“The Elevar Foundation truly believes that music has the power to change the trajectory of someone’s life. Today, more than ever, music is seen as a great connector – it is so much more than just an emotive outlet. We, at the Elevar Foundation, are committed to working in partnership with underserved communities, by actively listening and providing the support they’ve identified, to ensure that their constituents have access to every opportunity possible.” -- Elmar Oliveira, Founder & Artistic Director, Elevar Foundation
Where Music Comes to Thrive
The Elevar Foundation, home to the EOIVC, believes in the transformative power of music and music education. The goal of the foundation is to make music accessible to underserved communities through partnerships, by offering or supporting free or low-cost opportunities such as masterclasses, lessons, performances, instruments, workshops and information sessions.
The Elevar Foundation is committed to providing underserved communities access to high-quality music experiences and musicians. Through concerts, masterclasses, and information sessions, the Elevar Foundation works in partnership with public schools, community centers, hospitals and other organizations to connect these institutions and groups with artists free of charge.
Being able to access a network of music professionals who are deeply committed to the care and wellbeing of their students is invaluable. The Elevar Foundation pulls from its vast resources to connect students and organizations to artists who believe in the Elevar Foundation's mission. Lessons and networking sessions are free of cost for eligible students.
Founder and Artistic Director Elmar Olivera, who is of Portuguese descent, chose the name “elevar” for his foundation, which means “to raise" or "lift up” in Portuguese. He and his team believe that music can “lift” individuals up and provide life-changing experiences that can positively impact society as a whole.
Meet The Team
Founder & Artistic Director
Elmar Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's coveted Tchaikovsky International Competition. He believes deeply in giving back to the community and created the Elevar Foundation as a way of delivering on his beliefs.