Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee sends video thank-you

The MCTC Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee recently shared a brief video thanking the MCTC Choirs for singing the National Anthem at a flag raising ceremony commemorating veterans on November 10.

Yellow Ribbon Committee Thank You

The Yellow Ribbon Committee at MCTC sends us a thank-you for singing The Star Spangled Banner for the Veteran’s Day event.

Posted by MCTC Choirs on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MCTC Choirs Present An Early Winter Concert

MCTC Winter Concert 15Minneapolis Community and Technical College will present an Early Winter Concert featuring the MCTC Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble Friday December 11 at 7:30 pm in the Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place, on the MCTC campus in downtown Minneapolis. The concert, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Pauly and accompanied by Christopher Wolter will feature the choirs’ characteristic blend of European art music with folk and traditional music from across the globe.  From Stephen Paulus’s gorgeous A Savior from on High to Frode Fjellheim’s Eatnemen Vuelie (recently made famous by the Disney animated film Frozen) this is a concert not to be missed.  Joining the choirs will be guest artists percussionist Ricardo Bennett,  flautist Julie Johnson, guitarist Christopher Becknell, accordionist DeeAnna Langley and bassist Paul McFarland. A reception in the Fine Arts lobby will follow immediately after the concert. Light refreshments will be served.  Children are welcome.  Admission to this concert is free, but the choirs ask that you bring a non-perishable food item which will benefit MCTC students in need.

Want a flier to post or share with friends? Click here: MCTC Winter Concert 15

On Being Hosts Live Event at Loring Park Nov 19

This is an event not to be missed. Krista Tippett hosts a live event in Loring Park this Thursday evening in Loring Park from 7-9. The event is free but you will need to make a reservation to guarantee admission. Featuring ethnomusicologist Sowah Mensah, percussionist Marc Anderson and composer Chris Beatty. For more information and to make reservations, here is the link:

Poster here:On Being Audio Selfie Poster

Applied Percussion Instructor Position

MINNEAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE is a two-year college located in downtown Minneapolis, serving the diverse, multi-cultural communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. We provide a comprehensive offering of developmental, liberal arts, pre-professional, professional, and technical programs. We seek a Percussion Instructor dedicated to excellence in teaching who desires to become part of a creative, vibrant, student-centered learning community.

Examples of Duties:

Teaching college level applied percussion lessons in a variety of styles. Teaching at the studio level will include:

  • Development of a syllabus, weekly goals and objectives, and grading procedures.
  • Providing timely feedback and final grades complete the teaching cycle.
  • Though not required, participation in music department meetings and support of music department activities is strongly encouraged.

Appointment: Temporary/Adjunct starting Fall 2016.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three or more years of teaching private percussion lessons (applied lessons).
  • Demonstrated abilities in performing and teaching drum trap set, mallet instruments, and hand drumming in a variety of Ethnic and National styles.


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Music.
  • Teaching experience at the college level.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
  • Thorough knowledge of the range of material and styles you will be teaching.
  • Excellent musicianship skills – must be able to apply and teach music literacy within the context of the lesson.
  • Able to work with beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
  • Willingness to collaborate with other music faculty in sharing and developing teaching strategies, performing and other related matters.


Copies of transcripts are acceptable for the screening process; however, the successful candidate must provide official transcripts at the time of hire.

Please apply online at and attach a cover letter, electronic resume and unofficial copies of your graduate and undergraduate transcript(s) to your online application in order to be considered for this position. Paper applications and resumes will not be considered. Please detail your experience in the areas of responsibility and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications on your application. Please also submit names and contact information of at least three (3) references who can directly address the applicant’s qualifications for this position (prefer that at least one reference observed the applicant while acting in a teaching capacity).

For more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Elizabeth Pauly, elizabeth.pauly (@)

An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and encourages application from underrepresented groups.

A member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities

Singing for Stress Relief November 10, 2015

Join MCTC music faculty members Liz Pauly and Sarah Greer along with the MCTC Choirs in a session designed to leave you humming a new tune. By the time you leave this session you will have learned several fun songs made to be sung in community, participated in group improvisations, and learned some breathing, posture and stretching exercises to help calm and relax yourself.

Singing for Stress Relief
Time: 10:00 -10:50 a.m.
Location: F2700
Date: November 10, 2015

Student Success Day

This event is presented as part of Student Success Day on the MCTC campus.

The Rose Ensemble presents The Last Queen of Hawaii Student Pricing

The information below comes from Peter Tuff, the Communications Associate at Rose Ensemble. This is a great opportunity to hear an incredible group of musicians and scholars – I highly recommend this. A poster for this event can be gotten by clicking here.

“At 8pm on October 9, 2015, at Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, we will present one of our most talked-about programs of the last twenty years – The Last Queen of Hawaii – and your students can attend for only $10. There will be a pre-concert talk at 7pm by Founder and Artistic Director Jordan Sramek. A poster with the details is attached.

Nothing like a stereotype, The Last Queen of Hawaii is a celebration of traditional dance, storytelling and song, beginning with an ancient creation chant, highlighting Victorian parlor songs, missionary hymns and paniolo (“cowboy”) tunes, and ending with the imprisonment of the last Hawaiian Queen – Lili`uokalani, composer of the beloved and timeless “Aloha ‘Oe.” It’s a beautiful and captivating story from a period in American history of which many Americans seem to be unaware. The Ensemble presents this story with the virtuosic vocal artistry and scholarly approach for which it has been internationally recognized.

I would be so pleased and honored if you would inform your students about this concert, perhaps by announcing it, and/or printing and posting the attached poster in a place where your students can see it. We hope that many students will take advantage of our special $10 tickets all year long—we have a full season (our 20th) of soul-stirring and scholarly concerts in the Twin Cities for their inspiration, education and enjoyment.

Thank you for your time and interest. Please visit for information about the Ensemble and this concert. Tickets may be purchased from Ted Mann’s box office by calling 612.624.2345 or online at”


26th Annual Minnesota State Sacred Harp Singing Convention

 1990 ~ Twenty-sixth Annual Minnesota State ~ 2015 

Sacred Harp

Singing Convention

Saturday – Sunday 

SEPTEMBER 26 – 27, 2015 

Town Hall – The Landing 

Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 Highway 101, Shakopee 

(1 mile east of Shakopee; enter via the far west gate, not the main gate) 

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both days 



~ FREE SINGING SCHOOL, Friday, Sept. 25th, 7 – 9 pm ~ 

led by shape-note singer/folk musician TIM ERIKSEN 

Twin Cities Friends Meetinghouse, 1725 Grand Ave., Saint Paul 

~ THE SACRED HARP TUNEBOOKS (1991 Denson revision, “red book”)

are available on loan, or purchase a book on site for $25.00

~ NOONTIME POTLUCK “DINNER ON THE GROUNDS” provided by local host singers both days

THE SACRED HARP continues a 200 year old American tradition

of singing non-denominational hymns and songs written with shaped note heads.

Singers sit in a hollow square facing the center and sing four parts, a cappella, with uninhibited vigor.


~ MORE INFORMATION available at 


2nd Sundays: St. Sahag Armenian Church, 203 N. Howell St., Saint Paul, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays: University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays: University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

~ Complete and updated singing schedule is available at 

convention poster 2015sept

MCTC Choirs Host Annual Retreat Sept 19

MCTC Choirs Annual Retreat

When: Saturday September 19 from 12-4:30
Where: On the MCTC Campus, L3100, L3400, Bowman Hall Dance Studio, F2700

Lunch will be provided.
Dress in comfortable clothing so that you can move

Schedule of Events

12:00-1:00 – Lunch and Choir Business Meeting – L3100

1:00-1:40 Getting to know you activities – L3100 and/or L3400

1:40-2:20 Skill Session: TBA – (Liz) L3100

2:20-2:30 Break and travel (walking) time to Bowman Hall Dance Studio

2:30-3:00 – Skill Session: session with Vireshwara, Bowman Hall Dance studio

3:00-4:30 – Music Rehearsal (Liz), F2700

Zedashe Ensemble Returns to Twin Cities

Save the Dates! September 9-14. The Zedashe Ensemble, from the Republic of Georgia, returns to Minnesota! You should go!!!!

Wednesday Sept. 9 at 7:30pm
Hear the haunting harmonies of ancient Georgian chants at
Saint Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
1701 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-7667
$20/$10 at the door; advance ticket sales $18 at

Saturday Sept. 12 at 8pm
See a full spectrum of Georgian music and dance at
Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
$20/$10 at the door; advance ticket sales $18 at

Monday Sept. 14 at 7:30pm
Hear the lively folk music of Georgia at
The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 338-2674
$20 at the door; advance ticket sales $18 at

Try Georgian Dance and Vocal Workshops with Zedashe!
Friday Sept 11, 7:30pm-9pm
Dance Workshop
Tapestry Folkdance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-2914
$10/ $8 Tapestry members/ $5 students
Stay for request dancing at no additional charge

Saturday Sept 12, 9:30am – Noon
Choral Workshop with members of Zedashe
St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral
1701 5th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 781-7667
$20/$10 at the door; advance ticket sales $18 at

Learn more about Zedashe at