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“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 

About Us

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.

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Community Engagement

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. 

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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. 

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Instruments & Supplies 

The Elevar Foundation partners with a wide array of artisans and luthiers to provide free string instruments and supplies to eligible students and organizations, specifically focusing on underserved communities. 

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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

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Elmar Oliveira
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. 

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Jill Arbetter
Executive Director

As a violinist and artist manager Jill Arbetter brings her vast knowledge of the performing arts and passion for supporting the next generation of artists to the Elevar Foundation.

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Laura Sinclair
Director of Community Engagement 

Ms. Sinclair’s vast experience facilitating mentorship programs and working with underserved youth make her an invaluable team member of the Elevar Foundation. 

Join our Team & Donate Today!

The Elevar Foundation, home to the EOIVC, offers individuals, companies and foundations a unique opportunity to make a lasting investment in the world of the arts and humanities.  Join Team Elevar by pledging your support today! 

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