VITA Academy

VITA Academy brings music and music education to under-served Sacramento area communities, while training emerging professional musicians to be effective Teaching Artists, equipped to educate and advocate, perform, and teach.

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Address: 200 P Street, B-31
Sacramento, CA 95814
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Pete Nowlen
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-382-0904
VITA Academy fulfills its mission through three concurrent programs:
1. Junior Academy: Inaugurating instrumental and vocal instruction based on novel methods that promote development of life skills and teamwork in at-risk populations.
2. The Academy Scholars Program: Assisting emerging young performers (collegiate and post-collegiate) to develop skills for presentation, pedagogy, public engagement, and arts advocacy in formats that serve their community and establish a successful career path.
3. Performances: Partnering with other area organizations to offer professional quality instrumental and vocal performances in formats that engage new audiences with innovative programs.
We are currently seeking a new Junior Academy school site with the goal of a Fall 2017 launch. VITA Academy continues to offer Carnegie Hall's Link Up Curriculum and Concert to area schools. VITA Academy is partnering with California State University Sacramento Opera Program to make it possible for their performances to again be accompanied by an orchestra in 2017. Sponsorships range from $500 to $2,000. VITA Academy also needs volunteers to serve on our committees and board, and to serve as coordinators for our programs.
Our top needs:
  1. Board Members - Serve on a board that meets three to four times per year.
  2. Funding: Program - Sponsosrships for our CSUS opera partnership or Junior Academy program.
  3. Funding: Other - Concerts to serve area schools and other activities.
  4. Volunteers - Coordinate one of our programs.
  5. In-Kind Donations - Instruments.
At VITA Academy, we believe that Classical Music has profound power to transform people and build community, but that to be relevant, we must first SERVE the community in meaningful ways. We pursue a continuing and growing role as a facilitator of arts experiences in underserved schools and communities, working thereby to revitalize Classical Music in our region. We were pleased to be honored in 2013 with an 'Excellence in Education Award' from Yolo County for our then three-year old program at Esparto Elementary. Our Link Up general music curriculum will engage several hundred students in schools this year with dynamic, interactive general music instruction, and an exciting culminating concert. Our Teaching Artist Learning Community has populated our region with young professional musicians seeking to educate and advocate as well as perform and teach. Our immediate goal is to take the lessons we have learned in building these programs and expand our reach to additional deserving schools and communities. Thank you for your interest in VITA Academy, Pete Nowlen, Artistic Director and Deborah Pittman, President