Winona’s New Community Piano Lab

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so proud to be the home of a new piano lab that was created to serve students of all ages in a group setting. Though MCA has provided private piano lessons for many years this new state-of-the-art electronic lab allows piano instruction in a unique way that allows students to work together and independently while being instructed by a professional teaching artist.

Join Piano Instructor, Lauren Mechell on during our Fall Open House on Saturday, August, 24th, 10am-11am for a free mini-lesson in the piano lab (no registration required)!

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New Community Choir Forming

Singers in Winona and the surrounding areas are invited to join the Valéncia Chorale, a new adult community choir for mixed voices under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea. The Valéncia Chorale will rehearse at the Valéncia Arts Center, which houses the Minnesota Conservatory of the Arts, and will explore repertoire of a variety of styles and periods. No audition is necessary to register, but the director will want to hear all singers individually at some point to ensure proper sectional placement. High school-age singers (14-18) may register with the consent of the director. Rehearsals will be on Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the Valencia Arts Center Recital Hall. 

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Introducing the Members of Main reACTion 19-20

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to introduce the school year 2019-2020 school year members of Main reACTion. Main reACTion is a youth comedy improv troupe that performs throughout the community, look for them in their bright yellow shirts at Shutdown Third Street on Sept. 21st and at Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s Second Saturday on November 9th, check our events page and social media often for performance updates.

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Auditions for Young Dancers

On Saturday Sept, 7, 2019 the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company (DRC) will be holding auditions for DRC II Winter Showcase. The 2019 theme will be “Animals on Parade”. This exciting dance concert will feature ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern dance set to music inspired or about animals.

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Dance Conferences with Tammy Schmidt

Are you a 5th grade student or older? Do you dream about dancing professionally, teaching dance or just want some direction about how you can become a stronger dancer to reach your level and performance goals at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA)? Tammy Schmidt, MCA’s Director of Dance will be available on August 21st & August 23rd, 2019 to help guide you. Reserve your 30 minute slot today.

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3-Week Stay Strong Session

Intermediate and advanced students won’t want to miss the opportunity to stay strong this summer. Buy a 3 or 6 class punch card and attend the Ballet or Contemporary classes that fit in your summer schedule.

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Main reACTion Troupe 2019-20 School Year Auditions

Ready to take your improv skills to the next level? If so, Main reACTion is for you! The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is seeking 10–15 creative quick-thinkers to form the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the 2019–2020 school-year. Main reACTion’s school-year troupe will perform at 1–2 locations/events per month. Auditions will be held on on Sunday, Aug. 11, 6-8pm in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN).

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Ways of Watercolor Exhibit

Thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts was able to offer community members ages 55+ the opportunity to learn more about the ways watercolor paint during an 8-week course taught local teaching artist, Brianna Haupt.

On Monday, Aug. 5, 5:00-6:00pm the community is invited to a celebration and opening of the exhibit at the in Galleria Valencia inside MN Conservatory for the Arts’ home, The Valencia Arts Center. During the celebration the community will have the opportunity to meet and greet the artists, walk through the exhibit and enjoy treats. Visitors will love the variety of techniques represented from wet on wet to still life paintings. Community members unable to attend the open house can view the exhibit throughout the month of August during business hours and when ever programming is happening.

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Summer Dance Showcase

Minnesota Conservatory for the arts is excited to invite the community to our 17th Annual Summer Dance Intensive Showcase on July 27th at 7pm at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s University campus. The showcase performance will feature a variety of dance forms including: ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre dance, and modern dance.

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MCA 2019 Fall Open House

Summer is in full swing, but before we know it it will be time to start thinking about back to school and all of the wonderful programs fall will bring. We hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 24th, 10am- Noon for our annual open house which is fun, free and full of information.

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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


Monday - Wednesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming



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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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