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La Jolla Music Society

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7946 Ivanhoe Ave Ste 309 La Jolla CA 92037 USA


Founded in 1968, La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) has become one of Southern California’s leading presenters and producers of world-class performing arts.  As a multi-disciplinary presenter of classical music, jazz, and dance our mission is “to enhance the vitality and deepen the cultural life of San Diego by presenting and producing a dynamic range of performing arts for our increasingly diverse community.” To help fulfill our mission, our Board of Directors have created a strategic plan that identifies and addresses the over-arching artistic, financial, patron, and operational objectives over the next five years through our 45th Anniversary Season in 2013-14.


Since 1999, La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center (CMC) in San Diego’s Southcrest neighborhood has given hundreds of children their first experience in music making. Over a hundred students from ten area schools are given full scholarships to study music in an area where most families are not able to afford lessons. Feedback from students and parents is immensely positive and often reflects benefits beyond learning key and time signatures. Instruction begins at the fourth grade level and is typically a two year program, following which the students are prepared to enter middle school band or orchestra programs. The CMC offers group instruction in piano, strings, woodwinds, trumpet, guitar, and percussion. Classes meet three times each week, following the academic schedule of the host campus, Cesar Chavez Elementary School. The instruction day is split into three classes, allowing study at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. The program provides each student an instrument which they use for practice at home and in the classroom. At the end of two years of successful study and meeting goals for attendance and musical progression, the students are given the instruments to keep for further study. Though not a social service program, the Community Music Center offers benefits beyond musical instruction. Parent testimony thanks La Jolla Music Society for offering children lessons in discipline through structured practice, responsibility in caring for the instruments, and enthusiasm for trying new things. In an area where many children turn to mischief or dangerous behavior after school, the Community Music Center is recognized as a positive force.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The La Jolla Music Society has made a tremendous impact on the quality and quantity of arts and culture throughout the San Diego region and California. By presenting and supporting the best musicians in the world such as Yo Yo Ma, as well as providing opportunities for up and coming chamber music artists such as The Old City String Quartet, the La Jolla Music Society truly nurtures greatness in music. On the business side, they maintain transparency and frugality which every donor will appreciate!

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