Music School for the Blind Loses Its Home


Photo: Lighthouse International
105-year-old school scrambles to find temporary space in Manhattan.

The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School, which has served blind and visually impaired musicians in Manhattan since 1913, finds its existence threatened by its own parent group, The New York Times reports.

The Lighthouse Guild, a charity with a mission to help the blind, sent a letter to students in June notifying them that the school must leave the Guild’s building on West 64th Street.

Jillian Raquet, who sings in the vocal ensemble and volunteers at the school as a music teacher, told the Times: “To find out in some dry letter that we have to look for a new home, it just seemed like, ‘Oh, we don’t really care about you.'”

The school has performed for 20 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Blind teenage jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker is a student there and  its alumni include the blind musician José Feliciano.

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