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Mission Statement

Promoting and supporting public school music education.

Purpose and Projects of the Community Council for Music in the Schools

The Community Council for Music in the Schools (CCMS) is a non profit organization founded in 1990 under the umbrella of the SDSU School of Music and Dance and the SDSU Research Foundation.

  • We believe that music must be an integral part of the school curriculum.
  • Music addresses all three of the major learning styles while involving both sides of the brain in a manner unique in all education.
  • Music affects the whole person in a communication that transcends differences in language and experience.
  • We exist to foster a heightened awareness of the value of music within the educational community for the benefit of the students & the community at large.

CCMS works in partnership with music organizations in the community to provide support and enrichment to music students.

Since 1991, a major project of CCMS has been the collection and repair of donated instruments that are issued to school music teachers for loan to needy students in the San Diego Unified School District. Presently more than 1,400 instruments are on loan to teachers and students, grades K-12.

CCMS depends on cash donations for maintaining the instruments in top playing condition. All contributions are tax deductible.

CCMS assists in seeking funds for San Diego City Schools instrumental and choral honor concerts and festivals. These concerts provide an opportunity for outstanding music students to perform in advanced ensembles and to receive recognition for their hard work and accomplishments (*).

The board members of CCMS have given numerous music education advocacy presentations at conferences of music organizations such as the California Music Educators Association and the California Music Teachers Association as well as for philanthropic groups.


Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Middle School Instrumental Honor Concert
Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University
Honor Orchestra, Honor Band

Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM
High School Instrumental Honor Concert
Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall, 7th & B Streets
Honor Orchestra, Honor Band

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Elementary Instrumental & Choral Honor Concert
Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University
Honor Orchestra, Honor Band, Honor Choir

The concerts are open to the public and there is no charge for admission.

For more information contact:
The San Diego Unified Visual & Performing Arts Office
Russ Sperling, Visual & Performing Arts Director - (858)256-2700
Mark Nicholson, Instrumental Music Specialist - (858)256-2705
Laura Williams, General/Choral Music Resource Teacher - (858)496-1726
Elizabeth Carlos, VAPA Clerk - (858)256-2700

CCMS Contact Information

Carina Voly, CCMS Staff Liaison
Phone: 619-594-1699
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182-7902

Executive Board

Mary MacKenzie, Founder/Co-Chair

Ann Marie Haney, Co-Chair

Dr. Charles Friedrichs, Treasurer

Lynn Spafford, Recording Secretary
Martin Chambers, Advisor

Everett Crouse, Member at Large
Dean Hickman, Music Teacher Liaison

Jim Trepasso, Instrument Technician
Jodie Harrell, Member At Large

CCMS Friends and Supporters

University and College Music Departments:
San Diego State University, School of Music and Dance
California State University, San Marcos
Cuyamaca College
Grossmont College
Mesa College
Mira Costa College
Palomar College
Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego City College
Southwestern College
University of California, San Diego
University of San Diego

Advocates for Classical Music

America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society

American Guild of Organists - San Diego

American Harp Society - San Diego

American Orff Schulwerk Assocation - San Diego

American String Teachers Association - San Diego

California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT)

Civic Youth Orchestra

CMEA Southern Border Section

Community Music School, San Diego State University School of Music and Dance

Jazz Association of Greater San Diego

La Jolla Music Society

La Jolla Renaissance Singers

La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and Chorus

Mu Phi Epsilon

Museum of Making Music, NAMM
Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego

Music Teachers Assoc. of California - San Diego

Musicians Assoc. of San Diego County - Local 325

National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing - San Diego

National Guild of Piano Teachers - San Diego

Pacific Men’s Chorus
San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International

San Diego Early Music Society

San Diego Flute Guild

San Diego Master Chorale

San Diego Men’s Chorus

San Diego Opera

San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus

San Diego Symphony

San Diego Unified PTA

San Diego Youth Symphony

Sigma Alpha Iota

Spreckels Organ Society

Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra

Young Audiences of San Diego

Photo courtesy of Stuart Holmes Photography ©2014