In the late fall of 2004, Susan Raguse & Christine Williams began meeting to discuss their plans and dreams for a community music center. The two music teachers envisioned developing a facility that would be dedicated to teaching and performing music. They agreed that this teaching facility would provide for the physical and creative needs of teachers, students, and their families in a nurturing environment.
Finding the right location and building was challenging, but perseverance paid off. The two teachers bought a former home on East Eighth Street, built in 1891, that had been rezoned for commercial use. Years of neglect required complete renovation.
Renovations were completed in November 2008 and Traverse Community Music opened its doors. Layers of paint have been stripped from the original oak trim, which showcases new windows. All teaching studios have natural lighting. Special attention has been given to climate control and soundproofing. False ceilings have been removed and music reverberates from the original high ceilings and oak floors. The dream of a “music home” is now a reality.
The sounds of classical, folk, fiddling, and jazz add new life to the old house and neighborhood.
TRAVERSE COMMUNITY MUSIC:
WHERE “U” ARE PART
OF THE MUSIC