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First Days of School!

Happy first day to all of the students, parents, and teachers out there! We are kicking off our school year with Music Lessons which start today. We still have openings so if you are looking to sign up for either in-person or virtual music lessons you can let us know here or call 218.444.5606🎶 Our art programming starts later in September/ beginning of October. Here is a list of the upcoming opportunities with links. Click the name of the program to read more register:

  • September 17
    🎨 Headwaters Art Club for Grades 3-6 (Full!) - Thursdays, 4 pm-5:30 pm | Sept 17-Dec 17 & Jan 7-May 6 (No sessions Oct. 15, Nov. 12, 26, and March 11)
  • September 29
    🎨 Homeschool Teen Art Club - $500 | Tuesdays, 1 pm-2:30 pm | Sept. 29-Dec. 15 & Jan. 5-May 4 (scholarships available)
    🎨 Teen Art Club - $500 | Tuesdays, 6 pm-7:30 pm | Sept. 29-Dec. 15 & Jan. 5-May 4 (scholarships available)
  • October 2
    🎨 Youth Pottery (grades 2-8) $600 | Fridays, 4 pm-5:30 pm (scholarships available)
    🎨 My Kid & Me Pottery - $150 per adult/child pair, Additional child or additional adult $75 | Friday, 6-7:30 pm, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6
  • October 5
    🎨 Youth Pottery (grades 2-8) - $600 | Mondays, 4 pm-5:30 pm (scholarships available)
    🎨 Adult Pottery (grades 9 -Adult) - $75/month | Mondays, 6 pm-8 pm
  • October 6
    🎨 Headwaters Jam Band$75/8 Week Block | Tuesdays, 6 pm-8 pm | $150/ 8 week session (scholarships available)

We realize we may have to return to virtual lessons as circumstances change and if that happens pottery and Jam Band will be postponed and Art Clubs will moved online. Prorated refunds will be issued for any program that does not go online. For now we are excited to to get started with in-person teaching while exercising our Covid-19 safety guidelines. Thank you for being a part of the Headwaters Community during these odd times!

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Winners Announced Bemidji Sings! 2020

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrated the musical talents of local amateur vocalists on August 6 with their virtual Bemidji SIngs! Vocal competition. This year was the 3rd annual Bemidji Sings! event which is usually  a live, ticketed, show. In 2019 Bemidji Sings! sold out seats at Bemidji Sate Universitiy’s Bangsburg Hall. However, due to Covid-19 concerns the whole event and auditions were moved online. This event is made possible through the support of their local sponsors, including Paul Bunyan Communications, Dandelion Vault, Dean Bentler Cabinets & Woodworking, Lakes Liquor, Team Industries, Green Mill Restaurant, Norbord, Ottertail Power, We Love Messes, Just Dandy, Keg N Cork, and Supple Studios, as well as Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This year, vocalists were asked to record and submit a video of themselves singing. Submissions were compiled into a virtual show, hosted and produced by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos. The video went live on YouTube, 7pm August 6. Finalists included Helen Bartlett, Traci Djonne Schank, Heidi Fladeboe, Donna Gaston, Kari Grace, Maya Lindquist, Nessa Peters, Aspen Tobin, Doyle Turner, Andrew Hokanson, and Charlotte Saxton. Winners were chosen based on vocal skill, presentation, and the judge's overall impression in two divisions - ages 13-20 and ages 21 plus. Judges this year were Zaq Swank of St. Cloud and LouAnn Dierkhising of Park Rapids.  

Third place prize in each age category is $50, second place is $100, and first place is $500 plus recording time at Supple Studios. The first and second place winner in each category is also eligible to compete at the state-wide Minnesota Sings competition in September. This year Bemidji’s event also introduced a People’s Choice Award, inviting viewers to vote for their personal favorite performance of the night. 

The winners of the 13-20 division were: Charlotte Saxton, 1st Place Champion; Andrew Hokanson, 2nd Place Runner Up; Maya Lindquist, 3rd Place Alternate. The winners of the 21+ division were: Heidi Fladeboe, 1st Place Champion; Doyle Turner, 2nd Place Runner Up; Kari Grace, 3rd Place Alternate. The People’s Choice Award went to Maya Lindquist.

Headwaters Music & Arts, an independent non-profit organization in downtown Bemidji, offers music lessons to youth and adults as well as art and pottery classes for adults and children throughout the day and evening. Funds raised during Bemidji Sings! support HMA’s financial assistance program.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition August 6, 2020

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates local musical talent by providing teens and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji that chance to perform for Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition 7 pm Thursday, August 6. All virtual this year, the show may be viewed on YouTube at Headwaters School of Music & the Arts channel.

Hosted by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, the show highlights 14 finalists in two age groups, 13-20 and 21 and older. Featured finalists are Helen Bartlett, Traci Djonne Schank, Heidi Fladeboe, Donna Gaston, Kari Grace, Maya Lindquist, Nessa Peters, Aspen Tobin, Doyle Turner, Andrew Hokanson, Skylah Hurd and Charlotte Saxton. Winners will be selected by judges from out of the area; viewers will have a chance to vote for a special People’s Choice Award. April Aylesworth, 2019 Bemidji finalist and first place Minnesota Sings winner in her age category, will also perform during the August 6 show.

Third place prize in each age category is $50, second place is $100, and first place is $500 plus recording time at Supple Studios. The first and second place winner in each category will be eligible to compete at the state-wide Minnesota Sings competition in September.

Headwaters Music & Arts is grateful for the support of their local sponsors, including Paul Bunyan Communications, Dandelion Vault, Dean Bentler Cabinets & Woodworking, Lakes Liquor, Team Industries, Green Mill Restaurant, Norbord, Ottertail Power, We Love Messes, Just Dandy, Keg N Cork, and Supple Studios, as well as Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Headwaters Jam Band For ages 13 -18 | Experience Required

Headwaters Jam Band is a 4 week program dedicated to exploring instrumental improv and composition in a group setting. This monthly program is for participants aged 13-18 with prior experience with their instrument. The group meets on Tuesday’s in the Headwaters East Studio (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji). The group jams from 6-8pm each evening. Participants are encouraged to show up at 5:30 for setup. Particpants are required to provide their own instruments and amps (if applicable) with the exception of the drum kit. The program is not genre specific. Each month the different groups will work together to create their own unique sound – all musical aspirations are welcome. Advance registration is required – limited spots available. Those who are interested in learning more or taking part in Headwaters Jam Band are asked to fill out the interest form below.

Registration:

Advance registration is required – limited spots available. Those who are interested in learning more or taking part in Headwaters Jam Band are asked to fill out the interest form and will be contacted by the instructor to evaluate skill level, speak about instrument logistics, and discuss availability.

Cost:

$75 / month (scholarships available)

Headwaters Music Program Policies

Those who attend and Headwaters Music program must read, sign, and abide by the Headwaters Music Program Policies. If you have questions or concerns about any aspect of Headwaters Jam Band or Headwaters Music & Arts, please contact the Arts Program Coordinator or Headwaters Executive Director at 218.444.5606.

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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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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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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.