Posted by Maria on Friday, June 23, 2017

With approximately 100 students and counting, McNeil Music Center (MMC) has known for a while that it needed more space. After carefully weighing several options in the Downtown Somerset area, MMC is moving to Old City Hall in September.

“We are so excited for this opportunity,” said Maria McNeil, MMC’s CEO and Artistic Director. “This space will allow us to have more practice rooms, more space for parents and family members to wait in, and a place for recitals and special events.”

McNeil founded the McNeil Voice Studio a number of years ago in Boston, MA. In 2013, she moved to Kentucky and began teaching voice at the Carnegie Community Arts Center – where her father, Bill McNeil, was already teaching violin. In 2016, the name was changed to McNeil Music Center, to better reflect the growing number of music students: both instrumental and vocal.

In three and a half years, MMC has attracted an impressive lineup of instructors: Maria McNeil and Amanda Balltrip, MMC’s Director of Education, are vocal instructors; JoAnna Moses also is a vocal instructor and teaches beginner piano and the Bebop Kids program; Kevin Dalton teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and songwriting; Carol Esch teaches hammered and mountain dulcimer, bowed psaltery and percussion; Bradley Gilmore teaches percussion and drumset; Bill McNeil, MMC’s Principal Artistic Advisor, teaches violin and the string ensemble; this summer Thomas Hudson also is teaching violin; and Sommer Schoch teaches acting to MMC students.

“It is with mixed emotions that we leave the Carnegie Community Arts Center, which has been a musical sanctuary for McNeil Music Center since its beginning,” said Bill McNeil. “We know, however, that our move will enable both organizations to expand and better serve the community of Somerset and the entire Lake Cumberland Region – especially in the nurturing of young artists.”

For more information on the private lessons and classes given at MMC, go to, like them on Facebook, or call 606-303-3325.

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About MMC

McNeil Music Center McNeil Music Center offers private music lessons and group classes for all ages, levels and music styles. MMC serves the Greater Lake Cumberland Region and is located in downtown Somerset Kentucky.