May 20, 2022
Dear Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center (MPAC) supporters:
Since 1884, our mission has been to enrich the Rockford community through the performing arts and music education. We are pleased to announce that, over the past few years, the MPAC Board of Directors has taken many positive steps to ensure that MPAC’s presence in Rockford will remain strong and vibrant for generations to come.
Properties once owned by MPAC—both the historic Emerson House at 420 N. Main St. and the former First Presbyterian Church building at 406 N. Main St.—have now been sold. These decisions were not made lightly. With MPAC now operating in the original facility (the Starr Center), the MPAC Board can refocus attention on the upkeep and renovation of one building rather than three. Current and long-range plans include acoustic upgrades to the auditorium, updated restroom facilities, enhanced parking lot lighting, and other improvements.
While maintaining infrastructure is important, the heart of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center will always be programming: to sponsor, promote and present high-quality music accessible to all. Our 138th season will feature an eclectic mix of chamber music, choral, jazz, folk, and world music presented by fine local and regional talent. Our world is wider and more diverse. We recognize this and are responding.
MPAC also recognizes the importance of nurturing young musicians in their craft. To that end, additional scholarship money will be offered to deserving students through the Chandler Starr Miller Scholarship Competition.
Thank you for your continued support of MPAC through this time of transition and “return to our roots.” We are confident that, by becoming stronger, more flexible, and more relevant, we will continue to be a vital part of the arts tapestry in our community.
The Board of Directors
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center