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Walker West Events for MLK Day

January 15, 2024

Reading of “Memphis 6:01” with RiceRoots LLC
This event is at capacity and closed to the public. Watch the livestream here.
Walker West is partnering with RiceRoots LLC to present in the debut readings of the powerful episode “Memphis 6:01©” at Walker West Music Academy’s new building, located at 650 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Doors for 1st reading close at 11:30 AM sharp. No admittance until next reading.

Kamoinge Strings @ Governor Walz’ MLK Awards Reception
Private Event
Kamoinge Strings will perform for the Governor’s MLK Awards Reception at the Ordway Music Music Center in downtown Saint Paul. This private event follows the 38th Annual State Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. This year’s theme is ONE DREAM. ONE MINNESOTA. Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan sponsored a series of events over the holiday weekend leading up to the celebration concert at the Ordway, which starts at 10:30 am.  Kamoinge Strings is honored to provide music for the private award reception immediately following the concert held backstage.


Jazz Piano Workshop

Co-presenting with Schubert Club. Designed for beginning through advanced middle and high school students, this day-long workshop includes skills-based group instruction, masterclasses, performances by the clinicians and scholarship awards! No prior jazz experience required. Prerequisite is 1 year private study on piano.

Clinicians include Mary Louise Knutson, Kavyesh Kaviraj, William Duncan and Bryan Nichols.

Registration deadline is Jan 17.

When: Saturday, January 27th from 9am to 4pm
Where: Inver Hills Community College


Experience Jazz Final Showcase Jan 20 at HSRA

Join Walker West for a showcase by our 20+ Experience Jazz students who have been working together for the last 12 weeks at High School for Recording Arts. Students of various backgrounds have been recording, rehearsing and creating music rooted in jazz, blues and R&B, and will share the music they’ve been working on. Student performance will be at 12:30pm, doors at 12:15pm.


Rondo Community Music Series Panel Discussion

JOIN US FOR DISCUSSIONS on Music, Culture, Community and Education. Conversations informed and influenced by the historic Rondo Community.

Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 pm

Topic: Bowed Strings in Jazz featuring Ernest Bisong, Greg Byers, and David Feily


February 3rd RCMS Concert
ft. Minneapolis String Project

Rondo Community Music Series

Save Your Spot

Minneapolis String Project is a high energy trio that’s breaking boundaries through eclectic pop/funk covers and genre-defying original works. Ernest Bisong, David Feily, and Greg Byers performed together for years in diverse spheres of the Minnesota music scene before forming their unique musical partnership. This is their first appearance in the series.

MPLS String Project deviates from the standard repertoire of classical or bluegrass instruments and instead draws from jazz, fusion, rock, soul, folk, and Brazilian music influences. Their original compositions expand the conventional use of the many instruments they play. Live performances leave audiences dazzled by their technical wizardry, simpatico improvisation, and engaging on-stage presence.

*MPLS String project is sponsored by McPherson Guitars, Coda Bow, D’Addario Strings, NS Design, and Acoustic Electric Strings.

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


Upcoming events

  • Recitals are January 27 @ 6pm and January 28 @ 4pm
  • Spring Semester Registration is happening now. The Semester starts Monday, January 29th. 

Save The Dates for Summer Camps!

Registration link and camp details will be available on our website February 1st!  Contact info@walkerwest.org for more information.

– “Grow Through Music” Camp from July 8 – 26
– Summer Jazz Intensive from July 29 – Aug 2
– Jazz Violin Workshop from August 5 – 9