December 14 Student Recitals
January 9-10-11 Sonata Festival
2014-15 Conservatory Calendar
About the Conservatory
In September 1971, seven teachers, working with
eighty students, formed the nucleus of The
Crestmont Conservatory of Music. Today the
Conservatory is housed in a lovely building in San
Mateo, where its twenty-five teachers work with an
enrollment of over 250 students. Thomas LaRatta,
the director, had taught in the Bay Area for many
years and saw the need for a central cultural site
where deserving musical aspirants might further
their growth and development in music at the
highest level. The Crestmont Conservatory was
formed with this in mind.
Today, the Conservatory offers quality training in
all aspects of music. This is fulfilled through
private lessons combined with related classes
offered to students of all ages and interests.
The atmosphere of the Conservatory lends more
to a uniting of all endeavors of these young
musicians: they feel the entire scope of music,
which is essential to their musical growth; a feeling
that is entirely different from what they could
experience in the isolated private studio or the
regular classroom. With this kind of exposure, they
get a feeling of collective participation and
cooperation that in turn furthers and strengthens
their sense of values toward community
participation, working hand in hand with everyone:
harmony among all people.
In advancing our goal of developing
deserving talent in the community, anyone who wishes admission is
enrolled, without regard to race, national origin, gender, or
religious beliefs. The Crestmont Conservatory of Music holds these
same principles in contracting of our well-trained and well-selected
faculty and staff.
To enroll in the Conservatory, or to obtain further information,
please call the Conservatory at the telephone number below.