MacPhaill's premier high school jazz combo, the Dakota Combo is an outstanding group of students selected through a live audition process. With generous support from the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, this group will rehearse and perform at various Twin Cities venues throughout the school year and summer jazz festivals in June and early July. Under the direction of jazz artist Adam Linz, rehearsals will be held every other Thursday.
Students were selected for the 2017-2018 Dakota Combo in September, 2017. Auditions for the 2018-2019 Dakota Combo will be held in September of 2018. Check our website in August of 2018 for the audition date and audition materials.
Any student in Grade 9-12 may audition for the combo. All students who are accepted into the Dakota Combo can participate at no cost thanks to support from the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education.
Please note that the Dakota Combo runs from September-June. We expect full participation at all rehearsals and performances throughout the year.
MacPhail group music classes, ensembles and summer camps, help students of any age and any skill level meet their musical goals in a comfortable and fun group setting! In our classes, you can develop your playing or singing skills or learn about music composition, theory, or music appreciation in a relaxed, collaborative environment with like-minded peers. By joining an ensemble, you can take your group’s talents to the stage! Learn more about Groups and Ensembles for Youth or for Adults.
MacPhail offers group music lessons for all ages and abilities! Create your own group lesson by gathering your friends or family members and we’ll place you with one of our outstanding faculty who is equipped to teach beginning through advanced music lessons. Groups can consist of students the same age or inter-generational groups (parent/child).