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Bayley Summer Music Academy

Made possible through a generous gift from Ruth Kunkel Bayley, Wittenberg class of 1942, the Bayley Summer Music Academy provides summer enrichment for talented music students in grades three and above.

Open to young musicians from throughout the Springfield community, participants enjoy a weeklong series of musical enrichment opportunities taught by professional music instructors, allowing them to gain experience in music fundamentals through musical activities and music reading workshops. “Courtyard Specials” spotlight local musicians who share their talents and the stories of their musical journey with the participants. At the end of the week, the young musicians perform at a special recital open to parents and guests.

Courses Offered may include: Violin; Viola; Cello; String Bass; Wind Instruments; Percussion; Guitar; Voice: Piano.

About Ruth Kunkel Bayley

As a young person, Ruth longed to learn to play the piano, but due to the Depression, money was scarce and piano lessons were not something her family could afford. As an adult, she gave her money to allow other young people to enjoy musical opportunities regardless of financial need. “I like to think that this academy is in honor of my deceased husband, Bob, as he too was a student at the Wittenberg School of Music,” Bayley said.

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