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Outstanding Students

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We are continually impressed by the dedication, talent, and eagerness to learn that our students of all ages possess. MCA instructors are always on the look out for students that are working extra hard and we like to take a moment to recognize those students. Below is a list of MCA Outstanding students that have been nominated by their instructors. We have recognized outstanding students for years. However in a time when we can not meet in person to award certificates or post student photos in our lobby due to the Coronavirus we felt it was important to share the excited accomplishment in a new way. Congrats and thank you to each of these amazing humans who inspire us all, we are so happy you are a member of our family!

Meet Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Outstanding Students

The week of June 1, 2020

Malia Indra – Age 14

Malia was nominated by her voice instructor, Lindsy O’Shea for her continued progress both with vocal skills and artistic expression.

Lydia Wang – Age 11

Lydia really enjoys the music and art classes at MCA because she can always learn new techniques and Ms. Lisa encourages her creativity and inspires her to imagine.

Lydia was nominated by her piano and art instructor Lisa Douglas for her hard work and dedication.

Lauren Indra – Age 9

Lauren was  nominated by Theatre Instructor, Catherine Deysach for going the extra mile during “The Show Must Go Online.” Lauren took time to research her scene and character and even decorated her set (which happened to be her closet).


Ava Amann – Age 11

Ava was nominated by her saxophone instructor, Jake Schumacher for all of the hard work she has done at home and and the incredible work preparing for her first MCA Music Division Concert.

The week of May 25, 2020

Cora Wangberg – Age 8

Cora likes learning the different positions and the jump moves in ballet.

Nominated by Ballet I Instructor, Jessica Dienger for her personal growth and dedication as well as perfect attendance (even during online classes)!


Lindsey Langowski – Age 8

Lindsey’s favorite part of piano lessons is learning  how to read music and meeting weekly with her teacher, Mr. Larry!

Lindsey was nominated by her piano instructor Larry Finke for her hard work and dedication.

Macy Donnenwerth – Age 12

Macy was nominated for her outstanding work as an apprentice for Storybook Ballet as well as her personal growth, dedication, and perfect attendance in Ballet Class and The Show Must Go Online rehearsals. Nominated by Jessica Dienger, Catie Deysach, and Rachael Ryan.


Seamus Schwaba – Age 13

Seamus loves taking voice lessons with Linden because he helps him become a better singer and actor.

Seamus was nominated by his voice instructor, Linden Kirscht for his enthusiasm and dedication to learning music.

The Week of September 7, 2020

Deborah Andrews-Nedig

Deborah has been getting creative with us since 2018 exploring watercolors, creative journaling, printmaking and more.

Nominated by Art Instructor, Brianna Haupt for her continued dedication and interest in learning new things.


Rodney Knutson – Age 12

Saxophone student

Rodney was nominated by her Saxophone instructor Jake Schumacher for his hard work in lessons and preparing for the May virtual music division concert.


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

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


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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: 4:00-6:30 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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