Over the course of the academy’s 16-year history, hundreds of students have participated in the music education and mentorship programs provided by Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.
Rosie’s House was founded in 1996 by Rosebell and Woody Schurz. Growing up in Munich during World War II, Rosebell experienced the disruption, extreme poverty and hunger of war. Her passion for playing the violin was interrupted by the horrific circumstances of the war and as a young child she fled from Germany to the United States. She started Rosie’s House to give underserved children the chance to experience the beauty of music in their lives.
The academy was founded as “The Christmas House” and was located in a small house in the Oakland Phoenix neighborhood. Rosie and Woody Schurz and community members renovated the home to make it a safe place for neighborhood children to receive music lessons. In honor of the founder’s vision and efforts the academy was renamed Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children in 2002.
Rosie’s House began with 45 students and has since grown to a full-fledged music academy with over 320 students ages 5-18 benefitting from the power of music education each year. Offering private and group training for strings, woodwinds, brass, guitar, piano, and voice, Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children is a certified Institutional Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
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 Auditorium Cultural Participation Program
Phoenix Chamber Music Society
The Phoenix Symphony
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Central United Methodist Church