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MacPhail Center for Music has the reputation for delivering the highest quality music education. Experimenting, testing, trying new things, and experiencing the wonder of what music does for the human spirit. That’s us. Our faculty are talented, organized, and well-trained in best practices for today’s learning environments.

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News & Press Releases


MacPhail Electronic Music Recording Arts Director Michael Cain speaks with CBS Minnestoa on work with Boston Ballet – May 2024

MacPhail’s Madeline Island Chamber Music Emerging Artists Quartet-in-Residence Lírios Quartet featured on CBS Minnesota – April 2024

MacPhail COO Paul Babcock speaks about visiting Madeline Island Chamber Music Emerging Artists Quartet-in-Residence, Lírios Quartet on KSTP – April 2024

Fox 9 – MacPhail Guitar Instructor Austin Wahl makes headlines with “Play for Paws” program – April 2024

MacPhail COO Paul Babcock awarded the National Guild’s Duffie Adelson Award – April 2024

MacPhail Austin’s New Music Therapy Program featured in Austin Daily Herald – March 2024

CBS Minnesota – Michael Cain, MacPhail EMRA Director talks Concert for Peace with EKWE App – March 2024

MacPhail EMRA Director Michael Cain & EKWE App strikes a chord with Fox 9 – March 2024

Former MacPhail Student Reiki Hall to perform at First Avenue – January 2024

Lindsay Lewis speaks on McKnight Fellowships for Musicians with Northwest Minnesota Arts Council – January 2024

WCCO Mid-Morning: Health Benefits of Adding Music to Your Life in 2024 w/ Paul Babcock – January 2024

MacPhail Giving Voice Chorus Members featured on WCCO – December 2023

CBS News Minnesota — Cultivating a New Generation of Artists w/ Michael Cain- November 2023

WCCO Radio – Michael Cain joins radio host Vineeta Sawka to discuss the 50th anniversary of hip-hop and the next generation of musical artists

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) – MacPhail’s Andrea Leap speaks about trying new things in the second half of life – September 2023

CBS Minnesota -MacPhail Community Youth Choir Performs on WCCO for Sounds of Summer – July 2023

MPR News with Angela Davis – J.D. Steele: Spreading Joy and Cheer through Song – May 2023

Star of the North – Giving Voice Founding Artistic Director Jeanie Brindley-Barnett Feature – February 2023

CBS Minnesota – MacPhail’s Free Family Music Series featuring The Paper Clips – January 2023

Austin Daily Herald- Bringing Musical Experiences to Life- profile of MacPhail Austin Director, Cheryl Berglund

CBS Minnesota -Learning through music at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis – November 2022

MacPhail Austin Hosts Inaugural Piano Festival – October 2022

MacPhail to Host Ode to Sondheim – August 2022

Youth at Twin Cities Jazz Fest – June 2022

“Connections and Transformations–the MacPhail music special” wins Silver Telly Award – May 2022

MacPhail School Partnership Hopkins High School Celebrates the Bands 50th Anniversary with a Pops Concert – April 2022

MacPhail Austin partners with Northwestern Singers and Riverland College – March 2022

10 Current Black Minnesota Musicians You Need to Know: Congratulations L.A. Buckner – February 2022

MacPhail, ASO partner in opening up concert experience: Cheryl Berglund – November 2021

Timothy De Prey receives Community Pride Award from Lavender Magazine – June 2021

Vivaldi meets Woods as Park Center students complete residency with local rapper/beatboxer

Press Releases

MacPhail COO Paul Babcock awarded the National Guild’s Duffie Adelson Award – April 2024

MacPhail CEO retiring after growing organization to largest community music school in the US – November 2023

McKnight Fellowship for Musician Recipients 2023-24 – May 2023

MacPhail Spotlight Series presents The Space Where Words Fail – April 2023

The Michael Cain Trio Brings Jazz Heat to MacPhail Austin Piano Festival- March 2023

MacPhail Spotlight Series presents Translucent Beauty – February 2023

Free Family Music Series: The Paperclips – January 2023

MacPhail Announces 2022-23 GMI Artists in Residence – December 2022

Rising Ivalas Quartet visits MacPhail for weeklong residency – October 2022

MacPhail Austin Presents Austin Piano Festival – September 2022

Learning with Music – A Program of Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® – September 2022

MacPhail Spotlight Series 2022-23: Musical Explorations in Spectral Colors – September 2022

Free Family Music Series: Kidfest featuring Chione – August 2022

MacPhail’s Global Music Initiative Residency Program Now Accepting Applications – August 2022

Sounds of Summer at MacPhail Featuring Nachito Herrera and More! – June 2022

MacPhail Spotlight Series Presents 1,000 Years of Sacred Songs – May 2022

MacPhail Celebrates the Life and Music of Minnesota Music Legend Peter Ostroushko – May 2022

McKnight Fellowship for Musicians Recipients 2022-2023 – May 2022

Free Family Music Series: The Jolly Pops – April 2022

MacPhail Spotlight Series Presents Sounds and Words of Healing – April 2022

Free Family Music Series: Tryptich – March 2022

Elizabeth Winslow New Director of MacPhail Center for Music’s K-12 School Partnership Program – July 2021

MacPhail/Park Center Senior High Partnership welcomes Terrell “Carnage the Executioner” as Resident with Park Center Band– May 2021

Bach and Ballet Combine in MacPhail Spotlight Series: Voyage – April 2021

MacPhail Spotlight Series Explores Electronic Music with ‘Shape of Waves’ – March 2021

Madeline Island Chamber Music Joins MacPhail – September 2020

MacPhail Announces Electronic Music Recording Arts (EMRA) Program – September 2020

MacPhail—Austin Grand Opening of New Building – September 2020

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