Welcome to the Wolf Museum of Music and Art

A short walk from downtown Lancaster brings you to the Wolf Museum of Music and Art at the corner of West Chestnut Street and Lancaster Avenue. This beautiful Victorian house was both home and studio to Dr. William A. Wolf and his wife Frances, who instructed generations of Lancastrians in piano technique and theory. The Queen Anne style house dates from 1890 and is full of interesting art and antiques.
Two completely refurbished 1915 Knabe concert grand pianos are situated in the salon where public recitals are held on various occasions throughout the  year.
In addition to the pianos, the adjacent Walnut room contains an extensive library entailing a broad selection of musical topics covering the history and development of western classical music.
wolf music library
Further, the walls throughout the museum are graced with several paintings by early twentieth century women artists who were known as “The Philadelphia Ten.”

100th Anniversary Recital Review

On September 28, 2013 Matthew Graybil, a Lancaster,  Pennsylvania native, appeared as a guest, piano Soloist at the Wolf Museum of Music and Art. This appearance was in connection  with the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Wolf Institute founded by William A. Wolf in 1913   Mr. Graybil had previously appeared as a soloist at the Wolf Museum of Music and Art in 2009 while he was a student at the Julliard School of Music.

The program selected by Mr. Graybil was challenging, requiring skillful execution, with sensitive interpretation. This was quite evident in his rendition of Beethoven’s Appassionato Sonata, Op 57.  His superior technique was readily recognized. He also performed three Chopin Etudes with professional skill.

Following Intermission, the audience had the benefit of listening to two William A. Wolf compositions arranged by Mr. Graybil and never previously performed in public. Dr. Wolf would have been delighted with this elegant tribute. Three individual Liszt transcriptions were then performed brilliantly, permitting the soloist to take a well deserved applause from the standing room audience.

Earle Echternach Recital Review

Each year the Wolf Museum of Music and Art sponsors a piano recital honoring the well known Lancaster piano teacher; Earle W. Echternach, who also studied with Dr. Wolf.  The recital was held at the Museum on Sunday, May 4, 2014 and was well attended.

Many of the Wolf Museum Board Members were taught piano by Earle W. Echternach and they were very happy to play in this event.  An interesting perspective about the recital is that one of the performers played Claude Debussey’s – Jardin Sous La Pluie — which was played by Andre Watts one week later at his performance in Longwood Gardens PA.


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