Hard to believe. We had been thinking about (planning toward) this for years. Could we build a literal, physical intersection with our community? We had enjoyed great success bringing new community members to our performances, first by bringing our performances to them: DePauwpalooza positioned in the center of DePauw’s campus, Art Music at Almost Home embedded in a local upscale restaurant, Music that Moves Me took residency in the public library, and outreach efforts expanded to senior centers, Starbucks—even the Farmer’s Market. But could we build a “house” that wasn’t just the school’s house, that wasn’t just the community’s house but was truly our house? No more “us-and-them”—just us?
Judson and I are notoriously over-planned so that we can be ready if opportunity knocks. When it did, we knew what we wanted to do. I discussed the concept with faculty; they embraced it. I told students; they loved it. We bit. The old “Goodwill Store” became Music on the Square became Music Squared (hence our logo)—our second location but more than that—the exponential growth of the power of the arts in our community. Now how to kick it off?
The Grand Opening was heading toward a special date already on the calendar. The world’s first Global Musician Workshop with Yo-Yo and Silk Road held in the Green Center at DePauw. Could our stellar facilities management team pull off a complete renovation/restoration in time? Yes. (These guys are and always have been amazing.) Would our Mayor convene the community for this special event? Another yes. (She is and always has been, amazing.) Yo-Yo, serving as chair of the 21CM advisory committee would be in town. Would he cut the ribbon? Yes. (He is and always has been, amazing.) What could possibly make this day better?
One thing. At the event, Yo-Yo leaned into me and said, “Should I play something?” I stifled the urge to ask him if anyone had ever said no to such a question and shook my head yes. He invited the audience in and “blessed” our space with our dear friend JS Bach. An auspicious start for what we hope will be an auspicious space. See it all here.
Music on the Square fosters a space for courageous music-making and we would love to courageously make music with you! Gathering as a community of music lovers, we spark curiosity, expand creativity, and cultivate collaboration through one-on-one lessons, adult-learning classes, coached ensembles, and radical, breathtaking performances.
From children taking private music lessons for the first time to adult-learners experiencing Communiversity [n. community + university = expanded universe] courses that connect us with music-makers, creators, and innovators, we invite you to make Music on the Square your home for music-making!