SCFPA Community Outreach: Santa Cruz County, AZ

       Community & Outreach

Connect to your thriving performing arts scene.

The most powerful attraction of the performing arts is its appeal to the senses. When live audiences come together with live performers, energy ignites and anticipation builds. There's drama and excitement in the spontaneity of the moment. This is where the heart of the community lives.

Performing arts in Santa Cruz County, AZ

Patagonia Art Center Launches Summer Arts Program

Patagonia Creative Arts Association has joined forces with the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts to offer children ages 6-18 an opportunity to explore music, theater, ceramics and visual arts this summer. The summer camp will be held in the month of June from 9-12 Monday-Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 pm (to accommodate for the summer reading program at the public library). For $145 (which works out to be $4.50/class) children will enjoy eight classes each week for four weeks with professional artists and musicians. Christina Wilhelm will make music with children on the melodica, Maisy Cooper will engage children in theater games and fun, Martha Kelly will work her ceramics magic and Therese Fontes will offer her steady guidance in drawing and painting. At the end of the program there will be a presentation to exhibit the month of creative expression (to include the work created at the summer reading program). Our space will be limited so please sign up early. Some scholarships and payment plans may be arranged. Call Faye Finley at 520.394.9369 or 520.394.2377 for more information.

Artists in Residence

SCFPA sponsors artist in residence groups including Tapestry and Santa Cruz Singers. Tapestry is Santa Cruz Countyís unique chamber music ensemble that offers an opportunity for many talented musicians to perform and audiences to enjoy and enhance their understanding of classical works and contemporary themes. The Santa Cruz Singers present a diversified repertoire of quality choral performances. Both afford an educational forum to their members and performing arts exposure to the community at large.


The idea of a local chamber music group was formed when Christina Wilhelm, pianist and founder-director of the Santa Cruz Singers discovered a talented flutist, Anne Quirin, among itís chorus members. In 2004 the duo gave their first performance at an in home recital in Patagonia to benefit the Santa Cruz Singers. Encouraged by the audienceís response and the success of the fund raiser, the duo expanded to include classical saxophonist Lance Hoopes in their next performance in 2005. And so, the realization of a chamber group of dedicated musicians to be a permanent musical resource for the area was ignited.
Tapestry is unique……We are individual artists, classically trained and multi talented, who perform as soloists or together in both traditional and non-traditional ensembles.

We perform music for flute, harp, piano, voice, saxophone and clarinet. In the future we will incorporate other instruments such as strings, brass and percussion.

Our repertoire is wide ranging and expansive including classical works and contemporary themes.

Santa Cruz Singers

The Santa Cruz Singers (SCS) is an independent non-profit organization which presents high quality formal performances though out Santa Cruz County and surrounding areas.

Since 2002, under the direction of founder Christina Wilhelm, SCS has provided the community with an opportunity to create choral music in a supportive environment. The chorus is made up of about 25 men and women with a wide range of choral and musical experience.

The repertoire of the Singers is highly diversified. In addition to our annual spring concert of favorite classics, the SCS performs a unique program of music at the mission chapel of Tumacacori National Historic Park.

If you like to sing, enjoy working as part of a team and are willing to commit to 4 months (Jan-April) of scheduled rehearsals, you may be eligible to join our wonderful band of troubadours. No formal training is required, but a willingness to learn is paramount. We supply you with all the music, tools and support you need to become a valued member.

For more information call: 520-394-9495, Cell 617-645-4239.


Volunteer Opportunities

Help make the music happen!
Set up for performances
Locate venue sites where we can hold the performances
Distribute flyers, posters
Join the task force for media, publicity and PR
Spread the word by handing out brochures in your local area

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Tapestry Music Ensemble

Santa Cruz Singers

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Festivals and Concerts
for the Community

Community concerts and festival programs sponsored by SCFPA bring accomplished performers to the people of Santa Cruz County. These fun-filled musical happenings feature performers of local, regional and national reputation. Families and folks of all ages experience the joy of live music with appeal to a wide variety of tastes and interests. Thereís a unifying energy between performers and audience. Itís a true celebration of community in the shared moment.

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