Music School to Celebrate New Home

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Staff Report

The Music School of Delaware announces public events heralding its new location in the heart of downtown Milford at 23 North Walnut Street. The location will be open for Fall 2017, providing additional private classrooms, private instruction studios, and a recital room for performances.

A kickoff party was held at Milford Women’s Club on July 11 to thank donors and share with them and other special guests a preview of the renovation plans. The Music School welcomes community members from Milford and surrounding areas to upcoming community events celebrating the new location including a “Hard Hat” Tour & Party on Tuesday, August 15, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Guests will meet at the school’s current 10 South Walnut address to be escorted by community tour guides to the new building and return to 10 South Walnut for complimentary refreshments.

Friday, September 15, from 3:00 to 7:00pm, the Music School will hold its official Grand Opening Celebration & Ribbon Cutting at the new location. This event is also open to the public and will feature live music, community speakers, children’s activities and refreshments.

The school has been in its present location of 10 South Walnut Street since the Fall 1998; this move allows the Music School to continue its forward motion and growth in Southern Delaware.

“This move is thrilling for the Music School,” notes Milford resident and Music School parent Maggie Thompson. The new space is vital to our continued growth, accessible for students of all ages, and accommodates those with a disability. I can’t wait to see my children roaming around the new location, learning and interacting with others.”

Music School Southern Delaware board representative David Molotsky agrees. “For a few years now, the Music School has worked to expand programs for the extended community, and the resultant student increase requires a space that provides both intimate educational settings as well as performance potential. These are truly exciting times.”

Former Milford Branch Director Kate Inie-Richards is pleased to see this project nearly complete. “I have been looking forward to our reaching this goal [for the Music School] for some time now. It’s gratifying to see it come to fruition during my tenure,” she commented. “It will be bittersweet to leave this wonderful community at such a landmark time.” Inie-Richards is moving to New York City in the fall and is succeeded by Amos Fayette, an accomplished violinist and experienced administrator, who assumed his new role as Milford Branch Director in July.

Founded in 1924, The Music School of Delaware reaches thousands of new people from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland through its instructional programs and over 100 public performances each year. The Music School is the only nationally accredited program of its kind in Delaware and is the only statewide accredited community music school in the nation. The Music School offers standard-setting instructional programs for all ages and has a faculty of nearly 100 expert artists and educators with branch locations in Wilmington and Milford and over 20 satellite and outreach sites statewide. For more information, individuals can call the Wilmington Branch at 302.762.1132, the Milford Branch at 302.422.2043 or visit the website at musicschoolofdelaware.org.