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End of Year Review

As the year draws to a close, we are grateful for the encouragement and support we receive from our community. Thank you for being a part of things here at Headwaters Music & Arts. Your involvement, your support and your commitment means will we continue to thrive and grow.

It has been a good year here at Headwaters Music & Arts.

Along with our community events and performances, amazing things happen in our building each week. Youth as well as adults come through our lobby for music lessons, pottery class, or art club. As I work on this letter, I hear the First City Singers work through a new song down in the performance hall – a Monday highlight for me. From community events to one-on-one relationships, each activity helps us bring our mission to life as we provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and inspire the community through music and the arts.

I have probably said way too often that I have the best job in Bemidji. I am not an artist or a musician, but I get to be part of this small but vibrant music and arts organization, knowing that we make an impact. What we do matters.

My dreams for my granddaughter are what we here at Headwaters Music & Arts envision for all of our music and art students. May they learn patience, confidence, and commitment. May they experience music and art literacy and proficiency (with the additional benefits of improved ability to focus, more hand-eye coordination and better test taking and multi-tasking!). May they build positive relationships in a safe and caring atmosphere. And may that spark of creativity sustain them - and fulfill them - throughout their lives.
Our goal is to raise $7,000 before December 31. Your contribution will help us with day-to-day operations, down to heat, sidewalk salt, and light bulbs for piano lamps in the studios. Beyond simply keeping our doors open, our 2020 goals include a furnace for our visual art and pottery studio, additional lighting in our performance hall, additional summer camps, and a native bird and bee-friendly landscaping project. Every dollar makes a big difference.

I invite you to be a part of things here at Headwaters Music & Arts. In fact, please attend our annual meeting 5:30 pm on Monday, December 9. And our Northwoods Winter Concert and Silent Auction is coming up 4-6 pm Sunday, December 8, with performances by our 2018 CD contributors, hors d’oeuvers, desserts and Brigids Pub cash bar. This mandolin, reimagined by artist Sarah Peterson, is one of the silent auction items. Lovely, yes? Tickets are $10. As a contributing member, we cordially invite you to attend as our guest.

With your interest and support, we will accomplish great things in 2020! May your holidays be full of music, art, and all the joy they bring.

Thank you. Thank you!

Tricia Andrews, Executive Director

Headwaters Music & Arts Board of Directors
Carrie Howard, Emily Fairchild, Ashley Charwood, Danielle McAllister, Gary Rients, Amie Lauderbaugh

{You can read and print the original letter here.}

 

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Northwoods Winter Concert & Fundraiser

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates the winter season with a concert and silent auction 4-6 pm Sunday, December 8 at 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji. The event highlights artists featured on the 2018 album, Northwoods Winter: Christmas in Bemidji Vol. III, as well as contributors to our 2016 CD. Both were recorded at Supple Studios in Bemidji. CDs and digital downloads will be available to purchase.

The event will feature live music performed by regional musicians, Sonny Johnson, Annalise Aakhus, Doyle Turner, Lance Benson and Kari Grace, and a silent auction of reimagined instruments. Encore: Instruments Reimagined is a group exhibit and silent auction of transformed, unusable, musical instruments turned into surprising and innovative works of art. Each piece is a unique work of art showcasing the talent of the local artist who donated their time to rework it. Contributing artists include Kathy Gustafson, Terry Honstead, Amanda Kastner, Diamond Knispel, Kim Kovacic, Marti Lundin, Sarah Peterson, and Mary Therese.

Along with great music and art attendees can also look forward to hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a cash bar courtesy of Brigid’s Pub. Proceeds from the event will go towards Headwaters Music & Arts renovation projects while album sales support Headwaters Music & Arts Scholarship Fund, which is dedicated to giving more young musicians the opportunity to learn and love music. Advance tickets are $10, $15 at the door.

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Letters from the Director

October was a busy and good month here at Headwaters. Our art clubs pre-school music class, and Monday pottery sessions kicked off for the fall. We had another successful CoffeeHouse and Open-Mic followed a week later by a music show with Sawyer Corcoran and friends.We received funding through Beltrami Electric's Round up Grant to replace the downright ratty carpeting in an upstairs studio, resource library and hallway. And it is not a super big deal, but we have installed a monitor on a wall in our lobby to highlight upcoming events and reminders. We are actually quite tickled by this communication upgrade - its been in the works for a long time. I should also mention that Headwaters invested in a wifi and internet upgrade and computers for admin staff, all steps long overdue. Our highlight for the month, though, was guest musician Carrie Dlutkowski.

Thanks to the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund we were able to host folk musician Carrie Dlutkowski last week for a series of performances and workshops. Born and raised in Michigan's UP, Carrie is a talented classical and folk musician who during her visit shared her love of Scottish, French-Canadian and Metis (Native/French/Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century. Carrie was able to visit Cass Lake and Red Lake Schools and JW Smith Elementary in Bemidji. She led several fiddle camp workshops along with an Ottawa Valley Step Dance class, and was the musical guest at Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She stopped in for a chat and to play a song for KAXE's Katie Carter. She performed with Brian Miller and Norah Rendell  for an evening concert here at Headwaters. Carrie's mom and sister, also talented musicians, joined in for the final song of the night.

It is a perk of my job that I get a chance to spend time with people like Carrie, and to witness our community's response to her. A third grade student said she wished Carrie was her sister. Another girl shyly asked for her autograph. A Cass Lake High School boy broke out into a traditional dance during one of Carrie's songs. Carrie received a heartfelt standing ovation at the conclusion of the Saturday evening concert; Louise Jackson commented that her fiddle playing crisp, precise, simply lovely.

We enter November with gratitude for all we are able to offer our community, and appreciation for the support we receive that allows us to fulfill our mission.

Tricia Andrews
Executive Director


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You Are Invited to Headwaters Fall Social

5:30-7 pm | Thursday, October 24 | Headwaters Music & Arts Art Studio

Headwaters Music & Arts extends an invitation to you, a supporter of music and arts in our community, to a gathering in your honor on Thursday, October 24th from 5:30 to 7 pm. for socializing, checking out our new volunteer communication platform, and learning about ways to get involved here at Headwaters. We have planned an enticing fall menu which includes local brew from Bemidji Brewery, beef sticks from Stittsworth meats, a selection of cheeses, fall fruits, hot apple cider and, of course, homemade treats.

Headwaters is an expanding program, reaching over 230 students through our music lessons and offering a variety of arts and music experiences for all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, including classes, concerts, workshops, camps, music groups, and clubs. Our vision is to “seek music, engage the arts and build community.” It is in the spirit of building community that we extend this invitation.

Please join us on Thursday, October 24th 5:30 to 7 pm. for an evening of socializing, brainstorming, learning, great snacks, and just plain fun. Send your RSVP to Tricia at headwatersschool@yahoo.com or 444-5606 by Friday, October 18. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tricia Andrews, Executive Director

Mary Thoreson, Volunteer Coordinator

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Carrie Dlutkowski Visits Bemidji

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts Michigan fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski for a concert and a series of workshops providing an overview of the history, style and repertoire of one of three styles of fiddle music: Scottish, French-Canadian, and Metis. With one workshop for ages 5-11, the rest of the workshops are for beginner to advanced fiddle players ages 12 to adult. Participants can choose to attend one workshop or all four sessions. Participants will gain an appreciation of the rich cultural histories behind these musical styles and begin building a repertoire of tunes while exploring the stylistic nuances that make different kinds of fiddle music unique. Sunday's Step Dance workshop is open to all; it complements the fiddle workshops but does not require fiddle playing experience.

Thursday, October 24th
• 6-7 pm – Fiddlin’ Around is a free opportunity for students age 5-11 with any level of playing experience. On Thursday October 24th, 6-7pm, students can bring their violin or fiddle and join fiddler and step dancer Carrie Dlutkowski as the group explores tunes that are adaptable and creative. Students will be able to take the tunes with them as they can be played alone or in a group, by people of any level of experience, and are meant to be crafted by the musicians themselves. Students will develop the confidence to take the tunes home and “play with” them! Students should be accompanied by a guardian. Adults are encouraged to bring a device for recordings which will be useful in future practice.

Friday, October 25
• 6-9 pm Scottish Fiddle Music $25

Saturday, October 26
• 9 am-noon French-Canadian Fiddle Music $25

• 1-4 pm Métis Fiddle Music $25

• 7-9 pm – Carrie Dlutkowski in concert. Carrie will be joined by Minnesota performers Brian Miller and Norah Rendell, musicians and singers with strong backgrounds in Canadian music. Free will donation.

Sunday, October 27
• 1-3 pm Introduction to Ottawa Valley Step Dancing, Students will develop an understanding of the basics of Ottawa Valley step dancing, and of the history that influenced its evolution as a dance form. No fiddle playing experience required. $10 fee

As a classical musician, Dlutkowski has performed in various solo, symphony orchestra and opera orchestra, music theater, and chamber ensemble settings. An accomplished folk musician, she has played in concerts, festivals, interpretive programs, for dances, and on the air. Dlutkowski is also a National Park Interpretive Ranger at Grand Portage National Monument, managing one of the park’s main interpretive locations, the re-created Ojibwe Village.


Carrie Dlutkowski's enthusiasm for the fiddle music of Canada led her to explore its history, with a focus on the development of Scottish, French-Canadian and Métis (Native/French/Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century. Each of these cultural groups claims a strong musical tradition. Carrie offers musical and historical presentations, workshops and performances that take listeners on an exploration of how these styles of music blended and developed through cross-cultural interaction. Dlutkowski is a step dancer in the Ottawa Valley style. As a classical musician, Carrie Dlutkowski has performed in various solo, symphony orchestra and opera orchestra, music theater, and chamber ensemble settings. As a folk musician, she has played in concerts, festivals, interpretive programs, for dances, and on the air.

Brian Miller fell in love with Irish traditional music 25 years ago in the crowd at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, moved from his northern Minnesota hometown of Bemidji to St. Paul and has since become one of the most sought-after musicians in North America’s Irish music scene. Brian has toured widely throughout the US and Canada with bands including Bua and The Lost Forty.

Norah Rendell is a singer, flute player and whistle player that specializes in the traditional folk songs and dance music of Ireland and Canada. For the past 15 years, she has toured internationally with several ensembles including seven years as lead singer and flute player for the award-winning group, The Outside Track. She has also performed with the Two Tap Trio (St. Paul), the Máirtín de Cógáin Project, the Canadian folk string quartet called the Fretless and Paddy O’Brien’s Doon Ceili band in Minnesota. In the past five years years, Norah has built a reputation for herself as a solo artist.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Bemidji Sings winners at Minnesota Sings Statewide Competition

April Aylesworth, Susannah Carter, Charlotte Saxton, and Kari Grace represented Bemidji at Minnesota SIngs this past weekend as they competed against 60 vocalists representing 37 different cities from around the state.

Charlotte and Susannah's poster showcasing their home town was selected as the best one on display, winning them a cool $100 bill.

Only 8 contestants from each category made it into Sunday's finals, and amazingly, Charlotte, Kari and April each made it to the final round. We are delighted to announce that Kari placed third in Division 2, receiving $1000 along with $500 for her town's sponsor, and a 3 hour recording session. Congratulations, Kari! Plus, April took first place in Division 2, winning $3,000 along with $1,000 for her hometown charity, Support Within Reach, $1,000 for her town's sponsor, and a 5 hour professional recording session with studio musicians and a producer.

We at Headwaters Music & Arts sponsored Bemidji Sings because we wanted to encourage

and celebrate our area's amateur vocalists. It is a delightful bonus to be the recipient of some of the great cash prizes given away at Minnesota Sings' big show. We are grateful for this support - as well as for the generous funding we received from Region 2 Arts Council and Bemidji Area Arts Endowment. Our hearts are, well, singing.

The tentative date for Bemidji Sings! 2020 is Thursday, August 6, with David Eichholz of Deuces Wild returning to emcee our third year of singing, laughter and fun. See you then!

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Make a Splash Fall Kick Off & Instructor Showcase

It has become a tradition here at Headwaters Music & Arts to kick off our fall season with an open house - this year's theme was Make a Splash. Most years this means a free event with popcorn, cotton candy, games, prizes and face painting, along with a chance to meet our music and art instructors, try out an assortment of musical instruments, and sign up for music lessons, art classes, workshops or events. I like how quickly the performance hall goes from ready, tidy and calm to a cacophony of conversation, movement and exploration.

What I especially love about our open house is the sense of possibility. It starts when they pick up a guitar, violin or cello, and learn from Sabbastian, Amanda or Dan how to even hold the instrument. How does it feel? What sounds does it make? Can you imagine the songs you could play? One boy arrived with his mom and siblings with the general idea that he would sign up for piano lessons, After trying out a variety of instruments, he fell in love with the sound and feel of a guitar, and made an instant connection with one of our instructors. I opened the door for him as he left our building, and caught the promise he murmured to the guitar cradled in his arms: "I am never going to let you go."

Our mission at Headwaters Music & Arts is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and inspire the community through music and the arts. We feel we accomplish this is all kinds of ways, and we are proud of what we are able to offer the Bemidji area. We do indeed make a splash!

Trica Andrews, Headwaters Executive Director


The Fall Kick Off was followed by an Instructor Showcase. Below are some photos from that event posted in order of the evenings set list. If you put on some amazing music as you scroll through them you can almost imagine you are there:) As you take your virtual tour imagine the photos coming alive and hearing the following performances:

Elizabeth & Jessica Westlund & Valerie Porter - Hymn Medley (Ken Wold)

Michael Lyons - Home (Michael Lyons)

Annalise Aakhus - Prison Walls (Annalise Aakhus)

John Konecne - Six Metamorphoses After Ovid (Benjamin Britten)

Caleb Erickson & John Konecne - Have You Met Miss Miss Jones?

Caleb Erickson - Mario Theme Anthology 

Julie Kaiser - O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini), Anyone Can Whistle (Sondheim)

Angelica Novinger, Mazurka Op. 7 No.1 in B flat Major (Chopin)

Steven Radley, Tuba Study No. 1 (Vladislav Blazhevich)

Carolyn Towler, Menuet 1  from Partita No. 1 in B flat (Bach)

Sabbastian Wilson-Webb, Prelude in D flat (Sabbastian Wilson-Webb), Sonatine I. Modere (Maurice Ravel)

Mattea Elhard & Dan Will, Aniron (Theme form Aargorn & Arwen), Grow (Lianne la Havas)

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Make A Splash Fall Kick Off!


Join us to kick off the fall 2019 semester at Headwaters Music & Arts! On September 14th the public is invited to stop by to meet our music, art and chess teachers, try out our musical instruments, and register for our music program, art clubs, pottery, chess club, or parent-child music & art classes. The fun, water themed, event will be held 10 am – 2pm. Children will have a blast with our instrument petting zoo, water themed carnival games, cotton candy and popcorn, and drawings for t-shirts, lessons, and prizes. The Fall Kick Off will be followed by an instructor showcase at 4pm featuring performances by Headwaters Music Instructors.

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Headwaters prepares for school year with after school Art Clubs

Grades K - 2nd | Young Artist Club

This year-long club is an introduction to formal art instruction for children in kindergarten – 2nd grade. Participants will explore basic art concepts through crafty art projects using various art forms. The group will get a feel for how to do art with a large group in an art room setting. Small snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 4-5 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to the first 12 participants.

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Grades 3rd - 6th | Headwaters Art Club

Explore art in the Headwaters Art Studio. Enjoy fun and supportive environment while gaining mad art skills. Participants will learn from guest artists, explore local art on field trips, and prepare art exhibits. Our goal is to provide an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere while offering high quality art instruction and mentorship Early arrival supervised open studio time 3:30 -3:55 available for additional fee. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Thursdays, 4-5:30 pm, September 19th – May 7th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Grades 7th - 12th | Teen Art Club

Join us for the launch of our year-long after school art club for teens! Teen Art Club is an opportunity for participants, grades 7-12 to explore art in a fun and supportive studio setting. Participants will start with the basics and create work at their own pace, exploring concepts and skills through different projects. The group will work with watercolor, acrylic, clay, drawing, and more. Participants will prepare exhibits, meet local artists and learn from guest instructors. This fun and informal setting is perfect for students looking for mentorship to grow as an artist. Snack and art supplies provided. Held Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm, October 1st – May 5th. Space is limited to first 15 participants.

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Pottery & Pints Thursday, August 15th

Join us at Headwaters Music & Arts for Pottery & Pints, on August 15th. Enjoy a relaxing Thursday afternoon glazing pottery and drinking good brew, from 3 – 5:30pm. Headwaters Resident Potter, Tom Daly, will walk you through the process of glazing two pottery pieces created by Daly, such as a beer mug or bowl. In between pieces you can try your hand at basic pottery techniques. There will be plenty of breaks for socializing and enjoying beer. There will be a cash bar on campus courtesy of Brigid’s Pub. Absolutely no art experience is required. Come learn in a fun and supportive environment surrounded by your friends. 21+. Advance registration required. The cost to attend is $45 ($40 for Headwaters members)

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