Friday, April 13, 2012

Saint Mary’s Conservatory presents music division spring concert April 23

WINONA, Minn.— The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present a Music Division Spring Concert, Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at Valéncia Arts Center Recital Hall, 1164 West 10th St.

The concert will feature the Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS), Flutistry (the MCA Adult Flute Choir), and instrumental lesson students from MCA.

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 2-21.

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 2011-12 academic year. Lindsy O’Shea directs WAYS. The choir’s assistant director is Jessica Ingvalson and the accompanist is Camie Schneider.

Flutistry, the MCA Flute Choir, is in the midst of a successful inaugural season. The choir performs for many community outreach events and benefits throughout Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Recent performances have included the Fantasy of Trees, a Women in Business luncheon and a Quilted Christmas. Upcoming events include a performance at the Upper Midwest Flute Association Flute Choir Concert on April 21 and a benefit performance for Project FINE at Signature’s Lounge on June 10. Amanda Moburg directs Flutistry.

Private lesson instrumental students also performing in the concert range in ages from 7 to 18. Students will present clarinet, flute, piano works. MCA Music Division Instructors featuring students in the concert include Amanda Moburg and Markiese Russell.

MCA Music Division Spring Concert performers include: Ryan Ortega, Miranda Ruben, Erin Walters and Samantha Wirkus; Flutistry members Jessica Bouska, Heidi Bryant, Carly Eggert, Janet Heukeshoven, Elsbeth Krumholz, Mandy Moburg and Bob Ogren; and WAYS members Emma Bucknam, Mia Herrick, Caidan Hoarn, Jessica Kohner, Mackaylee Kohner, Raquela McManimon, Carol Miller, Taylor Sanchez, Vivienne Warner, Lucy Wilfahrt and Emily Wobig. Additionally, this performance will feature Dr. Janet Heukeshoven on piccolo in a piece she has arranged for flute choir titled, “La Chasse.”

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.

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.