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Sigal Music Museum celebrates music through the ages by entertaining and informing audiences through interactive exhibits, educational programs and intimate concert performances.
sigal-about
Sigal Music Museum celebrates music through the ages by entertaining and informing audiences through interactive exhibits, educational programs and intimate concert performances.
sigal-about
Sigal Music Museum celebrates music through the ages by entertaining and informing audiences through interactive exhibits, educational programs and intimate concert performances.

Resonating with sights, sounds, opportunities and discovery, Sigal Music Museum provides a total musical immersion experience designed to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. Our visitors include music aficionados, students, musicians, scholars and tourists from across the country and around the world.

welcome to sigal music museum

Resonating with sights, sounds, opportunities and discovery, Sigal Music Museum provides a total musical immersion experience designed to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. Our visitors include music aficionados, students, musicians, scholars and tourists from across the country and around the world.

welcome to sigal music museum

Resonating with sights, sounds, opportunities and discovery, Sigal Music Museum provides a total musical immersion experience designed to delight and inspire music lovers of all ages. Our visitors include music aficionados, students, musicians, scholars and tourists from across the country and around the world.

welcome to sigal music museum

In the Spring 2020, the Carolina Music Museum became the Sigal Music Museum, thanks to the generous gift of the acclaimed Marlowe A. Sigal Collection. With it, Sigal Music Museum gained international prominence.

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LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN.

In addition to ever-changing displays of our permanent pieces, the museum hosts the exhibits of culturally important instruments on loan from various institutions and collections. Our museum also serves as a performance venue, providing space for intimate concerts by distinguished local and international artists. We also offer opportunities for audiences to hear special performances on select period instruments.

In the Spring 2020, the Carolina Music Museum became the Sigal Music Museum, thanks to the generous gift of the acclaimed Marlowe A. Sigal Collection. With it, Sigal Music Museum gained international prominence.

read-more
about sigal music museum

LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN.

In addition to ever-changing displays of our permanent pieces, the museum hosts the exhibits of culturally important instruments on loan from various institutions and collections. Our museum also serves as a performance venue, providing space for intimate concerts by distinguished local and international artists. We also offer opportunities for audiences to hear special performances on select period instruments.

In the Spring 2020, the Carolina Music Museum became the Sigal Music Museum, thanks to the generous gift of the acclaimed Marlowe A. Sigal Collection. With it, Sigal Music Museum gained international prominence.

read-more
about sigal music museum

LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN.

In addition to ever-changing displays of our permanent pieces, the museum hosts the exhibits of culturally important instruments on loan from various institutions and collections. Our museum also serves as a performance venue, providing space for intimate concerts by distinguished local and international artists. We also offer opportunities for audiences to hear special performances on select period instruments.

“A music museum has a responsibility to not only display instruments, but to give our guests the opportunity to hear what these dynamic objects sounded like in the context of their histories. It’s a privilege to provide people with a more accessible and interactive avenue in understanding the past.”

ALEXANDRA CADE – SENIOR CURATOR

OUR
MISSION

Our mission is to collect and preserve historical instruments which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Our vision is to be a leading center for preserving and celebrating historical musical instruments.

OUR
FOUNDERS

Early 2017, Greenville arts advocates Steve Bichel, Beth Lee, and Tom Strange set out to create the leading center for preserving and celebrating the musical narratives of the Carolinas and the Southeast—and that vision became the Carolina Music Museum.

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Steve Bichel

Steven Bichel, a piano performance major before earning a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, is now quite active as a Real Estate Investor and an Arts Advocate. Steven is presently President of the Greenville County Youth Orchestra and has also been a Board member of several arts organizations. He is the sponsor of the Junior Artist Piano Competition at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities since its inception and contributes widely to the arts.

Beth Lee
Beth Marr Lee

With advanced degrees in Piano and Adult Education and graduate study at the Juilliard School, Beth was a pioneer in Arts Administration throughout the development of the National Endowment for the Arts (1965-present.) Founder, Past President, and Director of multiple Community organizations, between Michigan, Kentucky, and South Carolina, she continues to be a loyal Advocate of the Museum and Music Education.

Tom Strange
Thomas Strange

Thomas Strange holds a BS and PhD in Physics, as well as a BFA in Art Studio, from the University of South Carolina. He is a Technologist and founding member of Maven Capacitor, SC Launch, and SCBIO, and is an early keyboard authority and sponsor of the “Changing Keys” exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg.

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Debra Strange

Debra Strange is a graduate of Columbia Junior College with a background in Illustration and Graphic Design. Debra is currently serving the Sigal Music Museum as Director of Community Engagement. Debra also manages the popular Instrument Adoption Program and assists with the management of Event planning at the Museum.

BOARD OF
DIRECTORS

KATHY MCKINNEY | CHAIR
JOHN BECKFORD | VICE-CHAIR
LINDA ARCHER | TREASURER
SUE PRIESTER | SECRETARY

JOE BLAKE

JON GRIER
MARGARET JENKINS
LISA KISER
TIM MARSHALL

ANDREW SIGAL
NANCY STANTON
DEBRA STRANGE
SUSAN THOMPSON
ANDREW WHITE
BRADLEY WINGATE

EXECUTIVE
LEADERSHIP

THOMAS STRANGE

Artistic Director and Chief Curator

tom@sigalmusicmuseum.org

 

DAVID SIMS

Executive Director

david@sigalmusicmuseum.org

 

DEBRA STRANGE
Director of Community Engagement
debra@sigalmusicmuseum.org

 

ALEXANDRA CADE
Adjunct Curator
acade@sigalmusicmuseum.org

 

MADELEINE WIGGS
Director of First Impressions
madeleine@sigalmusicmuseum.org

ADVISORY
BOARD

ANNE ACKER

Senior Editor, Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments

JOHN KOSTER

Curator Emeritus, The National Music Museum

DARCY KURONEN

Immediate past Curator, Boston Museum of Fine Arts

LAURENCE LIBIN

Curator Emeritus, New York Metropolitan Museum

MICHAEL LYNN

Professor of Recorders and Baroque Flutes Oberlin College

DR. ALBERT R. RICE

Author and Appraisals

CATALINA VICENS

Curator Tagliavini Collection

JOHN WATSON

Curator Emeritus, Colonial Williamsburg

OUR BUILDING

Part of Greenville’s Rich History

The museum resides in the historic former home of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company at 516 Buncombe Street. Built in 1930, the building featured large glass front windows that allowed passers by to observe the bottling process. The front section of the Coca-Cola building—the only part of the plant that remains—became the home of the Carolina Music Museum in the summer of 2017, thanks to the support of Greenville County, which became known as the Sigal Music Museum in 2020. The museum is located in Heritage Green, downtown Greenville’s urban arts and cultural campus.

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