Composers Project is up and running for the 2012-2013 school year. On December 6, the students will be heading down to see the Berkeley Symphony premiere the work of 21 year old bay area composer, Dylan Mattingly. Students will be visiting a dress rehearsal and a meet & greet with the composer before attending the evening concert.

The Berkeley Symphony is under the direction of Joana Carneiro, an outstanding young female conductor. Read more about the concert on the Berkeley Symphony website…

Young Composers on KVMR

On August 19th KVMR aired a 2 hour special program about the Young Composers Project. Listen to the podcast to hear the students from the 2012 program speak about their experiences and share their work.

KVMR YCP Special – Hour 1

KVMR YCP Special – Hour 2

Great Giveaway Raffle earns $850

Sierra BrewFest had a great turnout and we had a wonderful time out at the Fairgrounds! Proceeds from this raffle go directly toward supporting our many education programs – and we couldn’t do it without YOUR support. Thank you!

Music Live 2012-2013

This year’s Music Live program will bring a brass quintet to perform in schools all over Nevada County. But it’s more than just a performance – the ensemble will speak about their instruments and offer a demonstration lesson.

Contact Judy Nielsen at the SOS Office to get on the schedule, or call (530) 265-6173

Get news and updates for music educators. We will be publishing this Education Newsletter each quarter of the school year. Feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions. 

Have an article or event you’d like to submit? Email us or call (530) 265-6173.

The beautiful photos of our education programs this year were taken by Jilan Glorfield of 11th and Lombard Photography.