Friday, August 24, 2007

Conservatory wraps up successful summer

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts concluded a successful summer of programming for youth and adults.

MCA served 145 students this summer with dance and theatre programming. Programs included three week-long day camps (Dance Me A Story, Dance The Day Away, and Pied Piper Theatre Camp), adult and specialty boys workshops, and a three-week boarding intensive for intermediate and advanced students.

Theatre students had the opportunity to study with MCA faculty, as well as professional actors from Gilmore Creek Summer Theatre and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Dance students had the opportunity to study with MCA faculty, as well as visiting guest artists from around the country. Guest Artists included: Deborah Elias, Allen Fields, Stephanie Milling-Robbins, Tammy Schmidt Perry and Tony Smith.

In addition to many local students participating in MCA summer programming, the MCA Summer Intensive attracted students from as far away as Mexico and Bulgaria. This summer MCA had another record-breaking summer boys program enrollment as well.

“We are especially proud of our thriving tuition-free boys program,” said Christine Martin, MCA managing director. “As we reported to the community last spring, our boys programming is at its largest enrollment ever. Bringing in quality male guest artists to instruct our young men is an important part of the MCA Boys Program experience.”

For more information about MCA and upcoming fall classes and performances, visit, e-mail or call (507) 453-5500.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.