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)