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“I studied music at the Preparatory Music Department, and along the way, my dedicated teachers taught me how to live a full, happy life. To this day I enjoy close friendships with my childhood duet partners and former teachers. The valuable lessons I learned at PMD - both musical and beyond - continue to enhance all areas of my life.”  ~ Grace Curcio

Preparatory Music Department Performances

Monthly Student Playthroughs and Recitals

Students have the opportunity to perform in informal and formal concerts that are scheduled 3-4 times per semester by each teacher throughout the year.

Concerto Festival Competition and Concert

All eligible students of PMD instructors are given the opportunity to audition for this competition in January. Winners perform with the PMD Festival Orchestra in May each year.

Evening Recitals

These Friday night concerts feature a variety of PMD student musicians whom teachers recognize as performing particularly well, and are recommended for these recitals. The range of instruments (piano, violin, cello, harp, flute) as well as the intimate setting (McElroy Hall) make these recitals especially enjoyable.

East Bay Suzuki Violin Play-In

PMD hosts a large concert at an East Bay location or at Holy Names. String students and teachers from all over the Bay Area gather together to perform Suzuki repertoire from Twinkle Variations to advanced pieces in a large group setting.

Solo & Ensemble Festival

Outstanding students, upon recommendation of their instructor, perform in a special recital, open to the public and attended by outside evaluators (esteemed musicians in the Bay Area) who offer constructive written feedback to the students. This is a valuable experience for both students and their teachers, congratulating them for and inspiring them to continue their hard work.

Concert Appreciation

PMD students are given free admission to Holy Names Orchestra Concerts, Chamber Singers Concerts and The Master Guild Chamber Music Series.

Pops Concert

In one of our most popular events of the year, students audition any non-Classical piece on a videotape. The concert features costumes, stage props, and special lighting. This is a very fun family-oriented concert.

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Preparatory Music Department
3500 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619
Contact: Katherine Baird
Phone: (510) 436-1224
E-mail: baird@hnu.edu