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Walker|West 2021 Founders Award Recipients

Congratulations to Asla Hashel – 2021 Founders Award Recipient ASLA HASHEL, 2021 Founders Award Recipient Viola, 10 yrs High School: Woodbury High School Instructor: Earl Ross Share a favorite memory from Walker|West. Playing with the hip hop duo Black Violin at the Ordway. Musically ( and generally ) what are your plans going forward? I…

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Walker|West is a Regional Cultural Treasure w/ 5 year, unrestricted, major gift

Walker|West is a Regional Cultural Treasure w/ 5 year, unrestricted, major gift Walker|West was selected as one of 10 #MNCulturalTreasures for 2021. We’re honored to be part of this $12.6M initiative offering new funding for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American-led arts organizations to acknowledge and honor their remarkable contributions to MN, with funding made…

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Roderick Cox meets with Walker|West RCMI Fellows 

Roderick Cox meets with Walker|West RCMI Fellows Even during these unusual times where face masks, social distancing, and remote lessons are the new norm, German-based American conductor,  Roderick Cox and Walker|West RCMI fellows still find ways to connect. On March 24, Maestro Cox and students from our string program participated in a  meet-up on Zoom….

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“You Think You Can Handle It?”, Elijah Awada Says Thanks

“You Think You Can Handle It?”, Elijah Awada Says Thanks Our instructors are the backbone of our work, bringing the healing power of music to Walker|West students each year. Here Elijah Awada reflects on the impact of his time learning from Walker|West faculty member Mr. William Duncan: Dear Mr. Duncan, I am writing to you…

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Two Hashel Families, One Musical Offering to the Community

Two Hashel Families – One Musical Offering to the Community by Earl Ross, Walker|West Faculty Each year the Hashel Family of string players are asked to perform for the Christmas pageant at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Paul. The church, which sits on the North side of interstate 94 just East of Lexington…

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October 2020 Newsletter

Accents & Illuminations Newsletter – October 2020 Below is our Quarterly update from October 2020. The Twin Cities Roy Hargrove Band at The Rondo Community Music Series this October, rewatch anytime. Walker|West Accents & Illuminations October 2020 Newsletter Resilience Through Community Exploring the Healing Power of Music and the Strength of Walker|West Music accompanies movements for…

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Give To The Max 2020

Walker|West is Ready for Give To The Max This year the big day is November 19th. You can make your gifts over the next 3 weeks to help us reach these 3 goals: Goal #1 – Raise $5,000 by November 19th Music helps us grow, music is culture, and music has the power to heal….

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Music for Families: An Interview with main instructor, Ivory Doublette

For Our Youngest Music Learners –Virtual Learning Has Its Perks Benny Moreno, photographer and social media manager for Walker|West had a change to catch up with Ivory about what’s new with our Music For Families program as we look forward to 2021. Enrollment is way up for the virtual Early Childhood program, why do you…

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Artist As Activist, Healer, Witness

“Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.” – Debasish Mridha Artist As Activist, Healer, Witness Sherine Onukwuwe Most of my summer days enduring the COVID-19 pandemic were spent indulging in music. Music got me through. My daughter in the yard with me on the porch sanding, staining, or painting some unfinished, up-cycled furniture…

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COVID 19 Updates: Walker|West Partial Re-Opening Plan 2021

  January Update January Update: We will do a partial re-opening for Session 3, beginning February 8, 2021, using our re-opening plan guidelines (see plan below). We are still prioritizing virtual lessons for the health and safety of all students, staff and the greater community, and are not planning on a full re-opening of the…

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