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Emerging Artist Series

The Emerging Artist Series showcases McNally Smith's diversity and musicianship, with over 30 student ensembles performing in venues across St. Paul this Fall. 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 Music Night #1
Monday, December 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

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

  • 7:30pm TBD
  • 8:15pm Country – Travis Schilling
  • 9:00pm Hot Club – Randy Sabien
  • 9:45pm Led Zeppelin – Steve Jennings
  • 10:30pm Modern Rock II – Steve Jennings
  • 11:15pm TBD

Contemporary Night #2
Tuesday, December 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

Don’t miss Contemporary Music Night #2, featuring a mix of styles ranging from Indie Rock to Traditional Blues.

  • 7:30pm Latin Orchestra & Contemporary Percussion – Scott Agster & Shai Hayo
  • 8:15pm Traditional Blues – Tim Lyles
  • 9:00pm Fusion – Adam Meckler
  • 9:45pm Indie II – Steve Jennings
  • 10:30pm Indie I – Steve Jennings
  • 11:15pm TBD

Contemporary Night #3
Wednesday, December 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

Contemporary Music Night #3 highlights include the driving riffs of the guitar-heavy Modern Rock, Prog and and Metal ensembles.

  • 7:30pm Metal – Mike Salow
  • 8:15pm Improv – Joe Horton
  • 9:00pm Composition – Joe Horton
  • 9:45pm Modern Rock I – Steve Jennings
  • 10:30pm Prog Rock – Mike Salow
  • 11:15pm TBD

Contemporary Night #4
Thursday, December 8 – 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota Music Café

The 4th and final Contemporary Music Night truly spans the gamut of styles — from the urban pulse of the Hip-Hop and Indie Rock ensembles, to the international sounds of the Ska and Serbian Music ensembles.

  • 7:30pm TBD
  • 8:15pm Hip-Hop – Kevin Washington
  • 9:00pm R&B  – Jeff Bailey
  • 9:45pm Dirty Puppy – Jeff Bailey
  • 10:30pm Funky Blues – Steve Jennings
  • 11:15pm TBD


All About Jazz
Sunday, December 11 – 7:00 p.m.
Amsterdam Bar and Hall

The Emerging Artist Series kicks into high gear with All About Jazz at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, featuring a pair of award winning, international touring groups — the X-Tet Jazz Orchestra and Fusion Ensemble.

  • 7:00pm Jazz II – Chris Olson
  • 7:45pm CVE – Jennifer Parker
  • 8:30pm Fusion – Adam Meckler
  • 7:15pm X-Tet Jazz Orchestra – Pete Whitman
  • 8:15pm Jazz III – Steve Jennings


Sing Out!
Monday, December 12– 7:00 p.m.
McNally Smith Auditorium

Join us for Sing Out! — an amazing night of choral music and vocal performance, featuring the SONIC Men’s Acapella Vocal Ensemble, the award-winning Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and the McNally Smith Singers.

  • McNally Smith Singers – Maria Vejdani
  • SONIC Men’s Acapella Vocal Ensemble – Shon Parker
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensemble – Jennifer Parker


Percussion & Orchestra Night
Tuesday, December 13 – 7:00 p.m.
McNally Smith Auditorium

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

  • 7:00pm T.A.P. Ensemble (Auditorium) – Dave Schmalenberger
  • 8:00pm Orchestra – Gary Gratz


Classical Guitar Night
Wednesday, December 14 – 7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Enjoy an evening of Classical Guitar performance, lead by internationally renowned, award-winning artist Dr. Eva Beneke.

  • Classical Guitar Ensemble – Eva Beneke