Thursday, January 31, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Summer Dance Intensive offers comprehensive dance training for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 11 to 22. Auditions are required for acceptance. Boarding and non-boarding camp options are available.
Summer Dance Intensive students participate in technique and theory courses as well as a final showcase performance. The auditions will include a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. Following the ballet class students may choose to show a prepared jazz, modern, tap, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars. Showing a prepared piece is optional.
• Allegro School of Dance and Music, 2342 Superior Drive Northwest, Rochester, Minn.; (507) 288-0125; Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.
• La Crosse Dance Centre, 2716 Commerce St., La Crosse, Wis.; (608) 783-5155; Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon
• Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. 10th Street, Winona; (507) 453-5501; Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Talent-based scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis. For a brochure, registration form, and more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail email@example.com, “like” them on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for children (age 3) through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — In December, the 2012-2013 Page Series Educational Programs at Saint Mary’s University received a $5,000 grant from Xcel Energy.
The grant was made possible through the Arts & Culture focus area for Xcel Energy’s corporate giving, part of the company’s effort to support nonprofit agencies providing services in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.
Grants connect Xcel Energy to Communities
“The success of our company is directly related to the health of our communities,” said Monique Lovato, Xcel Energy’s director of Corporate Giving. “While Xcel Energy’s employees invest in our local communities with charitable contributions and volunteer time, these grants are another way Xcel Energy shows our commitment to improving the quality of life in the towns and cities we serve.”
Through its focus area grants, Xcel Energy supports nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that: improve science, technology, engineering, economics and math education; improve and enhance the natural environment; help individuals achieve economic self-sufficiency; and that provide access to arts and culture. In 2011, the company contributed $3.9 million in focus area grants to organizations across its eight-state service territory, which includes Minnesota.
Grant assists with Page Series educational opportunities
Funding from Xcel Energy is assisting Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with its arts educational programming through the Page Series — including eight matinee events for K-12 school groups and families, and four workshops for students and community members.
For the 2012-2013 season, Saint Mary’s Performance Center is offering eight educational opportunities for area school groups to experience and learn from established performing arts groups. The artists were selected based upon their touring history, artistic quality, and their commitment to meet educational and curriculum standards for grades K-12.
The Page Series season has included a performance by the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery; two performances by Theatreworks USA of Bunnicula, a musical adaptation of the popular children’s book of James and Deborah Howe; The Nutcracker ballet performed by the Dance Repertory Company; and two performances of Zorro by the Scottish company Visible Fictions. Yet to come is an adaptation of The Gruffalo book by Tall Stories company of England; and the Spring Concert by the Dance Repertory Company.
In addition, hands-on workshops have enhanced students’ experiences. The Tibetan Monks created a sand mandala painting using colored sands and students had an opportunity to work on a community sand mandala. The Tibetan Monks also presented a workshop on the history of the Tibetan culture. In February, The Hornheads, a jazz musical quintet, will offer a workshop open to area jazz students; and in March Irish-American fiddler Eileen Ivers will offer a lecture-demonstration at the Winona County History Center on the history of the Irish diaspora and their music.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University for the fourth annual “Cardinal Plunge” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lake Goodview’s Michael LaCanne Park.
This year, Cardinal Plunge participants will be freezin’ for a reason. Proceeds will be given to SMU junior Arianna Williams and her family of Rochester. Williams’ life was changed in October 2012, when an accident claimed the life of her stepfather and left her mother seriously injured. Proceeds will help the Williams family with ongoing medical expenses and other family needs.
The cost to plunge is $15, and all participants will receive a “Cardinal Plunge” towel. This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee with support from Student Life, Chartwells, and Winona County Dive and Rescue.
Registration (cash or checks only) begins at 10 a.m. on-site. Participants are also encouraged to pre-register online at www.mysmumn.org/plunge2013. Donations can be made to the Cardinal Plunge Student Emergency Fund, Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #21, Winona, MN 55987.
Refreshments and a light lunch will be available. Teams and costumes are encouraged.
For more information, contact Bob Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 457-6658.
Monday, January 21, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — The following students were named to the first semester 2012-2013 dean's
list at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The dean's list includes 324 undergraduate
students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale.
|Ilham Albalawi||Hail||Saudi Arabia|
|Mohammed Alharbi||Makkah||Saudi Arabia|
|Eric Amerling||Fond Du Lac||WI|
|Michael Anderson||St. Paul||MN|
|Nick Beaudoin||Inver Grove Hgts||MN|
|Laura Beyer||Coon Rapids||MN|
|Gregory Bim-Merle||Michigan City||IN|
|Jacob Bina||West Salem||WI|
|Aleah Bingham||Eden Prairie||MN|
|Brianna Bloomquist||Brooklyn Center||MN|
|Kaylee Bunne||Le Roy||MN|
|Sarah Butterfield||La Crosse||WI|
|Allison Christensen||Lester Prairie||MN|
|Leanne Cleveland||La Crosse||WI|
|Megan Collins||Cottage Grove||MN|
|Taylor Collins||Apple Valley||MN|
|Allison Colsch||New Albin||IA|
|Emily Diercks||Red Wing||MN|
|Luc Dompierre||New Brighton||MN|
|Jessica Drake||N. St. Paul||MN|
|Killian Edwards||Fond Du Lac||WI|
|Kelsey Engesser||Blue Earth||MN|
|Dylan Ethen||White Bear Lake||MN|
|Emily Fasen||Big Lake||MN|
|Morgan Fournier||Maple Lake||MN|
|Janae Fry||Burr Ridge||IL|
|Gregory Gardiner||Calgary||Alberta, Canada|
|Anne Garrigan||Orland Park||IL|
|Nora Gilson||Saint Paul||MN|
|Timothy Gleason||Colorado Springs||CO|
|Maria Glenski||Pequot Lakes||MN|
|Alexander Green||Cedar Rapids||IA|
|Jianghan Gu||Xi'an, Shaanxi||China|
|Anna Hadac||Prior Lake||MN|
|Megan Hafner||La Crosse||WI|
|Jamie Heit||St. Paul||MN|
|Andrea Hillesheim||New Ulm||MN|
|Kirsten Hoffmann||Apple Valley||MN|
|Kelsey Hulbert||Brooklyn Park||MN|
|Jacinta Jude||Maple Lake||MN|
|Jordan Junker||Glenwood City||WI|
|Rebekah Kisrow||Coon Rapids||MN|
|Tyler Kline||North Saint Paul||MN|
|Joshua Korver||Little Falls||MN|
|Cameron Koziarz||Western Springs||IL|
|Lucas Kubic||Coon Rapids||MN|
|Rachel Kwiecinski||Vernon Hills||IL|
|Theresa LaValla||Saint Charles||MN|
|Jordan Lehr||Sioux Falls||SD|
|Sarah Lent||New Hope||MN|
|Abby Lough||South Saint Paul||MN|
|Jessika Lukes||Lester Prairie||MN|
|Eric Lusch||Cottage Grove||MN|
|Daniela Martinez||North Chicago||IL|
|Nathan Maskal||Fort Wayne||IN|
|Angela Mazzuca||Saint Michael||MN|
|Haylie McComb||Highlands Ranch||CO|
|Amanda McCormick||Saint Charles||MN|
|Rachel McQuiston||Golden Valley||MN|
|Christine Meeds||Marine On St Croix||MN|
|Kathryn Metz||Maple Lake||MN|
|Michael Mielenhausen||Saint Paul||MN|
|Kasey Mihalovic||St. Charles||MN|
|Sarah Mills||Coon Rapids||MN|
|Rebecca Munns||White Bear Lake||MN|
|Natasha Nelson||Golden Valley||MN|
|Shannon Nelson||Brooklyn Park||MN|
|Theresa Niedzwiecki||Long Prairie||MN|
|LeiLani Oas||Minnesota City||MN|
|Michael Picard||Green Bay||WI|
|Brian Pipal||La Grange||IL|
|Chelsea Pumper||San Clemente||CA|
|Cathryn Rennie||Pine Island||MN|
|Matthew Rice||St. Cloud||MN|
|Jason Sandquist||Mounds View||MN|
|Zachary Sandquist||Maple Plain||MN|
|Katherine Sapper||El Cajon||CA|
|Jessica Schissel||Rice Lake||WI|
|Anne Schletty||Saint Paul||MN|
|Sara Schoenthaler||White Bear Lake||MN|
|Cassandra Schultz||Chisago City||MN|
|Hannah Schwarze||St. Paul||MN|
|Matthew Smaron||Maple Plain||MN|
|Stephanie Solland||Albert Lea||MN|
|Anna Sonday||W. St. Paul||MN|
|Amy Spitzmueller||New Brighton||MN|
|Austin Steffen||Cuba City||WI|
|Madelyn Stiehl||Cannon Falls||MN|
|Katherine Stolz||Forest Lake||MN|
|Caroline Stringer||Saint Cloud||MN|
|Matthew Tessmer||West St. Paul||MN|
|Alexandra Thiel||Burr Ridge||IL|
|Jake Traxler||Le Sueur||MN|
|Matthew Traxler||Le Sueur||MN|
|Evelin Vergara Zuniga||Richfield||MN|
|Samuel Vetch||Lake Crystal||MN|
|Ashley Von Arx||Winona||MN|
|Amanda Weber||White Bear Lake||MN|
|Camden Webster||Minnesota City||MN|
|Rebecca Welch||La Crescent||MN|
|Sam Wilczyk||Saint Paul||MN|
|Marilyn Yennie||Grand Meadow||MN|
|Saron Yifru||Addis Ababa||Ethiopia|
|Grace Zachman||Elk River||MN|
|Amy Zawacki||Eau Claire||WI|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The SMU 10K cross-country ski race Sunday, Jan. 27, has been canceled due to lack of snow.
The public is invited to a Feb. 17 race at Saint Mary's University. The classic-style citizens’ ski event begins at 10 a.m.; the skate race will begin at 1 p.m. Participants can register in competitive or recreational classes.
The race winds through the beautiful and challenging bluffs and valleys surrounding the Saint Mary’s campus. The cost to participate is $10.
Registration, the starting line and the finish line will be near Saint Yon’s Hall, located on the back east portion of campus.
For more information, call Gary Borash at (507) 457-8740 or e-mail email@example.com. A registration form can be found online at www.saintmaryssports.com.
This will mark the couple’s fifth tour together. Janet Heukeshoven began her duties as flute section coach in 2000 and has been featured as piccolo soloist each trip. Eric Heukeshoven joined the faculty for their 2006 tour and serves as low brass section coach and is the group’s German interpreter.
Students are nominated for the trip by their local band or choir director based on musicianship and character. The tour itinerary will include concerts and sightseeing in London, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein and Italy. The group will spend several days rehearsing together prior to departure.
The late Dr. Frank Bencriscutto and his wife, Jean, founded the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music in 1989. “Dr. Ben” was the director of Bands at the University of Minnesota for many years. The Heukeshovens were both students of his while earning their bachelor degrees in music.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Monday, January 14, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — The public is invited to join the Saint Mary’s University community in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21.
At noon, video of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown in Page Theatre. Following the speech, Dr. Lori Charron, SMU Department of Theatre and Dance professor, will address the rhetoric of the speech.
Monday evening, a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Prayer service will begin at 8 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. The event will be hosted by the Office of Campus Ministry.
The film documentary, “At the River I Stand,” set in Memphis during the 1960s, which details the events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, will be presented in Salvi, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Monday. The offices of Residence Life and Student Activities will sponsor the film and provide light refreshments.
The show’s creator and actor Patrick Dewane is a 1985 graduate of Saint Mary’s University, and “The Accidental Hero” is about his grandfather, Lt. Col. Matt Konop, a World War II veteran who never openly shared stories from his time in the service. When Konop died, the family discovered typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage that told an astonishing story.
Based on this information, Dewane created a one-man, multimedia show that offers a captivating, humorous and heartwarming tale of coincidences and heroism. The performance includes World War II film footage, shot with a home movie camera of the liberation of a Czech town.
Dewane has performed “The Accidental Hero” throughout the United States and in the Czech Republic. A webcast performance of it from Rochester, N.Y., on July 4, 2011 has been seen by more than 18,000 people worldwide. Dewane’s career in the arts began in 1985 when he moved from Winona to New York City. His career on the management side of the arts includes work with Luciano Pavarotti, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival and Minnesota Opera.
This performance makes good on a promise made in March 1981. Dr. Donald Peake, then chairman of the Saint Mary’s theatre program, told Dewane (then a visiting high school senior) that if he enrolled at Saint Mary’s he would get to act on the stage of its new theatre. However, because of delays, the theatre opened two years after Dewane graduated. So this performance brings Peake’s prophesy to fruition. When Dr. Peake was told this story last spring, he responded with a hearty Irish laugh. Dr. Peake had read the first draft of “The Accidental Hero” a few years prior and was an early champion of the piece. Dr. Peake passed away last summer. “This performance is dedicated to his memory and the countless lives he enriched with his dedication and great wit,” Dewane said. “He was loved by many.”
The special 2 p.m. matinee has been added to accommodate seniors and those who prefer to not travel in the evening.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
A Page in History event, “Military Genealogy: Finding Accidental Heroes” — is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Winona County History Center, 160 Johnson St.
Family history researcher Sandy Mochal Thalmann will teach attendees how to search their families’ military service history using the latest research tools.
This event is free and open to the public.
Special thanks to the Winona County Historical Society and the Winona Foundation for supporting this event and Winona National Bank for providing major support for the performances.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — Auditions for the Dance Repertory Company of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will be Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.
The DRC will present its annual Spring Dance Concert April 25-27 at Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre. Roles for male and female intermediate and advanced dancers in rhythm, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and classical/contemporary ballet and pointe are available for youth ages 12 and older through adults. Younger students can participate by invitation only. Students under the age of 21 who are cast are required to be enrolled in at least one dance class at MCA, Saint Mary’s, or Winona State. A $75 performance fee is required.
This spring’s production will be a collaborative process, the focus being the incorporation of the visual and performing arts into all aspects of choreography.
For more information, contact MCA director of dance Tammy Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (507) 453-5500.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center.
Class days, times and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail email@example.com, “like” the MCA on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may registration online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
WINONA, Minn. — This year SMU 10K cross-country ski races will be held on Sundays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17, at Saint Mary’s University.
The public is invited to classic-style citizens’ ski events at 10 a.m.; skate races will begin at 1 p.m.
Participants can register in competitive or recreational classes.
Both races wind through the beautiful and challenging bluffs and valleys surrounding the Saint Mary’s campus. The cost to participate is $10 for one race or $20 for both races.
Registration, the starting line and the finish line will be near Saint Yon’s Hall, located on the back east portion of campus.
For more information, call Gary Borash at (507) 457- 8740 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A registration form can be found online at www.saintmaryssports.com.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
WINONA, Minn. — The new Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Winter Semester II Catalog is now available. Registrations are being accepted. Offerings run from Jan. 14 to March 23 and include:
• Architecture for Kids (new) for youth in grades 1-3 and 4-6.
• Creative Drama and Visual Art and Creative Music and Movement (new) for children ages 3 to 5. Enroll your child in these classes and take Nia and Mindfulness classes at the same time for only $10. Pay-as-you-go options are available.
• Jazz Combos (new) with well-known Winona director Dave Gudmastad. Three options are available.
• Dance Technique for Boys for male students, ages 8-12. This $10 class focuses on the development of dance technique used in classical and contemporary disciplines in addition to increasing flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.
• Advanced Ballet Packages (new) for individuals serious about ballet training. Additional classes have been added.
• Theatre Division Classes (new) for students in grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up.
• Adult Wellness Classes — Including Mindfulness (new), Nia, Dance Conditioning, Clogging, Ballet, and Tap and Jazz. Parents who have a child enrolled in a MCA class can take an Adult Wellness Class for 10. Pay-as-you-go options are available for Nia and Mindfulness.
Class days, times, and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail email@example.com, “like” the MCA on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in Dance, Music, Visual Art, and Theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for ages 3 to adult at the Valéncia Arts Center located at 1164 West 10th St.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.