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COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS

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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 nonprofit organization founded in 1990 under the umbrella of the San Diego State University Foundation in partnership with the SDSU School of Music and Dance.

  • 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 students in the San Diego Unified School District. Presently more than 1,400 instruments are on loan for use by students in 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 Unified 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.


(*) 2020 HONOR CONCERTS FEATURING OUTSTANDING MUSIC STUDENTS FROM SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOLS:


*2020 Honor Concert dates and venues

  Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:00 PM
  Middle School Instrumental Honor Concert
  Honor Orchestra, Honor Band
  Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University


  Saturday, March 7, 2020 6:30 PM
  Honor Choir Concert
  Lincoln High School Theatre
  4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego 92113


  *Thursday, March 19, 2020, 7:00 PM
  Debut Instrumental Honor Concert
  Featuring Music Students Grades 4-6
  Brown Chapel, Point Loma Nazarene University
  Honor Orchestra, Honor Band


  *Sunday, March 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
  High School Instrumental Honor Concert
  Jacobs Music Center, Copley Symphony Hall, 7th & B Streets
  Honor Orchestra, Honor Band


*Concerts cancelled because of the virus.


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


CCMS Contact Information

Carina Voly, CCMS Staff Liaison
Phone: 619-594-5405
Email: cvoly@mail.sdsu.edu
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA 92182-7902


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Executive Board

Mary MacKenzie, Founder
Ann Marie Haney, Chair
Dr. Scott Lipscomb, Treasurer
Lynn Spafford, Recording Secretary
Anne Fennell, VAPA Liaison
Matthew Mulvaney, Music Teacher Liaison
Julie Szweda, Music Teacher Liaison
Dean Hickman, Instrument Assistant
James Trepasso, Instrument Technician
Carina Voly, SDSU Liaison

Supporting Council

Music Departments:
  SDSU
  CSUSM
  UCSD
  USD
  Grossmont College Mesa College
  Mira Costa College
  Miramar College
  Palomar College
  Point Loma Nazarene University
  San Diego City College
  Southwestern College


Advocates for Classical Music
America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society
American College of Musicians
American Guild of Organists - San Diego
American Orff Schulwerk Assocation - San Diego
Arts For Learning San Diego
Civic Youth Orchestra
Classics 4 Kids
CMEA-Southern Border Section
Community Music School
La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Renaissance Singers
La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Mainly Mozart
Mu Phi Epsilon
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 Coast Harmony
San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International
San Diego Early Music Society
San Diego Master Chorale
San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus
San Diego Opera
San Diego Sun Harbor Chorus
San Diego Symphony Orchestra
San Diego Unified PTA
San Diego Youth Symphony
Sigma Alpha Iota
Spreckels Organ Society
Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra


P.O. Box 22471
San Diego, California 92192


Phone (619) 594-5405



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