Now living in Akron, IA, Kevin Linder and is wife Amy dreamt of opening a school of performing arts for several years. They had their eye on a 1918 church and made an offer in 2010, but were unsuccessful. Then in 2015, after resigning teaching positions, the couple got a phone call and the former First Church of Christ at 451 Iowa Street became their property. It now houses the Birdie and Carol Harris School of Performing Arts honoring Amy’s mother and grandmother.
“It wasn’t about our timing, it was all in God’s timing,” said Amy. The main floor of the building seats approximately 200 for performances. On the lower level are two studios; one for Amy’s vocal lessons and one for Kevin’s instrumental lessons. They have inter-generational classes with parents or grandparents coming with their children. The Web site for the school is BCHSPA.com