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Wadler-Kaplan Music Shop opened in Houston, Texas in 1943. Through the years, its patrons included professional musicians, music teachers, ensembles, universities and music students, including a young, aspiring pianist named Richard Dowling. After more than fifty years of service as Houston's most valuable classical sheet music dealer, the store was acquired by Pender's Music of Denton in May 2000.

Upon learning of Pender's decision to cease operations in Houston, Richard Dowling purchased the store in October 2008 just two weeks before its scheduled permanent closing date. Its absence would have left Houston, the fourth largest city in America, without a comprehensive sheet music dealer. Mr. Dowling viewed the opportunity as a way to serve the local music community he had benefited and learned from as a student.


Completely redesigned, redecorated, and relocated, Dowling Music's new Houston store now serves as a shining example of a contemporary musical resource.

Dowling Music is co-owned by Richard Dowling and James Li.
Jim is from New York and brings to Dowling Music over 20 years of experience in the investment banking business including firms such as JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Salomon Smith Barney, having advised companies large and small on mergers & acquisitions and raising debt and equity capital. He graduated from Yale University and plays piano and violin.





Joseph Durnin is general manager of Dowling Music at Steinway Hall in New York.
Joe received his bachelor's degree in piano from the State University of New York at Potsdam. Soon afterwards he began working at the legendary Joseph Patelson Music House in New York where he remained for 26 years until its closing in 2009. Like Rick Valentine, Joe has a lifetime's knowledge of music of all genres and publishers.


Business hours:
Monday-Friday 9AM - 6PM
Saturday 9AM - 5PM
Sunday Closed

109 West 57th Street, 2nd Floor
at Steinway Hall
New York, NY 10019
800-952-7526 toll-free

Business hours:
Monday-Friday 9AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Sunday 12PM - 6PM

2615 Southwest Freeway, Suite 220
Houston, Texas 77098
800-952-7526 toll-free