WAMA Mini News (02/16/2005)

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WAMA Mini News (02/16/2005)

Postby askmike » Wed Mar 09, 2005 9:32 pm

Thinking Outside the Box:
A panel discussion on building your audience through creative
production, marketing, and promotion of your music

Monday February 28th
6:30-8:30 p.m.
At the Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Admission is FREE to WAMA Members, $15 for Non-Members
See www.wamadc.com for more information

This panel discussion will feature guest speakers Blake Althen, Jennifer Cutting,
Rachel Panay, and Mary Sue Twohy.

Master Classes at Strathmore

Double Bass Master Class
with Keter Betts

For musicians ages 14 & up
Tuesday, March 8, 2005

3:30–5:30 p.m.

The Music Center at Strathmore
Education Room 402

Keter Betts—legendary jazz bassist, long-time collaborator with Ella Fitzgerald,
and Silver Spring resident—is a 2003 Living Legacy Jazz Award recipient who has
used his gift and love of music to enlighten and educate youth for nearly 40 years.
In this master class, bassists will learn to explore the boundaries of jazz bass with
a true music innovator. Students must bring their own bass stool. The class will be

filmed for documentary purposes.

Fiddle Workshop
with Alasdair Fraser

For musicians ages 14 & up
Saturday, March 12, 2005
3:30–6:30 p.m.
The Music Center at Strathmore
Education Room 402

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic
fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music
have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and
concerts with a variety of ensembles. Learn how to move your fingers quickly in a
Celtic style and experience the fiddle as never before. Alasdair Fraser is performing
at Wolf Trap the next day.

5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, Maryland
Phone: 301-581-5100
Fax: 301-581-5101
Web: www.strathmore.org
Underwritten in part by the Anthony M. Natelli Strathmore Education Fund

February 26- Songwriter’s Exchange

10:00 am -12:30pm @ Jammin’ Java (231 Maple Avenue E. Vienna, VA)
Part workshop, part critique, the Songwriter's Exchange serves as a means of
encouraging songwriters. Each writer can bring a song in progress and 12 lyric sheets.
You can either bring a recording of the song or perform it "live" (there are pianos). We
try to get to everyone (as long as you're not very late). It's OK to come just to hang out,
too. Hosted by Cary Whaley. Guest Artist: Michael Sheppard www.4cryinoutloud.com

March 5-
Stop Spinning Your Wheels
and Move Forwards With Your Goals
A workshop with performing songwriter Mary Sue Twohy on Saturday, March 5, 2005,
at Jammin’ Java (231 Maple Avenue E. Vienna, VA) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,.
The cost for SAW members is $25, for others $30, if postmarked by February 20th.
The cost is: $30/$40 at the door. To register: send a check payable to SAW, 4200
Wisconsin Ave., NW, PMB 106-137, Washington, D.C. 20016; or use the registration
form at www.saw.org.

Overwhelmed? Having trouble getting to the next level? Have goals but do not know
HOW to achieve them? Come to this workshop to learn about setting goals AND making
manageable bite-size steps towards your goals. In this workshop, we will identify 5 goals.
We will prioritize and focus on one goal and then make accessible steps towards that goal.
We will also attempt to create a buddy system within our class to encourage and talk about
the ongoing process of reaching our goals. Bring a buddy. Please bring your calendar or palm
pilot with you to this session. And bring a whole lot of dreams.

2005 Mountain Stage NewSong Festival
has some changes in store as one of
the East Coast’s top musical events moves to a new home in the hip, historic
university town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Now in its fourth year, the
event also features the NewSong Contest presented by Performing Songwriter
Magazine, now accepting entries through June 15.

This year’s Mountain Stage NewSong Festival takes place Aug. 24 to 28 in
venues across Shepherdstown , W.Va., located less than 90 minutes from
Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Concerts, showcases, workshops, open mics and campsite
jams will highlight both renowned and emerging performing songwriters in all
genres as players, music lovers and music industry representatives converge on
the town.

New to this year’s Festival is the NewSong Academy from Wednesday, Aug. 24 to
Friday, Aug. 26. This high-powered school on songwriting and performance
features instructors who embody NewSong’s focus on fine songcraft and great
performance. Instructors include hit songwriter and performer Steve Seskin;
acclaimed performer, songwriter, composer and Trapezoid founder Paul Reisler; and the
composer, singer and songwriter Ysaye M. Barnwell of the African-American
female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. Additional artists will be
announced soon.

Concerts, showcases and contest events follow Friday, Aug. 26, through
Sunday, 28, with live music staged in venues across Shepherdstown. NewSong will
feature some of today’s best performing songwriters and rising stars, in genres
ranging from Americana, blues, folk and pop, to world music, jazz, country,
hip-hop and beyond. The festival concludes with a Mountain Stage NewSong show on
Sunday, Aug. 28 at Shepherdstown University’s Frank Center, with a lineup of
musical heavyweights that also includes one of the finalists in the NewSong
Contest presented by Performing Songwriter Magazine. The show will be taped and
later broadcast internationally on the Mountain Stage program, now in its 21st
first and heard worldwide on more than 200 radio and TV stations, XM
Satellite Radio and "The Voice of America."

At the Festival, performing songwriters of all levels and all types of music
can work intensively on showcasing and improving their songcraft and
performance skills. Plus there will be a camping scene at the 20-acre Morgan’s Grove
Park full of music-making, along with the option of lodging at one of the many
area hotels, inns and bed-and-breakfasts in this scenic, historic corner of
West Virginia. NewSong, now in its fourth year, is a supportive community of
music makers music lovers and music industry professionals, Ragland said. "NewSong
is really a gathering of the tribes of the singer-songwriter community and of
people who love live original music and great songs, whatever the genre."

Registration for both the NewSong Academy and NewSong Contest is now open
through the NewSong website at www.newsongfest.com where full contest rules can
be found. NewSong will announce its 2005 concert and showcase performers in
upcoming weeks and months. For the latest on all things NewSong, visit the
website and be sure you are subscribed to the free, occasional NewSong News
newsletter by sending an e-mail to:

Music with a Mission

On Sunday, February 27, Lisa and the band are in concert to kick off the 2005
Hay Wagon Concert series of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Hampstead!

The concert will benefit the work of Myra Smith, missionary to Guatemala. After
serving ten years at the "Songs of Joy" Home for Children in Guatemala, Myra is
beginning a new work as director of a feeding program for poor children in Chiquimula
Guatemala, with outreach to the women of the area.

Missionary Myra Smith ............... One of the women of Chiquimula ...
Women's group in Chiquimula.
Admission is free! There will be a free will offering to benefit Myra's work.

Hay Wagon Concert series
Sunday, February 27 6:00 pm
Shiloh United Methodist Church
3100 Shiloh Road
Hampstead, MD 21074
Contact: Richard Brown-Whale


Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer did it again. For the 2nd year in a row, on their
10th nomination, the Kensington, MD residents won a GRAMMY® for Best Musical
Album for Children. The winning CD is ³cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella
Jenkins.² Cathy & Marcy won their first GRAMMY® last year for ³Bon Appétit!
Musical Food Fun.² Every CD Cathy & Marcy have released since 1997 has been
nominated, including 2 produced for other artists (Tom Paxton, Dinorock

³cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins² (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
celebrates the music of Ella Jenkins, ³The First Lady of Children¹s Music²
and 2004 GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award winner. It is a spectacular
collaboration by artists including Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Tom
Chapin, Mariachi Los Camperos, John McCutcheon, Riders in the Sky, Mike
Stein, Michele Valeri and Spencer Perkins. Cathy & Marcy also performed
their own tracks, played 15 instruments, and pulled together a fabulous team
of engineers (Bob Dawson and Jim Robeson of Bias Recording, Pete Reiniger of
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings). There is a wonderful children¹s chorus
from University Park Elementary School conducted by Betty Scott, a GRAMMY®
winner herself for conducting the Maryland Boy Choir on the Washington
Chorus production of Britten¹s ³War Requiem².

The project was a loving gift to Ella Jenkins in honor of her 80th birthday.
Just as Ella¹s music has inspired generations of children, parents, and
teachers alike, Cathy & Marcy¹s 21 years performing as a duo have kept
families singing together and delighting in the joy of music.

Cathy & Marcy will be leading a Traditional Folk Sing-A-Long on Monday
February 21, as part of the Discover Strathmore Festival, and will be
appearing at Strathmore in concert on April 24.
Mike Schreibman
Midnight Music / WAMA
6263 Occoquan Forest Drive
Manassas, VA 20112
703-393-1028 fax
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