Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
Private Music Lessons
Dance Classes & Camps
We are living in strange and unpredictable times, however we want to assure you that no matter what MCA will be here for you to provide arts opportunities to help get through these time both mentally and physically. We are offering all in-person classes and lessons at Valencia Arts Center. Students participating in in-person classes will be required to follow our Health and Safety Code of Conduct. Please click on the tabs below to explore our current programs and resources.
At-a-Glance Spring Dance Classes
Click here to see an at-a-glance view of classes including class fee & instructors.
Theatre Classes & Productions
Prairie Fire Children's Theatre and MCA presents Snow White
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre will be back to Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Area students ages 7-18 are invited to join the cast of “Snow White.” This original Prairie Fire Children's Theatre adaption can have up to 73 local young people (and adults if applicable) to play the roles of Snow White, The Prince, The Seven Dwarfs, The Mirror, The Ravens, The Spellbinders, The Forest Creatures and the Townspeople. Two professional actors from Prairie Fire will direct the show and will also portray the Huntsman and the Evil Queen. 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 23 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals April 24-27, Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 28th, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th, at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.
The fee to participate is $75 (need-based scholarships are available).
The community will be invited to the performances on April 28 at 7:00pm and April 29 at 2pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for students (Tickets-on sale during MCA business hours April 24-28 and 1 hour prior to performances at the door. Cash or check only.)
All rehearsals and performances will follow MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.
MCA Main reACTion Improv Troupe
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 creative quick-thinkers (ages 8-18) to join the Main reACTion Improv Troupe for the Fall 2022 semester which runs September - January. Main reACTion’s school-year troupe rehearses twice monthly and will perform at a few local venues in Winona. Our 2nd semester will run February - June and for those who take part in the Fall semester, they would not need to audition again in February.
Those auditioning should bring a short story, poem, or other spoken word script to read in an exciting way. There will also be provided, two or three options for readings. Those auditioning should also bring a calendar with any vacation, known school year activities or end of summer activities on it to note conflicts on the audition form. Troupe members will be selected based on their ability to think on their feet, make quick decisions, stage presence, ability to work with others, and variety of ideas. There is no fee to audition, but troupe members will be asked to pay $60 to participate for Sept.- Jan. 2023, which covers all instruction for monthly rehearsals and a T-shirt.
Main ReACTion was established in June 2019 as an activity that was part of Artists on Main Street, a partnership between Winona Main Street, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. Thanks to the interest and success of the troupe will continue to provide a creative outlet to area youth and entertain community members of all ages.
Auditions: Saturday, September 24th 2:00-3:30pm in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center (1164 W. 10th Street, Winona, MN)
Age: 8-18 years
Cost: $60 (covers whole Sept.-Jan.+ t-shirt)
Private Music Lessons
Private lessons you may purchase lessons in a 4, 8, or 12 lesson package ($20 per 30 minute lesson). No fees are paid until we connect you with an instructor. Learn more about MCA private lessons and instructors.
Creative Aging - Art Programs for 55+
Virtual Art Classes
Doodle Club (Ages 13+)
Wednesdays 7:30 PM
Dates: Ongoing weekly (no end date)
Instructor: Lisa Douglas
Fees: Free (students will need a pen (preferably a thin felt tip pen or marker), pencil, eraser, paper, and a round object for tracing such as a canning lid or tuna can.
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund, Aroha Philanthropies, and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.
Other opportunities to work with MCA through our amazing partners: (registration for these programs is handled by the partner and may require you to be a member of a specific group or live in a specific area, please click on the opportunity to learn more about the programs and our partners.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is incredible! My children have truly enjoyed being part of the dance-arts community at MCA. The instructors are skilled artists whose passion shows through as they deliver a developmentally-appropriate curriculum in a child-centered and caring way. All families and community members are always welcome at MCA and encouraged to be part of the arts in Winona. Thank you MCA and MCA staff and volunteers.
The MCA combos help me step out of my comfort zone and be with people outside my school. And I got to play a new instrument. There is no pressure to be awesome, just do the best you can.
While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!
Junior Training Program for Dancers
Ages 10 – 16 July 16-29, M-F 9am – 5pm, Showcase at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre, July 29th at 6:30pm Are you ready to dance your day away? Here is your chance! Each day dancers will warm up in a ballet class; build foot and ankle strength in pre-pointe;...
2023 Summer Dance Intensive Auditions
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that we will be offering an 20th annual Summer Dance Intensive, July 9-July 29, 2023. The 2023 Intensive will be in-person. We are so excited to be able to to offer a wonderful well-rounded and personal...
Cast Announced for MCA’s Spring 2023 Production!
Thank you so much to everyone who came to auditions on Saturday. We are so pleased to announce the Spring 2023 cast. If you have been cast please do not forget to initial that you accept the role on the print out on the entry way window at MCA or on the call board at...
Creating With Oil Pastels
Have you ever wanted to learn to be artistic with oil pastels? In this four week session, you will learn how to play with color, blending, and design during this one-of-a-kind class. Art supplies include a set of oil pastels, art paper, drawing pencil, paint pen, and...