We are a friendly neighborhood “mom and pop” music store located on the prairie of West Central Minnesota, in the bustling metropolis of Morris (pop. 5600).
We specialize in school music service, featuring rentals and sales of band instruments to students and families from area schools, plus we carry a full line of printed music for piano, lesson books and “fun” music for band instruments, and method books for guitar and other stringed instruments.
As part of the band instrument service, we stock a large assortment of accessories, care and maintenance items, and mouthpieces and reeds, plus we have a full-service in-store band instrument repair shop. At Sarlettes Music, we also carry entry-level acoustic guitars and related accessories (strings, stands, etc.) and percussion equipment such as drum heads, sticks, cymbals and hardware.
We stock a large inventory of band instruments from most major manufacturers, at levels for the beginner to the pro.
Guitars, cases, tuners, capos, straps and strings for your favorite guitarist
We have a good inventory of guitars on hand right now – from “kid-sized” (1/2 and 3/4 size) to classical and dreadnaught models. Plus, we carry tons of guitar accessories such as straps, tuners, stands, capos, cases, and music.
We also stock a selection of ukuleles, including soprano, concert soprano, and baritone ukes. Assorted styles and prices, starting at just $29.95.
Soprano ukes available in assorted colors, and most with matching bag
Adair Horgen – Morris’ Music Lady
Adair Horgen Morris' Music Lady
It seems that whenever a lonely piano sits waiting to be played, Adair Horgen will soon appear and resolve the situation. For the past 20 years, Adair could be seen and heard at many a piano in Morris. From tinkling the ivories for special occasions at the Stevens County Historical Society Museum, to accompanying both school musicians and local community theater productions, to headlining the long-running “Adair and Della and Friends” concert series, Adair and her finely-tuned piano skills have pleased many music aficionados.
Adair and Della Conroy with the cast of the 2009 editionof Adair and Della and Friends(photo courtesy of the Morris Sun and Tribune)
Adair was born in Northfield MN, where she spent the first 12 years of her life. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 7, and was immediately smitten. At about the time Adair completed elementary school, her family moved to Minneapolis. Shortly after Adair started junior high school in the big city, her abilities at the piano became known, and she quickly earned a reputation as a proficient and reliable pianist. The piano wasn’t the only instrument that attracted Adair’s musical skills. When she started junior high, she also took up the trombone and joined the school band. As she entered Minneapolis West High School (which no longer exists), she honed her skills as an accompanist rather than being a soloist. Realizing that music was going to be the focal point of her life, after graduating she enrolled at the University of Minnesota to pursue a music-education degree.
Adair and her “other” instrument – the trombone.
At the U, Adair’s reputation as an accompanist became quickly well-known, and she was very busy from the beginning, playing with numerous choral and instrumental soloists and ensembles. She also played trombone in the U of M band. Most notably, Adair was a member of the first group of women allowed to play in the Gopher Marching band. That band had been a “Men Only” organization since its inception, but this being the early 40s World War II had depleted the numbers, so women were allowed to join in order to fill out the ranks.
After graduating from college, Adair got a job as the music teacher in Boyd, MN (now part of the Dawson-Boyd school district), where she taught classroom music, band and choir. Of course, in addition to directing the band and choir, she also served as the primary accompanist for the band and choir’s soloists and groups. After teaching in Boyd for a year, Adair decided she would like to try a teaching job where she could focus on one aspect of school music, rather than teaching everything. So, she landed a job as the choir director in Bemidji, MN. Adair was there for a year, but she was drawn back to Boyd because of a fellow named Milton who she had met while teaching there during the first year of her professional career. They married, and she resumed her former position as music teacher there. In the years that followed, she was also assigned to teaching classes in economics and general science, and even served as school principal for a while. A feather in Adair’s cap during her tenure at Boyd was that she once directed her small (12 member) high school band at a district music festival, where her group earned a superior rating!
Adair conducts the Treble Clefs.
Tiring of Minnesota winters, Adair and Milton decide to move to Redlands, California in 1952. Milt got a job with a local gas company, but Adair wasn’t able to find a music teaching job. So, in the meantime, she went to work for the local welfare office as a social worker. One evening, while dining with Milt at a fancy restaurant, Adair noticed an unattended piano sitting in the room, so she wandered over to it, sat down, and started playing. No one seemed to mind, so she entertained her fellow diners for a while. After she finished playing, a woman came up to her and said that she was a member of a local women’s singing group called “The Treble Clefs”, and that they were looking for a substitute accompanist. Adair joined the group soon thereafter, and eventually became the director of the group. As word spread about Adair’s proficiency at the piano, she was soon accompanying student soloists and ensembles at the local high school and at Redlands University, and also playing for community theater musicals.
Adair at the piano.
Adair and Milton retired from their California jobs in the late 80s, and after doing some travelling, decided to move to Minnesota in 1994 to be closer to their daughter Gwen (who teaches at UMM in Morris) and her family. That move put Adair in the local musical spotlight almost immediately. She was soon accompanying student musicians at Morris Area High school and UMM (the University of Minnesota, Morris). In addition to playing piano, she also returned to her band director roots when in 2000 she was asked to be the director of the Tri-State Community Band in Wheaton MN. When the Elementary School Addition was completed next to Morris High School in 2004, organizers were looking for a special show of some sort to christen the beautiful performance auditorium which was part of the new addition. Adair’s name naturally came up, she got on board, and that September saw the first edition of “Adair and Della and Friends”, which spotlighted the piano stylings of Adair and her friend Della Conroy from Hancock, plus numerous musical acts performed by area musicians of all styles (a group which, in subsequent years, became known as the “Unusual Suspects”). That event was so successful that “Adair and Della and Friends” became an annual tradition for the next 10 years. Also during the 2000s, Adair served as the director of the Morris Community Band’s summer season one year. Additionally, starting in 2003, she was the accompanist and “pit band” director for a few editions of the Morris Community Theater’s “Mighty Variety Show.” Adair put together another version of the “and Friends” show when she celebrated her 90th birthday in 2014.
Adair and Della Conroy play a duet.
Adair can still be found sitting at a piano and entertaining now and again, at occasions such as occasional performances at the Stevens County Historical Society museum, and other locales. She recently became a resident of the Legacy Golden Horizon apartments, located at the Northeast corner of the property formerly occupied by the old Morris School and athletic fields. There is a piano in the lobby at Legacy, and of course Adair makes sure that the keyboard doesn’t get lonely.