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  • Educational Opportunities

Performing Arts Series

  • Educational Opportunities through the Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series

    Turtle Island Quartet Workshop for String Students
    Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m., Gaede Stage

    Members of the Turtle Island Quartet will work with high school and college string players on improvisation techniques. Turtle Island will convey various aspects of their performance practice including jazz phrasing and improvisatory techniques for melodic playing as well as their trademark rhythmic techniques, used to create the sonic background of a jazz rhythm section. Students will learn one of TIQ’s compositions, and will each perform an improvised phrase. Ultimately, this experience can leave the student with a much deeper appreciation of the storehouse of European classical literature that we all treasure and wish to preserve.

    Gaelic Singing Workshop with Julie Fowlis
    Thursday, Oct. 23, noon, Fox Recital Hall

    A workshop aimed at students of music, Julie will lead those attending through a brief introduction to Gaelic song (with sung examples) with reference to style, content and specific melodic features. Julie will discuss music traditions within the Highlands and islands of Scotland, both current and historic. Following this will be a Gaelic song workshop, where students will learn some basic Gaelic plus one or two short pieces (for example a traditional Highland lullaby or some ‘puirt-a-beul’ or ‘mouth music’). If there is time, Julie will answer questions on the song and music traditions of Scotland.

    TU Dance Residency
    Nemzek 208, times TBA

    The Twin-Cities dance company TU Dance, founded by two members of the Alvin Ailey dance company, will work with MSUM dance students and high school students over a three day period around the January 24 performance date. Specific activities are being developed.

    Pedrito Martinez Workshop

    Members of the Pedrito Martinez Group will work with local percussion students, both high school and college, in a workshop or masterclass setting.


    You may contact Managing Director Rebecca Sundet-Schoenwald at or 218.477.2178 for more information.