About Us

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In 1983 Beth Elliott founded the Kadima Conservatory, modeled on the European Conservatory tradition, to fill a cultural void in the San Fernando Valley.

The Kadima Conservatory is an educational music organization located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. In the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to participate in a musical community, regardless of status or means, the Conservatory provides outstanding music training to students of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, offering them a creative community from which to grow and reach out to others. Our motto is “You play, and you pass it on.”

The Conservatory was founded to promote the appreciation, performance and instruction of classical music. Kadima maintains the following core programs:

  • Ongoing individual, orchestral and small ensemble instruction.
  • Free community, senior residence, and school concerts performed by the conservatory’s student orchestras, the professional Kadima String Quartet, and other faculty members.
  • Classroom instruction and demonstrations, music education outreach in public schools and colleges.


Kadima offers classical instrumental training to students of all ages and levels. The faculty is comprised of 18 distinguished performers, several of whom are also faculty of local colleges and universities.