MIM Education News



Education Takes Center Stage During Back to School Week

Balancing in-depth initiatives such as our nationally recognized Young Composers Project, and broad reach programs such as Carnegie Hall’s Link Up, MIM’s multi-faceted programs touch the lives of over 5,000 students each year. We work closely with school districts, music teachers and parents in advocating for the importance of music education. And where schools cannot provide for lack of budget, MIM steps in to create solutions. Such programs include our Classics for Kids concerts, Take 5 for Music, Link Up, Peers for Peers and Live, all of which bring classical music to school age children.  Read on to find out more about some of the highlights of the past year, and what’s to come.

Carnegie Hall Link Up


MIM is coming off a wildly successful pilot program (March-May) with Carnegie Link Up in the schools. 250 3rd 4th and 5th graders from Ready Springs, Pleasant Valley, Williams Ranch and Grizzly Hill schools worked hard with their teachers singing, playing recorders and clapping rhythm patterns. This learning/practicing culminated with a performance with a live Orchestra in a truly amazing concert May 29. MIM will be offering this to all 3-5 grades throughout Nevada County during the ‘15-‘16 school year. For more information contact Mark at (530) 265-6173 x 202.

Young Composers Project

The culmination of MIM’s 2015 Young Composers Project was two sublime concerts, June 16 and 17, premiering new music from 23 talented young composers. This year, students attended multiple field trips to Animal Place, a sanctuary for farmed animals about 20 minutes out McCourtney Rd. There they learned about some of the horrors of factory animal farming, advocating for humane treatment of animals in that industry and how important compassion for all living things is. This interdisciplinary curriculum inspired these powerful compositions. Videographer, Mark Triolo and YCP instructor Mark Vance are currently editing a mini documentary exploring this collaboration. This program starts again Sept. 12, 2015.  CLICK HERE FOR AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2015/16 SCHOOL YEAR.
RIVER MUSIC, the documentary about the Young Composers’ study of the Yuba River and the salmon run, has been playing on public television stations around the country! To order your copy, call the office at (530) 265-6173.

Lucy Becker Scholarship Winner Elise Savoy

MIM’s 5th annual Lucy Becker Memorial Scholarship was awarded to soprano, Elise Savoy, a junior studying voice with professor Robin Fisher at Sacramento State. Elise received a $1500. scholarship and sang the Mozart aria, Se il padre perdei, with the MIM orchestra during Summerfest 2015.

Young Musicians Competition

There were a record number of participants involved in MIM’s Young Musicians Competition this last spring. The YMC Showcase Concert at GV Methodist Church featured a host of talented competition winners with Toby Thomas Rose winning the first ever $500. Paul Perry Award for best performance.

Take 5 for Music

MIM’s Take 5 for music is revving up for the ’15-’16 school year. This program is a simple 5-10 minute classical music listening program. A powerful and yet easy method to expose school children to the world’s greatest music. Teachers have to be able to read and operate a CD player (it’s that easy!).
(free to Nevada County classroom teachers).


The Apprentice Musician Project (AMP) was a two-week fellowship for aspiring pre-professional musicians who want to go beyond the score.  The program  explored the skills, tools and experiences important to musicians of the future by providing young musicians training in community engagement, teaching artistry, and performance beyond the concert hall.  2015 participants were Alex Van der Veen, violin, Amanda Rae Lostritto, violin, Carson Rick, viola, and Maclean Pachowski, cello.  In a Moveable Fest throughout the community, AMP participants played in such diverse venues as Hospice of the Foothills, Ol’ Republic Brewery, and the Curly Wolf.


A hotshot string quartet with violinists Franklyn D’Antonio and Nancy Hill, violist Melinda Rayne and cellist Jia-mo Chen was the featured as MIM’s Music Live program this spring 2015. These fantastic musicians performed some of the world’s great music including Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Mozart, Joplin, Strauss and Souza and of all things, Let it Go from the movie, Frozen, reaching out to 10 different k-8 schools. (free to schools)

Youth Orchestra Coming Soon!

The plan is to start with a string orchestra this September and grow that into a full youth orchestra by fall 2016. Plans are being solidified, or more info contact Mark Vance, MIM education coordinator, at (530) 265-6173 x 202.



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