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The Emerging Artist Series showcases McNally Smith’s diversity and musicianship, with over 30 student ensembles performing in venues across St. Paul this December. All Emerging Artist Series concerts are FREE and open to the public, so come out and join us for 10 nights of amazing live music! Scroll down for a full listing of ensembles, venues and set times.


Contemporary Worship Music Night
Wednesday, December 6 – 7:00 p.m.
River Valley Church

The Fall 2017 Emerging Artist Series kicks off with Contemporary Worship Music Night at River Valley Church’s Edina Area Campus – 9675 West 76th Street – Eden Prairie, MN 55344

  • 7:00pm Contemporary Worship Ensemble – Dan Musselman

Musical Theatre Ensemble Showcase Revue
Friday, December 8 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 – 7:00 p.m.
McNally Smith Auditorium

The Musical Theater Ensemble explores the influence that popular music — pop, rock, punk, soul, disco, and rap — has had upon musicals since the end of the Golden Age of Broadway.

  • 7:00pm Musical Theatre Ensemble – Kevin Hohlstein


Contemporary Music Night #1
Monday, December 11 – 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

From Traditional Blues to Indie Rock, there’s something for all tastes at the first of four Contemporary Music Nights at the Minnesota Music Café.

  • 8:00pm Hot Club – Randy Sabien
  • 8:45pm Traditional Blues – Tim Lyles
  • 9:30pm Indie Rock I – Steve Jennings
  • 10:15pm Iron Maiden – Mike Salow
  • 11:00pm Toxic City – Student Group

Contemporary Night #2
Tuesday, December 12 – 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

Don’t miss Contemporary Music Night #2, featuring a mix of styles ranging from Country to Brass.

  • 8:00pm Indie Rock II –Steve Jennings
  • 8:45pm Country – Travis Schilling
  • 9:30pm One More Day – Student Group
  • 10:15pm Funky Blues – Steve Jennings
  • 11:00pm Brass Band – Scott Agster

Contemporary Night #3
Wednesday, December 13 – 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

Contemporary Music Night #3 highlights include a Prince Tribute, followed by the R&B, Hip-Hop and Gospel ensembles.

  • 8:00pm Prince Tribute – Tim Lyles
  • 8:45pm Hip-Hop – Kevin Washington
  • 9:30pm R&B – Jeff Bailey
  • 10:15pm Gospel – Steve Jennings
  • 11:00pm Enharmonic – Student Group

Contemporary Night #4
Thursday, December 14 – 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

The 4th and final Contemporary Music Night truly spans the gamut — from Improv to Fusion to Modern Rock.

  • 8:00pm Composition – Joe Horton
  • 8:45pm Improv – Joe Horton
  • 9:30pm Fusion – Adam Meckler
  • 10:15pm Modern Rock – Steve Jennings


All About Jazz & Classical Guitar Night
Sunday, December 17 – 5:00 p.m.
Black Dog Cafe (and Nautilus Theater)

Don’t miss All About Jazz at the Black Dog Cafe,featuring the award winning, international touring X-Tet Jazz Orchestra, and Classical Guitar Night at the Nautilis Theater.

  • 5:00pm Jazz II – Chris Olson
  • 6:15pm Jazz III – Steve Jennings
  • 7:00opm – Classical Guitar (Nautilus Theater) – Melina Petkovic
  • 7:30pm X-Tet Jazz Orchestra – Pete Whitman
  • 8:30pm Fusion – Adam Meckler
  • 9:30pm Advanced Jazz – Peter Schimke

Sing Out! w/ Special Guest Sanford Moore
Monday, December 18 – 7:00 p.m.
McNally Smith Auditorium

Join us for Sing Out! — an amazing night of choral music and vocal performance, featuring special guest artist Sanford Moore — Founder, Director and Arranger for the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble Moore by Four.

  • MSCM Chorus – Maria Vejdani
  • SONIC Acapella Vocal Ensemble – Shon Parker
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – Jennifer Parker
    (with special guest Sanford Moore & the MSCM Gospel Ensemble)

Percussion & Orchestra Night
Tuesday, December 19 – 7:00 p.m.
McNally Smith Auditorium

Percussion & Orchestra Night showcases the Stomp- and Blue Man Group-inspired Time Awareness Project, and the killer grooves of the Advanced Percussion Ensemble, as well as the lush sounds of the Orchestra Ensemble.

  •  T.A.P. Ensemble – Dave Schmalenberger
  •  Advanced Percussion Ensemble – Shai Hayo
  •  Orchestra Ensemble – Gary Gratz