Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CCPAS?

The Contra Costa Performing Arts Society is a non-profit organization founded in the 1974 to provide opportunities for musicians (professional, semi-professional, amateurs) to perform concerts, conduct workshops and composer’s forums, network, and provide fellowship among each other and for the community. Non-musicians/supporters of the music arts are also most welcome.

What is the CCPAS Student Chapter?

Started in 2010 by students for students under the auspices of the adult CCPAS organization, the Student Chapter is very similar to a music club - but for student musicians.  It provides opportunities for middle and high school classical and jazz musicians (instrumentalists and vocalists) to have performance opportunities, share resources, serve the community and develop leadership skills.

Who can join?

Student musicians in 6th to 12th grades are invited to join. Though not exclusive, most members live or attend schools in Contra Costa or Alameda counties. 

How can I join?

A Student Membership is $15 for the fiscal year of June-May. You can also purchase a Family Membership, which is $40, that includes student membership. The required application and waiver for the Student Chapter can be found here. Registration is also available online here for both student and family memberships. However, filling the application out online still requires the waiver and liability release to be sent in separately for either type of membership. The application and waiver can also be acquired by emailing ccpas.students@gmail.com.

As members, you may participate in activities hosted by the CCPAS and Student Chapter free of charge.

Is there a big time commitment for members?

It’s totally up to you.  We want you to participate in as many events as you would like! We do understand that as teenagers, we can be very busy juggling school, family, and other extracurricular activities so none of our events are mandatory. However, there are many opportunities to perform and develop your organizational and leadership skills. If you have ideas for the Student Chapter or like to take a more active role, let’s talk!

What does the Student Chapter do?

Here are some from the past:

Student Concerts -

      Two formal concerts in October/November and in January/February in front of very supportive audiences.  Many teachers encourage their students to have this extra performance opportunity before competitions and Certificate of Merit exams, etc.  Student musicians enjoy watching and meeting other students outside their regular music studios.

      Informal concert - from classical to contemporary to inventive music.  Lots of possibilities here.

    Student Ensemble Workshop - one day ensemble workshop in which student ensembles are coached by prominent local musicians and culminating in a concert competition.

Workshops  - Parents are welcome to join these workshops too.

      Music & College Applications - the different music programs in college available and preparing colleges Common Application Arts Supplement. Our speakers have been music students from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Julliard School of Music and graduating high school seniors who recently completed their college applications.

   How to Record Your Student's Music Performances - about video and digital recording equipment, software programs to render the recording, uploading to a website. This was led by a PAS Student Chapter father who has extensive experience recording his children’s music performances.

     How to Improvise on the Piano - learning the basics as a classical pianist. This was led by an accomplished classical and jazz CCPAS Student Chapter pianist.

      Summer Music Camps - discussed different music camps available during the summer.  Students and parents came together to share their experiences and give suggestions.

      Performance Preparation - how to prepare for concert performances. This workshop was led by a CCPAS member who was a finalist in the International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

      Certificate of Merit Music Theory Exam Prep - This workshop was led by a veteran MTAC piano teacher.

      Fundamental of Music Composition – the workshop was led by high school students who have composed and won awards in composition contests.

There are many opportunities for students and parents to lead workshops and to tap into the resources within the CCPAS adult organization.

Field Trips/activities -

     Piano Restoration shop in Alameda - So how does a piano work? We saw a master disassemble a piano, repair and refinish it.

      Anderson & Rowe duo concert - A dozen of us went to watch the incomparable exquisite and cool piano duo.

      André Hamelin piano concert - We advertised this concert and several families attended.

      Movie Night - just for the fun of it to get together.


Community -

      Retirement homes - music performance for the residences.

      Moraga Art Gallery - background music

      John Muir Hospital - the CCPAS adult groups perform at the hospital during mid-day each Thursday.

  Lafayette Library - upcoming by students for students (kid friendly) concert. The CCPAS adult groups regularly perform concerts at the Lafayette Library.


CCPAS - at-large sponsored programs -

      Sturm-Page Piano Competition - for middle and high school students.  Scholarship awards.

      Voice Scholarship Competition -  for high school vocalists.  Scholarship awards.

      Founder's Day Concert - an all-CCPAS groups participated concert, usually in April.


Who leads the PAS Student Chapter?

The Student Chapter Council - Council members consists of a few members from the Student Chapter who are willing to commit their time and put in efforts to organize various activities for the Student Chapter.  An experienced CCPAS adult member may serve as the advisor of the Council.  Parent encouragement, support and involvement are very much needed. 

What skills can I learn?

      Facilitate a meeting/workshop

      Hospitality - Host a meeting at your house

      Organization - Organize field trips, concerts, workshops

      Coordinate musicians to perform at a retirement home, hospital

    Help with the organization of the Student Concert - registration; publicity; refreshments; set-up/clean-up; emcee the concert; design the handout program (desktop publishing) 

      Attend a CCPAS Board meeting.  Present a Student Chapter report at the meeting.

      Develop personal and interpersonal skills,  problems solving, and the assumption of personal and group responsibilities


How can I learn more about the CCPAS Student Chapter?

Email us at ccpas.students@gmail.com