Thayer Performing Arts Center (previously known as Thayer Conservatory) has been a place forfine artlovers since the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds when members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, hosted by the Thayer family, performed on the terrace and stayed on the fourth floor. The Thayer family enjoyed their very own art gallery to the right of the entrance foyer, filled the mansion with large woven tapestries and even had sculptures in the garden.
In 1942, Dr. Mabel R. Bartlett, chair of the art department and professor of fine art and art history at Atlantic Union College, began teaching art in the second floor.
In 1972 Jon Robertson, chair of the music department of Atlantic Union College, moved the music department from Founder’s Hall to the Thayer mansion making it a music conservatory.
Since then, several generations of musicians have studied and performed here. Children of our former music students are now studying with our fine music instructors.
Whether you like to sing, play an instrument, draw, paint or act
whether you are a beginner or an experienced performer wanting to advance your fine art skills, whether you are seven or seventy, we invite you to come and develop your fine art potential here.
The Thayer Performing Arts Center welcomes you!