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Mark MacNamara

Mark MacNamara, a writer and journalist based in Asheville, North Carolina, has written for such publications as NautilusSalonThe Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair. From time to time, his pieces in San Francisco Classical Voice also appear in ArtsJournal.com.  Noteworthy examples include a piece about Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast; a profile of sound composer Pamela Z and an essay on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. MacNamara recently won several awards in the 2018 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards presented by the San Francisco Press Club.  His website is macnamband.com.

Articles by this Author

Kids & Families Feature
June 12, 2014

Pretty much every musician of our age needs to know the basics of the digital music tools that are out there, in order to participate fully in the musical world.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 5, 2014

Still need something for your child to do over some part of the summer? Here are a few noteworthy music camps you can still register for.

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Kids & Families Feature
June 5, 2014

Here’s our short list of highly recommended, less traveled music festivals this summer. We've highlighted particular performances and included tips for local hotel and restaurants. All are family friendly.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 22, 2014

A new nonprofit is integrating music study into the hearts and minds of the “other America.”

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Kids & Families Feature
May 15, 2014

The Davis Senior High School Baroque Ensemble is headlining at the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition. It is one of only a couple of high school orchestras specializing in historically-informed performance.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 8, 2014

Getting opera into the hands of those who really get it — children, is the mission of the Little Opera Company, where kids compose and perform original operas.

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Kids & Families Feature
May 1, 2014

Avery Roth-Hawthorne is a hornist who has gotten to Juilliard the old-fashioned way — practice, and a tendency to go toward difficulty. Oh, and loads of talent.

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Kids & Families Feature
April 24, 2014

The S.F. Symphony’s Adventures in Music program reaches every child in grades 1-5 in the San Francisco Unified School District with music appreciation, inspiring them and building community.

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Kids & Families Feature
April 17, 2014

There will be a lot of private family events this weekend, but if you’re looking for something to do with the family to celebrate, or for no special reason, here are some best bets.

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News Report
April 11, 2014

The Peninsula Symphony was allegedly robbed by its former executive director, but it was also compromised by a board that trusted too much.

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Kids & Families Feature
April 10, 2014

In this profile of a local school music program SFCV spoke with Michael Pakaluk, who heads the music program at Lynbrook High School.

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Kids & Families Feature
April 3, 2014

Randy Porter is a larger-than-life figure to many of his middle school students. But being that big often has a different look in the inner-city.

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Upcoming Concert
March 27, 2014

A String Quartet in Denial (Squid, Inc.) and populist conductor Benjamin Simon and his orchestra team up for a highly entertaining family concert.

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Kids & Families Feature
March 20, 2014

Read all about the program and upgrade at Berkeley’s Jazzschool, a place you really should know about.

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Kids & Families Feature
March 13, 2014

The Junior Bach Festival has seen many illustrious musicians come through its programs. It celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and is readying its 51st festival, nine concerts crammed with 116 performances.

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Kids & Families Feature
March 6, 2014

The new site SFSkids.org is driven by the potential of online gaming in music education and learning. Kids can play, perform, conduct, and compose — make music, and just listen to it. All in the spirit of fun.

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Upcoming Concert
February 27, 2014

The Young Artists Competition finals are at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis this weekend.

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Kids & Families Feature
February 27, 2014

Let us count the ways to catch the ever-busy, delightful San Francisco Girls Chorus this March.

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Kids & Families Feature
February 20, 2014

The Orchestra, a Brazilian source of pride, will give two performances featuring youthful sizzle as well as strong musicianship.

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Kids & Families Feature
February 13, 2014

The John Adams Young Composer Program at the Crowden Music Center fosters deep creativity even in very young children.

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