The nonprofit Rhapsody Arts Center closed for good April 29 after 19 years in Verona.
The center, 1031 N. Edge Trail, announced the closure in a Facebook post, with most comments lamenting the loss. Some also asked about refunds for programming or lessons they had already paid for, and the center commented it was providing students’ contact information to teachers to schedule future private lessons.
“As the letter (to families) stated we will do our best to issue refunds as we are able,” the comment stated.
The center had recently advertised some new programming, including Spanish lessons.
“The organization saw insurmountable challenges to its sustainability and experienced a decline in private music lesson enrollments as well as a shortage of qualified instructors in the area,” the board of directors wrote in a news release. “While many new and exciting initiatives and programs were underway to grow Rhapsody Arts Center for the future, the current expenses didn’t allow for Rhapsody to realize these aspirations.”
The center regularly hosted student recitals, area music groups and began a sensory friendly concert tailored to people on the autism spectrum a few years ago.
The center originally opened at 115 S. Main St. as Music by Mickey, moved nearby to 271 S. Main St. in 2004 and moved to the North Edge Trail location in early 2011 after becoming a nonprofit and changing its name in 2006.