May 1st, 2014 in Event/News with 1 COMMENT

CMCB Moves Administrative Offices Across the Street to 23A Warren Avenue.

Executive Director, David Lapin, and Administrative Director, Marie Tai, saw an opportunity when 23A Warren Avenue became available for lease last October.  Conversations  regarding CMCB’s latest strategic plan initiatives and the need to increase programming at 34 Warren Avenue were already occurring.  It didn’t take long before the papers were signed and CMCB became the new tenant at 23A Warren Avenue – an administrative office space directly across from CMCB’s main center. Windows included!

On certain days, CMCB is at capacity for lessons and classes.  Strategically and financially, it made sense to expand our administrative workspace in order to create new studio spaces at The Music Center.  Marie Tai was the lead project manager for the space renovation along with CMCB Corporation member, Kurt Hakansson, of Haddad Hakansson, LLC.   Together, Marie and Kurt saw that the space needed some refreshing and Kurt’s interior design expertise was instrumental in figuring our the right balance between the existing layout and the needs of the staff.

Marie Tai comments on the ambiance of the space:  “If I could describe the space in 2 words I would say ‘warm’ and ‘positive.’  The color choices are calming and inviting and the glass window in the front allows passerbys to see a bit of what we do.  Like the main location, I think 23A supports creativity and musicality.  Hanging in the front room is a beautiful lithograph, a gift from the Nordell family – long time supporters of the Music Center.  The lithograph shows an aerial perspective of a New Orleans marching band and not only compliments the space, but also captures the Music Center’s spirit.”

After eight months of working with contractors, selecting furniture and setting up a secure IT network,  23A Warren Avenue is officially CMCB’s new Administrative Office space.  Don’t be alarmed – you can still find your awesome Registration Team just where you left them!  23A is home to our Marketing, Development and School Outreach team.

Phase 2 and 3 of CMCB’s plan will begin in the next few months.  Room 1, which previously housed the Marketing and Development team, will turn into a studio space for additional Early Childhood and Music Therapy classes as well as for private lessons. The back office will be transformed into a dual-purpose room for both Faculty offices and studio space for ensembles and small groups.

In the meantime, we invite our friends and families to stop by 23A and say ‘hello!’

One Response to “23A….eh?”

  1. May 05, 2014 at 10:58 am, Mary Carney said:

    Having visited the space, Marie’s comments sum it up nicely. I am so pleased that our amazing marketing and development staff have the space they need to let their creativity run!


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