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Percussive Music

Percussive Music

Calling all adults ages 55 and older! Join MCA’s Kayla Jannsen in percussive music, using your hands and feet to feel the beat and exploring the world of drumming and percussion in a fun and relaxed way. Through hand drums and other percussive instruments, this class will give you a chance to experiment with music in a low-stress and new way. This course is designed for students who have never taken percussive instrument lessons or have taken lessons a long time ago. The training in this class intends to create musical experiences that will enhance your rhythm skills and also your life.

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Sam Wersch: MCA’s Collegiate Impact

Sam Wersch: MCA’s Collegiate Impact

Learn about the journey of Saint Mary’s University student Sam Wersch while he studies Musical Theatre Performance and Dance. Coming into his Junior year, Sam is preparing for multiple roles in MCA’s Dances from the Nutcracker that will be performed in December of 2021.

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Dances from the Nutcracker Cast Announced

Dances from the Nutcracker Cast Announced

Thank you so much to everyone who came to auditions on Saturday. We are so pleased to announce the 2021 cast of Dances from the Nutcracker, it is going to be a fabulous show. If you have been cast please do not forget to initial that you accept the role on the print out in the lobby at MCA or on the call board at SMU or let us know at mca@smumn.edu if for some reason you cannot commit to the role(s) you have been cast. We look forward to seeing everyone (cast member & parents of those 18 and under) on Monday, Sept. 13th, 5:15-6:15pm in the Academy Theatre at the mandatory meeting.

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Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

Dances from the Nutcracker Auditions

We are excited to announce that we will be holding auditions on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company Theatre’s Dances from the Nutcracker, this will be a more COVID friendly and flexible version of the Nutcracker featuring your favorite characters from the Nutcracker. Dancers aged 6 and up is invited to audition. There is no fee to audition, but dancers who are cast should be enrolled in one dance class this fall session, will be required to pay a cast fee that help cover choreography instruction and costume fees, additionally families will be asked to complete volunteer duties or pay an opt out fee.

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Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

Friends of MCA Meeting- Aug. 17th

We will be holding a Friends of MCA meeting (MCA’s volunteer advisory board) on August 17, 6:30pm at MCA, additionally, we will have an online option to join us through the Zoom link below if you are out of the area or not comfortable meeting in-person. We will follow MCA’s COVID protocol for the meeting, which currently requires everyone to be masked regardless of vaccination status.

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Summer Music Division Concert Livestream

Summer Music Division Concert Livestream

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites you to join us on Saturday, August, 14 at 6:00 pm on our Facebook Page or You Tube Channel as we premiere our fifth virtual Music Division Concert. The concert will feature instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and experience levels who participate in private music lessons. The first part of the concert is a re-broadcast of the in-person concert that took place in MCA’s Academy Theatre on August 6, 2021 and the following pieces are virtual student submissions from those who were unable to join us in-person.

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Fall Dance Schedule

Fall Dance Schedule

The Fall 2021 MCA Dance Class schedule is finally here!!! As this is our first year to hold placement auditions, we have decided to wait to open registration for ALL dance classes until around Aug. 23 after placements have been communicated. Class descriptions and dates are being updated on the website.

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Fall Dance Placement Auditions

Fall Dance Placement Auditions

New this Fall MCA invites all dancers aged 7+ who are interested in dancing with us this fall to come to a placement class. These low key classes will help ensure students get placed in the right level to help them grow. Due to interruptions in dance instruction during COVID-19 MCA envisions reorganizing some of our levels slightly. This is a perfect time for new students to give dance a try or for dancers who have took some time off to come give it a try. 

Dancers who are 6 years and under are able to just register for a class that fits in their age group. Registration for early childhood classes and Open Ballet will open the first week in August. Registration for classes ages 7+ will open after placement classes. 

There is no cost to participate in the placement auditions. Dancers who are auditioning should follow MCA Dresscode for the dance class they are taking. If a dancer does not have access to dance clothing please contact the MCA office at mca@smumn.edu or 507-453-5500 to borrow gently used items.

If you are unable to attend but interested in dancing with us in the Fall, please contact the office prior to Aug. 16th. Please read the descriptions below carefully to determine which audition is best for you/ your dancer. If you have questions contact the office at mca@smumn.edu or 507-453-5500. 

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Join us in the Meadow

Join us in the Meadow

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites the community to join us for a unique out door theatre experience. For three performances audiences young and old will squeal with delight as they travel to different locations on MCA’s property to hear a fantastic new twist on an old tale titled, “Thirty-Three Little Pigs”. Shows will be July 30 at 7pm and July 31 at 2pm and 7pm.

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Save the Date

Save the Date

It is hard to believe that it is almost mid July. It sure has been busy at MCA and it so nice to start to see so many faces emerging from masks as more of our community is able to be vaccinated for COVID. We are still working on developing the fall schedule and hope to have the details out soon. However, we do have some important dates of upcoming events that we wanted to pass along. Please check back soon for more information.

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LOCATION & CONTACT

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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OFFICE HOURS

Fall 2021 Hours (Aug. 31-Nov. 5)

Monday- Thursday- 8am-6:30pm

Friday- 8am-3pm

Saturday- 8:45am-1pm

Closed Sept. 6, 2021

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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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