Palm Beach Dramaworks

Sue Ellen Beryl


Kathi Kretzer exemplifies community spirit, and enriches the cultural landscape of Palm Beach County through her continued leadership and generosity. She has dedicated her life to music education and appreciation, and has for decades influenced aspiring artists of all ages. Through her company, Kretzer Piano, Kathi has demonstrated unwavering support to numerous cultural institutions and arts organizations. Rarely is there any significant arts event in our community that does not have the good name Kretzer attached to it. She is the guardian angel of the Arts, and the local arts community is forever in her debt. Indeed, the Kretzer name is music to all our ears.


Sue Ellen Beryl
Managing Director
Palm Beach Dramaworks


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Laurel Baker, Palm Beach Chamber of CommercePalm Beach Chamber of Commerce


A business leader goes to extraordinary lengths to make an impact on the future. Kathi Kretzer demonstrates this skill in her professional and charitable endeavors. Integrity and compassion have also been hallmarks of Kathi Kretzer’s career. Highly regarded by her peers, her true contributions come from her commitment to children, music and quality of life have woven a colorful tapestry for the community in music and education. “Kretzer Kids” perform at nursing homes monthly and the “Music for the Mind” concerts secure needed funds for school music programs. These are just a few examples of what distinguished Kathi Kretzer as the Palm Beach Chamber’s 2008 Business Leader of the Year.


Laurel Baker
Executive Director
Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce


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Cindy Kessler, Stuart School of Music









The Stuart School of Music

I am writing this letter on behalf of Kathi Kretzer, owner of Kretzer Piano, whom I have known and admired for almost thirty years. As the owner and director of the Stuart School of Music, I have dealt with Kathi numerous times knowing that I would be treated with integrity, fairness and professionalism.

All of the piano teachers at our school refer Kretzer Piano to their students who are looking for a quality instrument. We know that Kathi Kretzer understands the value of music education and always stands behind every instrument that she sells. Her reputation throughout all of South Florida reflects her dedication, leadership and honesty.

Through her generosity and compassion Kathi has achieved a mountain of charitable accomplishments. She founded "Music for the Mind," a monthly concert series in the Harriet Theater in CityPlace. She organized "Kretzer Kids" to entertain at nursing homes and hospice. She established "Keyboards for Kids" to give underprivileged children piano lessons through the Boys and Girls Club of Riviera Beaoh and she is the executive producer of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches' "Watch a Rising Star," a vocal competition for talented singers. Her tireless and devoted spirit has made all of these events successful and highly acclaimed.

The entire arts community owes a huge debt of gratitude to Kathi Kretzer for her invaluable contributions and support to so many organizations. I salute this inspirational woman who is a role model to all of us in the arts. It is my honor and privilege to know her and to give her my highest recommendation and endorsement.


Cynthia H. Kessler
The Stuart School of Music


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Judy Mitchell, CEO Kravis Center Performing Arts

The Kravis Performing Arts Center


Dear Kathi:

I was delighted to see on the front of this morning’s business pages that you have received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches. This richly deserved honor fittingly recognizes your integrity as well as your solid business sense. Yours is a remarkable accomplishment particularly given the consumer climate during a slow economy.

Congratulations on this recognition, and best wishes for continuing success. Hope you have a great summer.

Warm Regards,

Judith A. Mitchell
Chief Executive Office
Kravis Center Performing Arts


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Michael FeinsteinMichael Feinstein


Dear Kathi,

You are so sweet and thoughtful. I’m always so delighted at your constant thoughtfulness. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know. I appreciate your always taking such good care of me when I’m down in your neck of the woods. I truly wish you all good things, now and always.

Sincerely yours,

Michael Feinstein




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