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4 Cool Summer Music Camps Announced by McNally Smith College of Music

2010 Summer Programs Announced at McNally Smith College of Music


ST. PAUL, MINN., — February 9, 2010 — Get your act together and have your axe and gear ready for the 2010 McNally Smith College of Music’s Summer Workshops ( The full lineup for the 2010 Summer Workshop series has just been announced. The always popular summer sessions are ideal places to develop the talents and chops of aspiring musicians — and those who want to work in the music business.

Both fun and educational, the four summer workshops hosted this year include: The Jazz Workshop, The

Hip-Hop Workshop, The Guitar Workshop and the Music Industry Experience Workshop (see descriptions of each below). These high-impact workshops are taught by McNally Smith faculty and fellow professionals from the music industry, and boast a great track record of satisfied attendees, teachers and parents! All four workshops are designed for students ages 13 and up.

Sign up soon since the workshops will fill up fast, and remember, early registration is rewarded.

· $400 until March 15, 2010 ($425 after March 15)

· Supervised Housing is also available at the 2009 price of $600 until March 15, 2010. Meals are included in the housing cost ($650 after March 15).

Saturday, June 26 – Thursday, July 1, 2010

Director: Scott Agster

Open to musicians of all skill levels (including vocalists), the summer Jazz Workshop offers an immersion in jazz music and improvisation. Students will be instructed by members of the McNally Smith faculty (led by trombonist Scott Agster) and top musicians from the region, whose credits include touring experience with everyone from the Artie Shaw Orchestra to Prince. Programming includes ensemble training, improvisational theory and technique, master classes, jazz history and more. The Jazz Workshop culminates with a live student concert, which will be recorded for a CD.

Saturday, June 26 – Thursday, July 1, 2010

Director: Jerry Kosak

This six-day Guitar Workshop is specifically designed for the beginning guitarist with an interest in both the educational and performance side of the music industry. The workshop will help young guitarists better understand the role of guitar in contemporary music and introduce players to potential careers in the music industry. The McNally Smith College of Music Guitar Workshop will offer an opportunity to learn how to read music for guitar, record in a studio, perform in a band and experience a wide variety of guitar music styles.

Saturday, June 26 – Thursday, July 1, 2010

Director: Sean McPherson

Come join the second year of the McNally Smith Hip-Hop Workshop program. This workshop is led by Sean ‘Twinkie Jiggles’ McPherson, a hip-hop history instructor at McNally Smith and the co-founder of the Twin Cities hip-hop band, Heiruspecs. Fellow teachers include many of the Twin Cities’ finest hip-hop artists including Rhymesayers artist, Toki Wright, who is also the program coordinator for the Hip-Hop Diploma at McNally Smith. A field trip is planned to key Twin Cities hip-hop locations including the 5th Element and Juxtaposition Arts. In one week, aspiring Hip-Hoppers will get many points of view from the hip-hop world and have the opportunity to work on their own music.

Tuesday, August 17 – Sunday, August 22, 2010

Director: Sean McPherson

The Music Industry Experience (MIX) Workshop is celebrating its third year and is recognized in the region as one of the outstanding overall music industry programs. Students will get a snapshot of the music biz with nationally renowned McNally Smith faculty and a professional band-in-residence. Students will choose between three different focuses: performance, recording technology or music business. Students will also enjoy presentations in multi-media classrooms and work directly on projects of their choice in McNally Smith’s state of the art recording studios, ensemble spaces and project suites.

For more information about all the summer programs, please contact Sean McPherson at [email protected], or 800-594-9500 or check out

For more information about the summer workshops and the McNally Smith College of Music in general, please contact Martin Keller at Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585, or [email protected].