MacPhail Center for Music

MacPhail Center for Music


We're thrilled to welcome back Mark from MacPhail Center for Music! Participants from STARS also got to show him their new music room!
I began voice lessons, with Miss Bobbi Blake, in 1956, when it was called MacPhail School of Music. I was 12 years old, and four other instructors thought my voice wasn’t mature enough for the rigors of voice training! When I started, the lessons cost $3 for a half an hour. Five years later the cost was up to $7 or $10. I began taking lessons again in 1977 or ‘78, for three years. By this time, she had married , and her name was Bobbi Blake Barr.

I have such good memories of those years at MacPhail, and was delighted to see it is the largest and oldest community based music entity in the USA, and still going strong. I continue to sing, although COVID-19 has changed our world, so my audience is much smaller now, most often it is my cat and I.
Be sure to explore our selection of podcasts that we recorded with MMacPhail Center for Music. Learn about the benefits of music on children’s development.
Join the MacPhail Center for Music as they host their Family Free Series this Saturday at 10am in Antonello Hall. The show will showcase a variety of upbeat percussion pieces sure to excite young children to make music and move around.

Each child can make their own instrument and bring it to the show! On the way out they will receive a grab bag.

This is a free event, no tickets required. More details here:
Great post from our business friends in the The The Mill District, MacPhail Center for Music. Let's all be the best version of ourselves with strong character shaped by critical thinking and education.
Víkingur Ólafsson's masterclass at MacPhail Center for Music is today! This event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited, seating is distanced and masks are required for all attendees regardless of vaccination status. For more information, visit MacPhail's website at the link below >>
Join MacPhail Center for Music for La Música y la Familia! at Harwood Creek Library in Forest Lake on Tuesday, January 4 at 10:30 a.m. Through hands-on musical play activities families will experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness. Registration is required:

This program is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
All performers in this Sunday's Chamber Music Fundraiser, hosted by The Newington Cropsey Foundation have performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and internationally with leading orchestras and ensembles.

🎶 Viola players are Chi-Chi Bestmann and Kathryn Lockwood

Chi-Chi Bestmann is a native of Taiwan, conductor and violist. Ms. Bestmann now resides in St. Paul, MN where she is a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and MacPhail Center for Music and freelances with various ensembles including the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera.

Kathryn Lockwood is the Artistic Director for both the “Four Seasons of Music” Series at the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, NY and the “Music@MoMA” Series MoMA The Museum of Modern Art – an intimate salon style chamber music series. She teaches at both the UMass Amherst and at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.

🎶 One of the cello performers is Alan Weinstein, a founding member of the Kandinsky Trio. He is also a winner of national awards such as the Chamber Music America Residency Award. He also is the recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts Meet the Composer Award. He is assistant professor of and at Virginia Tech. (


Sunday, November 21, 1:00–3:00pm
The Newington-Cropsey Foundation
25 Cropsey Lane Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

ArtsWestchester River Journal Yonkers Arts Westchester Philharmonic Westchester County Government
No entry fee! Public will vote for final winners. Awards and reception TBA.
Ascension's string scholars played at Orchestra Hall in 2016 before a Minnesota Orchestra concert. We are so proud of our long partnership with MacPhail Center for Music that makes instrument lessons available to our scholars.
Amazing show at The MacPhail Center for Music this Saturday! Two sets! Show is free but you'll need to reserve your tickets ahead of time as we are limiting the number of attendees. Use the link to reserve tickets. See you Saturday!
Walker | West’s Music For Families class returns this fall.⁣

Led by MacPhail Center for Music teaching artist, Ivory Doublette, our Music For Families program features activities for children ages 0 thru age 6. Each week will include plenty of singing, movement activities, creative projects and hands-on creative play.⁣

Class #1: Saturday, September 18 - Saturday, November 6th from 10-10:45am each week.⁣

Class #2: Saturday, September 18 - Saturday, November 6th from 11-11:45am each week.⁣

Experience the joy of creating a musical community with us! Choose a Saturday time for your family and register today.⁣
Class sizes are limited. Tuition assistance is available. Contact Student Services for scholarship help at [email protected] or call 651-224-2929.⁣

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Have you taken some time to practice music today? 🎶It's the best way to learn!


One week away! Get your tickets to Iridescence, a farewell concert for Artistic Director Mischa Santora ✨🎶

Featuring Chris Rochester, saxophone, Andrea Leap, voice, PaviElle French, voice, Charmaine Douglas, voice, Bryan Nichols, keyboard, L.A. Buckner, keyboard, Greg Byers, bass, Sue Ruby, piano, and David Feily, guitar.

Purchase tickets on our website:


Meet father daughter duo Audrey and Ken! Two generations of MacPhail students in two different MacPhail community choirs. Audrey is a member of the MacPhail Community Youth Choir and Ken is a member of Mill City singers. Stay tuned for more of their story!


Happy 🎶This day was launched just 5 years ago to celebrate an over 400 year old art form and to appreciate the vibrancy of opera today!

The date October 25th was selected through collaboration between OPERA America, Opera Europa and Ópera Latinoamérica to honor the birthdays of composers Georges Bizet and Johann Strauss II.

We are honored to have multiple magnificent opera singers within our faculty. Do you recognize the teaching artists in these performance photos? There's Mikalia Bradberry (top), Dennis Petersen (bottom left), Ellie Dehn (bottom middle), and Andrea Leap (bottom right).

Fostering Music Creating with Michael Cain - MacPhail 10/24/2023

"Engagement leads to better retention." Explore ways to strenthen communication in music learning with Electronic Music Recording Arts Director, Michael Cain.

Fostering Music Creating with Michael Cain - MacPhail EMRA Director Michael Cain discusses the wave of content creation, creativity, and improvisation among teacher and student.


Tomorrow! Join us for this InChoir event to experience the joy of being part of a choral community!

During this open rehearsal you'll have the opportunity to sit alongside our members and work with renowned director, Jerry Rubino No long term commitment necessary!

Please register to attend:

Photos from MacPhail Center for Music's post 10/20/2023

MacPhail teaching artists Pınar Başgöze and Susana Pinto make up Duo Harmonia - Basgoze-Pinto Piano Duo. Pınar is a native of Ankara, Turkey. Susana is a native of Lisbon, Portugal.

Duo Harmonia is rooted in a mutual passion to connect musical traditions from different countries in order to enrich their audiences' understanding of cultural musics.

Over the next few weeks, their ensemble will perform concerts around Lisbon, Portugal. One of those concerts will be live on Portuguese National Radio at Fundação das Casas de Fronteira e Alorna. Bon voyage and break a leg!!


Enjoy the Complete Solo Works of Giulio Regondi, an early romantic guitar performance by MacPhail teaching artisit, Jeff Lambert.

Visit our website to tune in now:


Join us for this InChoir event to experience the joy of being part of a choral community! Have you been thinking of joining a choir but feel timid? Or maybe you're hesitant to commit to a group because you're not sure what to expect. Voices of Experience is one of our Music for Life ensembles dedicated to adults 55+. This chorus is a partnership between MacPhail Center for Music and the Minnesota Chorale.

During this open rehearsal you'll have the opportunity to sit alongside our members and work with renowned director, Jerry Rubino No long term commitment necessary!

Please register to attend:


J.D. Steele is the king of keeping kids engaged. MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC) rehearsals are filled with love and joy. Members practice songs, learn new music, and strengthen their solos. Stay tuned for more on these talented young singers 🎤🎶

Learn more about MCYC on our website:


Applications Open! We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2024 programs through Acceptd:

Early bird application fee available through December 1
Applications due February 15

If you love string quartets, tight knit communities, and beautiful serenity, you will have the best experience on Madeline Island. Meet your closest friends and finest collaborators while being inspired by the top string quartets and faculty in the world!


MacPhail teaching artist, Joe Kaiser is a member of the Teaching Artists Training Institute's 2024 Lab Cohort!

Joe brings so much knowledge and dedication to his students in multiple departments at MacPhail. He will be a phenomenal addition to this cohort. Congratulations, Joe!!


Ekwe™ is a mobile-based music platform which brings a new level of ease to digital music creation. This mobile app was co-created by Michael Cain, musician, music educator, and director of our Electronic Music and Recording Arts (EMRA) program. MacPhail students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to reedem one FREE year of music making with Ekwe:


A memorable night is in the making as this farewell concert for Artistic Director Mischa Santora explores iridescence ✨🎶


Student Spotlight! Congrats to voice student Laila Elazab who will be performing the role of Morticia in the Addams Family at Children's Performing Arts.
Laila's voice teacher, Mikyoung Park, is excited for her student. "Laila is a highly dedicated student that loves being on-stage."
Break a leg, Laila! Get tickets to the show:


Rimshots! doesn't miss a beat! This percussion ensemble is excited to kick off their 2023-2024 season with new members, music, and memories to be made.

Rimshots! is led by percussion faculty Bjorn Grina-Shay and MacPhail President & COO, Paul Babcock.

“I’m very excited about the upcoming season with Rimshots! We have some amazing new members and welcome back for his third year Brandon Sattler who is a wonderful young percussionist. I’m also really excited about the music we will be playing. It includes music from various parts of the world and also newly created pieces that will showcase the creativity of the musicians in Rimshots! We will be performing at MacPhail’s Percussion Showcase on March 9 and also in MacPhail’s Performance Festivals on December 10 and May 5.” - Paul Babcock.

Photographed by Jen With A Lens Photography 👏

More on Rimshots!

Spotlight Virtual Concert Series: A City, A Belonging featuring the poetry of Sasha Suarez - MacPhail 10/09/2023

Today, we join the nation in celebrating and honoring Indigenous Peoples' Day!
Through our programs and collaborations, we strive to amplify Indigenous voices, music, and create spaces for cultural exchange. Let us come together to acknowledge the resilience, wisdom, and beauty of Indigenous cultures.

We'd like to highlight this Virtual Spotlight Series Concert featuring the poetry of Sasha Suarez. Sasha Maria Suarez (White Earth Ojibwe) is a scholar, poet, essayist, and short story writer. This concert intertwines Sasha's poetry with a musical performance featuring Charmaine Douglas, voice, Christopher Rochester, music, Kavyest Kaviraj, keyboard, and Mischa Santora, videography. Learn more about this performance on our website:

Join us in celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day and continuing the journey towards a more inclusive and equitable world.

Spotlight Virtual Concert Series: A City, A Belonging featuring the poetry of Sasha Suarez - MacPhail MacPhail Center for Music presents a SPOTLIGHT VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES performance A City, A Belonging featuring the poetry of Sasha Suarez.

Photos from MacPhail Center for Music's post 10/08/2023

Another season of Prelude has begun! This singer-actor lab prepares students for a career in the performing arts. Stay tuned for 2023-2024 Prelude performances!

Are you interested in becoming a part of Prelude? Auditions are still available upon special request. Learn more at

Photos from MacPhail Center for Music's post 10/05/2023

Happy Customer Service Appreciation Week to our incredible Student Services team! Here are a few of the helpful, friendly faces that you'll see upon entering MacPhail.
Student Services, thank you for all you do! 🧡🎶

Photos from MacPhail Center for Music's post 10/04/2023

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! To celebrate, MacPhail Voice Instructor, Mikalia Bradberry, shared her admiration for Celia Cruz:

National Hispanic Heritage Month would not be complete without mentioning Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, La Reina del Salsa (The Queen of Salsa). Born in Cuba, Celia Cruz was a pioneering voice for Afro-Latinas around the world. Her distinct tone and vocal genius led her to 80 albums and songs, 23 Gold Records, and five Grammy Awards. Her influence can be heard throughout Latin music today and will be further solidified in American history as she will be the first Afro-Latino to be imprinted on the United States Quarter in 2024. !Azucar! There are so much to pay homage to this month and throughout the year. Who's your favorite Latin musical artist?

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us


Join us for a farewell concert for Spotlight Series Artistic Director, Misha Santora. "My final Spotlight concert at MacPhail attempts to capture some of the beauty and hope we have channeled on the stage of Antonello Hall over the last decade." Featuring Chris Rochester, saxophone, Andrea Leap, voice, and guest artist PaviElle French. Purchase tickets and learn more about the inspiration behind Iridescence on our website:


In our Suzuki Talent Education Program, music learning starts as young as age 3. Students will know the noise a note makes before they even learn how to read music! This is developed through the "mother-tongue" approach. This approach encourages caregivers and families to immerse their children in music education both in and outside of the classroom. Read more about this approach on our website:

Photos from Highland Path's post 10/02/2023
Photos from MacPhail Center for Music's post 09/30/2023

🍁🎶September Notes🎶🍁The fall semester has begun! The MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO) performed at Open Streets West Broadway. There was a Free Family Music Series concert featuring The Bazillions. Indivudual instruction, group classes, ensembles, and more have been filling the halls. Stay tuned to see what October has in store 🎃


It's never too late to learn an instrument! Beginning Piano for Adults is the perfect class to learn piano with other adults in a supportive, relaxed environment. Register by October 3rd:

A Vital Angle in the Suzuki Triangle: Parents - MacPhail 09/28/2023

The Suzuki Triangle demostrates teacher, student, and parent as equals, all playing a role in the music learning process. In MacPhail’s Suzuki Music Education Program, parents play a unique and meaningful role. Read about MacPhail Suzuki parent stories on our website:

A Vital Angle in the Suzuki Triangle: Parents - MacPhail Learn more about the vital role that parents play in the Suzuki triangle which includes the student, the teacher, and the parent.


Children ages 5-8 can learn to play the piano in a fun, relaxed, group environment. Piano for Children is open for registration in Minneapolis, Chanhassen, and Apple Valley! Students will learn to read music, play piano and compose their own pieces. Register today:


“How do you make a cello?” lecture and concert by luthier John R. Waddle, MacPhail faculty Jacqueline Ultan, Beatrice Blanc, and Sue Ruby, with guest Buffalo Community Orchestra principal cellist Dr. Andrew Burgdorf. You are invited to attend a reception with the artists immediately following the event.

Spotlight Series Musical Journeys: Tell Chapel - MacPhail 09/26/2023

This Virtual Spotlight Series Concert is a mix of Frans Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage and imagery of the William Tell Chapel. Concept and director of photography, Mischa Santora, featuring Richard Tostenson on piano.

Visit our website for a full description:

Spotlight Series Musical Journeys: Tell Chapel - MacPhail MacPhail Center for Music presents the SPOTLIGHT performance William Tell Chapel, a musical travelogue featuring Richard Tostenson on piano.


Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from Jon Iverson, Director of Group Instruction at MacPhail:

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, I would like to share a photo of a special visit to MacPhail Center for Music. My aunt, Margarita (right) from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, informed my mother Mary Lou (center) she would be visiting her in Minnesota for a few weeks. It was only fitting that she made a stop at MacPhail!

Music runs deep in my Mexican family. Those who play and sing are wonderfully musical, and there’s a lot of mariachi and folk songs sung, sometimes until late into the night. I have younger cousins who have taken lessons at a large community music school in San Luis (hmm .. maybe we should start a pen pal program … ?)

My aunt Margarita was an executive-level administrator at educational institutions for over forty years. She was overwhelmed by the MacPhail Minneapolis building, as well as the number of students, lessons, and classes held at MacPhail. She was just as proud to tour MacPhail as I was to have her with me that day.

I wish everyone a happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Y muchas gracias, tia Margarita, for coming to visit MacPhail!


Thank you for sharing, Jon! We are honored to have had Margarita visit MacPhail.

Interested in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with us? Submit your stories today:


"I think one of the biggest things Prelude gave me was confidence."
There is still time to audition for Prelude! This singer/actor lab helps students prepare for a career in the performing arts. Learn more and register today:

A MacPhail Story: Matt & Crosby - MacPhail 09/23/2023

A truly touching MacPhail Story! Matt Kassanchuk spent 12 years at MacPhail studying piano with Diana Bearmon until he was 18 years old. She remains to this day, his favorite piano teacher. Now an adult, Matt’s son Crosby takes lessons with her. In addition, Matt will also be taking lessons this fall with Diana! What a beautiful, musical circle 🎶

A MacPhail Story: Matt & Crosby - MacPhail Matt Kassanchuk talks about his experiences learning piano at MacPhail with instructor Diana Bearmon, who is now instructing his son.


MacPhail’s Andrea Leap spoke with MPR host Chris Farrell, U of M psychologist /MN state president of AARP, Dr. Kate Schaefers, about trying new things in the second half of life and the importance of being a lifelong learner.
Listen to the interview:


Jazz combo and ensemble auditions are this Sunday from 2-4pm at MacPhail! Jam and learn with local musicians and talented MacPhail faculty. Learn more on our website:


Beginning Violin for children ages 6-9 is open for registration until September 23rd! Kids will learn basic music reading skills through fun and exciting songs, movement, games, and singing. Register now:


Still reminiscing on this incredible adventure. The MacPhail Suzuki Tour group spent 9-days in Europe. Concerts were performed in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Luxembourg and Bad Kreuznach. Students had fun exploring and performing in multiple cities. Learn more about our Suzuki Program:


Be sure to tune into MPR News with Angela Davis MPR tomorrow morning at 9am! Learn about the joys of being a lifelong learner with MacPhail teaching artist, Andrea Leap!

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Videos (show all)

Meet Asher! An incredible singer, dancer, and member of the MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC) 🎶
Saturday mornings are for MacPhail Community Youth Choir (MCYC) rehearsals. Can you believe these vocals?? Stay tuned to...
Meet MacPhail student, Autumn Langdon. Her MacPhail story ranges from voice lessons and our Prelude: Singer-Actor Lab to...
Barbara Cohen is a part of our Electronic Music Recording Arts Department (EMRA). She teaches composition, songwriting, ...
"I think one of the biggest things Prelude gave me was confidence." There is still time to audition for Prelude! This si...
Still reminiscing on this incredible adventure. The MacPhail Suzuki Tour group spent 9-days in Europe. Concerts were per...
Jazz combo and ensemble audtions will take place Sunday, September 24th from 2-4pm! Jam and learn with local musicians a...
Learn at your own pace in a group environment! Beginner group piano classes at MacPhail are now open for registration. V...
What do you do with a baby and music?? Watch this video and visit our website to learn why we have classes for little on...
5 days on Madeline Island in under a minute. Enjoy this wrap up video of the MacPhail Northside Youth Orchestra (MNYO) a...
Meet MacPhail Jazz Camper, Sophie! This was Sophie’s first time ever at MacPhail. “I love watching the instructors perfo...
Teen musicians came together for Jazz Camp this week at MacPhail! The campers learned standard and modern jazz and steng...




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