CSMA names interim director

Andrea Temkin to step in while local music and art school finds permanent replacement

The Community School of Music and Arts has named an interim director to oversee the organization until a permanent replacement is found for departing executive director, Moy Eng.

Andrea Temkin, a longtime arts educator and former executive director of the CSMA, will be temporarily heading the Mountain View school.

"I am extremely pleased to be able to step in during this transitional time," Temkin, who ran the CSMA from 1994 to 2001, said in a press release. "I have always felt that I never truly left the CSMA family!"

Eng decided to step down as executive director of CSMA in order to spend more time with her family. Shortly after she was hired, her husband died unexpectedly, according to John Williams, marketing and communications director for the school. Despite the loss of her husband, Eng pressed on in the highly demanding position for two years, working hard to improve the CSMA.

Williams said that Eng feels she has done right by the school. During her brief tenure, she led the CSMA to its highest ever level of private lesson enrollment and revenue. Her last day was March 31. Temkin begins work today, April 1.

Temkin has more than 30 years experience in art and music education and administration. Most recently, Temkin served as the manager of visual and performing arts at the Alameda County Office of Education, where she worked on the Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership project -- which has won national acclaim.

For her part, Eng will continue to work with the CSMA as an adviser. There is no word on how long the search for a new executive director will take.


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