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November Newsletter

November 11 RCMS Concert featuring WDP Crew ft. Robert Robinson

Rondo Community Music Series

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Duncan & Robinson return to the series for the 4th time. We can’t wait of the sounds of these incredible artists hit the airwaves again. This duo, along with background from the WDP singers will perform gospel, jazz and R&B. As Mr. Duncan promised, “you’ll be inspired and you won’t walk out the same.

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

November 12 Secrets from a Forest Special Guests: Kamoinge Strings of Walker West Music Academy

Mention “Walker|West” at the ticketing desk for $5 off gallery admission for adults and $6 off for youth 3-21

Join us for an in-gallery performance by Kamoinge Strings from Walker West Music Academy.

When: Sunday, November 12 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where: Bell Museum | 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W, St Paul, 55113

Recommended for all ages

November 13 Masterclass & Concert: Steve Hirsh and the Sparks Quartet

We are excited to announce a special event that will enrich the musical journey of our talented students. On November 13th, Walker West will be hosting Steve Hirsh and the Sparks Quartet, featuring renowned musicians William Parker, Eri Yamamoto, Chad Fowler, and Steve Hirsh, for a captivating masterclass and concert.

When: November 13 | Masterclass at 4 PM, Concert at 7 PM

Who: Masterclass is open to all musicians, feel free to bring your instrument. Concert open to students, family and general public.

Where: 760 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN

For questions please contact or 651-224-2929.

Registration Open Adult Group Voice Class

Sing in a group setting, and learn from professional vocal and choral instructors. Participants will be guided through seven 45 minute sessions each Saturday in vocal basics, choral technique, part singing, operating in harmonies, and “Circlesongs”.

When: Saturdays at 3 PM | October 28 – December 16, 2023

Where: 650 Marshall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

Who: Ages 18+, all skill levels

Libby Turner (Voice Department Chair)
Sarah Greer and Carl Clomon (Guest Instructors)
William Duncan, Liam Vance, and Kevin Jackson (Voice Department Faculty)

Cost: $30 per class, $210.00 for full 7 weeks

For questions, contact or 651-224-2929.

Registration is open for Session 2 of Homies In Harmony with Auntie Jayanthi (8 Weeks)

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:

When: Fridays at 10 AM or 11 AM | December 1 – February 2
When: Saturdays at 10 AM or 11 AM | December 2 – February 3
School Closed:  December 29 & 30 and January 5 & 6

December 2 RCMS Concert featuring Katia Cardenas Ensemble

Rondo Community Music Series

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Luminous, multi-genre vocalist and international touring artist Katia Cardenas inspires audiences with her sultry, soulful voice and infectious energy and presence. Possessing an impeccable range and dynamic style, Katia grew up in a musical family, and her professional training came largely “on the job,” performing throughout high school with her mother’s Bay Area bands and collaborating with her Seattle-based father on numerous recording projects.

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

December 8 Shed G Comedy Series

Micheal Prince & Piper The Comedian

When: December 8 | Doors Open at 7 PM
Where: New Hope Cinema Grill | 2749 Winnetka Ave North | Cash App $ShedG $20

On Saturday, November 4th, members and staff of the AGC Chorus for Dementia Awareness at Walker | West presented and participated in the Mayo Clinic’s 2023 Conference on Brain Health and Dementia. The conference aimed to provide attendees with an opportunity to explore emotional wellness for oneself and the knowledge to positively impact emotional wellness for those living with dementia.

The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in North Minneapolis was one of seven regional watch sites for the conference that centered personal, cultural perspectives and engaged approximately 40 community participants.  

Presenters and facilitators included those living with dementia, care partners, healthcare professionals, artists, advocates, and researchers who are all dedicated to this topic. The event was presented in partnership with the #AlzheimersAssociation and #AARP. The watch site partners also included the AGC Chorus at Walker | West, the Alter Program for dementia awareness, the University Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, and UROC.

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