After four weeks of national voting in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, Greenville’s Carolina Music Museum on Heritage Green ranked third in the country when voting closed on February 28th. Nominees for the category were chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from 10Best.com; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties who owns USA TODAY.
This is the second major recognition the museum has received since opening in 2018 when Architectural Digest listed it as one of leading museums that would open that year. The museum currently houses one of the finest and largest collections of historic and often playable keyboard instruments—clavichords, harpsichords, pianofortes and other types to be found in the country.
In May of this year a new exhibit will open featuring the recently received the gift of over 600 historic keyboards, woodwinds, and world instruments from Marlowe Sigal Collection in Boston. Additionally, a collection of 200 ethnomusicological instruments from the Asheville collector Edwin Frank was added last Fall. The museum’s Curator, Thomas Strange, whose collection was the nucleus and inspiration for the museum, said, “this recognition by USA Today reinforces our expectation to build a museum with national and international standing here in Greenville.”
The Carolina Music Museum will change its name to the Sigal Museum May 1st to honor the Boston collector whose gift has helped put the museum on the international music map. The new collection will attract an even wider interest among national and international artists wishing to come to Greenville to play these one-of-a-kind instruments in concert. SMM will continue to provide concerts across the music spectrum for audiences of all kinds from classical to mountain music. Go to our current website carolinamusicmuseum.org for more information about the collection and all the upcoming concerts.