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Community Schools, Programs, and Centers

Explore the many community resources on HNU's campus.

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Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute

The Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI) at Holy Names University promotes positive peace in the Asia Pacific region—peace with genuine security as well as social justice and ecological sustainability. The Institute’s broad array of activities includes research, dialogue and publishing, service, and civic engagement.

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The HNU Community Orchestra

The Holy Names University Community Orchestra is a volunteer ensemble for community members to learn, prepare, and present quality musical experiences for diverse audiences. The music director - conductor plans innovative programming to include works from standard orchestral repertoire to contemporary, and culturally diverse selections. The HNUCO thrives on support of the players, its audience, and the wider community of Oakland.

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Music belongs to everyone

Kodály Center

Holy Names University enjoys an international reputation as one of the major centers in North America for Kodály music training. The first institution of higher learning to grant an advanced degree in music education with Kodály emphasis, HNU has maintained an internationally renowned faculty in its program for over 30 years.

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A community music school

HNU Preparatory Music

HNU Preparatory Music (or “Prep Music”) is a community school for young musicians, located on the Holy Names University campus. Prep Music offers private instruction on 10 instruments: violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, recorder, drums, and voice. Early childhood music education, youth orchestras, group classes in strings and piano, chamber music, and adult music education are also offered, as well as regular concerts and other large musical events. Join us for one!

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For students with learning differences

Raskob Learning Institute and Day School

Located on the Holy Names University campus, the Raskob Institute and Day School is one of the oldest educational programs for learning disabled individuals in the U.S. The non-profit organization provides services for students and adults with learning differences. The Institute is comprised of three inter-related programs: the Diagnostic Program, the Clinic, and Raskob Day School. The Diagnostic Program offers comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children and adults.

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Preparation for high school and college success

The HNU Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is a federally funded education program designed for students with academic potential who need additional preparation and motivation to succeed in high school and into college. Every year, Holy Names University Upward Bound offers over 200 local high school students the extra support they need to go to college.

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A community performance space

The Valley Center for the Performing Arts

The Valley Center for the Performing Arts (VCPA) is a unique performance and convening space at Holy Names University. It houses two separate theaters: large audiences up to 390 can be accommodated in the Regents’ Theatre, while smaller, more intimate groups use the Studio Theatre with movable seating for up to 125 participants.

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