In the year 1885, twelve women pianists met to form a club wherein they would have an opportunity to perform for one another in order to maintain their professional performance skills. Little did they know of the group's future and how it would sustain itself for 120 years to date and that it would eventually come to be known as The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit. Today, The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit continues the legacy of the original founders by presenting the finest in professional concerts and contributing in various ways to the music community.
The Tuesday Musicale membership includes performing members and composers, many of whom are members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theatre and local orchestras. The members also serve the community as music teachers in universities, schools and in private studios. Associate members make up a great part of our enthusiastic audience and serve on many of our committees. Every year since 1888, The Tuesday Musicale has presented an Artist Concert featuring outstanding musicians of international acclaim such as pianists Rosalyn Tureck, Myra Hess, Claudio Arrau, Gary Graffman, Ralph Votapek, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Peter Serkin, and violinist Georges Enesco.
The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, a senior member of the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, enhances the musical environment in the Detroit metropolitan area by presenting yearly music awards to qualified local music students and has contributed to youth groups such as the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and our Student League members. The Student League is comprised of exceptional young and serious musicians, 12 to 19 years of age and is affiliated with the Michigan Federation of Junior Music Clubs. Students are accepted by audition. Members of the Student League are eligible to compete for the annual Tuesday Musicale scholarship competition. They also perform in our annual Student League recital. Many members of the Student League have realized their musical goals as concert artists, orchestral performers, and as teachers or professors in major music schools. Concert pianist Ruth Meckler Laredo and concert violinists Ani & Ida Kavafian are among the many former members of the Student League who have gone forward to enjoy exciting careers in music. The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit also sponsors a Junior Musicians Club for students 10 to 18 years of age and is comprised of private music students of Tuesday Musicale teachers. Lastly, The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit Outreach program extends to the metropolitan area to promote music education and scholarship opportunities. Our talented members often provide special music programs at residences such as Henry Ford Hospital, The Oakwood Commons, St. John Community Center, nursing homes and the Detroit Veterans Hospital.