Artist-in-Residence: Minnesota Percussion Trio

March 14, 2013
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Percussion Trio has been performing together for the past 25 years in Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin. They have given over 1200 performances in libraries, schools, museums, churches and fine arts series. They have been featured on local television and in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. The Trio has received much praise from educators for their unique and engaging presentations of musical concepts.

In 1999 they were presented the "Artist of the Year" award by Young Audiences of Minnesota. In 2006 they recieved the Zildjian Family Opportunity Grant which allowed them to perform for over 2000 students in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. They have also participated in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's renowned CONNECT, Start the Music and Xplorchestra music education concerts for young children.

The Trio will be performing in four different elementary schools around the metro in the month of March and giving a total of five performances. The repertoire they are performing will include an eclectic mix of music from Latin, American and French composers using a wide variety of percussion instruments from marimbas to plastic buckets.

Members of the Minnesota Percussion Trio:
  • Robert Adney
  • Erik Barsness
  • Paul Hill


School visits

Susan Lindgren Elementary, Saint Louis Park

Orchard Lake Elementary, Lakeville

Emmett D. Williams Elementary, Shoreview

Earle Brown Elementary, North Minneapolis



About the Artists-in-Residence program this year

Classical MPR is now in its fourth year of welcoming Artists-in-Residence who perform, teach and speak about music during visits to schools throughout the state of Minnesota. The Artists are selected because of the quality of their musicianship and their interest in promoting music education.

This year's residency features four different Artists:

Crocus Hill Trio: Twin Cities area violin, flute, and cello trio that has been performing together for over 20 years.

Summit Hill Brass Quintet: Twin Cities area brass quintet that was founded in 1976.

Minnesota Percussion Trio: Twin Cities area trio that performs eclectic music from around the world on a wide variety of percussion instruments.

Lyz Jaakola: Musician and educator who is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Ojibwe located outside of Cloquet, MN.

Throughout the month of March 2013 (officially Music in Our Schools Month) these four Artists will visit a total of 24 elementary schools around the Twin Cities metro area to give an educational music performance to the entire student population. The performance includes information about their respective instruments, and the style, technique, history, and traditions related to the music that they present.

These performances are supported by curricular materials designed by Classical MPR's Curriculum Writer that are given to the music teachers in advance for use in their classroom. Students at participating schools receive an MPR-produced compilation CD featuring performances by the artists, allowing students to hear the different approaches and styles of music.

Classical MPR's goal with these artist-in-residence performances is to create authentic and transformative experiences for young pupils that will inspire their creative pursuits, and be a meaningful addition to what they are already learning from their music teachers.

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