Mountain View Voice

News - August 5, 2011

Community brief

New head for CSMA's Music4Schools

The Community School of Music and Arts recently appointed Hector Armienta as its Music4Schools director, who will help develop CSMA's off-site music education programs.

Armienta's responsibilities include program and curriculum development, hiring, supervising and training of faculty and developing collaborations with schools.

"Hector's diverse professional experience will be pivotal to CSMA continuing to build partnerships to ensure that music is part of every child's education," said CSMA Executive Director Moy Eng in a press release.

Armienta's diverse background includes more than 10 years of nonprofit experience as an arts educator, program director, curriculum specialist and teaching artist. Organizations he has worked with include San Francisco's Music in Schools Today, Young Audiences of the Bay Area and more. His professional experience also includes working as the artistic and managing director with Opera Cultura, San Jose.

From the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Armienta has a master's degree in music and music composition, and a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles.

Armienta now joins the faculty of the nonprofit arts education center, CSMA, to help make the arts accessible to all. At its Finn Center campus in Mountain View, CSMA offers art classes, free concerts and community outreach events. In the community, it provides programs at more than 30 schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

New development director named

The Community School of Music and Arts recently appointed Lisa R. James as its new development director to oversee a departmental staff of three.

She will also be responsible for fundraising, donor cultivation, recognition activities and select special events.

"Lisa James comes to CSMA with more than 20 years of senior-level development experience and an exceptional record of accomplishment in fundraising and donor cultivation, strategic planning, and organizational management," said CSMA executive director Moy Eng in a press release.

James' experience includes five years as director of development at the San Francisco Opera, the second largest opera company in the Americas, where she lead a fundraising campaign that resulted in $34 million of operating support during a period of financial restructuring.

Additionally, James held positions such as vice president for advancement at the San Francisco Art Institute and director of development at Opera Colorado. James also has development experience in various non-profit sectors and has been an active presenter, panelist and site evaluator for arts organizations.

James holds a master's degree in business and arts administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Denver.

CSMA is the largest non-profit provider of arts education programs in the region.

—Hannah Kim

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