Kelowna Community Music School hosts fundraising concert as it searches for a new home – Kelowna News


Music for the new school

Past and current Kelowna Community Music School students and instructors are hosting a show to help raise money for a new home.

Last December, KCMS sold the DeHart Avenue house that had served as a music class for more than 30 years.

The music school has leased the space for now, but that deal expires in July 2024, so time is running out to find a new location.

” Time flies. We are very aware of this,” said Lucy Benwell, Executive Director of KCMS. “We are already in June, so in the blink of an eye since the sale of the building, it passes by.”

The school is hosting a showcase concert on Saturday, June 25 to kick off fundraising for a new facility.

“We have the proceeds from the sale of the building. Until we have done the first phase with the architects, i.e. the work of the stakeholder consultants, the pre-design, we really cannot be specific on the construction budget. But an estimated $5 million has been suggested,” Benwell said.

She adds that no site has been chosen, but they are consulting with commercial real estate agents.

Saturday’s concert at St. Michael’s Cathedral will feature collaborations involving students, instructors and alumni of the Kelowna Community Music School. The music will span from the 17th century to 2022, with performances from Handel to Imagine Dragons.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.

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