Sun04202014

CSMA appoints Music4Schools director

Armienta

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View recently appointed Hector Armienta director of its Music4Schools program.

As a member of the senior staff, Armienta will work closely with the executive director and faculty to develop CSMA’s off-site music education programs, which annually serve approximately 5,000 students at more than 15 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. The director’s responsibilities include program and curriculum development, hiring, supervising and training of faculty, and developing collaborations with schools.

“CSMA’s in-school programs are critical to our commitment to ‘Arts4All,’ because they provide weekly, sequential classes, as well as concerts, choral and instrumental instruction, to children who might not otherwise have access to music education,” said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng. “Hector’s diverse professional experience will be pivotal to CSMA continuing to build partnerships to ensure that music is part of every child’s education.”

Armienta has more than 10 years of non-profit experience as an arts educator, serving as a program director, curriculum specialist and teaching artist. He has held senior-level program positions at Music in Schools Today in San Francisco and Kollage Community School for the Arts in Redwood City. His professional experience also includes working with performing organizations, including Opera Cultura in San Jose, where he has been the artistic director/managing director since 2008. As a curriculum development consultant, Armienta has worked with school districts in Northern and Southern California, as well as with the Arts Council Silicon Valley First Five Program, Young Audiences of the Bay Area and other organizations, to develop music programs for children.

Armienta earned a master’s of music degree in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Throughout his career, Armienta has served as a panelist at numerous conferences and as a member of commissions and committees, including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Creative Entrepreneur Project, Arts Council Silicon Valley and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a composer whose work in opera and musical theater has received support from the NEA.

“I feel particularly fortunate to be joining the Community School of Music and Arts as the Music4Schools program director,” Armienta said. “It’s an organization that I have long admired, given its local and regional impact in arts education. My hope is to contribute in a meaningful way toward its noble goal of arts education for all.”

For information, call 917-6800 or visit www.arts4all.org.

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