Strings campers at Baldwin Wallace University's newly named Community Music School

The BW Community Music School will offer new ensembles, scholarships, online registration and more under an initiative to grow the 40-year-old program.

BW Conservatory of Music evolves community programs under new name

July 8, 2016

Strings campers at Baldwin Wallace University's newly named Community Music SchoolCommunity outreach at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music is evolving and growing under a new name and new initiative that aims to reach more aspiring musicians of all ages and stages of musical development.

As BW Conservatory Outreach marks 40 years of music lessons, camps, workshops, and community performing ensembles for beginners to pre-professionals, the newly renamed BW Community Music School (CMS) is adding new scholarships, enhanced curriculum, new ensemble opportunities and a streamlined online registration portal.

Programs accelerate success

Band campers at BW Community Music School“BW is already known for high quality community music programs that foster a lifelong love of music and provide students with the kind of expert Conservatory mentoring and instruction that accelerate student development,” said Susan Van Vorst, dean of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.

“The improvements we are making are based on an extensive review that included input from our students, parents, faculty, area arts and culture organizations and music teachers.”

Among the changes: a new select mixed choral ensemble for adult vocalists, as well as chamber music opportunities within the existing BW Youth Orchestra program. 

New scholarships broaden access

BW Community Music School music theatre students“While BW’s musical and arts education legacy is rich, we are committed to adapting to the needs of the community while ensuring our students’ musical experiences meet and exceed the caliber expected from a respected conservatory,” said Adam Sheldon, director of the BW Community Music School. “One of the goals is to broaden access.” 

"Building on the success of our summer music program scholarship offerings, BW CMS is making great strides in securing scholarship opportunities for it’s academic-year offerings," he continued.

Recently, a scholarship fund was established to honor the work of the longtime conductor of the BW Youth Orchestra Program, Rand Laycock. This scholarship will provide one student who demonstrates exceptional musicianship and dedication to the ensemble with full tuition for the year. 

Something for everyone

The BW Community School provides the widest range of programs for musicians of all ages and experience levels in greater Cleveland, including affordable private lessons. BW CMS is accredited by National Guild for Community Arts Education.

To see the full roster of program offerings, including visit,