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McNally Smith News 2011

Spring Open House on February 4, 2012

December 21, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music will host its Spring Open House on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The Open House gives…

Hip-Hop Studies Final Concert to Perform at Amsterdam Bar & Hall on December 13

December 15, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to announce the Hip-Hop Studies program’s Fall Final Concert featuring performances from current…

Fall 2011 Emerging Artist Series Hits St. Paul

December 6, 2011
December 4 — McNally Smith Auditorium Percussion ensemble – Dave Schmalenberger World Vocal ensemble – Peggy Larson Afro Caribbean drumming…

A. Wolf & Her Claws to Perform at Sound Bite Café on December 1

November 30, 2011
After several successful gigs in the intimate Sound Bite Café, including Martin Dosh, Mystery Palace, and Motion City Soundtrack, the…

Open Mic Returns for Round Two on November 16

November 30, 2011
The H20 (Hip-Hop Student Organization), Student Affairs and the Hip-Hop Studies Program at McNally Smith College of Music are proud…

Best of 2011 CD Release at Amsterdam Bar & Hall

October 26, 2011
McNally Smith celebrates 25 years, and starts each year with something new. 2011 is the first of many bests as…

Live at Five Series Returns for 2011-12

October 19, 2011
You’ve seen them in the classroom — now see them on the stage. Live at Five puts the spotlight on…

Fall SoundCrawl on October 7 Features Marching Ensembles, New Orleans-Inspired Brass Band, Segways, and More!

September 28, 2011
It’s not quite 76 trombones leading the big parade — but it’s just as interesting and even a little weird!…

Be Heard at the Open Mic on Wednesday, October 19

September 28, 2011
The Hip-Hop Studies at McNally Smith College of Music is proud to present the first Open Mic on Wednesday October…

McNally Smith Composer Wins Ivey Award for “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story”

September 20, 2011
It’s a matter of pride for Minnesotans that the Twin Cities are second only to New York in live theater…

New Sound Bite Concert Series Brings National Acts to McNally Smith

September 19, 2011
Starting on September 29, don’t miss the national acts coming to our own Sound Bite Café! The new Sound Bite…

Breath of Life Opens at McNally Smith on October 18

September 16, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music presents Breath of Life An interactive art and music improvisation and solo exhibition on Ta-coumba…

McNally Smith Panels Proposed for South by Southwest 2012

August 24, 2011
Though it seems like just yesterday that South by Southwest (SXSW) 2011 wrapped up, next year’s film, interactive media, and…

Shenyang Conservatory of Music Signs Agreement with McNally Smith College of Music to Create Cultural Exchange

August 17, 2011
August 16 marked the signing of agreements several months in the making, as delegates from China’s Shenyang Conservatory of Music…

Chinese Officials from Shenyang in St. Paul August 16 to Finalize Historic Exchange

August 12, 2011
A Chinese delegation of 14 top administrators from the second largest Music Conservatory in China will visit McNally Smith College…

McNally Smith Alum Named One of Billboard Magazine’s 30 Under 30

August 11, 2011
When Kyle Frenette graduated from McNally Smith College of Music in 2007, his record label, Amble Down Records, was just…

Ghostmouth and Rustpocket Win Places at SoundTown Music Festival

August 10, 2011
Up-and-coming local bands recently entered Metromix Twin Cities’ SoundTown Showdown, a contest to join the already impressive lineup, which includes…

Rousing Celtic Rock Band has Production and Drummer Roots at McNally Smith

August 8, 2011
Call it the luck of the Irish music — made in part by McNally Smith College of Music alum Greg…

Michael R. Holloway Chosen in National Search for Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute

August 5, 2011
They only picked six. And now 20-year-old McNally Smith College of Music student Michael R. Holloway will be joining five…

Independent Film Scored by McNally Smith Students to Premiere July 27

July 26, 2011
When local director Christopher Jopp was looking for musicians to score his latest short film, Harold Crumb, he only needed…

McNally Smith’s Award-Winning Composer/Teacher/Interactive Artist Earns Rare Certification

July 21, 2011
One of contemporary music-making’s premier software tools, Ableton Live, has been mastered by McNally Smith College of Music instructor, interactive…

Master Drummer and McNally Smith Percussion Instructor Celebrating 20th Year with a Bang

July 21, 2011
David Stanoch, who’s played around the world with everyone from Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo to New Kids…

McNally Smith Students to Serenade and Entertain Summer Travelers

July 6, 2011
McNally Smith students are helping travelers get their summer on by singing and playing music at the Minneapolis St. Paul…

Responding to Drastic Cutbacks in Music Education, McNally Smith College of Music Foundation Established

June 15, 2011
Most state legislatures, including Minnesota, and the federal government have targeted K-12 music programs by slashing — or eliminating —…

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram Profiles Hip-Hop Scholarship Winner Eric Wells

June 14, 2011
The Hip-Hop Studies department’s diploma program, now approaching its third year in existence at McNally Smith, offered a scholarship to…

McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers Weighs in on Controversies about For-Profit Colleges

June 3, 2011
“The avalanche of bad publicity about for-profit colleges in the past year could cloud the planning of any serious college-bound…

Bringin’ It Back Music Festival

June 3, 2011
You’re invited to help bring it back for a 25th Anniversary reunion Saturday filled with music performances featuring McNally Smith…

Rhymeaway: Win Two Tickets to Soundset 2011!

May 24, 2011
Soundset, the biggest hip-hop festival in the Twin Cities, is happening this Sunday, May 29 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee.…

The Ableton Experience: A Day of Free Music Production Workshops at McNally Smith

May 21, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music is presenting The Ableton Experience on June 10, featuring an afternoon of free music workshops…

Jazz Guitar Giant Mike Stern to Visit McNally Smith

May 20, 2011
Influential jazz guitarist Mike Stern will be conducting a clinic and mini-concert at McNally Smith College of Music on Wednesday,…

McNally Smith Alum Earns Esteemed Community Service Award

May 17, 2011
A 2009 alumni of McNally Smith was recently announced as one of 12 Community Superstars to be honored at Chanhassen…

Vocal Teacher Judi Donaghy and College Senior Elizabeth Pugh Make Surprise Guest Appearance with Bobby McFerrin at Orchestra Hall

May 9, 2011
It’s not often a teacher and one of her prize students get asked onstage in the same night by a…

Summer Workshops Return for 2011!

May 5, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to announce another summer full of fun and educational experiences designed for students…

Dean of Academic Affairs Receives Prestigious Award

May 3, 2011
Kudos to Cliff Wittstruck, Dean of Academic Affairs at McNally Smith College of Music. Dean Wittstruck has received a prestigious…

Sound Crawl, Featuring McNally Smith Ensembles, to Parade During St. Paul Art Crawl

April 25, 2011
The St. Paul Art Collective’s Art Crawl will be providing the city’s art lovers with an open exploration of galleries…

Michael S. McPherson Named to McNally Smith Board of Directors; Distinguished Scholar and Educator Sees Quality, Leadership and Viable Growth

April 18, 2011
National economist, author, editor, former Macalester president now newest board member A renowned scholar, educator and published economist is the…

McNally Smith Music Business Division Chair Steve Cole Climbs Billboard Jazz Charts

April 15, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music’s own Steve Cole, in addition to being the school’s Music Business Division Head, has hit…

Dessa Performs at Final Live At Five Concert

April 7, 2011
The 2010-11 Live at Five faculty concert series, which opened in November featuring Jeremy Messersmith, will come to a close…

Ed Cherney Joins McNally Smith Board of Directors

April 6, 2011
Legendary L.A. Music Producer, Industry Leader and Grammy Award Winner Sees Big Challenges — and Opportunities — for Students in…

String Theory Music Festival April 14-17 Features McNally Smith Collaboration with Numerous Arts Organizations, Public Entities and a Cavalcade of Musicians and Composers

April 4, 2011
The number of bowed string players in leading-edge rock bands has exploded, from showings at the recent Grammy Awards to…

Judi Donaghy Performs at Live at Five

March 28, 2011
This Tuesday, the Live at Five series returns for another faculty concert, featuring Voice Department Head Judi Donaghy. Live at…

Radio On at McNally Smith!

March 24, 2011
After a quiet launch late last year, things are going strong at the new McNally Smith online radio station. Now…

Hip-Hop for a Cause: The Kool Herc and Clyde Stubblefield Benefit Concert

March 22, 2011
Hip-Hop for a Cause: The Kool Herc and Clyde Stubblefield Benefit Concert Featuring student performances and demonstrations from the Hip-Hop…

McNally Smith College of Music Releases New CD “7 Song Cycle” Featuring Original Work by Faculty

March 16, 2011
There’s no free lunch any more but there is a HOT new FREE CD (and sample downloads) for anybody who…

March 18th SXSW Panel Looks at Pluses in Music Industry and Higher Education

March 8, 2011
Think the music biz is all doom and gloom because of the digital revolution? You might come away with another…

McNally Smith Reduces Student Expenses and Expands Founders’ Scholarship for 2011-2012

February 14, 2011
McNally Smith College of Music is continuing its efforts to make music education affordable during an economic period that is…

Renowned Faculty Performance Series Live at Five Returns for 2011

February 10, 2011
The annual Live at Five concert music series, featuring performances by renowned faculty members of McNally Smith College of Music,…

McNally Smith Faculty Top Twin Cities Critics’ Best Local Records of 2010

January 27, 2011
In a landmark year for the Twin Cities music scene, the Star Tribune’s annual Critics Tally confirms that new, local…

La Korneta Rock Band/Mexican Exchange Group to Perform Free Concert January 30 at McNally Smith Auditorium

January 26, 2011
As part of the 125th Annual Winter Carnival events, The Mexican rock band La Korneta will play a free concert…

McNally Smith College of Music Alumni Making Headlines on World Music Charts and in City Pages Feature Story

January 25, 2011
Secret Stash, a recording and production company featuring McNally Smith graduates Eric Foss ‘04, Cory Wong ’07, and Unai Bolivar…

Come Rain, Shine, or Snow, Voice Teacher Jennifer Parker off to Colorado Springs for Women’s All-State Jazz Choir

January 22, 2011
It’s the ski season out West. But from January 26-29, McNally Smith Voice teacher Jennifer Parker will be in snowy…

McNally Smith College of Music to Add Master of Music in Performance Degree for Fall 2011

January 13, 2011
Program’s Emphasis on Globalization, Music Business Training Will “Prepare the Whole Musician” After McNally Smith College of Music received numerous…

An Interview with Adam Fields

January 6, 2011
Musicians and producers of all a stripes know it when the Big Break happens. For former McNally Smith College of…