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Assemblé Fall 2011 Adult Wellness Through the Arts Inside Artists in Residency


Dance Division News


Music Division News




Calendar of Events


Do you ever find it difficult to fit activities in your schedule that you used to really enjoy, but just don’t think you have the time or money to do these things? Or maybe you have been meaning to try a new activity, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet. MCA’s new Adult Wellness Through the Arts program may just be the solution you are looking for. We are offering our adult programming tuition free this year for parents who have students enrolled in an MCA dance or music class. Now you can enjoy a dance or music class of your own while your kids are taking their own class or lesson. Adult programming classes include Nia, Clogging, Power Piyo, Teen and Adult Ballet, Teen and Adult Tap and Jazz, and Adult Flute Choir. Please refer to our Semester I catalog for dates and times of each class. For more information, call us at 507-4535500 or email


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MCA and Riverway Community School Residency Program The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Riverway Learning Community announce an arts education partnership for the 2011-2012 academic year. MCA will be providing dance and music programming through a series of residency workshops for primary and secondary students from Riverway. The workshops will be held in October and December 2011, February and April 2012, and will culminate in a special Saturday school demonstration for parents on April 14, 2011 at MCA’s Valencia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th Street, Winona. “Arts education is such an important part of student development and we are excited to provide these residencies to compliment the arts education the students receive at school,” said Christine Martin, MCA managing director


MCA’s Home School Music Program MCA will be offering general music classes to home school students in grades K-12 for the 2011-2012 school year. Students will learn to read, perform and compose musical notation, as well as learn about and perform on various classroom instruments. In addition to reading music, singing and playing instruments, the students will study music from a variety of cultures, the instruments of the orchestra and music history. This music class is designed to be a fun and positive musical experience for all involved in the program. MCA is thrilled to offer music instruction to home school students for this school year and hopes to continue and expand the program for years to come. 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.


Fall 2011

Dance Division News MCA’s Dance Division is thrilled to begin another amazing year of dance! In Semester I, the Dance Repertory Company II will feature our talented younger students in the Winter Dance Concert in December, as well as choregraphy of high school students. In addition to this performance, we will also be offering many new classes for students of all ages including, Leaps and Turns, Adult Tap and Jazz, Nia, and Choreography class. This is sure to be another exhilarating year of dance at MCA!

Nia Nia is back by popular demand! This fitness class appeals to those wanting to improve themselves physically and mentally in a safe and uninhibited environment. Nia’s blend of dance, martial and spiritual arts is an excellent class for those individuals wishing to de-stress their lives and boost their physical health and wellness. Through our Adult Wellness Through the Arts program, Nia will be offered tuition free this semester to parents who have a student enrolled in a Semester I class at MCA. For the convenience of stay at home moms/dads, we are offering Nia opposite our Creative Music class for 3-4 year olds. This will allow you to get your workout in while your students are learning the basics of music. For more information on this program, call us at 507-453-5500 or email Tuesdays, noon-1pm Instructor: Jacqueline Paulsen Tuition: $60 or FREE with Adult Wellness Discount

Teen and Adult Tap and Jazz If you ever wanted to learn tap or jazz as a kid and just never got around to it, now is the perfect time to start! This class is for the inexperienced, as well as those who may have dabbled in some dance when they were younger. In this class, you will learn the basics of tap and jazz, all while getting a great workout! Tuesdays, 7:45-8:45pm Instructor: Nicole Volner Tuition: $60 or FREE with Adult Wellness Discount

Boys Dance Technique Class MCA is happy to announce the return of the weekly Boys Dance Technique class this fall! This class is designed specifically for boys ages 8-12 to help them improve in the areas of ballet, modern and jazz dance. Boys Dance Technique class will be taught by MCA instructors Jarod Boltjes and Cory Meier and will be offered tuitionfree, thanks in part to grant funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Wednesdays, 4:00-4:45pm Tuition: FREE In December, we will be hosting a week of Boys Dance Technique class with guest artist Marc Kotz. These classes will be held December 12th-16th from 4-4:45pm. Our Men’s Class will be held from 5:00-6:00pm on the same days. Tuition is FREE!

Leaps and Turns This class is the ideal way to hone in on the technical aspects of leaps and turns. In this class, dancers will focus on and perfect the most basic of leaps and turns to the most advanced. Leaps and Turns class will help dancers develop the timing and control of different types of leaps and turns used in many dance forms. This is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to advance their skills on specific techniques that will help them to be better dancers in their regular classes. Saturdays from Sept 17, 24 and Oct 8,15,29, 1:15-2:15pm Instructor: Nicole Volner


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Music Division News MCA to Offer New Music Classes This Fall

Creative Music Class It’s never too early to get your child involved in music. This semester we are offering our new Creative Music class for 3 and 4 year olds. In this class students will learn to move to music, sing simple melodies, be introduced to steady beat, amongst many other musical experiences. This is a wonderful opportunity for toddlers to be introduced to music while in a safe, positive and fun environment. As a bonus to parents, if you have a student enrolled in Creative Music class, you will be able to take our adult fitness class, Nia, tuition free while your child is in Creative Music class. This is a great opportunity for you enjoy a fitness class while your child is exploring the wonders of music! For more information, call the main office at 507453-5500 or email Tues., Sept 12-Nov. 1 12:00-1:00pm Tuition: $80 4

The Music Division will continue its growth this fall by offering several new classes for the youngest of learners to our adult musicians. These new classes will include Creative Music for three and four year olds, as well as Adult Flute Choir and residency program with the Winona Area Home School Association and Riverway Learning Community. MCA will also continue with our very successful private music lesson program and WAYS choir, and has even added additional instructors because of the booming number of students. We are very excited for the future growth of our music program!

Adult Flute Choir Have you ever said to yourself, “I really should have continued playing my flute after high school. I really did enjoy playing.” Our new Adult Flute Choir highly encourages anyone who has ever had this or similar thoughts to join us for wonderful evenings of music making. This group is for all level of flutists; everyone from those who have had experience playing, but haven’t played in a number of years to those who still play regularly. MCA’s Flute Choir will play in our annual Music Division Concert, as well as some community outreach events. Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm

MCA Music Concert on the Lawn On August 18th, MCA’s Music Division hosted its first annual Concert on the Lawn. This event featured the music of our summer private lessons in a relaxed, outdoor setting. The audience enjoyed a picnic on Valéncia’s front lawn while each student performed a light musical favorite. MCA would like to congratulate the following students on sharing their talents at this performance: Donari Brandes, Haylee Cada, Ananth Iyengar, Daniel Kopitke, Phoebe Kropuenske, Alec Meinke, Hayden Meinke, Justine Meinke, Bella Riley, Grace Riley, Lexi Riley, Baker Swenson, Logan Swenson, Lily Titus, Erin Walters, Elissa Wobig, and Emily Wobig.


Fall 2011

ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome New MCA Instructors! As our programming continues to grow in our dance and music division, we have added many new instructors to the MCA family. MCA extends a huge welcome to our newest educators Jarod Boltjes, Fallon Devine, Jami Fonfara, Jessica Ingvalson, Katy Kosiek, Allie Kriz, A.T. Moffett, Jaqueline Paulsen, and Rachael Ryan. We look forward to working with all of you this year!

Candle Fundraiser This fall we will be bringing back our very successful Candle Fundraiser from AtHome America. Choose from several tantalizing scents such as cider & spice, vanilla bean ice cream, totally tropical coconut, fresh linen breeze, or dutch apple. These candles are sure to fill your home with “rich aromas and the warmth and glow of candle light.” One 8-ounce jar is only $10 and a portion of the proceeds will help MCA’s dance and music division. For more information, please contact our Friends of MCA co-chairs at

Upcoming Auditions The Dance Repertory II Company will be holding auditions for their Winter Dance Concert on Sept. 17th beginning at noon at the Valéncia Arts Center. Roles are available for beginning and intermediate level dance students ages 5-13. Auditions are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing many of our young students at the audition! The Winona Area Youth Singers will be holding placement auditions on Monday, Sept 12th at 6pm in the Recital Hall. Singers must be entering grades 3-8 to perform in this group. If your student is interested in singing, but you cannot make the audition time, please contact our WAYS director, Lindsy O’Shea at 453-5503.

New Director of Music MCA would like to welcome Mandy Moburg as our new Director of Music. She is looking forward to organizing community outreach events, working with the music faculty and growing our ever expanding program. If you have any questions or interests in MCA’s music program, please contact Mandy at 507-453-5500.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter MCA regularly notifies parents and students of upcoming events, weather related cancellations, kudos to students/staff, etc. via Facebook and Twitter. The next time you are on your social network site, please make sure you “Like” the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts on Facebook and “Follow” MCA Valéncia on Twitter to stay up to date on all MCA notifications.

Send us your MCA photos! If you have photos from any of our MCA performances or demonstration week classes, we would love to share them on our Facebook page and MCA website. Please send your photos to


Calendar of Events * Sept 8

MCA Registration Open House, 4-7pm

* Sept 12

MCA Semester I classes begin

* Sept 12

Winona Area Youth Singers auditions, 6:00pm

* Sept 17

DRC II auditions, 12:00pm

* Oct 10-15

Dance Division Parent Observation Week

* Oct 25

Tuition payment due for payment plan participants

* Oct 20-22

No MCA classes

* Oct 21

Modern master class with Luna Negra Dance Theatre, 4:00-5:30pm

* Oct 31

No MCA classes

* Nov 14-19

Dance Division Demonstration Week

MCA Faculty and Staff • Michael Charron, Dean • Tammy Schmidt, Director of Dance, Ballet Instructor • Christine Martin, Managing Director, Tap, Jazz and Ballet Instructor • Mandy Moburg, Administrative Assistant/Director of Music Private Flute and Piano Instructor • Jarod Boltjes, Boys Dance Technique Instructor • Fallon Devine, Creative Movement Instructor • Jami Fonfara, Tap and Jazz for Kids Instructor • Erin Gollnik, Ballet Instructor • Avin Honecker-Sherman, Adult Dance Instructor • Jessica Ingvalson, Private Voice Instructor [Street Address] • Katy Kosiek, Private Saxophone Instructor [City], [State][Postal Code] • Allie Kriz, Ballet Instructor • A.T. Moffett, [Web Modern Address]and Jazz Instructor • Rachael Moore, Ballet and Modern Instructor • Jen TeBeest, Creative Movement Instructor • Nicole Volner, Creative Movement, Hip Hop, Adult Dance Instructor • Jacqueline Paulsen, NIA Instructor • Ryan Ballanger, Private Clarinet Instructor • Aleah Harvey, Private Piano Instructor • Cory Meier, Private Voice Instructorand Boys Dance Technique Instructor • Lindsy O’Shea, WAYS Director/Music Instructor • Tyler Ringeisen, Private Brass Instructor • Rachael Ryan, Ballet and Private Cello Instructor • Marie Stier, Private Violin/Mandolin Instructor

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts at the

Valéncia Arts Center 1164 West 10th Street Winona, MN 55987

Dolor Phone: 507.453.5500 Fax: 507.453.5507

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