Getting to Know Tulsa's bART Center for Music (Formerly Known as the Barthelmes Conservatory)
On this edition of ST, we learn all about the bART Center for Music (formerly known as the Barthelmes Conservatory). This nonprofit organization, per its website, was "founded in 2001.... Its sole purpose is to provide music education for the larger Tulsa community... The Center offers superior private music lessons for piano, cello, violin, viola, bass, flute, African drums, voice, and guitar for all ages and abilities." Our guests are Bill Andoe, the newly named Executive Director of the bART Center, and John Rush, its Artistic Director. Both tell us about the Center's early childhood education classes and well as its "creative aging" programs, and they speak more generally about the state of music and arts education in Tulsa today. Also on our show, commentator Connie Croney has a surprising-but-true personal essay entitled "Native American Magi" (which concerns, among other things, a well-known local filmmaker).