The Pensacola Music Study Club was founded by Mrs. Charles Hervey in 1919. The first few meetings were held in the San Carlos Hotel. Other meeting places included the Elks Club Ball Room, “The Barn”, Christ Church Parish House, and the Pensacola Garden Club.
The club became the nucleus of musical activity for both the amateur and professional musicians of the city and for Navy personnel stationed here.
Some of the contributions to the musical life of the city have been:
- Maintained a Junior Music Study Club for young people
- Carried music appreciation courses into the public schools through records and talks
- Furnished music and performers for USO and hospital entertainment during the war
- Sponsored public concerts by unemployed musicians
- Underwrote artist recitals during Music Weeks
- Sponsored the Oratorio Society until it became financially independent
- Assumed management of the symphony orchestra children’s concerts sponsored by the Pensacola Music Association
In addition, one of our current members helped found the Pensacola Opera. Another late member started the Pensacola Library.