PCM Launches Common Ground Campaign

Rendering of future outdoor amphitheater

A rendering of the outdoor amphitheater surrounded by new classrooms and studios.

PCM is proud to announce the public launch of its Common Ground campaign.

In this time when so much divides us, learning, performing, and enjoying music provides substantive opportunities to leave divisions behind, forge connections, and find common ground. The campaign will raise $9 million to promote and facilitate the pursuit of those opportunities by:

  • Expanding multicultural programming to include folk traditions from around the world
  • Developing intergenerational programming for the very youngest and oldest in our community
  • Creating a music lab and music technology programs

Common Ground will also optimize the footprint of PCM’s campus, encompassing the replacement of one building as well as adding new, purpose-built Adult Studies, Young Musicians, Music Technology classrooms, and an outdoor amphitheater. Additionally, the new building will incorporate green technology to optimize infrastructural efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of the campus.

Photo collage of various students playing their instruments

PCM serves the greater San Gabriel Valley and surrounding areas of Los Angeles County, and due to the reputation of its faculty and programs, the Conservatory also draws students from Orange County, Riverside County, Valencia, the South Bay, and distance learners from all over the country, providing a unique opportunity to bring students together from culturally and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

“Our Common Ground project is fundamental to our strategic plan, our diversity, equity and inclusion plan, and our long-range campus development plan.” says Executive Director, Stephen McCurry. “Common Ground advances PCM’s mission and is emblematic of our institutional response to the issues of our times.”

When asked about the project, board member and supporter June Li shared that “…the Common Ground campaign focuses on many of the reasons I support PCM. Music has the ability to bring people (young and old) and cultures (East and West) together. From its humble founding in 1984, PCM has blossomed into a welcoming presence for music lovers in our community. Common Ground reminds us of the importance of creating common spaces that re-imagine how different generations with diverse cultural backgrounds can learn and grow together. Simon and I are extremely fortunate to participate in the growth of the school towards the next century.”

Fellow board member and donor Jane Kaczmarek, added that “PCM’s faculty, staff, and students create a musical community where resolve and solace mingle with harmony and friendship, providing a refuge from the chaos of the world. I’m participating in PCM’s Common Ground campaign, because I believe in the life altering possibilities that music provides and I want everyone to experience that joy.”

Photo collage of various students playing their instruments

The Conservatory’s comprehensive approach to music study includes the content of its programs (classical to multicultural) and the breadth of those served: infant to lifelong learner, amateur to pre-professional, novice to aficionado, and under-resourced to affluent. While the majority of students enroll for the intrinsic benefits of music study and to develop their lifelong appreciation of music, each year, a number of PCM graduates are accepted into top tier music conservatories and universities to prepare for careers in music. Through the generosity of its supporters, Common Ground will help PCM remain a leader in music education, and deepen its commitment to teaching the musicians, music educators, and audiences of the future.

For more information on the Pasadena Conservatory of Music please visit pasadenaconservatory.org or call 626.683.3355. For more information on the Common Ground Campaign, please email Melissa Froehlich at mfroehlich@pasadenaconservatory.org.