Letter: Reinvent building as music school

To the editor:

How sad to read that after15 years the Music Store in Great Barrington finds that it is no longer sustainable and must close its doors. Especially since we've been pleased to find instruments there and have experienced the incalculable musical gifts of talent and experience that family members have given to the Berkshires.

A thought we've had for years, even if, unfortunately, it wouldn't have a direct impact on the Music Store now: Imagine the sounds of music that might fill the vacant and solid old primary school in the center of Housatonic if it were bought by one of the many prominent musicians who have made their name, good fortune, and even their temporary or permanent home here to repurpose the building as a music school in their name!? Not only would it ensure the historic building's revitalization, but would add to the vibrancy of arts in the village and beyond.

The ripple effect would strengthen the real and permanent economy of the area, and offer a unique possibility for youth and adults. Additionally, it will offer the opportunity of teaching employment for any number of excellent musicians living in the Berkshires and adjacent towns year round. Is anyone out there connected or tuning in!?

Ruth Heuberger,

Great Barrington


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