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St. Cecilia Studio of Music

Welcome to the St. Cecilia Studio of Music!  We are a brand new music studio in Wisconsin Rapids,

open and ready for you!  

Here we teach beginning to intermediate keyboard instruction, as well as musicianship skills.  Here the goal is not only to build a strong foundation in music education, but also to nurture and guide individual students who are looking to pursue music as a hobby or career.  St. John's Episcopal Church provides space and support for the music studio in the hopes of advancing music in the life of our community.  St. John's Episcopal Church also strongly believes in raising a new generation of church organists and musicians for all Christian denominations.  

Piano or organ lessons are available to students.  Students interested in organ must have a strong foundation in piano, and this will be assessed by and is up to the instructor's discretion. Students who pursue organ may also choose to pursue piano as well.  In these cases we could alternate piano and organ lessons weekly or, students can take organ and piano lessons simultaneously up to the instructor's discretion.  

The founding belief and educational philosophy of the studio is that music is for all.  People of all ages and abilities are welcome for lessons in the studio, whether you are 9 or 99.  Music education should be accessible by all, and here at St. Cecilia Studio of Music we work hard to make sure that this always remains true.  

Piano lessons are taught in the studio, and organ lessons are taught in the sanctuary of the church.  Parents or guardians are required to stay and sit in the room adjacent to the studio, or in the church pews depending on where the lesson is taking place.  The St. Cecilia Studio of Music has an open door policy, and doors will never be closed while lessons are in progress.  

The Studio is welcoming and affirming to all, regardless or gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, cultural background or religion.  

The Studio has an open-door policy and follows the Episcopal Diocese of Wisconsin "Safe Church" guidelines, designed especially to keep children safe.  Doors to the studio may be closed, but the parent or guardian is required to stay in the room or the room adjacent.  

If there are students with accessibility needs, lessons may be taught in the parish hall which is zero-entry.  Whatever sensory or accessibility needs you may have, we will work with you to make sure your experience is pleasant.

The safety of all students, guardians and employees of St. John's is our number one priority. 

This is a warm, inviting space for all individuals to be able to express themselves through music, as well as gain knowledge in this art.  You are welcome here, you are loved.  

Please contact Christian at stcecistudio@gmail.com or call 715.423.2335 if you are interested in taking lessons.  Lessons continue throughout the year, and there are no semesters or terms.  You can join anytime! 

For those who may be unable to meet the cost for lesson fees and/or books, please contact the instructor and alternate arrangements can be made regarding payment of fees.  Financial Assistance is available through the parish.  

Lesson Fees: 

Lesson Fees are $30 per 30 minute lesson.  

Meet the Instructor: 

Christian Stromley is an avid musician who is involved in many groups in Central Wisconsin.  He is working toward finishing his undergraduate studies in Organ Performance at Concordia University, St. Paul.  Christian studied organ there with Dr. Kristina Langlois, and piano with Dr. Nathan Kennedy.  He is the Education Programs Manager for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, and Program Manager for the Central Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Program (through CWSO).  He also is  the primary organist and collaborative accompanist at St. John’s Episcopal in Wisconsin Rapids.  You will very likely find him here on a Sunday morning, leading worship and accompanying the choir.  Christian has lived in Moorhead MN and St. Paul MN, where he was always active in music there, accompanying, substituting, and playing in ensembles. He also plays with the Swing Doctors and he and his wife also sing in the Wisconsin Rapids Area Community Choir. Most of his free time, besides being involved in many musical ensembles, he spends with his wife, Mary, reading or watching movies, with their cats Ellie and Hazel by their side.  

Christian Stromley, Instructor of Keyboard Studies 

St. Cecilia Studio of Music

stcecistudio@gmail.com

715.423.2335

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