Workshops take place at the Foundry Hall office in the Warren Senior Center at 540 Williams Street.  We encourage you to either purchase a “ticket” for the workshop through our website or to contact us* to reserve a spot.  Some workshops will require a minimum of participants to be held.  Some of our workshops sell out!

*contact by phone 269-220-0444 or

Upcoming Workshops:


Chord Magic with Tom Rasely
SAT 4/30 10am $20

Fingerpicking for Strummers with Tom Rasely
SAT 5/14 10am  $20

Intro to the Blues with Tom Rasley
SAT 5/28 10am $20

Chord Magic with Tom Rasely
SAT 9/10 10am $20

Intro to Blues with Tom Rasely
SAT 10/15 10am $20

Accompanying Carolers on guitar with Tom Rasely
SAT 12/3 10am $20


Community Music Fund

Community Music =  local musicians sharing their talents with the people who live in and around South Haven.   Everyone is welcome.

Fund = money for local musicians sharing their talents with the people who live in and around South Haven.

Where does the money come from?

Donations from the community that appreciates and supports our local music culture.   Grant funding from organizations and foundations that want to see our music community flourish.

How much money?

We don’t have a lot, but some money is a way of telling musicians we want to support you, we appreciate your dedication and the hard work it takes to be a musician.  It says we appreciate the performance and the inspiration, creativity, warm feelings, it may have provided for the audience and to keep going!

Why not charge money for performances instead?

We want to make music more accessible for everyone.   And not every opportunity is truly a performance, but part of a larger event and not all events include musician’s fees in their budget.

How does a musician become part of the this project?  

Just contact Foundry Hall, let us know what you do or what you’d like to do and we’ll see what we can make happen.  We are contacted frequently about opportunities in the community and we reach out to our list of associated musicians.  So get on the list!

Does it cost anything to be part of the list?



Yes.  We want our program to be accessible to all musicians.  Even if you’re just starting out and would like to meet some other musicians give us a shout and we’ll try to help connect you.  We’re not a booking agency, we’re you’re friendly neighborhood community music organization.

Michael Vanden Tak

Michael teaches and mentors on trombone and guitar, and assists in the Tunebugs program (helping provide early music exposure to children), Sunday Hymn Sings and Song Swaps. He led the Ensemble group over the summer.  He is very interested in arranging music for groups using computer programs and  is organizing the Foundry Hall Printed Page Players, a reader’s theater with soundtrack and sound samples.  He also plays valve trombone, baritone, tuba, piano, is a passionate singer/songwriter/arranger of secular and non-secular instrumental and vocal music, a piano tuner in training and life-long learner.
Michael directs the South Haven Area Men’s Chorus, is a trombonist with the Southshore Concert Band, Southshore Big Band, Moonlighters Big Band, and in his seventh season as a trombonist, vocalist and emcee of our historic Casco Band.
Transplanted to California, Texas, Ohio and back, with an Associates Degree and many years background in radio broadcasting, production, directing and voice acting, Michael credits quality exposure in his youth right here in South Haven, where there was great support for music with legendary teachers, including Michael Listiak, Robert Boerma, Robert Warren, John Bright, Lorraine Nook and Roger Dehn. Thanks in large part to our community’s support, Mr. Dehn’s honored Vienna choir in 1973 provided a once-in-lifetime experience of high level performances across Austria.
Over the years Michael has been active with Christian and community choirs, local bands, pit crews and mission orchestras (which took him to Negoya, Japan and Amman Jordan, where he helped mentor trombone students under conductor and professional Nashville Christian music arranger Camp Kirkland).

Resources for Musicians

LENDING LIBRARY:  Foundry Hall has a growing library of music books, CDs of past Foundry Hall performers, instruments and PA equipment all available to lend out.  Donations are appreciated to help maintain and build our collection!

PRACTICE STUDIO RENTAL:  We have two private studios each pianos, one electronic drum kit and one with an amplifiers and Hammond M3 organ available for practice.

THE LIST:   Foundry Hall would like to help local musicians meet others, find opportunities to play and help the community find them.  Foundry Hall has created a Community Music Fund to help support musicians that share their talents with community at public concerts and events hosted by local non-profits and charities.  Get on the list to find out what opportunities are out there!

If you would like more information please email or give us a call 269.220.0444

South Haven Non-Profit Community

Foundry Hall is part of a greater arts and culture non-profit community in South Haven.  We support our fellow organizations in enriching the lives of people in our community through opportunities in the arts, education and  preserving the history of our area.  Please visit their sites as well!

South Haven Center for the Arts (SHCA)

Our Town Players (Theater)

Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

The Scott Club (Literary Club)

Michigan Maritime Museum

Historical Association of South Haven (HASH)

Michigan Flywheelers

South Haven Memorial Library






Tom Rasely

Tom Rasely has been playing the guitar since Christmas, 1964, and
studied music at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse NY and
received a Bachelor of Music Education from SUNY Fredonia (’73).

Having taught guitar privately for over 5 decades, he has also taught at
the NPM Guitar Schools, the National Guitar Workshop, and was
Director of the Norwich Guitar School.

Tom Rasely has performed in 26 states and parts of Canada, as guest
soloist with several regional symphony orchestras, and has performed
twice at the White House.

He has appeared on over 70 recording projects, many featuring his
original instrumental music. His music has been heard on “The Folk
Sampler”, “Echoes”, “The Guitar Shop”, Muzak, and also in the film
documentary “Saving Newburgh”.

As a bonus, Tom is also an award-winning radio copywriter.
He describes his music as a neo-romantic statement of melody,
melodically strong and harmonically attractive.

Foundry Hall ENSEMBLE

Play more music together this summer!  Foundry Hall is hosting a weekly ensemble made up of any interested band instrument players.   Led by Kyle McNees and Michael Vanden Tak of the Casco Band, the participants help determine what to play.   There is lots of potential for experimentation, peer to peer learning and fun!  This  is a weekly event  on Fridays from 5-7pm that will run through the summer.

Open to everyone interested in playing and helping others play music in a friendly, creative environment!  Drop in and check it out!

Foundry Hall would be happy to host string ensembles, vocal groups or any other music/performing arts related groups.  Send us an email if you would like to start something and we’ll help make it happen!

Workshops at Foundry Hall

Workshops are a great way to get playing, keep playing, learn about a style or technique, broaden your knowledge and meet other people.  Foundry Hall hosts workshops taught by musicians including professional traveling artists, veteran local musicians as well as amateurs who want to share their skills and knowledge with others.  If you have an idea for a workshop send us an email and we’ll help make it happen!

Upcoming workshops (click on title for more details and tickets):

TUE 6/2/15    7pm      Intro to Blues Guitar with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/13/15    2pm      Finger-style Acoustic Guitar with visiting artist Hiroya Tsukomoto

TUE 6/23/15  7pm        Song Lyric Writing with Tom Rasely

SAT 6/27/15 10am       Guitar Theory Made Simple with Tom Rasely

SAT 7/11/15 10am     Finger-style for Strummers with Tom Rasely