Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition

Headwaters Music & Arts celebrates the local musical talent of teens and adults vocalists at Bemidji Sing! Vocal Competition on July 16, 6 pm, at Bemidji State University’s Main Stage. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition is an opportunity for amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to compete for cash, prizes, and the chance to compete at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition in October, in front of a live audience.

Hosted by local singer/songwriter and musician, Eric Carlson, the show highlights 14 finalists in two age groups, 13-20 and 21+. Featured finalists are Chelsea Ottman Rak, Jacob Anderson, Genevieve Oakes, Maya Lindquist, Darolyn Erickson, Ronnie Gustafson, Scott Haugen, Blaine Ludeman, Helen Bartlett, Katelynn Davids, Aspen Tobin, Nikki Bauer, Brandon Beaulieu, and Bri Wright. Judges for the final show are Zaq Swank, Linda Wagner and Caige Jambor. April Aylesworth, 2019 Bemidji finalist and first place Minnesota Sings winner in her age category, will also perform during the July 16 show.

Third place prize in each age category is $75, second place is $150, and first place is $300 + 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 October.

Headwaters Music & Arts is grateful for the support of Bemidji Sings! local sponsors, including Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, BSU, and Supple Studios.

Admission for the evening is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 12 and younger. To purchase your tickets here or become a Bemidji Sings! sponsor here.

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

Bemidji Sings! Call for Vocalists Deadline

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers to take part in Bemidji Sings!, a vocal competition celebrating the musical talents of youth and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji.

Amateur singers interested in taking part must register to audition by 5pm June 11. Auditions take place Noon-3 pm and 7-10 pm Wednesday, June 16 and 10 am-3 pm Thursday, June 17 at Headwaters Music & Arts. Age divisions are 13-20 and 21 and over; singers will sing one song during the auditions and will be evaluated based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge’s overall impression. Only individual contestants are eligible – no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Friday evening Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to be held 6pm, July 16 at Headwaters Music & Arts’ parking lot. First place for each category is $300, second place is $150 and third place is $75. The top two finalists in each age category will represent Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition Saturday & Sunday Oct. 16-17 at the Courtyard Marriott in Woodbury, MN.

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

Register for auditions here.

You can become a Bemidji Sings! sponsor here.

Bemidji Sings! Auditions

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers to take part in Bemidji Sings!, a vocal competition celebrating the musical talents of youth and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji.

Amateur singers interested in taking part must register to audition by 5pm June 11. Auditions take place Noon-3 pm and 7-10 pm Wednesday, June 16 and 10 am-3 pm Thursday, June 17 at Headwaters Music & Arts. Age divisions are 13-20 and 21 and over; singers will sing one song during the auditions and will be evaluated based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge’s overall impression. Only individual contestants are eligible – no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Friday evening Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to be held 6pm, July 16 at Headwaters Music & Arts’ parking lot. First place for each category is $300, second place is $150 and third place is $75. The top two finalists in each age category will represent Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition Saturday & Sunday Oct. 16-17 at the Courtyard Marriott in Woodbury, MN.

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

Register for auditions here.

You can become a Bemidji Sings! sponsor here.

Bemidji Sings! Auditions

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers to take part in Bemidji Sings!, a vocal competition celebrating the musical talents of youth and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji.

Amateur singers interested in taking part must register to audition by 5pm June 11. Auditions take place Noon-3 pm and 7-10 pm Wednesday, June 16 and 10 am-3 pm Thursday, June 17 at Headwaters Music & Arts. Age divisions are 13-20 and 21 and over; singers will sing one song during the auditions and will be evaluated based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge’s overall impression. Only individual contestants are eligible – no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Friday evening Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to be held 6pm, July 16 at Headwaters Music & Arts’ parking lot. First place for each category is $300, second place is $150 and third place is $75. The top two finalists in each age category will represent Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition Saturday & Sunday Oct. 16-17 at the Courtyard Marriott in Woodbury, MN.

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

Register for auditions here.

You can become a Bemidji Sings! sponsor here.

Bemidji Sings! Auditions

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers to take part in Bemidji Sings!, a vocal competition celebrating the musical talents of youth and adults who live, work or attend school in Bemidji.

Amateur singers interested in taking part must register to audition by 5pm June 11. Auditions take place Noon-3 pm and 7-10 pm Wednesday, June 16 and 10 am-3 pm Thursday, June 17 at Headwaters Music & Arts. Age divisions are 13-20 and 21 and over; singers will sing one song during the auditions and will be evaluated based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge’s overall impression. Only individual contestants are eligible – no multiple singers or additional instruments may be used.

Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the Friday evening Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to be held 6pm, July 16 at Headwaters Music & Arts’ parking lot. First place for each category is $300, second place is $150 and third place is $75. The top two finalists in each age category will represent Bemidji at the statewide Minnesota Sings Vocal Competition Saturday & Sunday Oct. 16-17 at the Courtyard Marriott in Woodbury, MN.

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

Register for auditions here.

You can become a Bemidji Sings! sponsor here.

Mini Musician | Ages Birth – 6

No one is too young to appreciate music and movement. This 8-session class held Fridays June 18 – Aug. 13 (No class July 9), 10:45 – 11:30am, is for children ages birth to 6 and their grown-ups. Families will be able to freely explore learning stations during the first 15 minutes followed by 30 minutes of class instruction. The program includes musical vocabulary, rhythm activities and lots of songs and dancing! The playlist ranges from folk to classical to jazz and even rock. Each session will be taught by Rowie Lund, whose goal is to give children of all ages a gentle introduction into many genres and instruments – and to give parents and caregivers the confidence and skills to nurture a life-long love of music in their child.

Rowie is a mom of four who has worked with young children for over 20 years in many child care settings, including camps, afterschool programs and music lessons. She has a BA in Psychology from UW-Eau Claire. She also studied Music Composition at Berklee College in Music in Boston. Rowie works full time as a Coach for Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

$100 per adult/child pair. Additional adult or child $50. Adults and children ages 3 and older will be required to wear a mask. Limited financial assistance is available. Space is limited, advance registration is required. Register Now.

Expressionistic Landscape Painting with Gillian Bedford

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts landscape artist Gillian Bedford for a painting workshop series in March. The four session course will be held 6:30-8:30 Thursdays April 1 through the 22. Led by local landscape painter Gillian Bedford, the course will teach how to capture the mood and expression of a landscape through composition and color choices. Participants will use acrylic paints as they learn about color mixing, the basics of design, and the importance of values and contrast. Participants will leave the course with their own 16” x 20” landscape painting and a larger understanding of landscapes.

Gillian Bedford is a transplant to Bemidji but the two seem a perfect fit. Gillian says “I have painted all of my life but have never felt so excited to paint the landscape of Minnesota as now. I moved from Philadelphia to Bemidji a little over a year ago and have fallen in love with the bogs, trees, lakes and countryside.” Inspired by the Minnesota landscape Gillian has found herself exploring the area with her paintbrush. “I love painting plein air, whether with a group or by myself. In the winter I use photos my husband or I have taken of the beauty around us and paint in my studio.”

Gillian received a BFA in painting, magna cum laude, from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. While painting was not her first choice of medium; after exploring photography, jewelry, and ceramics, she found her true home in painting and has been doing it for over thirty years. Gillian loves using large amounts of color and though she has used oils and watercolor in the past, she has chosen acrylic paint for it’s fast drying nature. She likes being able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting.

The workshop is for adults; the $100 fee ($90 for members – you can become a member here) includes supplies, learning materials and instruction but participants are encouraged to purchase their own copy of The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert which Gillian will reference in the class. Space is limited to 8 adults. Social distance and mask protocols will be enforced.

Expressionistic Landscape Painting with Gillian Bedford Registration Deadline

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts landscape artist Gillian Bedford for a painting workshop series in March. The four session course will be held 6:30-8:30 Thursdays March 4 through March 25. Led by local landscape painter Gillian Bedford, the course will teach how to capture the mood and expression of a landscape through composition and color choices. Participants will use acrylic paints as they learn about color mixing, the basics of design, and the importance of values and contrast. Participants will leave the course with their own 16” x 20” landscape painting and a larger understanding of landscapes.

Gillian Bedford is a transplant to Bemidji but the two seem a perfect fit. Gillian says “I have painted all of my life but have never felt so excited to paint the landscape of Minnesota as now. I moved from Philadelphia to Bemidji a little over a year ago and have fallen in love with the bogs, trees, lakes and countryside.” Inspired by the Minnesota landscape Gillian has found herself exploring the area with her paintbrush. “I love painting plein air, whether with a group or by myself. In the winter I use photos my husband or I have taken of the beauty around us and paint in my studio.”

Gillian received a BFA in painting, magna cum laude, from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. While painting was not her first choice of medium; after exploring photography, jewelry, and ceramics, she found her true home in painting and has been doing it for over thirty years. Gillian loves using large amounts of color and though she has used oils and watercolor in the past, she has chosen acrylic paint for it’s fast drying nature. She likes being able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting.

The workshop is for adults; the $100 fee ($90 for members – you can become a member here) includes supplies, learning materials and instruction but participants are encouraged to purchase their own copy of The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert which Gillian will reference in the class. Space is limited to 8 adults. Social distance and mask protocols will be enforced, registration deadline is March 1.

Expressionistic Landscape Painting with Gillian Bedford

Headwaters Music & Arts hosts landscape artist Gillian Bedford for a painting workshop series in March. The four session course will be held 6:30-8:30 Thursdays March 4 through March 25. Led by local landscape painter Gillian Bedford, the course will teach how to capture the mood and expression of a landscape through composition and color choices. Participants will use acrylic paints as they learn about color mixing, the basics of design, and the importance of values and contrast. Participants will leave the course with their own 16” x 20” landscape painting and a larger understanding of landscapes.

Gillian Bedford is a transplant to Bemidji but the two seem a perfect fit. Gillian says “I have painted all of my life but have never felt so excited to paint the landscape of Minnesota as now. I moved from Philadelphia to Bemidji a little over a year ago and have fallen in love with the bogs, trees, lakes and countryside.” Inspired by the Minnesota landscape Gillian has found herself exploring the area with her paintbrush. “I love painting plein air, whether with a group or by myself. In the winter I use photos my husband or I have taken of the beauty around us and paint in my studio.”

Gillian received a BFA in painting, magna cum laude, from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. While painting was not her first choice of medium; after exploring photography, jewelry, and ceramics, she found her true home in painting and has been doing it for over thirty years. Gillian loves using large amounts of color and though she has used oils and watercolor in the past, she has chosen acrylic paint for it’s fast drying nature. She likes being able to change up what she is doing quickly so that there can be better and better iterations before she settles on her final painting.

The workshop is for adults; the $100 fee ($90 for members – you can become a member here) includes supplies, learning materials and instruction but participants are encouraged to purchase their own copy of The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert which Gillian will reference in the class. Space is limited to 8 adults. Social distance and mask protocols will be enforced, registration deadline is March 1.

My Kid & Me – Art Exploration | April 13 – May 18

Grades 1st -5th  and an adult guardian
 4-5:30 pm, Tuesdays, April 13 – May 18

$150 per adult/child pair, Additional child or additional adult $75

Explore the different art media and techniques  with a child in your life! This weekly program will offer a fun and relaxing experience in the Headwater Art Studio. The 6 session program led by Diamond Knispel gives participants the chance to try different age appropriate media at their own pace. Diamond will be on hand to facilitate a fun experience while teaching new skills and techniques. The group will be limited in size and participants will be required to follow Headwaters COVID-19 protocols.  Art supplies provided.

You are required to read and sign the Art Program Policies when attending any Headwaters Art Program.