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Musician’s Help Desk: Office Hours (Special May Edition with Think 360 Arts)EventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 5:00pm
  • Tuesday May 28

Musician’s Help Desk: Office Hours is here for you if you’re seeking advice on “plugging in” to Fort Collins music.

Drop in any Tuesday from 5-6 PM in the Media Library of the Music District with questions related to your music, and if we can’t answer them for you, we’ll help find someone who can. If you’re looking for learning opportunities, meet-ups, funding resources, collaborators, jams, open mics, like-minded artists, or advice related to your music career, we’ll be here to talk it through with you and help connect the dots between what you’re seeking and what’s possible!

In collaboration with Think 360 Arts, this month features a special initiative aimed at cultivating professional development opportunities for teaching artists. Think 360 Arts for Learning is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a 55 year history of serving K-12 schools and other community venues through teacher training, direct services to students and public awareness programs. They serve as a liaison between schools and teaching artists, and we are a clearinghouse of best practices and research in arts integration. The Denver-based organization is now taking on applications for teaching artists to join their roster.

The Music District is looking to help coach Northern Colorado musicians in the application process (application are due June 14th at 5pm). For a quick glance at how to join their team, click here.

Jen Zidon and Alia Goldfarb will facilitate these consultations. Drop in for on-site assistance or to set up 1-1 sessions.

Jen’s Bio:

Jen Zidon is the current Executive Director of STAMP (Sustainable Touring for Artists, Musicians, and Performers). STAMP’s mission—in part—is to help artists build a sustainable business model. Jen is passionate about providing artists with the tools they need to become professionals in their field and sustain themselves with their art. She holds a BA in creative writing from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in arts management from the LEAP Institute for the Arts. She is an accomplished editor, a published poet, and an advocate for the arts. She believes artist are innate teachers and public schools especially are in need of creative, artistic teachers. Jen looks forward to working with many musicians at the Music District to help them create a sustainable, professional business.

Alia’s bio:

Originally from Switzerland, Alia has lived, performed, and taught across the globe – she moved to Fort Collins in 2014 by way of New York City. She works at the intersection of various modes of performance such as music, dance, theatre, and other practices both for the stage and as a method for cultural work.  She received a B.A. in Peace, Conflicts and Coexistence Studies with a focus on the Applied Performing Arts from Brandeis University and holds an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her master’s research focused on bullying prevention in schools through theatre. Before taking on the role of Community Coordinator at the Music District, Alia worked primarily as a teaching artist, including projects in Ghana, Palestine/Israel, and, most recently, in Northern Colorado schools. She continues to offer vocal coaching, team and community building, and diversity, inclusion, and equity leadership training.

Songwriters Meetup: June 2019EventThe Music DistrictFree
  • 7:00pm
  • Tuesday June 11

Join us at the Music District from 7pm-10pm every 2nd Tuesday of the month for the Songwriters Meetup!

Our mission is to provide a place and format for songwriters of all levels to share new, original works-in-progress to get constructive and supportive feedback from fellow songwriters so we can all improve our craft.

Please bring your instrument (keyboard available on-site), or a demo recording of your song (stereo system also available for playback), as well as multiple copies of your lyrics for others to follow along to aid in the critique. Bringing snacks to share is optional, but appreciated.

The Songwriting meeting is hosted by Justin Roth, a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk.

Songs of My People: A Retrospective in Song, Word and Social JusticeEventLiving RoomFree
  • 6:00pm
  • Thursday June 13

In celebration of Juneteenth, Anthony P. McGlaun will facilitate an evening of musical exploration showcasing a highly curated selection of masterpieces. Participate in this interactive performance-lecture and discussion involving social commentary of black writers set to music by black composers.  We will discuss a poem or text, listen to the corresponding song performed, and discuss its impact and its relevance today. This event is the follow-up to prior event facilitated by McGlaun on the topic in 2016. Today, we take a look at the current state of affairs. How far have we come? What do we still have to learn? What are we celebrating today? come in and enjoy the sonic landscape McGlaun will paint for you through his voice and facilitation.

Presented by Anthony P. McGlaun:

Anthony P. McGlaun is noted for his clarity of tone, musicality and expressive delivery of text. Mr. McGlaun, a Detroit, Michigan native, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Upon his return to Detroit, Mr. McGlaun joined the faculty of Marygrove College where he served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Professor of Music from 2004-2009. He also was member of the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus and was an Apprentice with the company in the 2008-09 season singing the roles of Uncle Yakuside in Madame Butterfly and Remendado in Carmen. In the fall of 2009 Mr. McGlaun relocated to New York City to pursue a full-time performance career. During that time, he appeared in a national tour of Porgy and Bess and a national broadcast of the Messiah as Tenor Soloist. McGlaun also performed the role of Robert in Hin und Zurürck at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, where The New York Times recognized his performance as “…a telling, if too brief, showcase…” and “…amusingly characterized and well-sung.” Recently, McGlaun has appeared as Sportin’ Life in The Skylight Music Theatre’s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, where the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acclaimed him “…singing with ease and clarity.” McGlaun also performed the role of PoPo in the Chicago premiere of Troubled Island, and Robert, in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom. Mr. McGlaun has also made role debuts with both Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.

Anthony McGlaun is a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and the Actors Equity Association. McGlaun is also a member of Associated Solo Artists, a non-profit organization that provides artistic interdisciplinary programs to children, teachers, businesses and social establishments across the globe. Mr. McGlaun is a much sought after soloist, recitalist, lecturer and Master class presenter. He specializes in the Negro Spiritual and work of African-American composers.

Accompaniment by David Wohl:

David Wohl brings 25 years experience in the music industry, specializing in performing, music directing, composing, arranging, creative consultation, and expert music instruction. Originally from Philadelphia, PA he now calls Colorado his home.
McGill University, D. Mus
Northwestern University, M.M.
Roosevelt University, B.M.
Oberlin College, B.A.

Saja Spectacular's Solstice JamEventThe Music District - 639 S CollegeFree
  • 6:00pm
  • Thursday June 20

Join us for an open jam where we bring together musicians from the community to celebrate the inception of summer. Hosted by Saja “Spectacular” Butler on the banjo. Expect a lot of jamming, laughing, and celebrating!

All levels welcome, beginners encouraged. Bring your own instrument. See you Thursday, June 20th from 6pm-8pm!