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STRING STORIES


During National Black History Month, we celebrate the contributions of African Americans. As the oldest music school founded by African Americans in Minnesota, every month provides us with a reason to celebrate the contributions of Black/African American music.

To begin the month, Kamoinge Strings performed the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” for the opening of the Timberwolves game at the Target Center Friday February 2. This was a first for both Kamoinge Strings and the Timberwolves as they have never had an instrumental version of the anthem performed. Talk about being pacesetters! Our students and string department continue to make history.

This month, our String students also perform in their respective youth symphonies’ winter concerts. On Sunday, February 11, 2024, MYS will perform at Orchestra Hall, followed by GTCYS performances on February 24 and 25 at the same venue. Visit the respective websites of these organizations to support our students!

Looking ahead, make sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, March 9, 2024. Kamoinge Strings will perform its winter concert, “Stringocracy”, at Prospect Park UMC in Minneapolis. Students will showcase works ranging from the Baroque period to Jazz and Hip Hop.


KEEPIN ON PODCAST PRESENTS:
FATHER AND SON GRIOTS SPEAK IN LOVE

Grammy award winning musical artist, Stokley Wlliams of Mint Condition, and his cultural historian father, Mahmoud El Kati, share their message of pride in family, cultural heritage, and humanity, through music and storytelling, while demonstrating their strong father/son bond.


RONDO COMMUNITY MUSIC SERIES


RCMS Concert Featuring 
The Rondo Band
February 17th 

Save Your Spot

The Rondo Community Music Series, presented by Walker West Music Academy, showcases a current generation of artists inspired by Rondo’s history, cultural expression, and resilience. From September through April 2024, the series will feature a variety of musicians and artists. We invite you to join our hour-long concerts and experience the power of music in shaping communities. Although all shows are free, registration is required.

RSVP today to reserve your spot virtually on Crowdcast or Attend In-Person by registering on EventBrite!

RCMS Concert featuring
Jack Breen Ensemble
March 2nd

Save Your Spot

Jack Breen has strong ties to the Walker|West community. Since 2004, he has been a student at Walker|West, where he began lessons with Felix James. In 2019, Jack joined our Teaching and Performing faculty. Jack graduated from Lawrence University Conservatory in 2018, earning a dual degree in Saxophone performance and Music Education. Additionally, he interned at the New York Jazz Academy in Manhattan.

RSVP today to reserve your spot virtually on Crowdcast or Attend In-Person by registering on EventBrite!


PROGRAM UPDATES


Homies In Harmony

For children ages 0 – 6 and their caregivers.

Auntie Jayanthi introduces musical concepts and early sound exploration drawing from African American cultural experience, vital artists, and familiar folk music. Early music learners will explore various instruments, sing, and play in a nurturing environment.

For questions contact Student Services info@walkerwest.org 
Registration closes March 1st

When: Fridays at 10 AM | February 9 – March 29
or
When: Saturdays at 10 AM or 11 AM | February 10 – March 30

Digital Music Production Program

Learn to make music the modern way through Walker|West’s Digital Music Production Program (DMP). DMP is designed to introduce young students to a whole new world of musical possibilities, through new cutting-edge musical technology. Register today!

When: Tuesday or Thursday | 5 pm – 6pm 
Who: Ages 13 to 21

Register for Spring Semester

Walker|West offers lessons in Voice, Piano, Organ, Bass, Percussion, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Violin, Viola and Cello for students of all ages.
Registration now open until June 8th!


SUMMER PROGRAM UPDATES


“Grow Through Music” Summer Camp

Our “Grow Through Music” camp offers a fun introduction to a variety of instruments for beginning students, and a way to reconnect with friends and instructors for returning students. Campers will learn in a supportive small group environment with a chance to perform during our end of camp presentation.

When: July 8 – July 26, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 8am – 12pm daily
Who: Grades K-6

Summer Music Production College Course at Hamline

Supercharge your artistic voice this summer with hands-on Music Production instruction in this 2-week intensive college course at Hamline University! Full scholarships are available to all students.

When: July 15 – July 26, 2024 | Monday – Friday
Who: Grades 10+

Summer Jazz Intensive

The Summer Jazz Intensive program is a one week comprehensive experience for beginner to advanced youth musicians to hone their performing skills, take applied classes and interact with world-class jazz faculty at Walker|West.

When: July 29 – Aug 2, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 10am – 4pm daily
Who: Grades 6-12

Summer Jazz Violin Workshop

5-Day Intensive (For intermediate violin students)

This 5-day workshop is for violin (only) students looking to branch out from traditional classical violin or who desire to take their improvisation to the next level.

When: August 5 – 9, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 9am – 12pm daily
Who: Grades 5-12