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Out and About: Amy Cele

Out and About: Amy Cele
By Justin Ridley

Believing that “all it takes is a spark to ignite a passion for music,” Amy Cele, owner of The Music School at Sound Crossing (MSSC) in Windsor, has created a unique place where children and adults can find that spark.

Housed in a historical home at 101 Palisado Avenue, the building’s antique fireplace and beautiful wooden walls adorned with instruments give this Suzuki-based school of music a unique home-like appeal. In fact, on prominent display over the fireplace is Amy’s grandfather’s violin. Although it’s no longer in playing condition, Amy has taken this instrument with her throughout her musical journey.

The non-profit MSSC offers lessons to all ages in viola, violin, cello, guitar, ukulele, percussion, piano and voice. As a Suzuki-based school, MSSC follows a philosophy of, as Amy describes it, “developing students not just to be good musicians but to be good people.” The school’s seven teachers offer group Suzuki and private lessons, with a goal of making the learning process fun for all ages. While the majority of students are youths, adults are always welcome.

Amy grew up immersed in music as a Suzuki student. She went on to study music therapy and later spent a year working with community arts organizations in South Africa, where she was inspired by the way music was a part of everyday life: “You couldn’t be in a business meeting without people breaking out into song.”

Amy founded MSSC’s precursor, Sound Crossing Studio, in 2008 in East Windsor, when she began teaching violin to young children out of her home. MSSC relocated to Windsor’s Poquonock Community Church before moving to its current home at First Church’s Pierson House in January 2019.

“I love Windsor,” says Amy. “There’s a great sense of community and it’s really diverse here. There’s a historic sense in Windsor but there’s also a vibrant new vibe. I’m really glad we’re close to the downtown.”

Amy wears many hats at MSSC, including management, marketing, fundraising and website maintenance. She still loves to teach and especially enjoys working one-on-one with students and seeing those moments of success. Her biggest challenge is securing funding to make music lessons affordable to all students—last year more than 40% of MSSC’s students received tuition support.

MSSC students have performed at many Windsor community events, such as the Farmers Market and Chili Challenge. In January, Amy celebrated her grand opening with the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, and she participates in Chamber networking events to increase awareness of her school.

Amy’s purpose at MSSC is “to bring students to the level where if they want to become professional musicians, they could do it. We want to give them those tools, but we also want to make sure that’s not our main goal. It’s a core Suzuki philosophy: I like to think we are doing important work, just helping people one at a time.”


Events

Spring Art Exhibit POSTPONED
Apr 5 at Windsor Town Hall
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Start, Manage, &Grow Your Business
Apr 6 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 7 at Windsor Public Library
Preparing Estate Plan POSTPONED
Apr 7 at Windsor High School, Rm. A114
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
B.P. Educational Sessions
Apr 8 at Windsor Town Hall
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business
Apr 8 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street
Andy and Judy - Folk Music
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Job Application Appointments
Apr 13 at Windsor Public Library
Kids Acting Workshop
Apr 13 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Animal Friends Storytime
Apr 14 at Wilson Branch Library, 365 Windsor Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Board of Directors Mtg
Apr 14 at Chamber Office
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 15 at Windsor Station, 55 Mechanic St
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Programs Committee Mtg POSTPONED
Apr 16 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
POSTPONED: Wine & Beer Tasting
Apr 18 at St. Gabriel Church Hall, 379 Broad Street, Windsor
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Lunch Program - 60+ DELIVERY/PickUp
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 21 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting POSTPONED
Apr 21 at Chamber office
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Job Application Appts POSTPONED
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Screenprinting &Sustainable Fashion
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Veterans Coffee Hour POSTPONED
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet POSTPONED
Apr 28 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Gadgets to Geeks POSTPONED
Apr 29 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 5 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Pressure Screening POSTPONED
1st Wednesdays at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at online
Duck Delirium Exhibit last few days
May 7 at 40 Mechanic Street, Windsor
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG Nights at the Bean
May 9 at The Bean @ 226
Windsor Pet Food Pantry and Shelter
May 9 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 12 at Windsor Public Library
Board of Directors Mtg
May 12 at Chamber Office
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Wednesdays at Kimberly Hall North
B.P. Educational Sessions
May 13 at Windsor Town Hall
Business After Hours
May 13 at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Ave
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Art Demonstration
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 19 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting POSTPONED
May 19 at Chamber office
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Lunch Program - 60+ DELIVERY/PickUp
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Programs Committee Mtg POSTPONED
May 21 at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Drop in Adult Games at Luppoleto
May 23 at Luppoleto Brewery, 20 Main St Windsor Locks CT 06096
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 26 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art POSTPONED
Thursdays through May 28th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Veterans Coffee Hour POSTPONED
4th Thursdays at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate II Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays through June 8th at Windsor Art Center Train Station Studios
Intermedia. III Adult Art POSTPONED
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 2 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Pressure Screening POSTPONED
1st Wednesdays at Senior Center located at LP Wilson Community Center.
Red Door Food Pantry CLOSED
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at online
Toastmasters Meeting POSTPONED
1st & 3rd Thursdays at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Awards, Dinner & Dancing
Jun 5 at Hartford/Windsor Marriott, 28 Day Hill Road