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Musical Links

Throughout the school year, additional musical opportunities:

We are fortunate to live in an area with plenty of great musical support and venues that provide support and growth for our musicians year-round, in addition to what we offer at Montera.

The Montera After-School Jazz Band  rehearses after school, from 3:45-4:45 on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year. The Montera Jazz Band often performs school events and off-campus events throughout the year

MUSE Orchestra (Grades 4-6) and MUSE VIVO Orchestra (Grades 7-12):

The Oakland Symphony coordinator will come to Montera to audition students in the Advanced Orchestra in October. MUSE Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:30pm at Franklin Elementary School. MUSE VIVO rehearsals are weekly on Thursdays from 4:30-6pm at Edna Brewer MS (accessible via the 33 Bus in Montclair Village). Every year a number of Montera students participate in the MUSE and MUSE VIVO Orchestras.

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra:

Consisting of nearly 90 talented music students (aged 12-22 years) from 46 schools and more than 30 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Youth Orchestra is open by audition to all qualified young people from Bay Area schools. No musician is excluded for reasons of financial need.

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra maintains a commitment to cultural exchange through international tours every three years. Touring destinations have included many countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior tours have also given students the opportunity to visit and perform in the Caribbean Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba, Australia, and New Zealand.

Oakland EastSide All-star Ensemble:

Music and Leadership Fellowship Program for Middle and High School Students from East Oakland and all OUSD schools are invited to audition. Exceptional music learning and exposure 
Family and community engagement through the arts performance and service learning experience 
Scholarship awards and private lessons are available. Contact for information and audition information and dates.

Berkeley Youth Orchestra:!

BYO is a full symphonic orchestra whose mission is to foster the musical abilities and personal growth of dedicated young musicians in grades 5-12 throughout the greater Bay Area by providing a nurturing environment and the highest quality opportunities in both rehearsal and performance in an orchestra setting.

SF JAZZ Partnership:

Montera has established a partnership with SF Jazz, to provide Jazz Education for the entire Montera community. This partnership provides Montera with teaching artists on a weekly basis, small-group instruction and coaching, and school assemblies/concerts. All Montera students, parents, and staff have access to free concerts and events offered by SF Jazz.

Contact Jamahn Lee, School Programs Coordinator, for more info or to request concert tickets.