Destroyed in 2011
How We Got Started
1968 – A nine year old began to play the oboe because the violin was not “interesting enough.” Her father also needed an oboist in his band A Selmer Signet was the first oboe available — a clunky and awkward instrument.
1977 – 1981 Founder attend college for Art Education and participated in all advanced vocal and instrumental ensembles.
The college had a pond with swans. The baby Cygnets were named “Miller” and “Seville”
1980 – handcrafted oboe reeds sold around the country
1981 – private oboe instruction
1987 – mail order catalog with music merchandise
1990 – private art instruction
The multi-faceted company infused the arts into every aspect of its operation.
1993 – chamber groups and small group art instruction
1995 – internet catalog
1996 – Cygnet Gallery – exhibits of local emerging artists
1997 – Pottery Parties – birthday parties for children
Paint your Pottery – open ceramic decorating studio
Recently the businesses were superficially mimicked (copied) by an unscrupulous owner of the property where the original entrepreneur was forced to evacuate and sell. Most unfortunate was the loss of 30 years of the customers who were nurtured, assisted and served.
1999 – UsedOboes.com was founded by Cygnet Studios, Inc
2003 – 2005 Silver Swan, Butterfly Blue, Amaryllis,Twilight CDs
Talented Tabby, Leonardo’s Lesson, A Hat for Hanah picture books
2006 – N2O2 CD, Conewago Coffeehouse founded
Many of the original ideas developed in the 1990s were copied by predatory placed town businesses and invidious government funded institutions.
2008 – A Box of Bears picture book, a la cARTe activities
2009 – 2011 – Guest rooms (Swan Suite, Etown Room)
Coffee Connection picture book, Conewago Tea Room
Collectibles book of essays
iCygnet.com — an introspective blog that investigates ideas and insights
eCygnet.com – the revised online e-commerce site
We relocated in 2012 for our safety and to service loyal and longstanding customers.
Our top selling instrument: OBOE. We also sell other wind instruments on consignment.
2013 – WoodwindMedic
“When First Aid is Instrumental”
A band aide for your woodwind instrument