The Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI) is a renowned high school strings program. Students study music theory, harmony, analysis, counterpoint and ear training at the conservatory/college level. Chamber orchestra classes meet twice a week and culminate in four annual concerts. Chamber music classes likewise meet twice a week and culminate in two concerts a year. Solo recitals are presented monthly.
Students also enjoy master classes provided by leading American and international artists. Inspired by Crossroads’ exceptional jazz music program, EMMI incorporates an improvisational component to the curriculum, a unique aspect of the program. EMMI students are encouraged to compose their own music; their compositions are showcased in recitals twice a year.
Community service is central to the Crossroads School philosophy and EMMI students often contribute by sharing their talents with the greater community. This work has included performing in senior citizen centers, hospitals and day care centers, and teaching music to underserved students in public schools.
EMMI has performed at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Bing Theater at USC and, most recently, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Graduates of this outstanding program can be found in symphony orchestras, opera houses, on the international concert circuit and on the faculties of major conservatories around the world.
The Institute was named in honor of the late Elizabeth Heller Mandell, a Crossroads grandmother and parent of alumni as well as a former Trustee of the School.