WHO ARE WE?

It all started as a small group of friends coming together and seeking support among fellow music students. We know how challenging it is to succeed in today’s world as a marimba player, and we want to help.

We are musicians, students, teachers, and office workers. We don’t just play the marimba; in fact, some of us don’t even play music right now. Each staff member is different in many ways, but we are all the same when it comes to our purpose: to inspire our marimba community locally and throughout the world.

WHAT DO WE DO?

At Southern California Marimba, we aim to become the leading platform for professional and educational development in Southern California. We regularly provide educational programs for students, performing opportunities for artists, and a welcoming community for anyone who enjoys the marimba.

WHY DO WE DO THIS?

We love the marimba and believe the instrument deserves more recognition among the general public. We also recognize the lack of accessible resources for marimba students and aspiring artists.

With many local schools offering percussion programs, there has been a surge in percussionists and marimba specialists. Most aspiring marimba players, however, don’t have many opportunities to grow professionally and connect with working marimba artists.

Our team seeks to bridge the gap by providing professional support to students and artists through our International Artist Competition, educational programs, and concert series. By inspiring and supporting marimba artists, we hope to share the beautiful warmth of the marimba to more and more people.

 
   

~ MEET THE SCM TEAM ~

Board of Directors

CHAIR: Tyler Tsunekawa
MEMBERS
: Christina Cheon | Sara Manus | Jonathan Raman

Staff & Administration

CHRISTINA CHEON
Executive Director

ERIC WHITMER
Associate Director

LANA LAM
Education

JOSEPH YU
Finances

JOANNA CHEN
Operations

WANT TO GIVE US A HAND?

Every little bit goes a long way. As a nonprofit that relies entirely on community and volunteer efforts, we need your support to provide resources for the young marimba community and aid young artists in their professional growth.