What is LACESMA?
In 1941, under the leadership of William C. Hartshorn, Music Supervisor for the Los Angeles City Schools, the Los Angeles City Elementary Schools Music Association (LACESMA) was incorporated in the State of California for the purpose of promoting quality music education. Over the years, the not-for-profit 501(c)3 status of the organization has allowed LACESMA to use donations and membership funds to support our music students and music teachers in a variety of ways.
Scholarships are awarded annually by audition for LAUSD elementary school instrumental music students . These scholarships fund lessons with a private teacher. Many of the recipients would otherwise receive only group instruction at school. Past winners have continued in music, participating in high school and college bands and orchestras. Some become professional performers and teachers.
LACESMA provides performance opportunities for selected scholarship winners in several venues where they perform for peers, parents, friends and teachers.
To encourage vocal students , LACESMA co-sponsors and provides financial support for the annual Elementary Honor Choir Festival organized by the Kodaly Association of Southern California (KASC). The LAUSD Elementary Honor Chorus and Orchestra are also supported by LACESMA.
For over 30 years, LACESMA has provided staff development workshops for our elementary school music teachers. These workshops have featured both our own expert teachers and outside clinicians and exhibitors.
*President Jeanne Mitchell
*First VP Terri Perryman
*Second VP David Early
*Recording Secretary Mary Barton
*Corresponding Secretary Suzanne Feland
*Treasurer Karen Lawrence
Scholarship Chair Sarah Urias
Membership Chair Eloise Porter
UTLA Rep. Pammela Gibberman
District Liaison Chris Rodriguez
Representative Michael McLean
Representative Jacqueline Yudkin
Representative Linda Mouradian
Advisor Paulette Miller
Advisor Sue Stanger
Advisor Steve Venz