Middle C Music Marches into its 2nd Decade

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Myrna Sislen (center) with the Council resolution and Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans
Myrna Sislen (center) with the Council resolution and Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans

Sislen and musician Linn Barnes recall the initial conversation about buying Middle C (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Sislen and musician Linn Barnes recall the initial conversation about buying Middle C

Thursday was a very proud, a very special day for Middle C Music and owner, Myrna Sislen.  Friends and family gathered in the District’s only full-service music store to help it march into its second decade.  There were live performances, a music-based raffle, special punch, gifts and cupcakes and cookies with baked-in musical notes and images. 

Liz Ennis and her display platform for the music-themed cupcakes and cookies (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Liz Ennis and her display platform for the music-themed cupcakes and cookies

Lindy Sislen, the mother of Myrna Sislen with Mozart, the store dog (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Lindy Sislen, the mother of Myrna Sislen with Mozart, the store dog

The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Councilmembers Mary Cheh and Jack Evans of the unanimous City Council resolution declaring March 22nd Middle C Music Day in the District of Columbia.  Middle C was recognized as “a community resource for music lovers of all ages,” including for holding over 400 free recitals, lectures and art exhibitions and serving 400 music students every week.

“I couldn’t be prouder and happier,” said Sislen. “This Middle C Day really recognizes our staff, our customers and our community.”

Ten years ago Sislen took ownership of a small music business on Wisconsin Avenue that was up for sale, that, as she says, would have “become another Tenleytown mattress store” if allowed to fail.  Determined to prevent this community tragedy, she bought it and turned it into the thriving, small business that it is today, with sheet music, instruments, musical gifts, art-work and accessories, live performances and lessons seven-day-a-week, 

A closer look at the yummy music-based baked goods (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) A closer look at the yummy music-based baked goods

 

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