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Founder of AZ music academy takes up violin after 70 years

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Rosie Schurz in Jerusalem (Source: Rose Schurz) Rosie Schurz in Jerusalem (Source: Rose Schurz)

Rosie Schurz, 79, has loved music for as long as she can remember.

“I don't remember much except I liked music very, very much,” said Rosie Schurz, recalling her childhood.

Nineteen years ago, Schurz and her late husband Woody purchased a dilapidated house in a Phoenix neighborhood near the state capitol and turned it into Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children.

Schurz said the academy served low-income students who could not afford an instrument or lessons.

“I wanted to let a child take up where I left off as a child,” she said.

Schurz was just a child when in 1942, he and her family escaped Munich. They left everything behind, including her beloved violin. More than seven decades later, she still thinks about that violin.

After Woody died two years ago, Schurz traveled to Israel for the first time and said she experienced a spiritual awakening. She converted to Judaism and for the first time in more than 70 years, she decided to pick up the violin again and take lessons.

“I love the music. I can see in my vision, I could see to play a beautiful piece without any mistakes. But the reality is a little more complicated,” she said.

Schurz has arthritis, which makes the mechanics of playing the violin much tougher.

“She really pushes herself hard to play beautiful music,” said Patty Waxman, Schurz's music instructor.

After 18 months of lessons, it is Schurz, Waxman said, who is teaching the real lesson: it's never too late.

“No matter what, don't let anyone pull you off track. If you are pulled off track, it's temporary. But it's very important to get back to your dreams. That's the piece that I've gotten from her,” Waxman said about Schurz.

Rosie and Patty will play together for the academy students at Rosie's House faculty recital on April 27.

Click Rosie's House for more information.

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