Organization & Mission

The Mission of Tuesday Musical Association is to provide a premier concert series for the community, a comprehensive educational and scholarship program for young people, and performing and listening opportunities for its members and guests.

Tuesday Musical Association is a member organization. Members pay membership dues annually. Members also support the Tuesday Musical Concert Series and purchase an annual season subscription. Membership in this organization is extremely rewarding and is open to anyone who supports Tuesday Musical’s Mission Statement.

History

A Distinguished History

Tuesday Musical Club was founded in 1887 by thirteen young women who had an overwhelming desire to share their love of music and is, today, a venerable and valuable community resource.

A Distinguished History Details

Tuesday Musical Club was founded in 1887 by thirteen young women who had an overwhelming desire to share their love of music and is, today, a venerable and valuable community resource.

Within a short time, this intrepid group of enthusiasts had established a schedule of evening chorus recitals to present to the public and afternoon study groups for Tuesday Musical Club members. As the Tuesday Musical Club evolved, it became today’s Tuesday Musical Association with its 3-fold mission: to present a premier concert series for the community; a comprehensive educational and scholarship program for young people; and performing and listening opportunities for its members and guests. Tuesday Musical Association has continued that kind of dual presentation: Tuesday afternoon programs for members and their guests, as well as the Tuesday Musical Concert Series. Early venues for their club members' programs were private homes as well as public places such as area churches. Once Stan Hywet Hall was built, it became a favored venue for these Tuesday Musical club activities after Gertrude Penfield Seiberling, an early Tuesday Musical enthusiast and wife of industrialist Frank Seiberling, joined this new cultural organization.

Then & Now

Tuesday Musical’s history reflects what was happening in other communities across the country. Today, we continue to bring world-class performers to the community while sustaining multiple educational roles.

Then & Now Details

The "Club" that began with 13 members is now an organization whose members are either professional musicians who have expressed a desire to perform at the monthly meetings or members who simply love classical music and are delighted to have the opportunity to attend these meetings and enjoy the superb performances. Today, there are more options for the afternoon meetings other than in private homes, including the Akron Woman’s City Club, Akron Art Museum, Akron-Summit County Public Library in downtown Akron and Sumner on Ridgewood. Wherever the meetings occur, that same spirit of musical camaraderie that helped propel this organization forward is still present.

Tuesday Musical’s early history reflects what was happening in other communities across the country: many had a presenting organization similar to Akron's Tuesday Musical Club. The difference, today, is that the Tuesday Musical Association continues to bring world-class performers to its community while sustaining its multiple educational roles. It is one of only a handful of such presenting organizations remaining and one of the very few that continues to be volunteer-managed.

Celebrated Musicians

The artists who have appeared on the Tuesday Musical concert series reflect the greatest artists of each decade: Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Yascha Heifetz, Glenn Gould, Van Cliburn, Isaac Stern, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Cecilia Bartoli and Yo-Yo Ma, to name but a few. While the list is varied and reflects a virtual "who’s who" in classical music. These legendary artists have graced Tuesday Musical’s concert stage for 118 years, appearing at venues consistent with Akron’s history: the old Akron Armory, the Civic Theatre and E.J. Thomas Hall, its home since 1973.

Education

While education has always been integral to Tuesday Musical's mission, it’s never been more important than it is today.

Education Details

While education has always been integral to Tuesday Musical's mission, it’s never been more important than it is today. Tuesday Musical sponsors the Brahms Allegro Junior Music Club for grades 1-12. It also has an exceptional Scholarship Program for college-aged students majoring in music and several of the winners have gone on to have highly successful performing careers. The Complimentary Student Ticket Program provides tickets, at no cost, to any student wishing to attend the concerts; thousands of students have had the thrill of hearing Tuesday Musical artists, thanks to this program. Master classes, residencies and workshops are becoming a regular feature each season, depending on the artists’ schedule.

Additionally, Tuesday Musical is forming new partnerships, namely with various social agencies that work closely with young people. There is great enthusiasm as the leaders of Big Brothers/Sisters, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Summit and Portage Counties, the Urban League, the Kent State Student Involvement Program, and Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio realize the breadth and scope of our outreach. They, like us, want to introduce their young people to our product - Wonderful Music.

Grand Community

Tuesday Musical is indebted to its loyal base of support from so many: members, subscribers and donors.

Grand Community Details

Tuesday Musical is indebted to its loyal base of support from so many: members, subscribers and donors. Members assume key leadership roles in the organization, from orchestrating the many-layered educational programs to helping select artists for each concert season. We wouldn’t have a concert season without our subscribers and any subscriber wishing to become a member may do so. Donors, whether individual or an area foundation, assist as we continue to offer the “Best of the Best” each season.

With this cursory look at TMA's history, one can appreciate the important role it has played in this community for more than one hundred years. Tuesday Musical can never forget the great debt it owes to those thirteen founding members with their vision and enthusiasm for classical music. That debt is also owed to the hundreds of volunteer members who, through its 120-year-history, have continued this organization's work.

Thanks to everyone involved, past and present, Tuesday Musical Association makes a valuable contribution to the Akron community and enriches that most cherished aspect of any place you call home: its quality of life.

Staff

Gail Wild

Finance Administrator
businessmanager@tuesdaymusical.org
330.761.3460

Jarrod Hartzler

Executive & Artistic Director
jhartzler@tuesdaymusical.org
330.761.3460

Karla Jenkins

Artistic Administrator
kjenkins@tuesdaymusical.org
330.761.3460

Cyndee Snider

Director of Development & Communications
csnider@tuesdaymusical.org
330.761.3460