Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has made the decision to suspend face-to-face classes and large gathering for the near future due to the public health issue created by COVID-19. As an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of MN, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts has been directed to follow suit to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community. At this time all lessons, classes, and performances will be put on hold through May 8, 2020.
We are really MARCHING into spring at MCA. If the warmer weather has you excited about getting out of the house look no further than these exciting classes and performances happening at MCA in March & April. Also, check back soon for announcements about our May/June Session of dance & theatre classes and summer camps.
Twenty-six jazz students from Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will perform a benefit concert for Winona’s Food Shelf, kicking-off MN FoodShare’s March Campaign on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm. Admission is by freewill donation to the cause.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is thrilled to be partnering with Winona Area Public Schools Community Education to offer a brand new arts experience to youth in grades 1-4 right on-site at Jefferson Elementary School beginning March 16th.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is excited to announce that the walls in Galleria Valéncia at MCA are filled with artwork created by Riverway Learning Community students of art educator, Brianna Haupt. The variety of mediums used, subject matter and artistic techniques including color theory exploration, creations with re-purposed/recycled materials, string mache, and snowflake catching self portraits created with watercolors, make this exhibit unique and fun for all ages to view. One student artist even used plastic bags to create a dress as a way to showcase that plastic bags can be given a second life.
We are so excited that The Driftless Dance Festival will be happening in Winona, March 27-29, 2020. This new Festival is presented by the Page Series. As a partner Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is so excited to be providing workshop space inside the Valencia Arts Center and to have a dancers performing in the local dance showcase on Sunday. Three of our instructors will be leading workshops: Raina Racki will be leading Hula, Alanna Pelowski will be teaching basic Irish, and Tammy Schmidt will be leading a 2 hour intermediate/advanced Ballet Class that also doubles as an audition for the 2020 Summer Dance Intensive and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Dance Scholarship. Additionally, MCA alumni will be involved; Renée Copeland will be teaching Yorchha and Jarod Boltjes will be performing with James Sewell Ballet.
Each week a handful of Riverway Learning Community Students have a special opportunity to participate in a Recorder Choir. The Choir is directed by Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) instructor, Lisa Douglas right on-site at Riverway. Riverway Learning Community is a tuition free charter school in Winona that values the arts, but until fall of 2018 when it began partnering with MCA had no formal music instruction in it’s curriculum. Now thanks to support from the Winona Hims and a Walmart Giving Grant MCA is able to provide a group of 4th-6th graders the opportunity to dive even deeper into music.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is thrilled to announce our 47th annual spring Dance Repertory Company (DRC), Change in Color. Change in Color will be presented on April 18th, at 7:30pm and 3pm on April 19th inside the Page Theatre in the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center. This will be an evening of classical and contemporary dance, suitable and engaging for all ages.
Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre will be back for the fifth consecutive year at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Area students ages 7-18 are invited to join the cast of “Cinderella.” This original rock and roll musical version set in the 1950’s is fun for all age ages. 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 20 to determine their role. Cast members MUST be available for rehearsals Monday- Friday, 4-8:15 p.m. and performances on Friday, April 24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. Performances are in MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center.
A day at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts summer dance intensive: For three weeks each July, around 30-38 dancers venture to the small but safe and beautiful river town of Winona, MN. These intermediate and advanced dancers who range in age from 11-22 years experience full days of dancing, attend professional music and theatre performances, and make friendships that last a lifetime. The Intensive is rooted in strong ballet technique, but offers a well-rounded dance education and opportunity to study with top notch artists in a nurturing environment.