Mini Muscian

Headwaters Music & Arts is proud to announce the dates for it’s latest preschool programming. Mini Musician, an 8 session program led by experienced general music teacher Leisa Bragg, will be packed with singing, movement and dance. Held 4:45 – 5:30 pm on Monday’s, kids and adults will explore the building blocks of music together through play and experimentation.

Leisa Bragg is an instructor of piano, voice and clarinet at Headwaters Music & Arts with over 20 years experience in Colorado as a public school band, choir and general music teacher, theater and church music director, and private lesson instructor. Leisa brings her core belief that “music is a vital part of everyone’s existence, no matter what the age” and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for music with Bemidji area children and adults.

Mini Musician takes place at Headwaters (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji) and runs October 14th – December 2nd. Advance registration is required as there are Limited number of spots available. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The cost to attend is $100 per child ($90 for Headwaters members).

Fiddlin’ Around Kids Mini Workshop

Headwaters Music & Arts announces it’s latest mini-workshop for string players. 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.

Born and raised in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, Carrie grew up playing violin. With almost two decades of experience, Carrie is a talented classical and folk musician with a focus on the development of Scottish, French-Canadian and Métis (Native/French/ Scottish) fiddle styles in the 18th century. She explores the roots of traditional music, while also using it as a foundation for branching out into new creative territory.

Fiddlin’ Around Kids Mini-Workshop will be held at Headwaters Music & Arts (519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji). Space is limited to 20 youth participants.

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.

Harvest for the Senses: a Group Show Featuring Friends of Headwaters

Headwaters Music & Arts will host Harvest for the Senses: a Group Show Featuring Friends of Headwaters for the month of September. The exhibit will hang throughout the month and celebrates the launch of Headwaters’ fall programming. The curated exhibit features a variety of work including pottery, paintings, and silk scarves. Featured artists include Headwaters volunteer Gillian Bedford; guitar Instructor Rolf Lund, art instructor Mary Therese; First City Singers member Dianne Roholt, pottery instructor Tom Daly, and Headwaters Marketing & Arts Program Coordinator Diamond Knispel.

The five artists’ work will adorn the performance hall on September 14th, the date of Headwaters’ Make a Splash Fall Kick Off and Instructor Showcase. The 10 am-2pm Fall Kick off is a free annual event inviting students and the general public to meet Headwaters music and art teachers, check out the music and arts programming, and tour the building.The kick-off is followed by a 4 pm show highlighting the talents of Headwaters music instructors.

The public is invited to a free First Friday reception for the exhibit 4:30-5:30 pm on September 6th at 519 Minnesota Avenue NW. The reception will be followed by Headwaters CoffeeHouse at 7pm.

Headwaters CoffeeHouse

Headwaters CoffeeHouse kicks off a new season 7pm Friday, September 6 at Headwaters Music & Arts, Bemidji. They are pleased to announce the 2019 Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition winners as this month’s featured performers.

Held on the first Friday of most months, the CoffeeHouse offers a supportive and welcoming open-mic opportunity for musicians and spoken-word performers. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to sign up for a 10 to 15 minute set. Sign up begins at 6:30 or by email to

Kari Grace, April Aylesworth, Charlotte Saxton and Susannah Carter emerged as winners of the recent Bemidji Sings! competition. Each advances to the state contest in Woodbury, MN this September. But first, they share their talents at the CoffeeHouse.

Performers and audience alike appreciate the friendly tone and reasonable fee, $3/person or $7/family. Coffeehouse fare is available.

Headwaters CoffeeHouse is a volunteer-led community event. Contact John Henningsgaard at 444-9845 for more information.

Kelley Hunt and Her Touring Band to perform at Headwaters Music & Arts Community Appreciation Concert

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band July 14 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. Join Headwaters for an outdoor Sunday community appreciation concert from 4-6 pm. The concert is free will-donation with any proceeds going to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In case of rain, concert will take place in Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid’s Pub.

Singer, songwriter, piano player and guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — a woman who muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues, roots and gospel traditions. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues – her first musical memories – and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Hunt’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. Hunt is at work on her seventh album expected to be released later this year.

Read more about Kelley Hunt at her website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
For interviews contact: Al Berman, Blue Key Artists | | 785.741.6000

Art Camp | August 26-30

Ages 9-15 |$150 | Min 12 Max 30 | Register by August 16

Headwaters’ Art Camp is a week-long camp for ages 9-18. Participants will be divided into two groups based on age. Participants will spend the week working with one or two artists each day, giving them a week filled with in-depth art experience. Students will get an opportunity to learn and build relationships with artist instructors and other participants. The program will conclude on Friday with a public art exhibition and 3pm reception.

Applications for partial scholarships available.

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

Musical Theater Camp | July 22-26

9-3pm | Ages 8-15 | $150 | Min 12 Max 22 | Register by July 1

Alien space travel. Singing. Dancing. Silliness and humor. Kari Ekhoff directs The Quantianius Connection, where aliens travel through space and time to discover the secret of the performance talents of Purple Floyd.

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

Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley | July 15-19

Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19 | Headwaters Music & Arts | $70 per person | Minimum 8 Maximum 12| Register by Monday, July 8

Absolutely no experience needed! Led by talented musician, singer and song-writer Téa Renee, Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley introduces you to the skills and techniques of playing the ukulele. Learn about tablature, fingerboard charts, chord charts, strumming patterns, common chords, tuning methods, tuner apps, different sizes and names of ukuleles, strings, and types of picks.
Most important, you will learn and play songs! Try out popular chord progressions and song forms such as Country, Folk, Pop, Rock and Blues.
Camp Ook-Koo-Ley-Ley will give you the tools and knowledge to bust you into the world of playing the ukulele around a campfire, accompanying yourself while singing, or simply get a head start on private ukulele or guitar lessons later on. Each session is all about playing music and having fun on the ukulele. We will wrap up the week with a potluck meal and short final performance.
All learning materials, instruction and songbook are included with registration. Bring your ukulele and tuner, or purchase through Headwaters for an additional fee.

Session 1: Adults 9 am-noon Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19
Session 2: Ages 12-171-4 pm Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19
Session 3: Adults 5-8 pm Monday, July 15 -Friday, July 19

Téa Renee is a singer-songwriter currently based in Park Rapids who performed on Great Northern Radio Show in Bemidji this past April, and will join the show in Grand Rapids in June. Starting at a very young age, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in music. Through the years she’s taken vocal lessons, guitar lessons, piano lessons, and taught herself ukulele in order to build her musical background. She’s extremely excited to give back to her community by sharing her insights and tips on how to learn the ukulele this summer. “The ukulele, while it’s a simple instrument, has such a beauty to it,” the songwriter says. “It transcends genres and generations and, at the end of the day, anyone can play and enjoy this instrument.”  A student at Berklee College of Music, Téa has written over 60 songs and has an album “Broken Doll” out now on all music platforms.

Piano Camp II | June 24 – 28

4-7 pm Monday, June 24-Friday, June 28 |ages 5-18 | $90: | Min 7- Max 22 | Register by June 19
Led by Headwaters instructor Jessica Westlund for those who attended last year’s Piano Camp or have 2 or more years playing experience. At the beginning of the week, students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and level of advancement and appropriate repertoire will be selected for them to learn. Headwaters piano instructors will teach private and small group lessons, and students will have the chance to play ensemble repertoire for more than one pianist at one piano. Campers will also enjoy specialty classes such as musicianship, jazz piano and ­improv.