To our LGBTQ+ friends and allies: during Pride month and every month, we support you and we celebrate you!

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Get More Out of Summer!

Absolute Beginners to Advanced Players. Ages 3 and Up. In-Person or Online.


Be a Part of Something Bigger, a Growth Collage – Deadline Extended!

MacPhail invites artists (students and professionals) in any artistic medium to submit work to our annual virtual exhibition ‘Be Part of Something Bigger, a growth collage.’ Many people are connecting with strong emotions as they actively confront pervasive problems in our culture. This is a space for our community to share, create, speak, grow–speak to the light you feel, or the darkness you endure.

Changing Lives with the Power of Music

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McKnight Fellowship for Musicians

McKnight Fellowship Recipients 2022-2023

McKnight Fellowship for Musicians Grants Four Top Musicians with $25,000


Behind the Beats in 209

Join Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA) Director Michael Cain for an exclusive tour of Studio 209 at MacPhail Center for Music!

Individual Lessons

MacPhail Jumpstart

Start Music ASAP
4 half hour lessons at 25% off. Valid for new students. Subject to instructor/instrument availability.

Events and Peformances

Sounds of Summer at MacPhail

MacPhail at Water Works presents Sounds of Summer with performances by MacPhail faculty and students. A variety of ages, styles, and instruments will make this an afternoon to remember. Moving into evening, the event culminates with a special concert by Nachito Herrera and his trio described by the Star Tribune as “Explosive. Crowd-pleasing. Rhythmically intense. Romantic. Dynamic. Jaw-droppingly good.”



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Thanks for making Music Matters Live a HUGE success!

2022 Music Matters Live–That’s a Wrap!

Each year, the Music Matters Luncheon event raises crucial funds for MacPhail students and community programs. We are grateful for all that attended and donated, all helping to make MacPhail’s largest fundraising event of the year a huge success.

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