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Upcoming Events

BRIDGE Spring Concert​
Tuesday, May 8 in MSJC Theater. 
​More info soon

IVY Orchestra Concert

Sunday, April 29 at 6:30 PM at Diamond Valley Arts Center (123 N. Harvard St, Hemet).

Recent Photos/Video

December Concert -- Frosty the Snowman


Summer Strings Academy 2018 will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from June 11 to June 29. Level I, for beginners of all ages and students with 1-2 years of classroom instruction is from 12-1 PM; Level II for intermediate to advanced students is from 2-4 PM.

Summer Strings Academy is not free. The fee is based on a sliding scale. Level I costs a total of $90-120, and Level II costs $170-240.

Scholarships are available! Submit your registration form with a request for funds by May 10th.  Register by May 20th for a 10% reduction in fees.

More information can be found in the downloadable documents below.
Summer Strings Info (English)
Summer Strings Info 
Summer Strings Registration

Other News

José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan Musical Visionary, Dies at 78

  Speaking in 2010 Simon Rattle, (conductor of the London Philharmonic)  said: "What Abreu and El Sistema have done is to bring hope, through music, to hundreds of thousands of lives that would otherwise have been lost to drugs and violence.”
"My heart is overwhelmed," said renowned conductor and director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. "The music and arts have lost one of its brightest figures. Maestro José Antonio Abreu taught us that art is a universal right and that inspiration and beauty irreversibly transform the soul of a child…” Dudamel, one of the youngest conductors ever to take the baton of a major symphony orchestra,  is a product of el sistema. 
  Starting around  1975, Abreu saw that children across Venezuela especially those in the impoverished shantytowns of the cities as well as those living rurally would eagerly respond to music instruction.  He recognized that as children’s skills developed, so did their pride and sense of ownership in their communities and country.  Abreu’s untiring and creative efforts in building el Sistema, youth classes, schools and orchestras brought the Simon Bolivar youth orchestra to world attention.
  Abreu put the sanctity of beauty to work in building stronger, healthier communities worldwide.  MUSICA! is directly inspired by Abreu’s efforts  and vision that music can build equality and sanctuary from violence and poverty. We are serving over 150 children every year to grow into the practice of excellence and beauty. Families and students and teachers and schools are working to bring this miracle to our community in seeking the safety and the pride in making music together. 

MUSICA! Runs on Four Wheels
Discover the beauty of Strings!
  1. Bridge
    Bringing Real Instruction Developing Great Experience is an El Sistema style program in partnership with San Jacinto Unified School District. Classes are taught at San Jacinto Elementary School. This is a program of daily one hour instruction several days a week. Classes include beginning classes and sequenced continuation classes. Teachers are professional performers and string teachers. Instruments and instruction are all provided free to students who commit to the program.
  2. Inland Valley Youth Orchestra
    Founded in 2000, provides ensemble experience to intermediate and advanced players from 6th through 12th grade, who meet weekly for two hour rehearsals and who perform frequently throughout the year. Repertoire includes both orchestral and chamber music in eclectic genres. This orchestra has performed with the MSJC community Orchestra, for the Boys and Girls Club of San Bernardino, for Make a Wish Foundation, for service clubs, for assisted care facilities, and for schools throughout Diamond Valley. An audition is required and there is a modest fee to cover the cost of music and incidental costs. Scholarship help is available.
  3. Master Classes
    If you are a participant, you come prepared to play some music by yourself, and have a master teacher listen and then tell you what you are doing right and what you can work on to make your playing the best it can be. If you are an audience member, you get to watch, listen, and learn. You will see what makes master teachers great teachers and great musicians. You get to enjoy watching students of any age improve in their playing. Is it scary? Well it could be, but if you are a player, you are probably used to getting a little scared anyway. Are master teachers mean? Not the ones MUSICA! invites to teach!
  4. Summer Strings
    A great way to try out bowed string playing for a beginner. Open to violin, viola, cello and bass players of all ages and experience. Level I for students who have no training or one to two years of classroom instruction. Beginning class teaches students to read and count music and to play foundation repertoire for their instrument. Intermediate class teaches students how to play together in ensemble. Level II is an advanced string orchestra advancing bow technique, vibrato, orchestral and chamber repertoire in all keys. Learn to play or hone your skills in a supportive and friendly environment.
IVY Orchestra
Master Classes
Summer Strings
What We Do
We Help Our Community Discover The Beauty of Strings!
Our Mission:
  To provide free or low cost string training to players of all ages in the Hemet, San Jacinto, Idyllwild area of Riverside County.
We believe that the discipline and practice of music making enhances our lives and our ability to learn.  
Making music together serves to enrich our community and the world.
Who We Are
We have professional Educators on staff!
  1. Anna Ancheta
    Violinist, Anna Ancheta is the Conductor of the Inland Valley Youth (IVY) Orchestra. She coaches and conducts in the Summer Strings Academy, performs with the MSJC community orchestra, and conducts, composes and arranges pieces for the women’s chorus, Local Color. She has taught music at Westridge School, and in Hemet Unified School District. She created the string program at the San Jacinto School District, where she taught band and strings at Monte Vista Middle School. She holds a Masters degree in Conducting from University of Southern California, and a teaching credential from Claremont graduate school. She studied violin with Alice Schoenfeld and conducting with Rodney Eichenberger, Howard Swan and Robert Shaw. She has received teacher of the year awards from both Hemet and San Jacinto Unified School District. She founded MUSICA beginning in 1998.
  2. Frances Moore
    Violinist Frances Moore is active as a performer and teacher. She currently teaches violin and viola and directs the UCR Chamber Ensemble program at UC Riverside. As a baroque violinist, Ms. Moore has performed with Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Moore holds degrees in violin performance from UC Santa Barbara and University of Southern California, where she studied with Alice Schoenfeld and Milton Thomas. While on fellowship at the Banff School of the Arts in Alberta, Canada, Ms. Moore studied chamber music as a member of the Cecilian Piano with Menahem Pressler and Gilbert Kalisch.
  3. Kristy Foote
    Violinist Kristy Foote is currently performing with the Infinium Jazz Trio. She has been a member of the Claremont Symphony, the Inland Valley Community Orchestra, and the Temecula Master Chorale. Ms. Kristy attended Rancho Santiago Community College, University of California, Riverside and and the University of Memphis, Suzuki Violin Program. She is a certified Suzuki Violin Instructor, and she has taught privately for many years. She has studied with Kimberly Mier-Sims, Majorie Marth and Lee Marshal, and has been a Citizen, Artist, and Teacher since the Bridge program since its inception.
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It Takes a Village to Raise a Musician
MUSICA! is providing  students of all ages music instruction with the intent to create a  positive community of well trained and passionate orchestral musicians  in our valley.

We need violins, violas cellos, basses in any sizes – used or new. You could provide a student with  a bow, or half a violin, some strings or a set of tuning pegs, a method book or some rosin and so much more!
Endow a  lesson or an hour or  two hours of grant writing time!

Donations of money can be sent to DVAC 140 E. Stetson PMB297
Please include the notation MUSICA! on your check to DVAC
To donate instruments  contact MUSICA! at 951-659-6312

MUSICA! is a non-profit 501©3 under the umbrella of the Diamond Valley Arts Council