Supporting, promoting, and fostering the arts in Southwest Surry County and nearby communities in Yadkin and Wilkes.
Arsena (also known as Arsena Schroeder) is an independent recording artist with soul, folk, and gospel influences. Based out of Charlotte, NC, Arsena got her start in music while interning on Capitol Hill in 2009. Arsena completed her undergraduate studies at Pfeiffer University - playing the local and regional scene in her spare time. Her first recording, The Abundantly EP was recorded in 2012 and produced with fellow college alumni, Brandon Snow. The 4-song project was a mix of songs written during Schroeder’s college years.
Schroeder starting touring the east coast in support of the Abundantly EP in 2013 playing free shows and opening act gigs. In 2014, she self-released her first full-length album, For My Artist Child. The project’s most popular single Manna and a cover of Bob Marley’s, Turn You Light’s Down Low landed her the opportunity to play the Time Warner Cable Arena (Now known as the Spectrum Arena) leading her to receive a standing ovation from Michael Jordan. Schroeder went on in 2015 to receive grant funding from the NC Arts & Science council that allowed her to fund the ‘Unplugged + Live Concert Series’. This series, a show in support of local and touring acts. Since them, Schroeder has gone on to grace stages like Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and the La Loca Music Lounge in Prague, Czech Republic.
Recently, Arsena launched the Dear Soul Music Company, LLC (2017). This company provides resources for independent artists -workshops, consultations, and live shows. WSGE/NPR says, “We applaud her entrepreneurial spirit. She is definitely about getting things done”. The Next Gig Europe says, “She has strong vocals and writes beautiful quiet compositions. The star of Arsena Schroeder is rising in the United States”.