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Artist in Residence Artists Roster: Music

Copper Street Brass Quintet

Copper Street Brass QuintetThe Copper Street Brass Quintet (CSBQ) represents the evolution of the brass quintet. Our mission is to use our youthful perspective and unique repertoire to engage communities, educate students, and enhance the lives of the many. The quintet is a performing and educating ensemble whose primary activities are two-fold: 1) to engage and enhance communities through their concerts, and 2) to educate diverse student groups about the significance and power of music. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2007, The CSBQ set up shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2008 where, through their inventive concerts, engaging classroom programs, and a host of original arrangements, they’ve transcended the brass quintet box and evolved into something fresh. As a full-time performing and educating ensemble, the group has performed countless concerts and classroom presentations from Massachusetts to Montana. The Copper Street Brass Quintet fulfills its mission by teaching students and performing for communities through their educational residencies. There are few opportunities in small towns around the Midwest to see performances of live brass music and fewer still to have sustained, indepth interactions with professional musicians. The CSBQ’s residencies are designed to bring an unparalleled, up-close musical experience to students and band programs.

The Copper Street Brass Quintet
Minneapolis, MN, 55403
Office: 612-722-3667
Email: quintet@copperstreetbrass.com
Web: www.copperstreetbrass.com

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Double Play (Amy Ridings and Patrick Sciannella)

Double PlayDouble Play flute and tuba presents “European Cruise” or “Great Stories in Music” assembly programs.  Both offer a wide variety of music as well as substantial introductions to the workings of the woodwind and brass families of instruments.  The duo also offers workshops  that may be utilized as a “one-time” visit or as the focus for residency core-groups.  The Science of Sound provides an introduction to acoustics; Reading, Writing and Rhthym introduces the musical “alphabet” and its relationship to the musical staff.

Double Play (Amy Ridings and Patrick Sciannella)
Farmington Hills, MI  48335
(248) 977-8814
E-mail Double Play
Web site: www.doubleplayfluteandtuba.com

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Sowah Mensah

Sowah MensahSowah Mensah, an accomplished performer, composer, and director has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria and is currently a music professor at both Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.  With over 20 years of residency experience, Sowah has worked with pre-schools, elementary, high school, and college level students exploring the sounds, music, and culture of Africa.  Teachers and students participate in hands-on instruction using drums, gyil (traditional xylophones), assorted Orff instruments and dance.  Culminating performances include traditional Ghanaian singing games, songs with optional harmony, percussion accompaniment, gyil ensembles, and traditional Ghanaian dance.

Contact information:
sowahmensah@gmail.com
www.sowahmensah.com
(651) 276-5113

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Penny and Pals (Penny Andrist)

Penny Andrist of Penny and PalsPenny Andrist has been aptly described as having a truly magical connection with children. A former public school educator, Penny has combined her educational background with her musical talent to form Penny & Pals – a performing group which has written and produced seven CDs of music and presented thousands of concerts at schools, festivals, fairs, conferences and community celebrations. The original music has received numerous national and international awards.

The overarching theme for Penny & Pals residency is “A Very Good Me”. Within this context, we focus on several general themes such as: Character education; Health and fitness; Lyrics and literacy; and Musical genres. Penny will lead group discussions regarding songwriting and positive messages promoted through lyrics. Each group working with Penny will learn at least one original song common to all grade levels as well as a song unique to their specific grade level. Students will do basic blocking, actions and creative movement. All groups are included in a culminating school-wide assembly where they perform with Penny and for one another.

Penny and Pals (Penny Andrist)
Fargo, ND
(701) 293-8004
E-mail Penny and Pals
Web site: www.pennyandpals.com

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Spirit

Photo of SpiritAfter living in the Twin Cities, Spirit missed the land of North Dakota and returned to live in Jamestown. She has trained in multiple creative arts including hand drumming, dancing, Spring Forest Qigong, and television and film production. Through her company, Harmonious Living, Spirit integrates her talents to conduct classes, workshops, retreats, and residencies in Minnesota and North Dakota teaching UMOJA MUSIC (Hand Drumming & Percussion), SPIRIT DANCE (Creative Movement and Motion), and SPRING FOREST QIGONG (Traditional Chinese Healing). She believes in the ability to heal herself as well as the ability for people to heal themselves and each other through developing communication skills utilizing music, movement, quieting the mind, and healthy eating skills. In teaching UMOJA MUSIC she has witnessed wonderful improvements in student’s coordination, communication skills, left and right brain development, and overall performance.

UMOJA MUSIC Sample Youth Workshop: The goal when playing music with young people is to create a participatory music experience where everyone shares the same song. Spirit teaches, through rhythm, the principles of community, creativity and cooperation. Umoja Music Youth Workshops encourage young people to experience three of life’s fundamental lessons: 

  • Support – to build community
  • Stepping Out – to develop individual creativity
  • Sharing – to foster cooperation

Through the shared expression of music, young people can learn to strengthen connections between each other to create a healthier environment. All participants will be totally involved in the workshop, regardless of their level of musical ability. Drums, bells, shakers, sticks and other percussion instruments will be provided. Participants begin by discussing what is hoped to be accomplished in the workshop, as well as some basic principles and history of drumming. A simple rhythmic pattern is introduced and then voices are added in a call and response way. Through the interweaving of these rhythmic patterns and voices, participants experience the mind expanding power of music to break down social barriers of ethnicity, gender, age, physical or mental ability. This shared experience can also serve as a foundation to discuss, in the workshop or subsequently, such issues as the history of the drum, racism in America or other related topics. Through rhythm, we’re in time together. Through melody, we’re in tune together. Through harmony, we live and work in peace together. We are the song!

Spirit
Fargo, ND  58102
(701) 320-3551
Email: harmoniousliving1@gmail.com

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Chuck Suchy

Photo of Chuck SuchySinger/songwriter Chuck Suchy (soo’key) is a working North Dakota farmer whose well-rooted universally-themed songs and stories have earned broad acclaim and esteemed venues including Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.

Chuck is excited about bringing his life/craft into the classroom, exposing students to how his art comes from and integrates with real life. Through deconstruction of his own compositions and stories of their origins, helping them through writing and editing processes, he opens students to the possibility of hearing and creating their own music.

Chuck Suchy
Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 663-7682
Email: chucksuchy@msn.com

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The Coats

The CoatsNationally touring artists, The Coats are the Pacific Northwest’s premier A Cappella Vocal band.  They have performed for MDA benefits, the Susan G. Komen foundation, high school colleges, fairs, festivals, and community concerts across the country.  The Coats have performed for the President of the United States, and have shared the stage with dozens of acts such as; Jay Leno, The Beach Boys, Trisha Yearwood, Hall & Oats, Jewell and have appeared on the now syndicated comedy, “Frasier”! Their intensely arranged, yet hilarious, interactive performances are a seamless blend of music and comedy.  The Coats find immense pleasure in working with young audiences and musicians through workshops and residencies geared for all ages.  Their Synergy workshop helps young singers transform their individual talents into unlimited group potential and offers instruction on the challenges found in choir instruction.

Doug Wisness
The Coats
P.O. Box 296
Puyallup, WA. 98371

Phone: (253) 446-0580
Fax: (253) 446-0581
Email: booking@thecoats.net
Website: www.thecoats.net

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