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North Shore Music Association Enter

Our Mission Listen Learn & Participate

The North Shore Music Association’s mission is to inspire lives and create community by offering exceptional live performance and artistic diversity, engaging all ages with opportunities to experience, learn, and participate… for the love of music.

Our Objectives

Sponsor and produce a series of concerts, dances, and workshops throughout the year.
 
Generate income to support our mission through a variety of methods, typically through ticket sales, grants, memberships, and donations.
 
Engage in partnerships at every opportunity, e.g., joint ventures with local entities.
Act as a musical arts consultant and a link between musical performers and educators and those seeking contact with them.
 
Use the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA) as the primary venue for NSMA concerts.
 
Use volunteers effectively in the promotion and production of NSMA activities.


 

Our Legacy

For over 30 years, the NMSA has hosted live concerts, community dances, and educational programming for young and old. NSMA has hosted hundreds of musical artists—from local and regional virtuosos to internationally renowned and beloved icons. Just a few artist highlights from the past few years include:
 
Folk Peter Yarrow, Harpeth Rising
 
Blues Guy Davis, Shemekia Copeland
 
Country/Bluegrass GM Ole Opry, Bluegrass Masters weekendRosie Flores
 
Guitar Adrian Legg, Phil Heywood
 
Classical Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, The Parker Quartet, Minetti Quartett (Vienna)
 
World Music Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, McInnis' Kitchen

 

Staff & Board of Directors

What Makes Us Unique

NSMA offers high-quality musical performances at comfortable, accessible venues where listeners are immersed in the experience without distractions. Our audience members tell us the connection they feel with artists onstage is both sensory and emotional—a joining of hearts and minds in joy, shared sorrow, and uplift that great music by generous souls can offer.
 
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
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The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz
05/11/2019 - 05/12/2019@ Various Locations
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the North Shore Music Association and North Shore Health present Sam Miltich's The Improvised Life: Exploring Intersections of Mental Health & Creativity through Jazz.

Highlighting cultural contributions of famous artists with mental illness and sharing his own story, original compositions, and teaching, Sam Miltich inspires hope for increased mental health awareness and destigmatization. Join us for three powerfully moving events that champion understanding for a vulnerable population:

MUSIC-PROCESS WORKSHOP at Grand Marais Public Library (104 2nd Ave. W) – May 11 at 2:30 pm – Sam discusses and demonstrates guitar techniques, talks about his daily practice and how music has played a large role in his mental health recovery, and engages in Q&A. Open to the public and free of charge.

EVENING CONCERT at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (417 1st Ave. W, Grand Marais) – May 11 at 7 pm – Sam and performs with his quartet, with an accompanying narrative that highlights the creative and important contributions to society and culture that can be made by individuals with mental illness. Tickets are $15 general admission, for sale at event only. 

TALK at the North Shore Health Multipurpose Room (515 5th Ave. W, Grand Marais, just off the lobby in the new hospital entrance) – May 12 at 2 pm – Sam's talk, focused on hope and recovery, highlights his experience with schizophrenia, as well as the experiences of other accomplished musicians who achieved great personal and professional success while living with mental illness (including Thelonious Monk). Open to the public and free of charge. 

This project is made possible through a grant from Wilderness Health, a Northeast MN and Northwest WI collaborative, leading the transformation for rural health care systems. 
 
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7pm Sky Blue With Horns
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Sky Blue With Horns
Sky Blue With Horns
05/25/2019: 7 PM@ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Join us for a concert celebrating the role of horns in the history of jazz, featuring trumpet soloist Tom Pfotenhauer (veteran jazz teacher, UMD Dept. of Music & Jazz Studies Program), backed by local players Eric Anderson on trombone, Erik Hahn on sax and flute, and the Sky Blue Jazz Ensemble led by Mike DeBevec. 

The talents of these remarkable regional musicians will be showcased in self-composed horn arrangements and original compositions by Pfotenhauer and DeBevec, as well as favorite jazz standards and jazz/pop fusion tunes (Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Chuck Mangione), with six vocalists rounding out the ensemble. 

Tickets are general admission. $15 adults, $5 youth 18 & under. For sale at event only, in lobby, starting at 6:30 pm.  Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 417 1st Ave. West, Grand Marais. 
 
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