Cambria Academy of Music and Multi-Disciplinary Arts

Founded by Samuel Shalhoub, M.A. in 2017.
Email: s a m @ c a m m d a . o r g
Disclaimer: This site is under construction and is subject to change without notice.

Vision: To support and grow the artistic, cultural, and musical efforts in Cambria, CA, by providing people of all walks of life with a place to work, study, teach, and learn cooperatively in a safe and encouraging environment.

---CAMMDA Planned Programs---

Academic Programs:
Ear Traning: Major and minor modes, scales, intervals, rhythmic and melodic dictation, sight singing.
Musicianship: Expression, dynamics, articulation, phrasing, timbre, breathing, conducting, rehearsal of material.
Performance: Mental memory/muscle memory, stage presence, extemporanious speaking, audience interaction.
Scholarship: Research and discovery, primary source material, academic writing, citations, critical thinking.

Social Programs:
Community meetings: Public and private meetings, open session/public hearings.
Lectures & Presentations: Graduate and post-doctoral level material, local and regional issues, techniques and procedures for anything from arts and crafts to natural history.
Workshops: In-depth study sessions, focus groups, polling, community research.
Open Mic: Free expression, spoken word, poetry, book reading.

Performances: Booking various music ensembles, theatre groups, dance, voice.
Demonstrations: Traditional fine art, woodworking, crafts. Also, political discourse, protest, free speech activities.
Exercises: Yoga and stretching, barre, dance (ballet, jazz, swing, blues, tap, etc.)
Hands on DIY: Home repair, car repair, instrument repair, household item repair, sewing, fabrics, yarns, gardening.

Instruments: Exposure to piano, plucked and bowed strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, world music.
Equipment: From mixing/sound boards to amplifiers, computers, assistive technologies, etc.
Tools: Library for tools to be checked out, such as hammers, screw guns, drills, hand tools, saws, etc.
Books: Extensive library of resource materials, music scores, literature, maps, etc.
People: Access to human resources such as teachers/educators, business advice, etc.

Future Potential:
Impact on local culture: Change the way people behave in our town.
Improvement of life: Fulfillment from giving back to the community.
Positive social development: Leading the next generation by example.

About Us:
Samuel Shalhoub (b. 1985) has been a local of Cambria since 1994. After graduating from Coast Union High School in 2003 he went on to obtain his Bachelor of Art degree in Guitar Performance from Humboldt State University in 2012. Finally, Samuel obtained his Master of Art degree in Music Performance Practice from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2016. Since then he has become a publicly elected official, serving as President of the Coast Unified School District Board of Trustees. Samuel has also joined the ArtBeat organization to provide free classical guitar lessons to Cambria's youth, and has also started an after school concert band program at Santa Lucia Middle School. Samuel remains dedicated to the Cambria Community and intends on using the Cambria Academy of Music and Multi-Disciplinary Arts to further the richness and diversity of art, music, and civic discourse in our town.

----------------------------Progress Report-------------------------
As of August 1, 2018: The OCL is now in escrow with a family trust from Nipomo, CA.

As of April 30, 2018: Ultimately today, April 30th, 2018, was to be a pivotal day for CAMMDA by submitting its bid for the OCL. Tomorrow, May 1, will be the day that the County of SLO opens the bids. However, due to extenuating circumstances such as being a young nonprofit organization, the absence of appropriate sources of funding, and general skepticism that the OCL building itself was a wise venue to pursue, CAMMDA will not be able to provide a bid to the County of SLO at this time. CAMMDA will, however, continue to persist as an organization poised to fulfill its mission. Please continue to keep an eye on this page for future activities. We look forward to serving the community in the ways most vital and needed at any given time. Thank you for your encouragement and support during these transformative periods in our town. Onward and upward.

As of April 3, 2018: Editor Stephen Provost of The Cambrian newspaper has published an article regarding CAMMDA's effort to bid on the OCL.

As of March 28, 2018: Samuel Shalhoub and CAMMDA are now in the processing of soliciting donations to be used exclusively towards the purchase of the Old Cambria Library. Please contact Samuel if you are interested in becoming a donor.

As of March 24, 2018: CAMMDA has been determined to be exempt from federal income tax and has qualified for contribution deductibility under IRC Section 170. CAMMDA's public charity status is recorded as 509(a)(2).

As of March 2, 2018: Samuel Shalhoub has started a funding campaign to support the bidding process, ( which can be found here. )

As of February 7, 2018: The San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors has approved a public auction of the OCL, which is now slated for May 1st, 2018. This will be another (and probably the last) opportunity for CAMMDA to purchase the building for all Cambrians to use.

As of October 26, 2017: The CCSD failed to secure funds to purchace the OCL. Therefore CAMMDA will once again attempt to purchase the building.

As of September 11, 2017: The CCSD voted 3-2 to purchase the Old Cambria Library building. As such, the Academy is moving forward toward accomplishing its mission in another facility.

As of July 17, 2017: A certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation have arrived, dated and stamped "June 30, 2017" by the California Seceretary of State, Alex Padilla.

As of June 30, 2017: Email asking CCSD Board to temporarily pause their negotiations for the Old Cambria Library property until 2018 has been sent.

As of June 26, 2017: Articles of Incorporation for 501(c)(3) status have been submitted to the California Secretary of State.

***This corporation (ID#: 4042051) is organized to exclusively engage in nonprofit public education within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, through the establishment, governance, and activities therein of the Cambria Academy of Music and Multi-Disciplinary Arts.***