Rosie’s House is committed to playing a pivotal role in a child’s future and strengthening our community. Founded in 1996 by Rosie Schurz, a German immigrant, the academy was established in a small home in an impoverished neighborhood. Rising above the poverty that plagued our Phoenix Oakland community, Rosie created a safe haven for youth to express their creativity and pursue their dreams.
During World War II, as war ravaged the countryside, Rosie fled her home in Germany. On her family’s journey to safety, eight year old Rosie had to leave her violin behind. Throughout her life, her sense of loss for her violin remained poignant; and finally, as an adult, she found respite in providing a second “home” to disadvantaged children. Rosie’s own story of war and hope inspires our values and mission. Our home, Rosie’s House, provides children everything Rosie wanted as a child: safety, stability and music.
Rosie’s House began with 45 students and has since grown to a full-fledged after school music academy with over 400 students ages 5-18 benefitting from the power of music education each year. We offer private and group training for strings, woodwinds, brass, classical guitar, and piano. Our Ensemble opportunities include Choir, Flute Choir and Mariachi for beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children is a certified Institutional Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. For our unique community impact, Rosie’s House received the 2014 Governor’s Art Award in Arts Education.
- Winner of PBS Be More Awards for Community Arts Organization in May 2010
- Received City of Phoenix Hero Award from Neighborhood Services Department in April 2012
- Selected as the Phoenix Charity of Choice by Josh Groban in October 2013
- Awarded the National Society of Arts & Letters Advocacy Prize in February 2014
- Honored with the Governor’s Art Award, Arts Education in March 2014
Rosie’s House collaborates with other non-profit organizations in our endeavor to change young lives through music education. Recent collaborations include working with:
ASU Gammage Cultural Participation Program
Arizona Piano Institute
Phoenix Chamber Music Society
The Phoenix Symphony
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Central United Methodist Church - In-Kind Space Donation