For over 23 years, Community Music School has been regarded as a “hidden gem” – but no more! Glenwood South is proud to spotlight this community treasure where music lessons are made accessible to families without the resources for private music lessons. On five days each week the former Episcopal rectory, which sits on the corner of Tucker Street and Boylan Avenue and is part of the Saint Saviour’s Center campus, begins to hum in the afternoons. Every room of the historic structure transitions into a classroom for a range of instruments, from guitar to saxophone, violin to piano. The different melodies are a joyful noise to the staff, as students and families come in for their half-hour lesson each week.
Students at CMS pay just $1 for each lesson and the school provides an instrument of their choice at no charge. However, the true cost for each student is around $1000 per year, and the funds are raised from individual donors, grants and corporate support. Last year was a difficult fundraising season and the school was forced to suspend classes to catch up, by launching a $100K fundraiser. To date, they have raised $90K and feel confident the remainder will come.
During this challenging time, there was widespread local media coverage and as a result, the public has shown overwhelming support for the school. Operations Manager Erin Zanders described this response as,
“a strong affirmation of our program. Our community clearly wants CMS to succeed. So do our students!”
And the Glenwood South neighborhood that CMS calls home wants to help. On March 14th, the Hampton Inn will host a neighborhood drop-in to benefit CMS. Tagged “Creating Musical Success”, the goal is to raise $5000 for Community Music School on an evening that will include a silent auction, exhibit by artist Lorrie Jones, raffles, prizes and of course, food by Glenwood South restaurants. CMS students will also perform to give their neighbors a taste of what they’ve been accomplishing all these years. Perhaps you heard the CMS Jazz Ensemble at one of their previous performances around town or at the Hampton Inn. Well, you won’t want to miss a minute of the music this time, on March 14th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.
There’s still time to help with planning or supporting this event. If you’d like to donate an item, experience or service for the silent auction or raffle, please contact Amy at email@example.com or Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like more information about Community Music School or to donate directly to the school, visit www.cmsraleigh.org.