On Monday, October 9, Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch celebrated the grand opening of their new location at 23 North Walnut Street with a ribbon cutting, tours, a recital and champagne toast. The new location is significantly larger than their previous location at 10 South Walnut Street, giving the school practice and lesson rooms as well as a recital hall.
“This is an extremely exciting day for the music school in Milford,” Kate Ransom, President and CEO of the Music School of Delaware, said. “It took a lot of people to bring this project to completion. We have to thank the staff that worked tirelessly to complete this project as well as Davis, Bowen & Friedel, the City of Milford, DMI and our legislators who supported and assisted us throughout the process.”
David Molotsky, a member of the Board of Directors of the Music School, said that he came to the area to join the staff of Dentsply-Sirona about two years ago. He met former director Kate Inie-Richards who encouraged him to join the board. “I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember, playing instruments when I was young, becoming a drum major, so it was just a hop, skip and a jump for me to become involved in the school,” Mr. Molotsky said. “Since joining the Music School, I have been amazed at the support of the community and the effort given to both children and adults. When the opportunity came to just move down the street to a much larger building and provide more services to children, there was no question we needed to make that happen.”
Amos Fayette, who took over as Director of the Milford Branch in July, thanked Ms. Inie-Richards for her work in growing the Music School significantly over the past five years. He said that the Milford Branch doubled its enrollment over the past five years. The new location offers ten teacher spaces, a recital room and space to triple enrollment over the next ten years.
“This is not only an exciting point for the Music School, it is also exciting for Downtown Milford,” Mayor Bryan Shupe said. “We knew that the downtown area was a good fit for the Music School and we are happy they chose to remain downtown. This is all part of our revitalization effort and this is dear to my heart as music was my first love. Music helps us to understand our world and guides us through life.”
United States Senator Tom Carper was on hand for the grand opening as well. He said that his mother played the piano when he was young and taught piano to children in the neighborhood, so music was always important in his life. He said that children would come to his house after school for piano lessons, so he was surrounded by music in his home.
“There is a saying that success has many mothers and fathers but failure is an orphan,” Senator Carper said. “It is clear that the Music School of Delaware has many mothers and fathers. We need roads and bridges to get us where we need to be. We need good weather, we need to be safe, we need good schools, clean air and water. But we also need the arts. Music is becoming part of Delaware’s brand with Firefly, the Freeman Stage and other venues that are dedicated to music. Another saying that I like to use is this; if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. It is clear that you are going together here in Milford.”
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