New store offers stringed instruments, lessons
A Valley Symphony Orchestra viola player has opened a new business in Harlingen to share his love of stringed instruments. The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening on July 13 for Cremona House, the venture started by 29-year-old Miguel Gutierrez.
The name comes from the Italian city in the Lombardy region known for its tradition of violin-making.
Cremona House offers individual lessons from beginner to advanced in both violin and viola under the tutelage of Gutierrez, as well as cello lessons taught by Adan Garcia. Lessons are available in 30-, 45- or 60-minute sessions, with tuition dependent on plans. Rates start at $100 a month, or $25 a lesson.
Gutierrez is a seven-season member of the Valley Symphony Orchestra . He has also performed with the Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Symphony Orchestra, as well as UTGRV’s Mariachi Aztlan.
In addition, Garcia is a junior at UTRGV working on his degree in music education. His musical performance experience includes numerous ensembles. He was also a featured soloist for the annual Valley Symphony Orchestra Gala in 2017.
Cremona House also offers a wide range of supplies and accessories for stringed instruments.
Gutierrez says there has been a growing interest in stringed instruments and classical music in the McAllen area. Yet, that interest has been slow to spread in other parts of the Valley. He chose to open in Harlingen in order to share his love of music with students in the lower Valley.
Gutierrez’s goal is to “provide a healthy learning environment in which students of all ages can understand the technical and artistic skills of their applied instrument.”