Schmitt Music's 125th Anniversary
Our company has a long history dating back over 125 years. Through the decades, we've grown from Paul A. Schmitt's original music store on Nicollet Avenue, which sold only printed music, to one of the largest and most respected full-service music retailers in the nation with over 13 stores.
Martens Brothers Music Store
Paul A. Schmitt works for Martens Brothers music store in New York City
Century Piano Company
Minneapolis-based Century Piano Company conducts a nationwide search for someone to manage their sheet music department. Paul A. Schmitt makes the trek from New York City and takes the job.
First Schmitt Music Store
Paul A. Schmitt leaves Century Piano Company and begins the job of building a major retail music company for the Upper Midwest. The first Schmitt Music store opens at 606 Nicollet, Minneapolis.
Schmitt Music grows as a music dealer
Schmitt Music begins publishing school music
Schmitt Music Company is incorporated
Schmitt Music Moves
Paul A. Schmitt and son, Robert A., move the store from its Nicollet Avenue location to 8th Street in Minneapolis
A record department is added
Schmitt Music Expands
Schmitt Music company expands, moving from 77 South Eighth Street to 25 South Eight Street
Robert A. Schmitt becomes president
Schmitt Music introduces music clinics
Schmitt Music Moves
President Robert A. Schmitt moves the main store to South 10th Street in Minneapolis
A recording studio is added
December 6, 1941, President Robert A. Schmitt signs the mortgage for a larger store. He is devastated when he hears the news of Pearl Harbor the very next morning
Schmitt Music adds a piano department
5th Floor is Added
The 5th floor is added to the Minneapolis store for a warehouse and a piano rebuild shop
Schmitt Music Company enters Keyboard business
Schmitt Music company enters the keyboard business with Everett, Cable Nelson, Fischer and Knabe pianos and Conn organs
Schmitt Music buys Hall & McCreary Co.
Schmitt Music buys Hall & McCreary Co. of Chicago, one of the nations's largest publishers of choral music. Initially merged as Schmitt, Hall & McCreary Company, it will become Schmitt Publications, a subsidiary of Schmitt Music Company. This acquisition makes them the largest standard of music publisher west of Philadelphia
Robert A. Schmitt Resigns
Robert A. Schmitt resigns as president and becomes chairman of the board of directors and Robert P. Schmitt becomes president of the company.
Schmitt Music adds Martin guitar line
Schmitt Music adds the Martin guitar line. Today, Schmitt Music is the oldest Martin guitar dealer in Minnesota
Exclusive Steinway Piano Dealer
Schmitt Music becomes the region's exclusive Steinway & Sons piano dealer
Schmitt Music opens stores in downtown St. Paul
Schmitt Music opens stores in downtown St. Paul (relocated to Brooklyn Center in 1977) and Robbinsdale
Schmitt Music opens a store in Edina, Minnesota
Schmitt Music buys Bach Music Co.
Schmitt Music buys Bach Music Co. in Rochester, Minnesota and opens a store in Apache Mall
Schmitt Music adds a store in Virginia, Minnesota
The Music Wall!
The Music Wall! At the company headquarters in Minneapolis, 32 windows are bricked up and painted to provide the mural background for a portion of Scarbo from Maurice Ravel's piano work Gaspard de la Nuit
Stores are added in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and in Duluth, Minnesota
Schmitt Music purchases Daveau Music in Fargo, North Dakota
Schmitt Music opens in Crossroads Mall, St. Cloud, Minnesota
Schmitt Music buys Day Music Company
Schmitt Music buys Day Music Company in Wisconsin and adds it to the Schmitt Music Company family with a store in Eau Claire
3 Schmitt Music stores are added in Minnesota
Schmitt Music stores are added at Maplewood Mall, Northtown Shopping Center and Burnsville Center
Schmitt Music Company purchases Hospe Music in Omaha, Nebraska
Tom Schmitt becomes president
Schmitt Music Company buys Wells Music, a prominent keyboard retailer in Colorado, since 1919
Wells Music adds a musical instrument division
Inducted into Hall of Fame
Schmitt Music is the fourth retailer inducted into the Music Inc. "Retailing Hall of Fame"
Restores Ravel music mural
As part of our 100th year celebration, Schmitt Music restores its landmark Ravel music mural on the downtown Minneapolis store
Acquires Jenkins Music Company
Schmitt Music acquires the Jenkins Music Company and adds four stores in Missouri and Kansas City
The "Jenkins Music" name changes to Schmitt Music in October 1999
Schmitt Music sells 10th Street location
After 63 years at the 10th Street location, Schmitt Music sells the building and moves its business offices to Butler Square and retail sales to Brooklyn Center
Official Piano Partner
Schmitt Music becomes the "Official Piano Partner" of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchcestra, and Steinway becomes the "Official Piano" of both venues
Schmitt Music opens a new Wells Music store in Colorado Springs
Robert P. Schmitt dies (April 14, 2005)
Partnership with Jordan Kitt's Music
Schmitt Music in partnership with Jordan Kitt's Music, buys the Beautiful Sound piano stores in Chicago
Schmitt Music creates a new line of pianos, Cristofori
Schmitt Music opens a new musical instrument (MI) location in Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Schmitt Music received Steinway's Dealer of the Year award
Schmitt Music's 50th Anniversary as a Steinway & Sons piano dealer
NAMM's Top 100 Dealer Awards
At NAMM's Top 100 Dealer Awards, Schmitt Music wins Best Marketing & Sales Promotion and Best Support Music Advocacy
Peter Schmitt, son of Tom Schmitt, joins the company and became the Orchestra Division Manager
In 2016, Ted Schmitt, son of VP Doug Schmitt, joins the company
Acquires Reynolds Music
Schmitt Music acquires Reynolds Music in Anoka, Minnesota. The store becomes Schmitt Music Anoka.
Peter Schmitt becomes the 5th-Generation CEO of Schmitt Music
Schmitt Music HQ and the Brooklyn Center store moves to Bloomington.