Traditional music classes on the move

Published 10:07 pm Monday, October 14, 2019

Traditional music students have found a new home for the semester. Pacolet Junior Appalachian Musicians (PacJAM) is a program of Tryon Fine Arts Center that preserves traditional Appalachian culture through music lessons for all ages. This fall Tryon Fine Arts Center has begun work on additions and renovations throughout the building, turning PacJAM’s classrooms into a construction zone.


Fortunately, the Congregational Church of Tryon opened its doors to host the Wednesday afternoon classes. Nearly 40 school-aged students and over 20 adults are taking classes this semester.

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“We’re working closely with our neighbors on Melrose Avenue,” said Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Executive Director Marianne Carruth. “This new construction will improve flexibility, efficiency, and accessibility for our fifty year old building, but it’s necessitated a few changes in our programming. We appreciate the Congregational Church working with us to ensure that the popular PacJAM continues uninterrupted.”


More information about PacJAM and Tryon Fine Arts Center’s renovation is available at


Michelle Fleming