Welcome to Herter Music Center


Serving the Great Lakes Bay Region since 1903.

Artist of the Week

Felix Mendelssohn (2/3/1809-11/4/1847)


Felix Mendelssohn was born in Hamburg, Germany. He began playing the piano at any early age, and gave his first public performance in Berlin when he was just 9 years old. The following year he entered the Singakademie music academy. Here he cultivated his musicianship, which is saying something considering he had already written 5 operas and 11 symphonies by the time he entered the academy.

One of his best known compositions was released in 1826, Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to composing almost non-stop, Mendelssohn also learned conducting during his time at the academy. His work at conducting paid off. He conducted a performance of St. Matthew’s Passion written by J.S. Bach. As a result of this performance, Mendelssohn is recognized as having brought the larger scale works of Bach to public and scholarly attention. This attention given to Bach continues to this day. In our present time, no academic music program would be complete without the study of Bach’s works.

In 1835 Mendelssohn was given the much coveted position of Conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig. In addition to his persistence in composition, Mendelssohn founded the Leipzig Conservatory of Music and became its first director. The university is still in operation to this day.

In 1847 his sister, with whom he was very close, passed away suddenly. This was a devastating blow for Felix. He lost his own will to live. His health deteriorated rapidly, and he passed away in November of that year at the age of 38. Although he died at a seemingly young age, he is now recognized as one of the first significant composer of the Romantic Era.

“Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country and earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.” – Felix Mendelssohn

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Herter Music Center makes it easy for you to rent an instrument for your son or daughter. We offer new and return rental instruments on a 36 month Rent-to-Own contract . All rentals include repair, maintenance and replacement protection. There is no interest or finance charge on our Rent-To-Own contracts. Unlike some other contracts, you always know the total cost of the instrument you are renting. We make the payments easy for you by using an auto-payment banking system. Our School Service Representatives stop once a week at your child’s school. For addition information we invite you to come in a speak with a member of our sales staff or contact  us at  

(989) 893-4545

*Percussion Kits are on a 24-month Rent-to-Own Contracts.

Labor Day
We will be closed Monday, September 7th in observation of Labor Day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Jazz Deck

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Decode chord changes & learn how to play jazz IMMEDIATELY. JazzDeck is perfect for all students, music educators and musicians. Amazing jazz theory book in a box demystifies jazz improvisation. JazzDeck transposes for all instruments. Ability to read music not required!

Store Hours


Monday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday:  Closed