Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts invites the community and friends of the Wagon Wheel and Symphony of the Lakes to join the Wagon Wheel staff, board, and the family of Thomas N. Stirling for a memorial service honoring Stirling’s legacy and devotion to the Wagon Wheel. The memorial service will take place Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Wagon Wheel Theatre at 2515 East Center Street in Warsaw, IN.
Stirling, who died December 23, 2018, at his home in Warsaw, was the Musical Director for 13 years and full-time staff since 2013 at the Wagon Wheel. His gifts as a musician, educator, and conductor made him a valuable and irreplaceable co-worker and his dedication to the Wagon Wheel made him family there.
Stirling served as not only the Musical Director for the professional summer season but also as Wagon Wheel Jr.’s musical director and Symphony of the Lakes conductor. Under Stirling’s leadership, the symphony also began hosting the Young Artist Competition. The competition awards students’ scholarships to further their lessons and studies in classical music. The Thomas N. Stirling Scholarship has been established at the Wagon Wheel to fund the Young Artist Competition and to provide for the scholarship winners as well as to honor Stirling’s legacy at the Wagon Wheel.
The Wagon Wheel staff and board invite all to join them in honoring Stirling’s memory and celebrating the legacy he helped create during his 13 years of service to the Wagon Wheel and the community.
Memorial funds have been established at the Spectrum Center for the Arts in Bloomfield, Iowa and at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, Indiana in Stirling’s honor.