We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Gorpin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, how does your business help the community or the world?
Music is a language which can be understood by everyone. It has the power to unify people across the world and through time. Music is an expression. It is a voice. It is a part of us everywhere we go and in all that we do. To learn an instrument or to train one’s voice is to further open these expressive avenues. Edelweiss School of Music was founded to bring this gift to the neighborhood, and for the neighborhood, in turn, to bring it to the world. Each student that comes through these doors, graduates with both an invaluable appreciation for the arts, and the fruition of hard work and discipline. To begin, regardless of age, a student comes as an open book, a sponge, ready to absorb all that is music. But this skill and knowledge will expand far beyond themselves when it is shared with family, friends, community and beyond. Music is a continuous gift that is truly timeless and limitless in its reach!
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what are you most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
“I have always been passionate about the arts, music in particular. When our school first opened, it was a struggle to discover that many families prioritize sports over the arts. But I soon discovered that there are enough people that love music and will make time for it in their lives. I whole heartedly value high quality music education, as opposed to learning simply to pass a level. I want all who come to Edelweiss to be able to truly capture the skills and concepts of music so that they become independent learners and will take their talents out into the world. Because of my passion for music and music education, it of the utmost importance to me that we hire qualified teachers who embody these same views.” – Victoria Gorpin
“We faced a great deal of challenges in the beginning with construction. Finding the right contractor proved to be difficult, and mistakes were made that set back the school’s opening by four months. Additionally, these construction mistakes cost us a great deal of money.” – Igor Gorpin
“I found that I needed to learn a new form of customer service. I had to not only learn the needs of individual families, but also learn to convey the goal of our school to those children.” – Victoria
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would visit Legacy West in Plano, the George Bush Library in Dallas, Heritage Farmstead Museum, and take a hike around White Rock Lake in Dallas. For dining, we would eat at Whiskey Cake in Plano and Season 52.
Alright, so let’s jump right in! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there a person, group, organization, book, etc. that you want to dedicate your shoutout to? Who else deserves a little credit and recognition in your story?
Victoria Gorpin, Director of Edelweiss, is grateful to her ever supportive family. She also thanks her professors, both here and in Europe, for her astute education. Without these individuals, Ms. Gorpin feels she would not be afforded the same success she enjoys today.