Vocal workshop

Cory Meier and Camie Schneider, members of the local a capella group Hear and Now, are holding a vocal workshop at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Sunday, March 1. Students enrolled in this workshop will be taken through the process of creating and rehearsing a pop a cappella cover song. Additionally the workshop will include instruction on distorting the voice to mimic different instrumental styles, the importance and achievement of intonation, and an introduction to vocal percussion.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for music students, especially those who are in a choir or who study voice. Students will learn new tips, tricks, and technique while creating their own exciting a cappella music.

Participants in grades 5-8 will meet from noon to 2 p.m., and participants in grades 9-12 will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop is $15 for fifth- through eighth-graders and $25 for ninth- through 12th-graders.

Jazz combo gigs

Led by local band director extraordinaire Dave Gudmastad, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ three jazz combos will perform all over town. These unique combos, comprised of students ages 12 to 16, will bring the sweet sounds of jazz music to life on Sunday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill (1429 West Service Dr.); Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jefferson’s Pub & Grill (58 Center St.); and Monday March 23, at 7 p.m. at Figliulo Recital Hall (700 Terrace Heights).

All of these performances are free and open to the public

To register or for more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 453-5500. MCA is an arts affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University and is a nonprofit organization offering programs in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets.

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