History

As an arts enrichment program, the Central Music Academy has provided free musical learning opportunities for more than 900 financially disadvantaged kids since 2005.

We currently partner with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, the Kentucky Arts Council, WUKY, Berklee City Music Network, LFUCG Partners for Youth, LexArts, the UK School of Music, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, LexEffect and the MoonTower Music Festival, and the Fayette County Public Schools.

We have been fortunate to collaborate with the National Symphony, the East End Association, the Carnegie Center,  M.A.S.H. of the Bluegrass, the Downtown Lexington Corporation, the Salvation Army, Hurst Music, New Horizons Band, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, the Hispanic Education Association, the YMCA, the University of Kentucky Music Therapy program, and other neighborhood and community organizations. 

Here's a timeline of our adventures:

2017

May – Recitals held at Central Christian Church, Willis Music, and Sts. Peter and Paul School

April – Jury week

March – Ukulele ensemble performs for the LexArts Showcase

March – Students perform at the Bach Marathon

March – Students perform at the Honors Recital held on Transylvania University’s campus

February – Ukulele class resumes with a beginner and intermediate class

January – Lessons resume in the new location (338 North Upper Street)

 

2016

October/November –Instrument drive with WUKY

September – CMA Rocks The House held at ArtsPlace honoring Dr. George Zack

September – Steel pan ensemble starts

August – Non-profit partner at the MoonTower Music Festival

July – Ukulele class starts

June – Held Chamber Strings Camp and World Percussion camp with final concert on Friday at Central Christian Church

May – Seven seniors graduate from FCPS

May – Student outreach event at WUKY event with Bluegrass Green Source

May – Recitals held at Central Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Willis Music

May – Jury week

March – LexArts Showcase at the Lyric Theatre

February – Honors Recital at the UK Art Museum

January – Bluegrass Ensemble started

 

2015

December – Jury week

December – Student perform before and after the Lexington Chamber Choral concert

November – Instrument Drive with WUKY

October – Student performed at unveiling of Louis Armstrong mural

August – Fall lessons start with 75 students on the roster. 10 students receive hour lessons

August – Non-profit partner at the MoonTower Music Festival

August – CMA Rocks the House at the Loudoun House

June – Summer lessons run thru mid-August

June – CMA Trumpet Quartet plays National Anthem at the Lexington Legends Baseball game

May – 11 CMA students graduate from Fayette County Public Schools

May – Student Outreach at the Gallery Hop held at First Presbyterian Church

May – Recitals held at Central Christian Church and Willis Music Co.

May – Jury Week

March – Student Outreach performance at the Bach Marathon

March – Music For Mission concert at First Presbyterian Church with the Kentucky Bach Choir

February – Student outreach event at Hunt-Morgan House for the Woman’s Club of Central Kentucky

January - Lesson resume with 94 students on the roster

 

2014

December – Jury Week

December – Student outreach event at Bridgepointe at Ashwood Groves

November – Student outreach at the Gallery Hop at First Presbyterian Church

November - GoodGiving Guide Challenge started

November – Staff attended Berklee City Music Network Conference

October – CMA Rocks The House Fundraiser at the Bodley-Bullock House

September – Student outreach performance at the Plantory

August – Student outreach performance at South Elkhorn Church

August – Fall lessons begin. 120 students enrolled.

June – Summer lessons begin; 50 student enrolled

May – CMA joins the Berklee City Music Network

May – Kevin Williams holds Senior Cello recital in the Evan’s Music Room at Central Christian Church

May – Recitals held at Central Christian Church and Lyric Theatre

May – Outreach event at UK Hospital

May - CMA Bowl-a-thon held at Collins Bowling

April – Juries held at CMA for all private lesson students

April – Outreach event at Meals & Mentors in Versailles, KY

April – Outreach performance at the Gallery Hop at First Presbyterian Church

March – 5 students performed in the Bach Marathon

March – Outreach event at the Alltech Competition at UK Singletary Center

February – March – 7th year collaborating with Dixie Elementary on a Steel-pan program

February – Black History Recital at Good Shepherd Church

February – Outreach event at Gallery Hop at First Presbyterian Church

January – Lessons resume with 96 students on the roster. 11 students receive hour lessons.

 

2013

December – Juries held at CMA for all private lesson students

October – Student outreach performance at First Presbyterian Church

October – Student outreach performance at Central Christian Church

September – Student outreach performance at the Gallery Hop (First Presbyterian Church)

August – Partners For Youth fund the Wee Move and Groove class for children ages 3 – 5. CMA partners with the University of Kentucky Music Therapy Program

July – World Percussion Camp is held at Central Christian Church

May – 6 student recitals at Central Christian Church & Lexington Public Library

May – Students perform at outreach event for residents at Mayfair Manor

May – Music for Mission fundraiser at First Presbyterian Church with Chu-Fang Huang. (2 students)

May – Radio debut on Curtains at 8 with Nick Lawrence

April – CMA presents at the Ahava Spiritual Center. (2 students)

April – We hold juries (performance evaluations) during 4/29 – 5/3.

March – 3 students play in the Bach Marathon

March – Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition at SCFA.

February – Student perform at the Gallery Hop at First Presbyterian Church.

January - Spring lessons begin; 145 students enrolled

2012 

December - Student outreach performance at Mayfair
 Manor

December - 6 student recitals held at Central Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and E. J. Hayes Middle School

November - Student performance at Gallery Hop (First Presbyterian Church)


November - Student outreach performance at Mayfair
 Manor


October - Student outreach performance at Mayfair
 Manor

August - Fall lessons begin; 145 students enrolled

August – CMA partners with the rock band Styx and the charity Rock to the Rescue to raise funds at a Styx show 


August – CMA collaborates with CKYO and the Friends in Music program to offer private lessons to an additional 30 students

May - 6 student recitals held at Central Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Farish Theater at the Lexington Public Library

May – CMA holds its first full-faculty juries


January - Jazz improvisation class begins


January – Spring lessons start; approximately 140 students enrolled

January – CMA implements its first student handbook

 

2011

December – Fall student recitals are held at Central Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library

August – Jazz class, funded by the LFUCG Partners for Youth program, begins

August – Fall lessons begin; approximately 135 students enrolled

June – LexArts sponsors the CMA Percussion Camp held at Central Christian Church

May – Spring student recitals are held at Central Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Downtown branch of the Lexington Public Library

May – End-of-semester juries held for the first time.


February – 6th year collaborating with Dixie Elementary School Arts Month on a steel pan program


February – Group improvisation classes held at CMA.


February – Clarinet choir held at CMA.


February – Glenn Donnellan from National Symphony Orchestra gave clinic to CMA students and families.


February – Student recital held at Central Christian Church

January – Spring lessons begin; 127 students enrolled

 

2010


December – 6 student recitals held at Central Christian Church

November – Young CMA students attend a side-by-side rehearsal with CKYO


September – WUKY leads an instrument drive for CMA

August – Fall lessons start; 118 students enrolled


June – LexArts sponsors CMA Percussion Camp


June – Summer lessons held at CMA; 64 students enrolled

April – CMA student recitals held at Central Christian Church

March – 7 students awarded pizza party and complimentary tickets to LPO MasterClassics concert.


February – 5th year collaborating with Dixie Elementary School Arts Month on a steel pan program


January – Spring lessons start; approximately 60 students enrolled

 

2009


December – CMA student recitals held at CMA

August – Fall lessons start; approximately 60 students enrolled


July – CMA holds a percussion camp for 35 kids from Saints Peter and Paul School


July – LexArts sponsors 9 students at CMA Percussion Camp


June – Brass mini-camp held at CMA; 5 students enrolled

May – CMA leads a drum circle experience at the Summer Blast Off at Mary Todd Elementary


May – Student recital held at Central Christian Church

March – CMA taught Steel Pans at Booker T. Washington.


February/March  – CMA taught Steel Pans at Dixie Arts Month.

January – Spring lessons start; approximately 60 students enrolled

 

2008

October – CMA teaches steel pan class for 18 kids at Russell Cave Elementary.


October – CMA recitals held at Central Christian Church and First Presbyterian Church

September – Held the after-school steel pan program at CMA for Arlington Elementary.


August – Fall lessons begin; 53 students enrolled

July – Music and Movement Camp for 2nd-5th graders held at CMA; 13 kids participate

July – CMA Percussion Camp held for 20 kids; final concert is in Phoenix Park. 


June – CMA teaches 30 ESL kids private lessons at Cassidy Summer School

May – Student recital held at First Presbyterian.


April  – CMA teaches steel pan class for 18 kids at Arlington Elementary.


February – CMA teaches steel pan class for 15 kids at Dixie Arts Month.


February – 16 ESL students from Cassidy Elementary start Orff program at CMA.



January – CMA moves to 240 Clark Street, which has teaching rooms, storage space, a reception area, and offices for staff

 

2007

August – Fall lessons begin; 35 students are enrolled

Summer - CMA sponsors students to attend First Presbyterian Church’s Arts Camp and the Festival of 15 Strings

April – First CMA benefit concert held at First Presbyterian Church


February – CMA leads steel pan program at Dixie Arts Month; 13 students sign up

January – Spring lessons begin; 44 students are enrolled

 

2006

November – First CMA Student Recital held at Central Christian Church

August – Fall lessons held; 40 students are enrolled

June – CMA Percussion camp held at Central Christian Church; 13 students attend

Summer – CMA sponsors students to attend First Presbyterian Church’s Arts Camp and the Festival of Strings


February  – CMA leads handbell, African drums, and steel pan programs at Dixie Elementary School Arts Month; approx. 30 students enrolled

January – Spring lessons held; 22 students are enrolled

2005

August – CMA’s first private lessons are held; approximately 10 students are enrolled

June – CMA’s first program, the CMA Percussion Camp, is held at Central Christian Church; 8 students attend

 

2004

October – CMA receives tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization

February – The Central Music Academy is incorporated