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McNally Smith News 2012

Winter Break Hours

December 19, 2012
Please note: Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 19th, McNally Smith will be open limited hours during Winter Break. Building hours are as…

Legendary Drummer Michael Bland to Hold Drum Clinic at McNally Smith This Friday

December 12, 2012
Named “The Best Drummer on the Planet” by the Star Tribune, monster drummer Michael Bland is best known for his…

New Classes at McNally Smith for Spring 2013

December 12, 2012
Discourse in Democracy – COM 250 (3 credits) Instructor: April Mitchell Students will engage in an in-depth examination of one issue in…

McNally Smith Teams with First Avenue, Vita.mn,
Radio K to Deliver Diverse College Music Showcase

November 27, 2012
In a show of support for area college musicians, McNally Smith is proud to partner with fellow Twin Cities tastemakers…

Emerging Artist Series Brings McNally Smith Students, Faculty and Ensembles to St. Paul Music Venues this December

November 26, 2012
You’ve seem them on campus—now see them perform on stages all over town! During the first couple weeks of December, McNally…

McNally Smith Artist-In-Residence Jeremy Messersmith
to Lead Series of Unique Masterclasses

November 20, 2012
Taking a brief respite from his three-month Supper Club Tour, McNally Smith College of Music Artist-In-Residence Jeremy Messersmith returns to…

Live at Five Series Continues on Tuesday, Nov. 27
w/ Classical Guitar Virtuoso Eva Beneke

November 19, 2012
The Live at Five concert series has one final engagement for 2012—and it’s a real doozy. On Tuesday, November 27th, classical guitar guru Eva Beneke, one…

McNally Smith: Best of 2012 Now Available,
CW Documentary Airing Thanksgiving Weekend

November 17, 2012
In what is swiftly becoming a storied year-end tradition, McNally Smith is proud to release its second annual “Best Of” compilation,…

Final 2012 Speakeasy Gathering Featuring
Guest DJ Chris Campbell of Innova Recordings

November 15, 2012
All good things must end, and with McNally Smith’s fall semester rapidly coming to a close, the inaugural run of the…

McNally Smith Faculty to Present at 74th Annual Iowa Music Educators Association Conference

November 12, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to be sending four members of its fine faculty south of the (Minnesota) border…

McNally Smith Lends Student Talent, Improv Orchestra for Zeitgeist’s 4th Annual New Music Cabaret

November 8, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to announce a new partnership with the forward-thinking, St. Paul-based music quartet Zeitgeist—an…

First-Ever “Hip-Hop Studies Mixer” Aims to Deliver Diverse Mix of Talent to McNally Smith

November 6, 2012
McNally Smith is excited to announce the first installment of a new monthly event conceived by the nation’s first-ever Hip-Hop Studies…

This Weekend! McNally Smith Musical Theater
Ensemble Presents: The Rocky Horror Show

November 1, 2012
Halloween may be in the rear view mirror, but that doesn’t mean that all of 2012’s freaky fun has passed…

Alumni Alison Scott, Founders of Secret Stash Records and More Return to McNally Smith for Inaugural “Playback” Event

October 30, 2012
Over the last quarter-century, McNally Smith College of Music has equipped thousands of students with the tools to thrive in…

Rootsy Rising Star Chastity Brown up Next for Sound Bite Series

October 29, 2012
Fresh off of her triumphant maiden voyage across the pond, Knoxville-bred, Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Chastity Brown is gearing up to deliver…

McNally Smith Hosts Twin Cities Brass Day 2012

October 22, 2012
Hot on the heels of yet another successful Twin Cities Saxophone Day, McNally Smith College of Music and MacPhail Center For…

Student Spotlight Series: David Gerald Sutton

October 17, 2012
McNally Smith Student Spotlight Series: David Gerald Sutton Music Video: “The Vertical Horizon” by David Gerald Sutton    

McNally Smith Presents Devil’s Advocate:
Give it Away, The Culture of Free

October 17, 2012
Emily White’s unwittingly incendiary blog post, I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With, remains a poignant talker even four months after the NPR intern kicked a…

This Tuesday: Live at Five 2012–13 Kicks Off
with Jay Fuchs and Special Guests!

October 15, 2012
Catch the debut of the 2012–13 Live at Five concert series this Tuesday, October 16, featuring a performance from Music Theory…

McNally Smith’s Speakeasy Returns This Friday
w/ DJ Jeff Kamin of MPR/Books & Bars

October 11, 2012
Rolling into the thick of Rock-tober is the third installment of the Speakeasy Series — a fun, free hang at…

Zebulon Pike Promises Maximum Volume for Second Installment of Soundbite Series

October 10, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music’s almighty Sound Bite Series rolls on into the brisk Minnesota fall, and what better band to represent…

McNally Smith’s Joe Mabbot Returns to Billboard Charts

October 4, 2012
McNally Smith Music Technology instructor Joe Mabbott has returned to the Billboard Charts for his contributions to Minneapolis-based emcee Brother Ali’s new release, Mourning in America…

Introducing “The Frequency:” A Weekly Update for the McNally Smith Community

October 1, 2012
To help students and faculty stay up to date with what’s happening on (and occasionally off) campus,  McNally Smith College of…

McNally Smith Releases 2012–13 Live at Five Schedule

September 25, 2012
Students at McNally Smith College of Music have long reaped the benefits of learning from some of the top musicians…

Second Installment of McNally Smith’s Speakeasy This Friday w/ DJ Derrick Stevens of The Current

September 18, 2012
Fall is in the air, and with the crisp weather comes the second installment of Speakeasy Series — a fun, free…

McNally Smith and MCAD Team up to Offer Students Valuable Portfolio and Networking Opportunities

September 17, 2012
This Fall, McNally Smith College of Music (MSCM) is partnering with Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) to present audio+music+media (AM2)…

This Saturday! Twin Cities Saxophone Day 2012

September 17, 2012
Twin Cities Saxophone Day is once again coming to McNally Smith College of Music in 2012! Saturday, September 22, marks the sixth time…

P.O.S. Kicks Off McNally Smith’s Soundbite Series’ Sophomore Season Next Thursday, Sept. 20

September 13, 2012
Will next week get here already?! It’s only seven days until the almighty P.O.S. takes the stage at McNally Smith College…

Singer/Songwriter Jeremy Messersmith Named 2012-13 Artist-In-Residence at McNally Smith

September 12, 2012
Prominent Twin Cities-based singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith has been selected to serve as the 2012-13 Artist-In-Residence at McNally Smith College of…

McNally Smith Presents Dissonance: A Concert/Conversation Focusing On Mental Health

September 12, 2012
In observance of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, McNally Smith College of Music presents a very special concert/conversation entitled Dissonance: Mental Health…

Incoming McNally Smith Student Evan Jensen Devises Clever Plan To Cover Tuition Costs

September 6, 2012
It’s the best time of the year at McNally Smith College of Music. Fresh faces have been buzzing about campus all…

McNally Smith Announces 2012-13 Sound Bite Series Line-Up

September 4, 2012
A new school year is upon us at McNally Smith College of Music, and to get everyone even more excited about…

McNally Smith Students to Take Center Stage at the Minnesota State Fair

August 21, 2012
Six McNally Smith bands/performers will get the chance to showcase their talents for more than 200,000 people at the upcoming…

Legendary Musician/Artist David Byrne Speaking at McNally Smith in September

August 17, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to sponsor 89.3 The Current’s presentation of an evening with David Byrne at…

African Delegation from State Department Visits with McNally Smith Hip-Hop Studies Department

August 16, 2012
  McNally Smith College of Music was extremely honored to host representatives from the U.S. Department of State and a delegation of African…

McNally Smith Speakeasy Series Launches Tomorrow w/ Help From Guest Deejay JT Bates

August 9, 2012
The MSCM Speakeasy Series is Here! Tomorrow (Friday, August 10) marks McNally Smith’s inaugural Speakeasy get together, featuring uber-drummer JT Bates as guest…

McNally Smith Salutes Troops With Tuition Break For Veterans

August 6, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music has increased its matching of veteran-specific federal financial aid programs for the upcoming 2012–13 academic…

Rising Twin Cities hip hop star MaLLy tapped to be Artist In Residence for MSCM 2012 MIX Workshop

August 1, 2012
It is with great excitement that McNally Smith College of Music announces rising Twin Cities hip hop star MaLLy as its 2012 MIX Workshop Artist in…

McNally Smith Introduces Speakeasy Series

July 31, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is opening its doors and inviting the public to its gorgeous downtown St. Paul campus…

McNally Smith Emerging Artist Series Hits St. Paul Music Venues (July 30-Aug 9)

July 26, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music will be showing off some its top ensembles during its 2012 Emerging Artist Series. The Artists’ Quarter,…

McNally Smith and School Of Rock Unite for Camp Interstellar Summer Workshop

July 25, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music’s summer programming continues next week with a visit from the School of Rock — one of…

McNally Smith’s Adam Levy Receives Accolade from Star Tribune, Wraps Honeydogs’ Tour, Set To Play MN Zoo

July 24, 2012
It’s been a busy summer for Adam Levy, assistant to McNally Smith College of Music President Harry Chalmiers. Levy’s longtime…

McNally Smith’s Theater Ensemble Presents:
School House Rock Live!

July 23, 2012
Who could ever forget the impossibly catchy and invaluably informative songs that School House Rock embedded into America’s collective conscious…

Job Opening: Part Time Line Cook @ Sound Bite Cafe

July 23, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is looking for a PT Line/prep cook who is hardworking, reliable and motivated, to assist…

Student Spotlight: McNally Smith Vocal Student
Kara Laudon

July 19, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to kick off its brand new Student Spotlight video series by highlighting the achievements of…

Jeremy Messersmith and Sean McPherson Contribute to MPR’s Discussion on Paying for Music in the Digital Age

July 10, 2012
Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past month, you know about NPR intern Emily White’s incendiary blog…

Free Music Clinics at McNally Smith During Twin Cities Jazz Festival, June 29-30th

June 27, 2012
Clinics on Friday, June 29th           2:30 to 3:30 Francisco Mela (Drum Clinic) It’s no secret…

Job Opening: Chief Financial Officer

June 18, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is currently seeking a Chief Financial Officer. Job Summary: The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will…

McNally Smith Faculty/Students/Alumni Performing at Stone Arch Bridge Festival, June 15-17

June 14, 2012
This weekend, over 40 bands will take the stage at this year’s Stone Arch Bridge Festival in Minneapolis. The family-friendly…

McNally Smith Summer Open House is June 23rd!

June 14, 2012
Interested in attending McNally Smith College of Music? Want to meet our faculty, tour our facilities and connect with potential…

McNally Smith’s Gordy Knudtson Performs On Austin City Limits

June 11, 2012
Austin City Limits will be re-airing an episode from its 2011 season featuring the Steve Miller Band with McNally Smith…

McNally Smith’s Dave Stanoch Joins Modern Drummer’s Educational Team

June 7, 2012
Longtime McNally Smith faculty member Dave Stanoch—an in-demand drummer (both locally and nationally) who has played with the likes of…

Nice Ride Has Arrived On Campus!

June 5, 2012
Nice Ride Giveaway Winners Grand Prize Winners (one-year subscriptions) Ashley Knudsen Alex Lauer Winners of a 4-pack of day passes…

Dr. Eva Beneke Joins McNally Smith Guitar Department

June 4, 2012
McNally Smith is proud to announce that Dr. Eva Beneke—an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, teacher and arranger—will be joining…

McNally Smith President and Instructor to Discuss Creative Career Planning

May 31, 2012
McNally Smith is proud to announce that school President Harry Chalmiers, along with Sean McPherson (Co-Founder of Heiruspecs, Trivia Mafia…

McNally Smith to Host Workshops for MN Music Summit

May 30, 2012
McNally Smith is proud to partner with the Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) in presenting the Minnesota Music Summit on June 8th…

Nice Ride comes to McNally Smith Campus

May 29, 2012
Nice Ride Minnesota’s bright green bikes are finally coming to downtown St. Paul, and McNally Smith College of Music is…

McNally Smith Student Claims Prestigious Grant

May 25, 2012
McNally Smith’s David Sutton has reason to smile. The third year string performance major has received one of the Cedar…

Grand Old Day 2012: Teen Battle of the Bands Finalists Announced

May 23, 2012
Thanks to all the great teen bands that applied to be a part of this year’s Teen Battle of the…

Register Today! Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans 2012

May 16, 2012
Fancy yourself an adolescent guitar hero? Prove it at McNally Smith’s Clash of the Teen Guitar Titans 2012! Pit your…

2012 Edition of Composed Now Available

May 14, 2012
We are proud to announce that the 2012 edition of Composed—The Literary Journal of McNally Smith College of Music is…

McNally Smith Announces Partnership With Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India

May 10, 2012
In 1968, the Beatles traveled to India to immerse themselves in the country’s rich musical and spiritual culture. Their transcendent…

Register for the McNally Smith Teen Battle of the Bands Competition at Grand Old Days 2012

May 8, 2012
Teen Battle of the Bands Competition at Grand Old Day 2012 Presented by McNally Smith College of Music Sunday, June…

McNally Smith Launches New iPhone App for Musicians

May 2, 2012
Want to teach yourself to read music? Play an instrument? Improve your skills as a musician? There’s an app for…

Story City CD Release Concert Tonight at 7:30pm

April 23, 2012
Featuring McNally Smith Faculty Steve Jennings, Terry Burns, Steve Faison and Dave Schmalenberger!   About Story City Website: http://www.storycitymusic.com/ Twitter:…

McNally Smith Singers Take The Stage at MPR’s Fitzgerald Theater This Sunday

April 13, 2012
This event is part of our Emerging Artist Series at McNally Smith. This concert series gives our students the opportunity…

McNally Smith 2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients

April 9, 2012
PREMIER AWARDS  The Premier Scholarship is a half-tuition scholarship presented to incoming or current McNally Smith College of Music students.…

FT Position Opening in Human Resources

April 8, 2012
The Human Resources Specialist is responsible for supporting the Senior Director of Human Resources in short- and long-term planning and…

Influencial Contemporary Musician, Composer
François Rabbath to Visit McNally Smith

April 6, 2012
Questions about any of the events? Contact Hayley Johnson at hayley.johnson@mcnallysmith.edu.

Award-Winning Saxophonist/Faculty Takes the Stage
at McNally Smith

April 4, 2012
McNally Smith Music Business Chair and award-winning jazz musician Steve Cole takes the stage on campus for the last performance…

Free Concert: Solid Gold Live at McNally Smith (Thurs, 7pm)

April 2, 2012
This Thursday at McNally Smith! Join us for a night of free music and fun featuring… SOLID GOLD! Thursday, April…

X-Tet Ensemble to Perform with Acclaimed Baritone Saxophonist Gary Smulyan

April 2, 2012
On Tuesday, April 10th, The Artists’ Quarter will present a special evening of big band jazz with the McNally Smith…

Faculty Opening: Music Business Instructor (FT)

April 2, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is seeking applications for a full-time instructor for its Music Business Division beginning September 2012.…

McNally Smith Emerging Artist Series Hits St. Paul Music Venues (March 30-April 24)

April 2, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music ensembles to perform at music venues throughout St. Paul from March 30th through April 24th.…

McNally Smith Launches New Twin Cities Music Blog, Major/Minor

March 28, 2012
On Wednesday, McNally Smith College of Music launched its new Twin Cities music blog, Major/Minor. This new online music blog…

McNally Smith Students Win Big at National ASTA Conference

March 27, 2012
Congratulations to McNally Smith’s string ensemble, Rhythm and Bows! Last weekend, they were the recipients of two major honors at…

Assassins: A Musical, This Weekend at McNally Smith

March 26, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music and it’s Musical Theater Ensemble are proud to present…. Assassins: A Musical This weekend only!…

Job Opening: Webmaster/Copywriter Position (Full-Time)

March 20, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is seeking a full time Webmaster/Copywriter to join our marketing department. Responsibilities will include: RESPONSIBILITIES…

Music Photographer Rob Shanahan to Visit McNally Smith

March 12, 2012
Ringo Starr, Shelia E, Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Dave Navarro. You name them, he has photographed them. Rob Shanahan is…

McNally Smith Takes Over SXSW

March 2, 2012
You might have noticed the ribbon in the upper-left hand corner of our website lately… Visit mcnallysmith.edu/sxsw to find out…

McNally Smith Sponsors AP’s 100 Bands You Need to Know SXSW 2012 Day Party

February 27, 2012
In addition to planning our own Rock The Cause Day Party at SXSW this year, we are also proud to…

Free Show: Heiruspecs Live at McNally Smith on Mar. 1st

February 24, 2012
Update: First batch of public tickets have been released. To be added to the guest list, email christian.betancourt@mcnallysmith.edu. Sound Bite…

McNally Smith Launches Hip-Hop Clinics at Twin Cities Libraries

February 22, 2012
Over the next months, McNally Smith College of Music will be hosting a number of hip-hop clinics at libraries around…

In the News: Secret Stash Records

February 17, 2012
Graduates Eric Foss (‘04) and Cory Wong (’07) were written up in City Pages and Vita.mn recently for their work as part of Secret Stash Records.…

In the News: Project Coffee Pot

February 17, 2012
Alum Ben Kelly (’11) and current student Adam Conrad (’12) recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a multidisciplinary theater production — Project…

Live Webcast: The Honeydogs at McNally Smith (2/16 at 7pm)

February 15, 2012
Due to the demand for tickets to see The Honeydogs show on campus this Thursday, we will be live streaming…

McNally Smith Alum Manages Bon Iver to ‘Best New Artist’ Honors

February 14, 2012
From music business student to respected artist manager, McNally Smith College of Music alumnus Kyle Frenette is making a name…

Ticket Info: The Honeydogs at McNally Smith (Feb. 16th, 7pm)

February 13, 2012
The Honeydogs Thursday, Feb. 16th at 7pm McNally Smith College of Music (3rd floor, Sound Bite Cafe) How do I…

Exclusive Videos: Motion City Soundtrack Live at McNally Smith

February 8, 2012
Last semester, McNally Smith students and faculty were treated with an intimate, on-campus performance from national recording artists Motion City…

McNally Smith Alumni Jam with Gary Busey to Celebrate the Life & Times of Music Legend Buddy Holly

February 6, 2012
Hollywood actor Gary Busey revisited his musical roots by paying homage to Buddy Holly on the 53rd anniversary of Holly’s…

Five Upcoming Student Bands Showcased at New Music Machine, Feb. 22

February 3, 2012
Join us at the Triple Rock Social Club on Wed., February 22 for New Music Machine, a night of performances…

The Honeydogs Live at McNally Smith on Feb. 16th

February 2, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is excited to announce the next performance in its Sound Bite Concert Series featuring nationally…

Industry Showcase Tonight at McNally Smith

February 1, 2012
Industry Showcase Presented by McNally Smith College of Music Wednesday, Feb. 1st 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Free, open to…

McNally Smith Open House This Saturday (Feb. 4th)

January 31, 2012
Still time to RSVP to this Saturday’s Open House! Email us or visit our Open House Facebook page to RSVP.…

Full-Time Faculty Position Open at McNally Smith – Composition and Songwriting Department Head

January 27, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is seeking a Department Head for its Composition and Songwriting Department. The Department Head plans…

This Weekend: Deepwinter Bonfire Presented By McNally Smith College of Music

January 26, 2012
McNally Smith College of Music is proud to present a unique musical experience this Saturday featuring a celebration of spontaneous…

McNally Smith Alums to Perform at Buddy Holly Event with Academy Award Nominee Gary Busey

January 24, 2012
Many music fans know February 3, 1959, as “The Day the Music Died” when Buddy Holly and two other musicians…

McNally Smith Faculty Toki Wright Named “Best Emcee” at 6th Annual Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards

January 23, 2012
Last weekend, McNally Smith Hip-Hop Studies faculty member and Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright was named this year’s “Best Emcee” at…

Monday Night Vocal Workshop Returns for Spring 2012

January 19, 2012
The Monday Night Vocal Workshops are designed for working and/or non-working singers who want to further their skills as a…

New Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree Available This Fall

January 19, 2012
Starting Fall 2012, students at McNally Smith College of Music will be able to pursue a new degree: The highly…

Deepwinter Bonfire Brings Dozens of Musicians, DJs, and Break Dance Crews Together for Improvised Show at McNally Smith and History Theatre

January 10, 2012
In the dead of winter on January 28, 2012, a diverse group of dynamic, progressive musicians and other artists from…

McNally Smith Named 2012 Top Small Business Success Story by Twin Cities Business Magazine

January 3, 2012
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/s5JF1K