Welcome to the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts

We are a community that fosters and inspires personal and artistic growth by
empowering students to the highest level of artistic expression in all genres.

We nurture the talent within

Welcome to the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts

We are a community that fosters and inspires personal and artistic growth by empowering students to the highest level of artistic expression in all genres.

We nurture the talent within

We believe music is for everyone

We believe that art helps us be better people, and better people create a brighter world. The Wirth Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has offered the very best music and dance instruction in the upper midwest since 1981. Our exceptional level of education, coupled with many exciting performing opportunities, have attracted students of all ages. We believe that music is for everyone and that it is best to develop excellent technique from the very first lesson.

Our faculty are talented in their fields of music and dance and hold a great love for the performing arts. Our music faculty offer lessons on piano, drums, voice, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, violin, African Drums, marimba, flute, clarinet, oboe, and more! Our dance faculty have classes from early childhood music and movement, to creative dance, traditional African dance, and both youth and adult classical ballet! We love what we do and we will be sure to inspire you!

Serving central Minnesota and the Twin Cities, our history is marked by the success of our students and the inspiration of our teachers. We are a fast growing, nationally recognized performing arts community and we’d love for you to be part of it! We are located on the third floor of The Mary Center, behind St. Mary’s Cathedral, in historic downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Spring Semester is coming!

Coming soon is our Spring Semester Classes page, with all the class information for our group education!  More classes are being added as teachers finalize their plans, so come visit again as updates are posted. See you soon!


Register for lessons!

You can begin classes and lessons anytime throughout the year, you don’t have to wait until the beginning of a semester! For the full School Calendar and Tuition Rate Sheet, please see our Instruction page.

Click Here To Register For Lessons

Discounted Lessons!

Through fundraising and grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Central Minnesota Arts Board, we are proud to offer discounted lessons for lower income families. Apply today!

Discounted Lessons

Crescendo Newsletter and Blog!

Check out our new Crescendo Newsletter and Blog page, featuring articles by the faculty, practice tips, updates on upcoming events, student accomplishments, and more!

crescendo newsletter

Dr. Paul Wirth’s Studio Page

This page is for Dr. Wirth’s piano studio, where he has information about his Gravi-DVD, marathon scales, fingering strategies, competition calendar and more!

Paul Wirth Studio

Calendar & Events

Quick Links


InstructionWe offer quality music instruction by our highly trained faculty for both private and group learning opportunities.



performancePerformance is an extremely important part of the learning process. We offer six major annual performance opportunities, as well as several smaller performances throughout the year.



facultyOur staff of teachers and instructors are both talented in their fields of music and dance, and hold a great love of performing arts. If your interest is piano, drums, singing, guitar, flute, violin, or dance, we will be sure to inspire you!



The Wirth Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) community school of music and dance. Your donation make a real difference, contribute today!


Featured Performance Events

Featured Performance Events

Young Artist World Piano Festival

The Young Artist World Piano Festival (YAWPF) is a 10 day residential summer festival/piano camp. Our Piano Festival is truly a unique experience: Come join the passion!

School Of Rock

Rock out with the BEST professional rock artists in central Minnesota as they guide students to create awesome bands. Perform at a rock concert at the Paramount Theatre in downtown St. Cloud!

Salon se Leve

Salon se Lève performance series presents, supports, and encourages Minnesota’s most gifted emerging young artists, utilizing the 19th century ambiance of a salon concert.


Spring Gala

Our Spring Gala is a showcase of all the performing arts classes that are offered through the Wirth Center. The two-hour concert is a bonanza of all disciplines of music and dance, featuring over 200 performers.


Musicales are monthly performance opportunities for our students modeled after the salon concerts of Chopin and Liszt, these semi-informal recitals take place in the Steinway Studio, often by candle-light!


Our Winter Recitals are held in mid-January and our Spring Recitals are held in May each year. Students perform solos, duets, and small group pieces, ranging from holiday tunes to pop hits and classical favorites.

Thank You For Your Interest In The Wirth Center!

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