Each session we try to offer a few new programs, this winter will be no exception. Below is a little sneak peek at our new programs. Online registration will open Nov. 1st, 2019. Don’t forget to register to participate in our 5th Annual Free-4-All on Jan. 4th to try new classes and old favorites out for  free!  

Music Division

Piano Discovers Class in Piano Lab

NEW! Piano Discoveries I

Your child can begin his or her journey to a lifelong love of piano by joining us for this low–key, but engaging introductory group piano class. Students will have fun as they learn new  songs and play games that will unlock musical skills such as notation, listening skills, proper posture, and hand placement. Basic reading ability and access to a keyboard or piano for practice is recommended for optimal success (Free use of pianos at MCA possible subject to availability).

Ages: 69 years

Instructor: L. Douglas

Class is limited to 6 participants

This program is currently on-hold due to COVID-19, but we hope to offer it in the future once again.

Young girl playing wrist bells

NEW! Music Explorers

Come and explore music through singing, instrument play, and movement. We will experience steady beat, use symbolic music notation, improvise our own rhythms and melodies, and encounter music from around the world.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Times: 9:30-10 a.m.

Ages: 4-7 years

Instructor(s):  L. O'Shea

Cost: $33

NEW! Homeschool Music Encounters

Whether you’ve taken years of piano lessons or you’re brand new to studying music, you will delight in making music with others during this engaging general music class. Get ready to sing, use body percussion and play classroom instruments while working to understand music notation, performing works of others, and creating your own tunes.

Day/Dates:  Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 27

Times: 10-11 a.m.

Ages: 8-14 years

Instructor(s):  L. O'Shea

Cost: $52

Class Piano for Adults: Keyboard Musicianship Levels II & III

Once you complete Keyboard Musicianship I or II, pick up exactly where you left off to continue your musical journey! These classes are designed for students who wish to continue developing their keyboard skills at the next level.

Date: Jan. 14-March 3, 8 weeks

Ages: 18-Adult

Instructor: L. Mechell

* Textbook for Keyboard Musicianship Level I,II, and III is purchased by participant and used for all three levels: Keyboard Fundamentals for Adult Beginners," Seventh edition by James Lyke, Denise Edwards, Geoffrey Haydon, Ronald Chioldi, and Lee Evans 2017. ISBN: 978-1-60904-503-6, published by Stripes Publishing Company.

This program is currently on-hold due to COVID-19, but we hope to offer it in the future once again.

Art Division

Artist drawing of tree

NEW! Drawing from Life

Get inspired by the life around you as you learn to take a closer look and apply drawing techniques in your creative ventures. From shading to crosshatching, we will explore them all.

Dates: Mondays, Feb. 10March 2

Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Ages: 14–adult

Cost: $45 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

NEW! Zoom In

Grab your pencil and get ready to zoom in on life. Learn drawing techniques and how to transfer what you see onto paper.

Dates: Mondays, Feb. 10March 2

Time/Ages:  4:305:30 p.m., grades 4+

Cost: $ 59 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

NEW! Kids Can Print

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.

Dates: Mondays, Jan. 620

Time/Ages: 4:305:30 p.m., grades 13

                         5:306:30 p.m., grades 4+

Cost: $ 59 (includes all supplies)

Instructor: B. Haupt

NEW! Homeschoolers Working in 3-D 

Warm-up your hands, it’s time to sculpt, fold, and engineer art that pops off the page or stands on its own. MCA will provide materials from clay to wires and colorful paper, all you have to bring is your imagination and a readiness to learn new techniques.

Date: Thursdays, March 12–April 23 (No class on April 9)

Time: 1–2:15 p.m.

Ages: 8-14

Fee: $63

Instructor: L. Douglas

Dance Division

NEW! Ballet TOO

This class is for the dancer that has advanced out of Ballet I and wants to continue her or his ballet training, but is not able to commit to more intensive instruction. As the class meets once per week, it is a great option for contemporary dancers who want to continue working on the foundation of her or his technique and proper placement.*

Day/Dates:  Mondays, May 11-June 8 (No class May 25)

Times:  6:00-7:15 pm

Ages: N/A

Instructor(s): R. Ryan

Cost: $50

MCA Warm-up Winona Holiday Tap Jam

Calling all tappers! Tap students ages 5 and older are invited to participate in this fun-filled Holiday Tap Jam. The workshop will include technique warm-ups, choreography, and improvisation — all to some favorite holiday tunes!

Day: Tuesday, Dec. 10

Times/Ages: Tap for Kids (ages 5–7): 5:15–6 p.m.

Tap I & II: 5–6 p.m.

Tap III, IV & V: 4:30–6 p.m.

Cost: Free, but donations of warm clothing or food to warm bellies will be collected to be donated locally.

Instructors: Jenn Beachle, Nathan Graff, Christine Martin and Justine Meinke

Contemporary Dance I

This is a beginning study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, May 13-June 10

Time: 4-4:45 p.m.

Age: 7+, by 5/1/20

Cost: $45

Instructor: J. Dienger

Beg/Int. Contemporary Dance

This is an advanced beginner study of contemporary dance, an expressive dance genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, and classical ballet. In addition to exploring dance technique, dancers will also focus on initiation of movement and emotional intent behind each combination.

Students joining in-person will need to familiarize themselves with MCA's COVID Code of Conduct.

Students joining via Zoom will just need a little space to move freely in and a device enabled with Wi-Fi. We will be using Zoom and will enable cameras so if students wish to be able to interact with the instructor and other students, otherwise families can choose to not share their image. We recommend students wear dance apparel and shoes if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 27- Apr. 21 (No class Feb. 10)

Time: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Age: 10+

Cost: In-person $130; Online: $104 (13 week, 13 hours)

Instructor: J. Dienger

MCA Classes in collaboration with Winona YMCA 

Adventures in Ballet: Frozen

Your Little one is invited on a magical journey that will tickle their imaginations as they fall in love with ballet during the class perfect for "Frozen" and dance enthusiasts.

Day/ Date: Wednesdays, Jan. 15- Feb. 26th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Adventures in Ballet: The Little Mermaid

Young dancers will fill with joy as they use their imaginations and bodies to dive under the water; point their mermaid tail, and jam with their underwater friends.

Day/Date: Wednesdays, March 18- April  29th (7 weeks)

Ages: 3-5 years

Time: 5:30-6 pm

Instructor: A. Kline

Click Here to see full descriptions of YMCA Programs and how to register

Theatre Division

NEW! Create Your Own Comedy Show!

Designed for people who like to laugh and want to make others laugh with them, this class will take students through the process of creating a comedy show. Half of the class will be spent learning improv games and doing scene work. The other half will be spent working together to create an original short comedy play. The class will conclude with a performance of the class’s favorite improv games and their 100%-original play, complete with costumes and props! Whether your child is a seasoned improviser, an undiscovered comedy genius, or this is his or her first time dabbling in anything comedic, this class has a place for them to shine. This project is led by Saint Mary’s University theatre student Ahnika Lexvold and guided by MCA staff.

Days/Dates:  Mondays and Fridays, Jan. 20–March 27

Time: 4–5 p.m.

Ages: 10–14

Capacity: 15

Cost: $60

Instructor: A. Lexvold

Family, friends and community members are invited to a final performance at the Winona Public Library at 4pm on Friday, March 27th.


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

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

E-Mail: mca@smumn.edu

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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are limited to the following but subject to change:

Mondays: 4:15-7:15 pm

Tuesdays: 3:45-6:30 pm

Wednesdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Thursdays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Fridays: 4:15-6:45 pm

Saturdays: 9:30am- 1:15 pm



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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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