Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute (EMMI)

The History

Elizabeth Heller Mandell was a trustee of Crossroads School, the mother of Peter (class of 1987) and Olivia (class of 1989). Elizabeth was the primary benefactor of the Crossroads International House, as well as supporter of financial aid for Crossroads musicians.

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In addition to her service to Crossroads, Elizabeth Heller Mandell was on numerous boards, including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Los Angeles Ballet, the California Junior Symphony and the Putney School. She was also an entrepreneur, a consultant for government and nonprofit groups and a member of the New York City Rent and Rehabilitation Administration.

In her honor and memory, the Mandell family, husband Alan, son and daughter-in-law Peter and Sarah, and daughter Olivia, have provided long-term funding for the chamber orchestra and classical music program of Crossroads School. This support provides for financial aid, an endowed chair, The Elizabeth Mandell Conductor’s Chair, and general support for the music program. Crossroads is honored to claim the name of Elizabeth Mandell for its Music Institute.

Crossroads School is a marvel! There is something extraordinary happening at Crossroads, something that deserves our unstinting  support...let us give thanks for an institution which can replenish and enrich our culture.

- Simon Rattle, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

The Program

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.

Upcoming Performances

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  • Sep

    EMMI Solo Recital

    Roth Hall
  • Nov

    EMMI Orchestra Concert

    Roth Hall
  • Dec

    EMMI Solo and Chamber Recital

    Roth Hall
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EMMI In the News

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EMMI Archives

  • “Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor” by Max Bruch

    EMMI & Friends Solo Recital (November 2014)

  • “Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a” by Dmitri Shostakovich

    EMMI Fall Orchestra Concert (2014)

  • Crossroads Chamber Orchestra

  • Alumni Concert Musician Reflections

  • Michel Colombier (1939-2004)

    "Exhuberance!" by the EMMI Chamber Orchestra

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