Classes & ProgramsAdult Programs
Whether you’re exploring music for the first time, renewing your passion for dance, or continuing to develop your skills, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
With a variety of programs, parent discounts, and college credit options Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts has something for everyone. Register Now for a Free Trial of any of our Adult Fitness Classes!
Let MCA help you stay fit and enrich your life through the arts. Want to try out a dance class for free? Join us for our annual Free-4-All event in Jan. or visit our event listings to see where we might be offering programs throughout the community. Also don’t forget to take advantage of our parent discounts and university student discounts.
Seeding Vitality Art Workshops
Are you ready for a new challenge? Make the time in your schedule for this high-energy, low-impact workout, taught by a certified instructor. A unique combination of strength work and cardio intervals that will reshape your muscles while elevating your heart rate. You will leave stronger in both body and mind. Whether you have a limited or extensive background in dance, you will love this fast moving, fun style of exercise. Attend twice a week for optimal results!
Summer (A): Tuesdays, July 9- Aug. 20, 6-7 p.m., $59 (seven weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Summer (B): Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 22, 6-7 p.m., $59 (seven weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Fall (A): Tuesdays, Aug. 27-Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m., $72 (eight weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Fall (B): Thursdays, Aug. 29-Oct. 17, 7-8 p.m., $72 (eight weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Fall (C): Tuesdays, Oct. 22-Dec. 17, 7-8 p.m., $81 (nine weeks), J. Goyette, Certified Barre Connect Fitness Instructor
Fall (D): Thursdays, Oct. 24-Dec. 19 (no class Oct. 31 & Nov. 28) , 7-8 p.m., $63 (seven weeks), J. Dienger, Certified PulsePointe Fitness Instructor
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: As listed above
MCA Punch Card Accepted for all Barre Classes
Back by popular demand, Christine Martin will lead adults through this fun, rhythm-filled class. No experience necessary. An introduction to tap dance. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Join us for a toe-tappin’, foot stompin’ good time! (Tap shoes in some sizes are available for loan)
Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 4- Nov. 13
Fee: $99 (11 weeks)
Instructor: C. Martin
*Punch card eligible, but regular attendance or past tap experience is recommend.
Experience the artistry of ballet while gaining flexibility, placement, strength, and fluidity in this ballet technique and conditioning class. All levels are welcome, no experience necessary.
Fall A: Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct.14 (No class Sept. 2), 5:30-7pm $84 (7 classes)
Fall B: Mondays, Oct. 21-Dec. 16, 5:30- 7 p.m., $96 (8 Classes)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: A. Honecker-Sherman
MCA Punch Card Accepted
Start your week off right with Yoga! Get ready to improve your flexibility and build strength as you move through yoga postures and relaxation exercises.
Fall (A): Mondays, Aug. 26-Oct.14 (no class Sept. 2), 7:00-8:00 pm, $63 (7 classes)
Fall (B): Mondays, Oct.21- Dec. 16 (no class Nov. 25), 7:00-8:00 pm, $72 (8 classes)
Age: Ages 14 & up
Instructor: Avin Honecker-Sherman
Seeding Vitality Arts for Ages 55+
Take time out of your day to channel your inner artist in written and visual expression. This process-based approach to creating will allow attendees to learn techniques in drawing, painting, and mixed media while using a journal format. Your intuition will guide you as you fill the pages.
What to expect: Guided lessons on multiple techniques, open-ended work time to experiment in each session, access to materials of interest & a welcoming environment conducive for artistic growth.
Day/Dates: Mondays, Sept. 23-Oct. 14
Times: 5:30-6:30 pm
Ages: 14- Adult
Instructor(s): B. Haupt
Cost: $45 includes all supplies, including a journal
NEW! Printmaking Studio
Get ready to explore the art of printmaking and monotypes. You will have the opportunity to learn the step by step process used to make an edition of prints or collection of monoprints. Throughout the eight weeks, older adults and Riverway Learning Community High School students will work side by side and independently in this inter-generational setting. Participants and their families will be invited to celebrate their artwork on Nov. 19th, from 4:30- 6:30pm in MCA's Galleria Valencia.
Day/Dates: Sept. 24-Nov. 12, exhibit opening Nov. 19
Times: 3-4:30 pm
Ages: Adults 55+
Instructor(s): B. Haupt
Cost: $18, includes all supplies*
Location: Classes will take place at Riverway Learning Community, 1733 Service Dr. Ste. 18, Winona, MN
*Discounted thanks to a Seeding vitality Arts MN initiative grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies.
The Ways of Watercolor
Come and immerse yourself in the ways of watercolor painting and color mixing. In this 8-session workshop you will engage with peers through artistic expression and observation. Through group and individual instruction, terminology and techniques will be taught to create final pieces based on themes of your choice. Past participants are welcome back.
Day/Time: Mondays, June 10- July 29, 10:00-11:30 am
Location: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Ages: Adults 55+ years
Teaching Artist: Brianna Haupt
Price: $18 includes all supplies (Discounted thanks to a Seeding Vitality Arts MN initiative Grant made possible through Aroha Philanthropies)
Register: Please register today through MCA's Online System or return this Paper Registration Form to the MCA office or the office of our partner's at the Winona Friendship Center.
Music & Discounts
MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.
Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s annual fall, winter and summer concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest.
- 4, 30 minute lessons- $76
- 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
- 12, 30 minute lessons- $204
45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.
Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.
Beginner Class Piano for Adults: Keyboard Musicianship I & II
Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Here’s your chance to enjoy a low-stress introduction to the keyboard! This course is designed for students who have never taken piano lessons or have taken lessons a long time ago. The training in this class intends to create musical experiences that will enhance your keyboard playing skills and also your life. Group piano encourages us to support one another as we create music together. Textbooks will need to be purchased before class begins. The only prerequisites are that you wish to learn to play and want to have fun in our new, state-of-the-art piano lab! Level II is a continuation of Level I.
Date: Sept. 10- Oct. 29, 8 weeks
Day and Time: Keyboard Musicianship I: Tuesdays, 1-2 pm
Keyboard Musicianship II: Tuesdays, Noon-1 pm
Instructor: Lauren Mechell
Textbook needed: Keyboard Fundamentals, 7th edition by James Lyke, Denise Edwards, Geoffrey Haydon, Ronald Chioldi, and Lee Evans 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60904-503-6, published by Stripes
The Valéncia Chorale is a community mixed choir open to singers in the Winona area. Under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, the Valéncia Chorale explores music of a wide range of periods and genres, presenting two season concerts per year in the beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels or other area venues. Singers are expected to complete a placement audition, which may be done following registration. Prior choral experience and music reading ability are helpful, but not required. The ensemble rehearses once weekly on Thursdays, 7:15 to 8:45 inside the recital hall inside the Valéncia Arts Center (MCA's home).
Dates: Begins Sept. 12, 2019, Rehearsals
Rehearsal Days/Times: Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm
Performance Day: Thursday, Nov. 21
Under the Direction of: Dr. Patrick O'Shea
Ages: Adults (and ages 14-17 with consent of Director)
Cost: $40 for fall participation
University Student Dance Connection
If you are currently enrolled in a university or college, present your student I.D. when registering and receive a 50% discount off your total MCA dance tuition. Not applicable for private music or dance lessons.
Adult Arts Wellness Discount
Parents who have a child/children enrolled at MCA may enjoy any of our adult course offerings at a reduced fee of $20. This is limited to one class per parent during the semester in which the student is also registered.
A variety of upper level dance credits including Ballet III-VI, Jazz III/IV, Tap III/IV and Modern III/IV may be taken for University credit by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students. Students in their junior and senior years of high school who participate in Post Secondary Education option may also take selected MCA classes for Saint Mary’s University credit. Visit their website for more information about courses and SMUMN Dance program.
With busy work and school schedules we know it can be hard to find time to do things as a family so in addition to producing a variety of music, theatre and dance performances for you and your family to enjoy we have four classes that will help families make memories, get creative and learn together. Below are descriptions of our Family Classes, but you may also want to check out our Events listing to find out about #MCAontheGo events & performances out in the community.
Each year tap celebrations are held throughout the nation in honor of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity celebrate right here in Winona! Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), beginning through advanced tappers will be highlighted in this free performance in the Academy Theatre in MCA’s home, The Valencia Arts Center. The performance is Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Christopher Mechell will present a classical piano benefit concert for the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on Sunday, April 14th at 6pm inside the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, The Valencia Arts Center. The community is invited to enjoy the works of Grieg, Liszt, and Brahms.
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre will be back for the fourth consecutive year at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Area students ages 7-18 are invited to join the cast of “Beauty and the Beast.” This original musical production is the tale about an unjust prince, a gypsy curse, and a young girl who sees beyond appearances. Any student registered will be cast in this week-long production. No prior theatre experience is required. All cast members are required to participate in the audition process on April 22 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.