Monday, April 11, 2011

Conservatory presents music division spring concert April 18

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present a Music Division Spring Concert, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

The concert will feature the Winona Area Youth Singers’ (WAYS) and instrumental lesson students from MCA.

Reserved tickets are not necessary. Admission is $10 at the door for adults; cash and checks only please. Financial-need based admission waivers are available. Admission is free for children and students ages 2 to 21.

WAYS members are students in grades four through eight from Winona and the surrounding areas. WAYS is dedicated to providing quality, artistic and educational vocal music experiences for all young people, regardless of their financial circumstances. WAYS was offered tuition-free to all students for the 2010-11 academic year. Private lesson instrumental students also performing in the concert range in age from 5 to 15. Students will present clarinet, piano, and saxophone works.

MCA Music Division Spring Concert performers include: Donari Brandes, Katelyn Dennis, Ananth Iyengar, Sarah Ortega, Connor Polodna, Baker Swenson, Logan Swenson, Lily Titus, Erin Walters, and the Winona Area Youth Singers: Emily Burfeind, Rachel Burfeind, Michael Hoffman, Jessica Kohner, Mackaylee Kohner, Baker Swenson and Lucy Wilfarht. WAYS is directed by Lindsy O’Shea. The assistant director is Jessica Ingvalson and accompanist is Dr. Daniel Barr. MCA Music Division Instructors featuring students in the concert include: Ryan Ballanger, Aleah Harvey and Amanda Whisenant.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. This activity is also made possible in part by a grant from the Young Singer’s Foundation.

For more information about MCA’s Music division or other arts programming, 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.