Programs & Classes

Youth Programs

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a full service arts conservatory that provides quality arts education in music, theatre, dance and visual art. Information about inspiring, nurturing and non-competitive programs specifically designed for children aged 6 and up are listed below.

Winter Inspirations

Inspired by snow, chilly weather, and the winter celebrations this class will teach you how to create unique gifts and decor. The class fee includes an at-home art kit that will include shrinky dink paper, model magic, metallic markers, extra fine pointe sharpie, suction cups, and more. Students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful. Please register one week prior to ensure you have your at-home art kit in time. 

Day/ Dates: Mondays, Nov. 16-Dec. 7 

Time: 3:30-4:30 PM

Age: 7+

Instructors: Lisa Douglas

Fees:  $49 (includes at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US, students will be asked to have a single hole punch, additionally washable markers and cookie cutters may be useful)

Nutcracker Adventure Kit

You can still celebrate Nutcracker Season through dance and art this year with our at-home Nutcracker Adventure Kit. This fun kit comes complete with a 5” wood nutcracker for you to paint, 6 colors of paint, a paint brush, dancing scarf, MCA nutcracker activity book, and access to a pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime. 

Day & Dates: Kit’s available Dec. 1- 20

Ages: Recommended 4+

Instructor: Self-Paced 

Fees: $12 (includes at-home Nutcracker themed art kit, dancing scarf & on-demand access to pre-recorded MCA Nutcracker Storytime with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

Mystery Art Kit

Sick of hearing “I’m Bored”?  We have just the cure… our MCA Mystery Art Kits will inspire and provide hours of unplugged entertainment. No two kits are the same and they are designed with the student’s age  in mind. Order yours today and let the adventure begin! Each unique kit will contain:

  •  One set of coloring supplies such as oil pastels, colored pencils, paint, watercolor pencils, crayons or markers
  • One binding material such as elmer’s glue, mod podge, glue stick, or masking tape
  • A variety of surfaces to create on such as a postcard, book mark, artist paper, exclusive coloring pages created by MCA staff,  and or construction paper.
  • An art challenge guide created by MCA art faculty to help spark the artist within
  • Other surprise items such as model magic, stickers, DIY masks, or props
  • Links to previously recorded MCA visual art classes (if you have purchased a kit, here is the link to the password protected special access site.)
  • Invitation to share photos of your creations to be featured on MCA’s social media

Dates: Available Aug. 1- Dec. 15 (self-paced)

Instructors: Self-paced booklet with 8 creative challenges created by Brianna Haupt and access to recordings of previously recorded MCA Art Classes.

Fees: In-person $24 (at-home art kit with pick-up or delivery in Winona or for an additional $12 kits can be mailed anywhere in the US)

2021 PTA Reflections

Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the Minnesota State PTA Reflections program.  For the third consecutive year MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA  unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2021 through MCA. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated. In 2020 MCA has two students state winners and one national winner.

Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2021

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

Categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist

Price: Free

More Info

Children in costume

Spotlight Players

Fight off the winter doldrums and get ready to step into the spotlight while starring in a virtual play. Young actors have the opportunity to perform in an original play written by Saint Mary’s University Alumni, Daniel Collette. Additionally, you will also learn fun acting warm-ups, games, and performance techniques that every actor should know.

Rehearsals: Thursdays, Jan.7- Feb. 4th, Private Coaching the week of Feb. 8

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM (time may vary a bit depending on role assigned)

Online Premiere: 2/20/21, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Ages: 2nd-5th grade

Director: Ahnika Lexvold

Location: Online via Zoom

Fee: $59

MCA Musical Revue

Calling all middle -high school singers. This is your opportunity to participate in a unique collaborative musical and theatrical experience. Over the course of 6 weeks you will participate in rehearsals that will include vocal & theatrical exercises, brainstorming sessions, discussion on how to finding intent in a song, building character and physical expression in relation to musical tone. In collaboration with other students and the instructor to form a song list and devise a script for the final performance. Prior to first rehearsal you will receive a welcome video with instructions and access to Google accompaniment file and you will be asked to record a range check video and submit before first rehearsal. You will participate in group sessions and a private coaching with the Director.
 
Rehearsals: 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, Private Coaching the week of 1/9-13
Time: TBD
Online Premiere: 1/22, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
Ages: 5th-12th grade
Director: Lindsy O'Shea
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $59
Registration Notes: Cast will be limited to 12 singers, no auditions required, but MCA voice students will have access to early registration.

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 6-9)

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Students will just need a little space to move freely, 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: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  3-3:45 PM

Age: 6-9 years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $21 (4 classes, 3 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 10+)

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage. Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life. 

Students will just need a little space to move freely, 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: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  4-5 PM

Age: 10+ years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $28 (4 classes, 4 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

DANCE (age based)

Below are all of the age based dance classes that do not require placement by instructor. Dancers who have 1-2 years of experience in a style of dance should contact our office 507-453-5500 and we are happy to help place you in the right class or suggest the right level(s) to trial.

Ballet I/II A

This basic ballet class meant for MCA levels I- IIA to do from their home. This is also open to new students ages 7+. Students will just need a little space, a chair or railing to use as a ballet barre, 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: Mondays, Jan. 25-Apr. 19

Time: 5-6 p.m.

Age: 7+ (by Jan. 1)

Price: $91 (13 weeks, 13 hours)

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: R. Ryan

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 6-9)

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage.  Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life.

Students will just need a little space to move freely, 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: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  3-3:45 PM

Age: 6-9 years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $21 (4 classes, 3 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

Musical Theatre Dance (Ages 10+)

Unleash your creative side while dancing to new and classic songs from the Broadway stage. Dancers will work on perfecting dance technique while bringing a character to life. 

Students will just need a little space to move freely, 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: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time:  4-5 PM

Age: 10+ years

Location: Online via Zoom

Price: $28 (4 classes, 4 hours)

Instructor: C. Full

Beginning Hip Hop

Get ready to move to the beat in this fun introduction into the world of hip hop dance with music and moves just right for your age. These classes are a perfect way to add a little cardio into your week in a fun and safe way from the comfort of your own home. No experience necessary.

Students will just need a little space 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 sneakers if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 26- Apr. 20

Time: 2:15-3:00 PM

Ages: 6+ years

Cost: $78 (13 weeks, 9.75 hours)

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Carter Full

dancer

Hip Hop I/II

This is an introduction to movement influenced by hip hop music from across the globe including breaking, popping, locking, and standard hip hop tricks and jumps that can be safely executed from the comfort of your own home.

Students will just need a little space 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 sneakers if they have them and have a water bottle near by to set them up for success.

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 26- Apr. 20

Time: 3:15-4:00 PM

Ages: 10+ years

Cost: $78 (13 weeks, 9.75 hours)

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Carter Full

  

 Tap II

An intermediate level of rhythm tap technique. Students will be introduced to exercises and concepts to increase articulation of sounds, musicality, sequencing abilities, and expand the student’s tap vocabulary. *

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

Students joining via Zoom will just need a space with a floor that is safe for tapping on (MCA has tap boards which can be checked out), 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: Tuesdays, Jan. 26-Apr. 20 

Time:  4:15-5:15 PM

Age: N/A, placement by instructor

Fee: In-person $91, Online: $104 (13 weeks, 13 hours)

Limited number of tap boards available to use for a deposit. Locally produced tap boards available for purchase through MCA. Tap shoes available in most sizes available through our tap shoe lending program. 

ballet dancers

Ballet II B/ III

Fast beginning- Intermediate level of classical ballet.

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, a chair or railing to use as a ballet barre, 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.

 Stay Strong Session:

Day & Dates: Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 4 & 11

Time: 5:45-7 PM

Age: Placement by Instructor

Instructor: R. Ryan

Fees: Online: $40 (4 weeks, 5 hours real-time Zoom, also include access to on-demand library of Ballet classes Nov. 22- Jan. 24)

Winter Session:

Day & Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 28-Apr. 22 (No class Apr. 1st)

Times: 6:30-7:45 PM

Price: $150 In-person, Online: $125 (12 weeks/ 15 hours)

Location: At MCA or Online via Zoom

Instructors: R. Ryan

 

2020 Summer Camp Overview

Junior Training Program for Dancers- June 15-26, 9am-4pm, Monday- Friday, ages 9+ (with approx. 3 years dance experience/ MCA Ballet Level II) Q & A about our Junior Training Program.

Young Dancer Intensive– June 22-26, Monday-Friday, 1-4 pm, ages 6-9 years

17th Annual Boarding Summer Dance Intensive (SDI)-  July 5-25, ages 11-22, acceptance by in-person or video audition required.  Q & A about our SDI.

Winona Arts Camp 2020- August 3-7, Monday- Friday, 9am-3:30pm, 1st-8th grade

Nutcracker Fairy Tale Camp- August, 10-14, Monday- Friday, 9:00-11:00 am, ages 3-5 years & K-1st grade

Tap Camp- Aug. 10-14, 11:30 am-1:30 pm (beg- 2 years tap experience), 1:30-5:30pm (Int. & Adv. tap experience and 11+), Monday- Friday, ages 5+ .

All of these camps will take place at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts home, The Valencia Arts Center. Please check back soon for more details on these camps, 2020 National Tap Dance Day Celebration workshops, stay strong classes, summer private lessons, spring dance classes, and Arts Camps at the YMCA by MCA staff.

Full camp descriptions

2021 PTA Reflections

Since 1969, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film and special artist categories. Every March since 2016 the walls of Galleria Valéncia have been adorned with all of the Minnesota state winners visual arts division of the Minnesota State PTA Reflections program.  For the third consecutive year MCA is now a registered Northstar Minnesota PTA  unit in good standing and any area youth in Preschool-Twelfth Grade is able to submit a work into the Reflections program now- Jan. 15, 2021 through MCA. The program is open to any area youth that has been an MCA student within the past year, as long as the student’s school does not have a PTA unit regardless if they attend a public, private, charter school or are home educated. In 2020 MCA has two students state winners and one national winner.

Submission Deadline: Now through Jan. 15, 2021

Ages: Preschool- 12th grade

Categories:  Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Music, Dance, Film & Special Artist

Price: Free

More Info

Private Lessons

MCA offers private lessons for all ages and abilities! Our experienced teaching artists prepare students for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Private lessons are offered year-round. Instruction available in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, cello, guitar, bass. piano, percussion, and voice. Students will be expected to purchase method books the instructor feels best address the student’s needs. Students have the opportunity to perform during MCA’s annual fall, winter and summer concerts and other performance opportunities based upon instructor recommendations. Some instruments such as the violin, guitar and piano are better suited for young students, if you have a young child who is interested in learning an instrument please contact us at 507-453-5500 for more information or by filling out a registration form indicating an instrument of interest. Many instruments are also being offered online during the COVID-19 Outbreak.

  • 4, 30 minute lessons- $76
  • 8, 30 minute lessons- $144
  • 12, 30 minute lessons- $204

45 minute and 1 hour lessons may be arranged for more advanced students.

Lesson dates and times: Arranged between MCA instructor and student/family.

Instructor and instrument

MCA Musical Revue

Calling all middle -high school singers. This is your opportunity to participate in a unique collaborative musical and theatrical experience. Over the course of 6 weeks you will participate in rehearsals that will include vocal & theatrical exercises, brainstorming sessions, discussion on how to finding intent in a song, building character and physical expression in relation to musical tone. In collaboration with other students and the instructor to form a song list and devise a script for the final performance. Prior to first rehearsal you will receive a welcome video with instructions and access to Google accompaniment file and you will be asked to record a range check video and submit before first rehearsal. You will participate in group sessions and a private coaching with the Director.
 
Rehearsals: 12/4, 12/18, 1/8, Private Coaching the week of 1/9-13
Time: TBD
Online Premiere: 1/22, 6pm on MCA's Facebook Page and YouTube Channel
Ages: 5th-12th grade
Director: Lindsy O'Shea
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: $59
Registration Notes: Cast will be limited to 12 singers, no auditions required, but MCA voice students will have access to early registration.

Caroling

It’s not the holidays without a little caroling, Whether you are 10 or 110 you are invited to join us in song. During this casual event we will gather outside in song to sing through a list of holiday favorites (song booklet provided prior). Singers of all ages and experience levels are invited and should dress for the weather, as well as be prepared to sing while wearing a mask and observing social distancing guidelines. 

Day/ Dates: UNFORTUNATELY THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

Age: All Ages & Abilities welcome

Directors: Lindsy and Patrick O’Shea

Fees: No fee to participate

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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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HOURS

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office hours are by appointment only.

 

 

 

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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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