The Pasadena Conservatory of Music was founded on December 31, 1983, by music teachers Wynne Stone and Silke Sauppé.
Wynne and Silke had been teaching Suzuki piano at the Claremont Community School of Music (and were tired of the long commute), when Wynne decided to start a music school in Pasadena and Silke took up the challenge and joined in. With their husbands, Norman Sauppé and “Rocky” Stone, they planned their new school around the Sauppés’ dining room table, an enterprise that would take vision, energy, and shoe-leather. Over the next year, they found the school’s first home at Mount Olive Lutheran Church on Queensberry Road and Allen Avenue, where Silke was the organist, and where Rocky canvassed the neighbors on whether they would mind having a music school nearby. They hired a secretary and registrar, and distributed advertising flyers, printed on Norman’s home computer, to schools, libraries, and music stores. In the summer, Wynne traveled around the country, studying other community music schools, particularly how they operated and how they got their funding.