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Join us for Headwaters Fiddle Camp Instructor Concert this Thursday, June 29 at 7pm!

It is Fiddle Camp week and that means it is time for our annual Fiddle Camp Instructor Concert! Scheduled for this Thursday, June 29, at 7pm, this annual event is always superb! Listen in as fiddle masters Mary Vanorny (Twin Cities), Carrie Dlutkowski (U.P. Michigan), and Sawyer Corcoran (Bemidji) join forces with founding member of The Gaels, Brian Miller (St. Paul) and Eric Carlson (Bemidji). If you have lived in Bemidji in the last couple of decades you are sure to have heard of The Gaels and you probably know Brian and Eric and how talented they are from that and their many other projects🎶🎻🥁

The concert will be held at Headwaters Performance Hall and is $10/person.

Purchase your tickets here.

Headwaters Fiddle Camp 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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Headwaters Music and Arts announces contestants for Bemidji Sings Vocal Competition 2023

Headwaters Music and Arts announces the contestants for Bemidji Sings Vocal Competition. Headwaters hosts the vocal competition annually to celebrate the talents of local amateur vocalists who live, work or attend school in Bemidji. This year’s event is set for 6pm September 8 at Bemidji State University.

Hosted by local singer/songwriter and musician Eric Carlson, the show will highlight 14 singers in three age divisions: 9-12, 13-20, and 21+.

On September 8 contestants will compete for cash and prizes. Finalists in the 13-20 and 21+ category will also compete for a chance to move onto the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition in October. The judges for the September Bemidji Sings Vocal Competition will be Zachary Swank, Caige Jambor, and NikkiLee Nolden.

Tickets for the September 8 event are sold on a sliding fee scale, between $5-$20, to make the music event accessible to all. Get your tickets now. To get details about becoming a Bemidji Sings sponsor, contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606,, or give now.

Bemidji Sings Vocal Competition  is sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Supple Studios.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

The 2023 featured contestants are:

Ocean Mendoza
Natalie Corcoran
Lyla Mahaffey

Genevieve Oakes
Brooke Kemp
Maren Eickman
Kelyse Engel
Addie Dauner
Leah Scanlan

Emily Brown
Aubrey Johnson
Tom Lucas
Adrienne Eickman
Alex Lundin

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Headwaters Welcomes back Paraguayan Harpist Nicolas Carter to Bemidji for Presentations and Performance

Headwaters Music and Arts is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed Paraguayan harpist Nicolas Carter back to Bemidji for a series of workshops and a live performance. Some may remember Nicolas from his well received workshop and performance at Headwaters in fall 2021. Thanks to a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council Headwaters will partner with Nicholas to do it again, this time with a workshop 12-4 pm Thursday, June 22, followed by a free performance by Nicolas at 7 pm that same day. The public is invited to both of these events that will be held at Headwaters Music and Arts’ performance hall. For those who want another opportunity to experience Nicolas he’ll also be offering a presentation at Bemidji Public Library Friday, June 23, at 10 am.

Nicolas Carter is a talented and versatile International harpist, born in Minnesota and raised in Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp. Carter creates unique performances blending his musicianship with his skills as a theater artist/storyteller. His authentic, warm and friendly interaction creates an intimate experience bringing inspiration, motivation and joy. Carter has been composing, recording, teaching and performing for over 30 years and has played all over the United States, Latin America, Europe and Israel.

Nicolas’ June 22 workshop Improvising with Latin American Rhythms is for local musicians ages 14-adult. There is limited space for this program so advance registration at is required. The cost to attend the 4 hour workshop is $25. His June 23 presentation at Bemidji Public Library is a free educational event which will include a reading of Maliya Gorman-Carter’s book Hanish: The Story of the Harp.

The 7 pm Thursday, June 22 live performance is also free and open to the public. Folks are invited to come and relax, renew, refresh with nurturing soul music and touching stories of Latin American culture.

Headwaters Music and Arts is an independent non-profit multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for creativity through instruction and to inspire community through music and the arts. They offer a variety of programs for all ages.

Register or find out more about Nicolas Carter’s Improvising with Latin American Rhythms  workshop here.

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.