Built in 1930 during the Great Depression, the schoolhouse was well built but with no architectural frills. For example, rather than constructing a traditional bell tower, the school simply utilized an electric bell. The school outgrew its use for learning in 1964. In 1974 Dan's Mother, Jo Ann, bought the structure and its surrounding acres.
Perched on a hill on the ancient shoreline of Lake Michigan, the school became both home and art studio for the Meunier family. The 12 foot ceilings and hardwood floors provide excellent acoustics which prompted Dan to record his albums and give piano concerts in that space. Dan calls the schoolhouse the Carnegie Hall of Jacksonport!
"When he strolls the quiet woods behind his schoolhouse, Dan hears music...the woods' songs become compositions eagerly awaited by a dedicated group of fans." ~Midwest Living Magazine
Al Quinlan, Ad Exec.
"Thanks for a wonderful evening! Your show was the highlight of our trip!" ~First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Friends and Mentors
Spencer Milligan, Screen Actor
"Dan's music interprets the seasons and the spirit of Door County with sensitivity and panache." ~Wisconsin Trails Magazine
Mary Ann Johnson, Business Woman
The public is invited to drop by, pet Kitty Boy the cat, and purchase Dan's recordings. A retrospective exhibit of the late Jo Ann and Jenny Jo Meunier's paintings is displayed.
Enjoy a special concert of old-time music, comedy and hymns that is sure to please! Dan performs from a grand piano, an upright piano, and from an antique parlor organ. We close with a group sing-along.
With a grandmother who played pump organ for silent films and a mother who took opera lessons and filled the house with song, Dan Meunier followed his inspirational musical upbringing. A self-taught pianist at age 14, Dan used the piano like it were a vocal choir. "I always thought of the piano as one big, happy choir," Dan said.
Later graduating from St. Olaf College with an added emphasis on art history, Dan now holds concerts in his historic schoolhouse which doubles as a museum. The schoolhouse, filled with works of art and eclectic antiquities, has become a place for Dan to share his love of the creative spirit. A composer, singer and storyteller, Dan is a Wisconsin gem and a favorite stop for the Door County bus tours. Stop by for a visit and a song!