Tuesday, August 30, 2011

MCA offers new flute choir for teens and adults

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts announces a new flute choir, open to all community flutists, ages 16 to adult.

Throughout the semester, the choir will rehearse and perform a variety of music from serious recital pieces to fun, seasonal favorites. Performances will include the annual MCA Winter Music Division Concert on Dec. 5, as well as other community events.

All ability levels are welcome. The choir will rehearse on Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center Recital Hall, 1164 West 10th St. Tuition is $60 for the semester or free to parents who have students enrolled in a MCA dance or music class, through the MCA Adult Arts Wellness program.

The MCA Flute Choir is directed by Amanda Moburg. Moburg holds a Masters of Music Education Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and a Bachelor's of Science in Music Education degree from Towson University in Towson, Md. She has extensive experience teaching band and orchestra in the public school system, as well as private flute lessons. Moburg taught in Maryland for six years prior to moving to Minnesota. Moburg was an active woodwind adjudicator for Solo and Ensemble Festivals throughout the state of Maryland and served as a board member for the Maryland Music Educators Association, as well as the Maryland Band Director's Association. In addition to teaching and adjudicating, she has many years of performing experience as a freelance musician in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Some of her most notable performances were at the Washington Flute Society’s annual conference and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has held positions as a flutist with the Annapolis Wind Symphony, Columbia Concert Band, and, most recently, the Winona Municipal Band and Saint Mary’s University Concert Band.

Registration for the Flute Choir as well as other MCA semester I dance and music programming will be accepted at the MCA registration open house, Thursday, Sept. 8, 4 to 7 p.m. Interested flutists may also register online at www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org.

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 Nov.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 www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu or call (507) 453-5500. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.