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City of Lafayette Declares Center for Musical Arts Day

City of Lafayette Declares Center for Musical Arts Day

We're excited to share some big news with you: the City of Lafayette has declared September 19, 2021 as Center for Musical Arts Day in honor of our 25th anniversary! You can read the City's formal proclamation below.                   PROCLAMATION Declaring September...

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Staff Highlight: Nancy Brace

Staff Highlight: Nancy Brace

Get to know the folks who work behind the scenes to keep our fantastic Center for Musical Arts running smoothly! Nancy Brace is the Center's registrar, and she is also a harpist -- hear about Nancy's fascinating tradition of playing her harp in a hardware store during...

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Faculty Highlight: Michael Lenssen

Faculty Highlight: Michael Lenssen

The Center for Musical Arts is proud to work with knowledgeable faculty with unique backgrounds. In this interview with trumpet and composition instructor Michael Lenssen we explore his teaching style, his own musical education, and much more. Watch or read the...

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Student Spotlight: Interview with Annika Ekrem

Student Spotlight: Interview with Annika Ekrem

(image: Youth Seminar student Annika Ekrem) During our 2020 Youth Seminar, we connected with a participating clarinetist named Annika Ekrem. Annika is a college student studying chemistry, but music plays a critical role in her life too. Learn about how this bright...

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Giving Thanks for Music

Giving Thanks for Music

Center for Musical Arts students have not seen their teachers live and in-person for the better part of a year. This is surreal to me, but even more amazing is the number of students who are continuing to study and practice virtually during this time. And new students...

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Composer Joan Tower’s Advice for Students

Composer Joan Tower’s Advice for Students

Named "one of the most successful woman composers of all time" (The New Yorker), Joan Tower is an icon. Our Executive Director Elizabeth McGuire recently interviewed Joan about the pandemic’s effect on music, owning the idea of being a “female composer,” Joan's advice...

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Winter/Spring Covid Protocols

Winter/Spring Covid Protocols

Updated November 11, 2020 | Recent changes in bold  The Center for Musical Arts is here for you. We want to welcome you back to the building to make music safely, and we have come up with the following strategies to operate within the State of Colorado and City of...

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Colorado Gives Day 2020

Colorado Gives Day 2020

Support the Center for Musical Arts and the Heartstrings Program on Colorado Gives Day In 2020, the Center for Musical Arts’ Heartstrings program celebrates 20 years of providing need-based tuition assistance and access to low- or no-cost musical instruments for...

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Faculty Highlight: Michael Quam

Faculty Highlight: Michael Quam

Friends and students of the Center for Musical Arts may know Michael Quam as an instructor for guitar, ukulele, mandolin and more, but do you also know he has a robust career as a sound and recording engineer? This summer, the Colorado Music Festival (the performance...

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Some In-Person Classes Starting

Some In-Person Classes Starting

Teaching on Zoom. A year ago, no one gave this concept much thought. Now, this is what we do. Since March 13, our talented faculty has been online, teaching hundreds of lessons per week. Does it work? Pretty much. Do we all wish we could be back in the studio, in...

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Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan

Fall 2020 Re-Opening Plan

Updated September 22, 2020 (recent updates in bold) The Center for Musical Arts is here for you. We want to welcome you back to the building to make music safely, and we have come up with the following strategies to operate within the State of Colorado and City of...

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