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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

Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Visit with Santa Claus
Dec 14 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Dec 15 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Holiday Networking Breakfast
Dec 18 at 360 Federal Credit Union, 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ashley's Annual "Men's Night"
Dec 19 at ASHLEY'S DISTINCTIVE JEWELRY & GIFTS
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Kids Movie and Craft Night
Dec 20 at WAC Train Station Studio Classroom
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
New Years Eve Surf & Turf
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch
Jan 1, 2020 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 8, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 12, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Jan 14, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 15, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 16, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 19, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Jan 21, 2020 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 21, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 22, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jan 23, 2020 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1, 2020 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Feb 6, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 9, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Cut the Cord
Feb 10, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Job Application Appointments
Feb 10, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Feb 11, 2020 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Feb 11, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Feb 11, 2020 at Chamber office