The Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI) evolved from Crossroads School’s unique Music Major Program, a part of the school since 1978. Musicians are accepted into this exceptional and unique program by audition only. An EMMI Music Major is a dedicated student who is seriously committed to the study and performance of classical music. As members of the larger school community, EMMI students benefit from our college preparatory program while also pursuing their passion for classical music.
In addition to the academic rigors of Crossroads’ course of study, EMMI students are required to take sequential courses in music theory. These courses are at the conservatory/college level and encompass harmony, analysis, counterpoint, and ear training.
Additionally, chamber orchestra classes meet bi-weekly and culminate in four concerts yearly, chamber music classes meet once a week and culminate in two concerts a year and solo recitals are presented monthly. These performance classes are important ones for the training of a young musician and are a requirement.
Community service is central to the Crossroads School philosophy and therefore, EMMI students are encouraged to share their talents with the general community. Past opportunities have included presenting concerts to senior citizen centers, hospitals, day care centers, and to underserved students in public schools.
Inspired by the exceptional Jazz Music Program at Crossroads, EMMI is also committed to providing an improvisational component to the curriculum, something often lacking in the training of classical musicians. EMMI students are encouraged to compose their own music and their compositions are showcased in recitals twice a year. Students also receive master classes provided by leading American and international artists.
The array of course offerings, myriad opportunities for performance, and mentorship by professional musicians are among the many reasons that EMMI students are so attractive to universities and conservatories nationwide. It is also why 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.
We are grateful for the generosity of The Clarence E. Heller Foundation for its continued support of the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute.
To learn more about our program, please contact Grace Park, director of K-12 strings and director of EMMI, at GPark@xrds.org.