Let’s Get Our Jazz Ensembles Gig Ready for Give to the Max!

For this year’s GTMD project we’re raising funds for our Youth and Adult Jazz Ensembles. We’ll need to update and add to some of the instruments and equipment they use when traveling to performances all over the region. Our Youth and Adult ensembles have opened for international musicians at the Twin Cities Jazz Fest, graced the stage of the Selby Avenue Jazz Fest, performed at the Landmark Center and recently they opened for Wynton Marsalis at Orchestra Hall. ⁣

We want the ensembles looking, feeling, and playing their best when they represent Walker|West. The goal is $4,000 for instruments & equipment. ⁣

Let’s get our Jazz Ensembles gig ready together. Help us reach this goal by making your annual or monthly gift, the giving period is open now through November 17.⁣

September 2022 – February 2023

We’re excited for the 2022 Rondo Community Music Series, sponsored by the Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts. This year’s lineup features more of our talented faculty, and more concert dates for you to join. 

All shows begin at 7pm CST | Concerts are free to attend

In order to watch with us in our virtual music hall, be sure to click ‘Save My Spot’ when you get to Crowdcast, to get updates about this show, including a reminder just before show begins.

There are limited spots for in-person attendance at for the 2022-23 series concerts. If you plan to attend in person, contact Libby Turner at, or by calling/texting 651-263-3831. Please include what concert you’d like to attend.

Series Schedule


  • Give Get Sistet (Rewatch anytime) – Aired on Friday, September 9
  • Selby Ave Brass Band ft. Thomasina Petrus – (Rewatch Anytime) Aired on Saturday, September 24






Past Events

Join us virtually or in-person for Gospel According to Jazz, a musical healing experience linking the improvisational style and techniques of Jazz with a spirited interpretation of the Gospel, driving community connection and conversation. 

Previous Dates:

August 7, 2022 – Give Get Sistet – Rewatch the entire service courtesy of Liberty Community Church

August 14, 2022 – Kevin Washington Rewatch the entire service courtesy of Liberty Community Church

August 21, 2022 – Jack Breen, Music of Coltrane Rewatch the entire service courtesy of Liberty Community Church

More about this series: 

This collaboration with Liberty Community Church and Walker|West explores how Jazz music has been closely intertwined with the concept of spiritual identity. The ties between Gospel music and the Jazz tradition run deep. 

Jazz is rooted in freedom, joy, and trust. It’s innately spiritual, fueling a creative spirit that loves community and collaboration. Like the Gospel and gospel music traditions, great jazz has a story to tell. Stories that require faith (improvisation), collaboration, and passion to deliver!

From Louis Armstrong performing Spirituals, to the sacred music of Mary Lou Williams and Duke Ellington –many Jazz artists have mixed sounds and performance styles within each genre and tradition. 

Join us for the 2022 series, as we celebrate and elaborate on this connection. We can’t wait to share the Gospel According to Jazz with you!

The Burning Truth Project – Live-streaming June 3rd

Presented by Pangea World Theater and Walker West Music Academy

Featuring vocalists Andrina Brogden, Katia Cardenas and Sarah M. Greer with Theo Brown (keys), Miguel Hurtado (drums) and Nii Mensah (bass).

The Burning Truth Project is a 90-minute performance that weaves together songs and story with space to share and reflect some of the many thoughts, lessons and feelings we have been holding as a community since the summer of 2020. We invite you to join us as we once again share what we have discussed and discovered together, in the Burning Truth Project.

Created and performed by vocalists Andrina Brogden, Katia Cardenas and Sarah M. Greer.

Original artwork by Jordan M. Hamilton. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Walker|West Student Ensemble Joins PaviElle French & Friends

May 22, 2022 | 6:30pm | Fitzgerald Theatre

Join us for a very special evening featuring Emmy Award-winning, interdisciplinary artist PaviElle French, alongside outstanding local musicians, members of her illustrious 6-piece band, and a student ensemble from Saint Paul’s Walker West Music Academy. This concert at the historic Fitzgerald Theater will feature all original music by PaviElle, including the world premiere of a new work, commissioned by Schubert Club, celebrating themes of Black liberation, and youth empowerment. Weaving together a tapestry of Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Classical music styles, the work reflects PaviElle’s response to current happenings in our country.”

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Generous support has also been provided by Bill and Susan Sands and the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation.

**Capacity is limited and COVID safety precautions will be observed.

String Ensemble at Sundin Music Hall

February 5 | 7PM

We invite you to join our Kamoinge String Ensemble as they play side-by-side with Artaria String Quartet this Saturday February 5. Tickets are available for this in-person (safely distanced) performance. Music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still, and Anthony Green premiering his new work Joy Diptych.

Sundays At Landmark Student Concert

Join us Sunday for our student concert at the Landmark Center, in downtown Saint Paul. Our Kamoinge String Ensemble and Student Jazz Ensembles will perform.

Performances start at 1pm.

(This event has ended. Stayed tuned for more student concerts)

More about the event: The Walker|West student concert is part of the Sundays at Landmark Program series at Landmark Center. The series is sponsored by Ramsey County, Ecolab and Xcel Energy.

Give to the Max Day 2021

You’ve already helped us raise more than $8k for instrument repair. Thank you!

Make your gift to support music education access for students of all ages during the giving period beginning November 1st. This year we’re raising $1,500 to repair and purchase drums for our African Drumming programs. Help us reach this goal by making your annual or monthly gift on or before the “Great Minnesota Day of Giving,” November 18th.

(This event has ended. Make a gift anytime year-round visit:

Sponsored by The Harlan Boss Foundation for the Arts

Rondo Community Music Series (2021)

October – December

We are so excited for this year’s lineup for The Rondo Community Music Series! We have moved to virtual music performances so that we can continue social distancing protocols.

This event has ended – rewatch shows anytime here: