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Minnesota Public Radio

Class Notes Artist

Location: Minnesota - Twin Cities
Type: Temp / Contract
Category: Music performance and direction

City: Saint Paul, MN
Salary: varies depending on Artist and number of performances

Job description

The Class Notes Artists program at Classical MPR brings educational music performances to young and diverse audiences in Minnesota’s schools, creating authentic and transformative live music experiences. Each Artist is selected for outstanding musicianship and the ability to provide an excellent quality, standards-based presentation.

In addition to school visits, Artists record audio or video in Minnesota Public Radio’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio and work with Classical MPR’s curriculum specialist to create curricula for the program. The curriculum specialist will advise artists on how to incorporate diverse and age-appropriate content into their program and coach Artists in successful delivery methods for their presentations. Some Artists will be selected to do a performance chat with a Classical MPR host to talk about their experience in schools.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 25, 2019. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with the Class Notes Artists team at Classical MPR.

Qualifications or requirements


-Minnesota-based soloist or chamber ensemble (program is not exclusive to the Twin Cities)
-Scheduling flexibility during weekdays
-Willingness to work in partnership with MPR to incorporate music learning, concepts, and diversity into performances and presentations
-Willingness to work in partnership with MPR on program logistics and scheduling in a timely manner. (Response within 24 hours unless other arrangements have been made). Artist must be able to meet deadlines for information and content. Performance content outline will be due in mid-May 2019.
-Program is generally for elementary-age students, but Artists should be able to flex program delivery-style stand content for middle or high school audiences if necessary. (Artists will be given prior notice if this is occasionally needed)


-Prior experience giving educational performances

How to apply

This application is for NEW Artists only. If you have done the Class Notes Artist program previously, do not use this app.

On a separate document please provide the following:
Contact Information
• Ensemble Name
• Ensemble Members and Instruments
• Contact person
• Contact email
• Contact phone
• Ensemble Website

1) Briefly describe your history as an ensemble.

2) Briefly describe your past experience giving educational performances specifically to younger children (elementary school-age). How comfortable are you in front of 500 children ages 5-12? What about a classroom of 30 – 50 children?

3) How do you incorporate music learning and concepts into your performance?

4) Give an example of a technique or strategy that you use to engage student audiences in a listening experience.

5) You would be expected to work with the Class Notes curriculum specialist on the content of your program as well as attend a training workshop regarding presentation techniques and content. How open are you to coaching and feedback? Describe a time when you received feedback on an interactive concert.

6) How do you incorporate music from diverse cultures into your presentation? Conversely if you are a musician from non-western classical tradition, how could you incorporate elements of western classical music into your presentation?

7) We will require artists to submit a program by mid-May. Is this a deadline you can meet?

Please provide a high quality audio or video sample of your ensemble in performance
Option A) Mail a CD with track listing to
Claire Philpott
Classical Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
Option B) Email mp3 or WAV. file or link to

Contact Claire Philpott at