Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma September 2018 - Page 7

Including sales and rentals, Inter-City Violin also does repairs. Inter-City Violin is a family-owned company. Peggy Kahre (left), Sam Kahre (middle) and Dena Dietsch all work together in the business. understanding of her Dad’s vision that she doesn’t want anything to change,” Dillingham said. “It’s important to honor those traditions because you can grow, move across the street, or offer new products. The most important thing remains the same. There will be a child who walks in, and music can change their lives and help them accomplish their goals and dreams.” Dietsch said every child who walks through the door to rent their first instrument looks like a star to her. “I don’t know who they’re going to be. Sometimes they come back with little notes tucked into their violin. This is the sweetest job,” she said. Dietsch insists that she isn’t the visionary at Inter-City violin, but instead, it was her father’s legacy. “Every day he worked in 10 or 12 hours. He repaired, he taught at the university, he was on the phone with students and parents. My mother was his greatest fan and made all of it happen for him,” she said. “Every day, he learned something new, taught something, and created something.” Dietsch has been recognized for her efforts to continue her father’s vision by receiving the OkMEA President’s Award and the Governor’s Arts Award in Business. In one recommendation, Samantha Sy at the Oklahoma Arts Council wrote, “One thing, and perhaps the most important, to know about Dena is the tremendous amount of heart she has and how she invests her kindness to those around her to help arts flourish … Dena often tears down the financial barrier just so my students can have extra resources to push them to invest in themselves and their music.” It’s apparent Bagwell’s mission was so potent it’s passing through from one generation to the next. Dietsch’s daughter Peggy Parks Kahre and her 19-year-old son, Sam Kahre, are both active in running the business. Sam Kahre is currently enrolled in a music business program to prepare himself for future work at the family-owned company. “In December, Sam had 27 gigs (playing the cello). He’s my star and so is his little brother,” Dietsch said. Beyond selling and renting instruments, namely the violin, cello and bass, Inter- City Violin also has a repair shop, and Nick Geist does the majority of the work. He can be found spending hours in the back coming up with innovative ways to fix all the problems that can arise, especially because they have so many young musicians. He said currently they rent about 600 violins annually, which is historically lower than previous years because several schools have cut music programs to cope with budgetary constraints. Inter-City Violin is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The new location is at 1401 NW 30th St. September 2018 | The Business Times 7