Music Lives Here - St. Cecilia Music Center

Music Lives Here

You Can Help Preserve the Legacy

Join us from 5-7pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 for a Community Open House celebrating the “Music Lives Here Campaign.”

“Music Lives Here” Capital improvements to the building include:

  • new Royce Auditorium seating
  • remodel of the lobby and box office, fixtures and furnishing on the main level
  • upgrades to heating and cooling systems
  • a new roof, remodeled lower level offices and rehearsal space
  • lighting upgrades throughout the building
  • an upgraded sound system and much more

chair-campaignYou can help St. Cecilia Music Center

There are a variety of ways you can make a gift to help restore the Music Center. Seat sponsorship, which includes a gold tag on the chair of your choice in Royce Auditorium, is just $500.

Music Lives Here Giving Opportunities

  • Sponsor a Seat
    The new Royce Auditorium seating is available for sponsorship. Each seat is $500 and your gift will be recognized
    with a plaque on the seat back.
  • One-time cash gifts and pledges
    Contributions to the campaign can be made in the form of a one-time gift of cash or appreciated assets such as stock or securities. For your convenience, pledges can be payable over a three-year period.
  • Planned Giving
    A gift through an estate, will or trust can be specified for this project. You may also name SCMC as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Naming opportunities for permanent recognition in the building may be discussed for substantial gifts.

Enjoy this rare panoramic view of Royce Auditorium with the seats removed for renovations.
You can use your fingers on a touchscreen device, or your mouse to move throughout the auditorium.

For 133 years, St. Cecilia Music Center has kept music alive in West Michigan. SCMC has given generations of people an opportunity to learn about, listen to and live with music in their lives.

It’s time to write the next chapter for this venerable institution and we ask for your support to continue and preserve the legacy
that is St. Cecilia Music Center. Stand quietly inside the grand old building that is St. Cecilia Music Center, and you’ll hear it: music.

Like a scent lingering in the air, music lives here.

Built in 1894, our facility is a historic gem in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, and has been in continuous operation for 122 years.

After careful consideration, SCMC leadership launched a $5.5 million campaign to provide much needed improvements and upgrades to the building and increase the organization’s sustainability through endowment and expanded program funding.

To date $4 million of the $5.5 million dollar goal has been raised. With the launch of the public phase of the campaign, we are asking the community to help us raise the remaining $1.5 Million to compete the planned projects and build our endowment.

St. Cecilia Music Center 2016 Renovations


What SCMC Does

Our Mission

Since 1883 St. Cecilia Music Center has upheld its mission of promoting the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of the residents of West Michigan.


Music lives in every inch of St. Cecilia’s historic facility, and has since it opened its doors in 1894. It’s home to the longest continuous running performing arts organization in the region, with more than 75,000 people passing through SCMC’s doors each year. A lynch pin in Grand Rapids’ artistic vibrancy, the building is a living legacy, one worthy of preserving.


Through the “St. Cecilia Music Center Presents” concert series SCMC brings some of the most celebrated jazz, folk and chamber musicians in the world to the acoustically superb and intimate Royce Auditorium. SCMC is so special that The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – the vortex of America’s chamber music scene – has chosen to partner with SCMC to bring world-class chamber music to Grand Rapids. Musicians have called it one of  “the Great American Music Halls” and audiences refer to concert nights as “magical evenings.”


What would the future of music hold without the next generation of both performers and concert-goers? SCMC is committed to providing music education through its School of Music and has been encouraging and inspiring young musicians for decades. The current ensembles, classes, camps and outreach programs provide approximately 23,000 hours of music instruction to more than 1,000 students every year.

Music Lives Here Committee & Cabinet Members

Music Lives Here Honorary Committee

Chuck and Stella Royce, Co-Chairs
Don and Ellen Arlinsky
Mary Nell and Dana Baldwin
Geoffrey and Mary Bloom
John and Marie Canepa
Duane and Kaye Davis
Richard and Helen DeVos
Thomas and Marcia Haas
George and Susan Heartwell
Robert and Judy Hooker
John Hunting
Win and Kyle Irwin
Tim and Ping Liang
Arend and Nancy Lubbers
Don and Kathy Maine
John and Kate McGarry
Mark and Elizabeth Murray
Jim and Mary Nelson
Marge and Paul Potter
Jim and Karen Stokes
Marilyn Titche
Jerry and Marcia Tubergen
Lewis and Norma Van Kuiken
Kate Wolters
Richard and Barbara Young

Music Lives Here Campaign Cabinet

Kate McElwee Eberhard, Chair
Larry Robson, Chair
Charlie Royce, Chair
Lynn Afendoulis
Scott Brew
Renwick Brutus
Saralyn Coupe
Ed Dublis
Brian Edwards
Steve and Brenda Heacock
Maria Royce Hesse
Melissa LaGrand
Kim S. Mitchell
Mary Panek
Jim Preston
Eddie Tadlock
Sheila Van Zile
Sean and Jill Welsh