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Photo Times Observer by Brian Ferry Instructor Mark Robinault walks Warren County Youth Network students – including director Cameron Erwin and subject Alix Peterson – through audio, video, lighting and other details of ‘an interview.

The Warren Music Conservatory has a long history.

It wasn’t always in the same place, but from 1904 until the 1970s there was a conservatory where people could go to learn and practice.

It was founded by world renowned pianist, Dr. LeRoy Campbell of Clarendon.

Joe Glarner returned to Warren after more than 20 years teaching in music stores and children’s music schools.

Photo Times Observer by Brian Ferry Lexi Banko practices violin with Joe Glarner as accompaniment at the Warren Conservatory of Music.

Whether he was teaching on Long Island or Los Angeles, Glarner knew he would eventually return to Warren.

He didn’t always know he would revive a conservatory tradition.

“About 20 years ago I met Dan Dan the Banjo Man in Lakewood,” he said.

Dan was in his early 90s.

“He came up to me and said, ‘Are you a jazz guitarist from Warren? I’m a jazz guitarist from Warren'” said Glaner. And he was part of the Warren Music Conservatory.

Photo Times Observer by Brian Ferry Jax Bass works on a piano lesson with instructor Paul Schwanke at the Warren Music Conservatory.

This got Glarner thinking. “Maybe one day, when I find myself back in Warren, I’ll start that.”

Seven years ago he did. “It was premeditated for many years that I would restart this and bring it back to life.”

“Warren had a hole in his musical heart for a long time,” he said. “When we first opened our doors seven years ago, a lot of people were skeptical.”

The Conservatory, now located at 220 Pennsylvania Ave. W., in Warren, offers private lessons, orchestral bands, and generally musical opportunities to youth in the community.

“We were able to grow him a happy and healthy child at the same time,” said Glaner.

Opportunities are not limited to those with the highest aspirations.

“It’s a changing musical environment. We meet the children where they are,” said Glaner. “With a developmental disability or going to college on music scholarships.”

“We do a lot of private lessons – guitar, ukulele, piano, woodwinds, brass…no concert harp”, he said. “We also have the Warren County Youth Orchestra.” This group meets at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Children who want to take lessons but cannot afford them are encouraged to reach out. Instructors who have children in their school groups who cannot afford instruments are also encouraged to reach out.

“We are community partners of the Summer School of Music”, said Glaner. “Their approach to music is top notch. Three weeks of intense musical education. We can help keep that joy and love of music going all year round.

“We know that if we want music to be part of their long-term lives, kids have to love it first.” he said.

On Saturday, July 30, Music in the Park will feature conservatory musicians from noon to 9 p.m. at Betts Park. “Each teacher here has about an hour”, said Glaner. “Daniel Nordin has been 100% blind since birth. He’s better than Stevie Wonder. He’s going to play 6 to 7.”

“We’re going to end the day with the Warren County Youth Orchestra,” he said.

Classes may be his bread and butter, but there’s a lot more going on at the conservatory.

He took on the role of music supply and repair shop for the community.

Most recently, the conservatory partnered with the Warren County YMCA on a Warren County Youth Network.

Students are able to work with high-level audio and video equipment with high-level instruction.

“These kids want to be YouTubers” said Glaner.

That’s fine, but there’s so much more to the AV world. “We teach them how to do production,” he said.

Students interview each other by alternating the roles of director, sound, lighting, video, interviewer and subject. Sometimes they were able to interview community professionals, such as Conewango Township Police Officer Scott Neiswonger.

They edit the images and publish them.

The conservatory is open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday. “We’re asking people to come in and take a tour,” said Glaner.

“Every parent who comes has a visit with me,” he said. “I speak with the child to see which teacher he should work with. By taking a little time, I can match them better.

It’s not a big space, but it’s full of music.

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