The Upper Valley Music Center has just received a $100,000 grant from the Timken Foundation of Canton, Ohio. Timken of Lebanon NH played a role in the selection of the Music Center as the recipient of the grant.
UVMC recently moved from its former home in Lebanon NH to a more central location in an historic building facing Colburn Park (the town green). Built in 1810, the structure had served as a private home until 1984 and most recently had been the location of the law firm, Downs Rachlin.
During the Center’s grand opening celebration this past September, visitors were able to view the extensive renovations inside. Given the building's age, the outside also needs some love and attention. The Timken Foundation grant will fund work on the UVMC's exterior, including masonry and wood restoration and replacement.
The Upper Valley Music Center teaches music to members of the community, “from birth to adults." Courses—currently 36 of them—focus on playing specific instruments, as well as choral and individual singing. There are also organized jam sessions for people who want to play music with others. The Center has 5 full-time and 25 part-time faculty; last year it served over 850 students from the Upper Valley and beyond. It regularly presents concerts to which the public is invited.
UVMC continues to work to raise the remaining $183,000 of its capital campaign’s goal of $940,000. It is a 501(c)3 corporation and donations are always welcome.
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