Wirth Center for the Performing Arts
February 18, 2010
As a student at the Central Minnesota Music School (CMMS), I had the opportunity to study with one of the finest piano teachers in the Midwest and arguably the country. I studied piano with Dr. Wirth for nine years and attended the Young Artist World Piano Festival, a summer intensive organized by CMMS, for six years in a row. I later returned as a counselor for the Festival for four years in a row.
My experience has been both joyful and intense. As a CMMS student, I was held to a very high standard of artistry, and was constantly challenged to excel in my music. At the same time, I can honestly say that I never felt pressure to perform for the sake of my teacher's reputation or that of the school. Playing piano was never about being "the best". It was just about being the pianist I wanted to be. There is no requirement to win competitions, only to work hard and realize your own potential. The combination of humility and excellence is what makes CMMS one in a million.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the amazing growth I have experienced in my piano playing, and the lasting friendships I've developed with my peers.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the organization's ideal of cooperation among artists and the complete absence of any cutthroat nature.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
not just friendly, but truly dedicated to the musical education and personal growth of each student.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
probably turn the entire population of Minnesota into legendary rock stars.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Client Served & I was a piano student for nine years, and later a counselor for a summer program.