Classes & Programs

Music Ensembles & Classes

In addition to providing private music lesson instruction to over 200 students of all ages each year, MCA’s music division offers classes, workshops, master classes, ensembles, community outreach performances and summer camps.

Each year the MCA Music Division holds a variety of concerts open to the public. Performances include three private lesson concerts and Jazz Combos performances. Additionally, MCA students often have other performance opportunities that come up at community events, nursing homes and more. Please visit our Events Page for a full list of Music Division Concerts & other MCA events.

In addition to the classes below we also provide music experiences both onsite and throughout the community to groups. From general music for schools and afterschool programs to drum circles and performances at nursing homes, the possibilities are endless. Contact Jamie at jschwaba@smumn.edu if you want inquire about bringing MCA to your group.

Music Division Classes

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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

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).

Day/Dates: Session I: Mondays, Jan. 13March 2

Session II: March 16- May 11 (no class April 13)

Level/Time:  56 p.m.

Ages: 69 years

Cost: $155 (including textbook material)

Instructor: L. Douglas

Class is limited to 6 participants

Jazz Combos

Jazz combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The Jazz Combo session will provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. The ultimate goal of these ensembles is to give interested students the opportunity to study and perform jazz ensemble literature. The combos will pay at a variety community performances, TBA All musicians and instruments are welcome, but space is limited.

Day/Time: Tues. 6:30-7:30pm, Wed. 6:15-7:15pm, Wed. 7:15-8:15pm

Dates: Winter Semester: Jan. 7- March 18 (No class March 10 or 11)

Age: Grades 6-12

Instructor: D. Gudmastad

Price: $109  Combo practice times are flexible and dependent on the needs of the members. Contact director with questions.

Click here to see MCA Jazz Combos in Action.

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Valéncia Chorale

The Valéncia Chorale is a community mixed choir open to singers in the Winona area.  Under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, the Valéncia Chorale explores music of a wide range of periods and genres, presenting two season concerts per year in the beautiful Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels or other area venues. Singers are expected to complete a placement audition, which may be done following registration. Prior choral experience and music reading ability are helpful, but not required.  The ensemble rehearses once weekly on Thursdays, 7:15 to 8:45 inside the recital hall inside the Valéncia Arts Center (MCA's home).

Dates:  Winter session rehearsals begin Jan. 16

Rehearsal Days/Times: Thursdays, 7:15-8:45pm

Performance Day: Fall Concert: Thursday, Nov. 21, Winter Concert: Friday, April 17

Under the Direction of: Dr. Patrick O'Shea

Ages: Adults (and ages 14-17 with consent of Director)

Cost: $40 for Winter participation

Learn More about the Chorale

Class Piano for Adults: Keyboard Musicianship Level I

Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano? Here is your chance to enjoy a low–stress introduction to the keyboard! This course is designed for students who have never taken piano lessons or have taken lessons a long time ago. The training in this class intends to create musical experiences that will enhance your keyboard playing skills and also your life. The only prerequisites are that you wish to learn and want to have fun in our brand new, state-of-the-art piano lab.

Date: Jan. 14-March 3, 8 weeks

Day and Time: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ages: 18-Adult

Fee: $152 (textbook not included)*

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.

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

Day and Time: Level II: 12 p.m., Level III: noon1 p.m.

Ages: 18-Adult

Fee: $152 (textbook not included)*

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.

After Jazz Combo rehearsals and performances my son feels fabulous! He is on cloud 9 after an evening of making music with his peers.

Parent of Jazz Combo Student

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.

Hannah

Jazz Combo Student

While attending the Winona Arts Camp I learned that I wasn’t shy after all!

Lucy

8 Year-old Student

Recorder Choir at Riverway

Recorder Choir at Riverway

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.

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Area Youth Invited to join the Cast of Cinderella

Area Youth Invited to join the Cast of Cinderella

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.

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Join us and make music at The Playground

Join us and make music at The Playground

Children ages 4-7 years old are invited to join us on Thursday, Jan. 9th, 9:30am-10am at The Playground, Winona’s indoor park for an engaging music class. The class will be led by Minnesota Conservatory for Arts (MCA), new Music Explorers class instructor, Lindsy O’Shea.

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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

Monday - Wednesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Thursday
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Friday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

 

 

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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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