Q&A submitted by Susan Deege
When did you start playing an instrument? I started playing the trombone in 6th grade beginning band at age 11 in Cabool, Missouri, which is my hometown.
Often people are surprised when they meet females that play the trombone. How did you choose this fantastic instrument? From the time I was a little kid, I always loved the deep rich sounds of the low brass. I wanted to play the tuba in band, but they didn't start students on tuba. My band teacher talked me into playing the trombone and promised me that if I did it, she would teach me how to play the tuba. I have yet to play the tuba, but have not stopped playing and loving the trombone!
What do you like about being in the Quincy Concert Band? I like being in QCB because it gives me another opportunity to practice and perform my craft. I get to engage with other band members who share the same passion for creating music and bringing joy to others through music. One of the biggest advantages for students who play in QCB is that the group is made up of amazing instrumentalist which makes it a productive learning experience. It also gives students an opportunity to network and develop professionally with others in musical careers.
What is your favorite type of music? Is there a particular type of group you like to play with? I don't have a favorite type of music because there are too many great types! My favorite type of group to play with is one that has members that are hard-working and don't settle for just playing the right notes. I love when they exceed expectations and that is exactly the kind of musicians that make up QCB!
What other groups have you played with? At Culver-Stockton, I play with the Symphonic Band, the All-College Band, the Wind Ensemble and Camerata 808 where anything goes. I have also played in a trombone quartet.
Tell me about your opera experience, or another musical performance you particularly enjoyed. It was so much fun to be a part of Hansel and Gretel with Muddy River Opera. I grew tremendously as a vocalist and performer. My favorite part of the opera was watching all of the childrens' reactions as the story unfolded. I also enjoyed answering their questions and seeing what they thought about the show.
What type of school would you like to teach in the future? I would like to teach both vocal and instrumental music in a small rural school.
Is your family musical? Some members of my family are very musical, but some of them are also tone deaf. My grandma, aunt and parents have helped me experience all kinds of music from heavy metal to opera. I know I wouldn't be the person or musician I am without their support and encouragement.
Mark your calendars for Quincy Concert Band's Nov. 4th fall performance!
Hi there, it’s Taylor! I went to Noon Blues last Friday and it sure was a fun time. I brought my folding chair, set it up under a shady tree, grabbed a hot dog from the Butcher Block’s food stand, and I was ready to go!
Katie Hogge, a local singer/songwriter, was singing songs and playing her acoustic guitar during the Friday lunch hour in Washington Park. Hogge played a wide selection of tunes such as “2002”, “Fire Escape” and “Butterflies”. She included lots of today’s pop hits by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, but she also included songs from the 80’s and 90’s, such as “Take On Me”. She was very skilled at playing her guitar, which was impressive given that she is only sixteen years old! I love how our Quincy arts gives so many opportunities for young people to show their love of music through performances such as Noon Blues. It is great that the community is helping the next generation find their voice and share it with others through the arts.
Several different people came out to enjoy the summer afternoon entertainment! There were many business people working downtown who walked over on their break for some lunch and a relaxing performance. Several families came out as well and set-up picnic blankets. The children were running around and playing games, all while being exposed to beautiful music in the park. I saw many groups of friends meet up at the performance as well. Even Mayor Moore was there enjoying the wonderful music and the fellowship that the Quincy arts community cultivates. This was a really great way to unwind after a busy morning and to refresh myself before the rest of the day. Making art a part of your daily life can be a great stress reliever and can bring brightness to any circumstance.
Noon Blues is every second and fourth Friday during the summer months from 12-1 pm. This lunchtime event takes place every Friday that there is a Blues in the District concert, so you have two opportunities on those Friday’s to get your summer music fix. Butcher Block is available during both Noon Blues and Blues in the District events to satisfy all of your lunchtime and dinnertime cravings.
There are two more chances to catch Noon Blues in Washington Park before the summer ends! On August 10, Cheeks McGee will be performing, and the 2018 season will wrap up with Logan Kammerer on August 24. You don’t want to miss these incredibly talented local artists! So invite your friends, bring your lawn chair, and head out to the park to enjoy the lunchtime tunes!
Hello everybody, it's Taylor and I am back from an evening full of music and fun! On July 5, Hannibal, Missouri welcomed the Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band to Music Under the Stars. This group played tunes such as “The Waltz of No Return” that had people dancing with their partners and grooving in their seats.
The Swampweed Cajun Dancehall Band was comprised of a fiddle, acoustic guitar, accordion, drums and a bass guitar. I had never heard this combination of instruments before, but I was pleasantly surprised with howwell they sounded together. Every tune they played had me tapping mytoes and feeling grateful for the summertime. Due to weather issues, this event was moved inside to the Admiral Coontz Armory. However, this did not stop people from coming out. The crowd filled the recreation center and were full of energy the entire night. One couple got up and danced to almost every song for the crowd. It was a very lively evening!
Music Under the Stars has done a fantastic job over the past 12 years of bringing great musicians to the local area. Every Thursday from 7-9 pm the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum put on these free outdoor concerts for you and all of your friends to enjoy in June, July and August.
Grab a comfy chair and enjoy the eight remaining bands that are scheduled to take the stage this summer. This Thursday, July 12, Music Under the Stars will welcome A Side of Country to their stage and you don’t want to miss it!
Nonprofit organizations, groups and clubs are at each concert selling food as a fundraiser. Local businesses are available to sell soda, water, wine, and craft beers. If your group is interested in this opportunity to raise funds, please contact the Melissa Cummins through email at email@example.com.
Music Under the Stars runs through August 30, so be sure to hurry over to Historic Hill Street to get your summer music fix. For more information and to see the full season schedule, visit www.marktwainmuseum.org or call 573-221-9010. Like the page on Facebook for updates and weather-related announcements.
Hi everybody! It's Taylor and I have officially been interning at Arts Quincy for a month now! I love the artistic opportunities I get to partake in, such as the Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening that I attended on Friday, June 29. The evening was full of fun, refreshments and incredible art created by QAC’s members.
In the Elizabeth M. Sinnock Gallery, QAC members presented their creative artwork. The art center welcomed Jake Schreacke on piano to accompany this exhibit. The live music made the evening even more enjoyable and helped to bring all of the artwork on display to life. At 7:30, guest artist talks were held and artists spoke about the inspiration behind their pieces and the techniques they used to execute their works of art. I found it so interesting how some artists were inspired by small things, such as a girl texting or flowers in a vase, and how others were inspired by big things, such as national parks or a black hole. No matter what the inspiration was, each work of art was beautiful and told its own story. I also appreciated the many different mediums of art that were represented at this event. There were photographs, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more. This opening made me grateful for all of the diverse talent we have in our area and I was thrilled to be able to witness it.
In the Katherine Gardner Stevenson Gallery, works by Neysa McMein were displayed along with selections from the Quincy Art Center’s Permanent Collection. Singer/guitarist Kathy Brink accompanied guests as they walked through this gallery. Before viewing McMein’s pieces, there was a short autobiography posted about her. She is a true inspiration and shows that with talent and dedication, dreams can be achievable.
McMein was born in Quincy in 1889 and moved to New York after graduating from Quincy High School and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She went on to create magazine covers and the original Betty Crocker portrait for General Mills. She was also involved with the United State’s defense efforts during World War I and was one of three women to be appointed an honorary noncommissioned officer in the US Marine Corps. Throughout her career, she befriended many famous people such as Walt Disney and H.G. Wells. Upon her death, McMein donated her art to museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Quincy Art Center.
McMein’s magazine covers were beautiful and eye-catching, but one of my favorite pieces was her self-portrait which was hung next to a painting of her created by another artist. Seeing these two pictures side-by-side was quite eye-opening because her self-image came through in the painting as sad and dark while the other artist showed her in a beautiful light and used bright colors. I think this is a testament to the idea that even though it seems like you may have it all to others, you may have a different view of your own self-worth.
The Quincy Art Center’s Annual Member Exhibit Opening provided me with a fun and enriching evening, but it is not too late for you to have this same experience. These works of art will be on display until Friday, July 20, so be sure to see them before they are gone. The Quincy Art Center is open from 9 - 4 Monday - Saturday. For more information, please visit www.quincyartcenter.org or call 217-223-5900.
By Taylor Tweedell
Hey guys! I am back with more fun-filled arts news for you! I got to talk to Camden Scifres who is the executive director of Barefoot in the Park. The play will be performed at the Lewis Street Playhouse starting tomorrow in Canton, Missouri from June 21 – June 24.
This classic Neal Simmons comedy is the second longest running play on Broadway and is about a young, straight-laced lawyer who marries a hippie girl and together they discover the complexities of marriage. Some of the struggles they face are living on the sixth floor of a building that has no elevator, crazy neighbors, and a trying mother-in-law. The actors playing the couple’s roles are Wes and Courtney Friday. These two are actually married in real life, so they are sure to bring an authentic portrayal to the stage.
The venue for this show is an old opera house, but it is now being used by Scifres and his co-director Zoe Gudehus to bring more theatre to the Lewis County area. By putting on this play, Gudehus and Scifres aim to provide more outlets and resources for community members and for area college students to see and work in shows.
These two young and aspiring thespians decided to put on this show last year during their studies at Lindenwood University. They were in an acting class together and after reading the script for Barefoot in the Park, they really enjoyed the show. When considering what show would work best for the space, they remembered what they had read in class and fell in love with the idea of showing it to Lewis County.
Without theatre opportunities in Quincy, Scifres and Gudehus would not be who they are today. Scifres said that he had never been in a show until he became involved at Quincy Community Theatre, and he immediately fell in love with performing after his first performance on that stage. “Many people do not know that they love what they love until they do it”, stated Scifres. He is seeking to offer the same opportunity that he received at QCT through this show.
Barefoot in the Park will run from June 21 - June 23 at 7:30pm and June 23 - June 24 at 2:00 pm at the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and under. The directors are very grateful to Quincy Medical Group for sponsoring this production.
Guest clinician Mike Weaver returns for a week-long summer camp
This June, Quincy will welcome the fantastic Mike Weaver to host a summer show choir and movement workshop for area students in grades 7-8 and 9-12. Weaver is a talented individual based in Chicago who works widely in conceptual and technical development with show choirs, competition programs, concerts and theatrical events.
Weaver is no stranger to the Quincy area, having served as a guest clinician at Quincy Senior High School’s “Showcase of Excellence,” the annual show choir and jazz band festival. Weaver is excited to return to Quincy for this week-long summer workshop.
“This workshop is for performers who want to step up their game,” says Weaver. “I have done workshops all over the country and Quincy seems to be in need of a training camp like this. The students are very talented and eager to learn. The community is a strong supporter for the arts. It’s phenomenal!” Participants will learn how to improve and build upon their acting, singing and dancing abilities.
Weaver has made a huge impact in my life as a show choir member and performer through Showcase of Excellence workshops. Weaver has such an amazing energy when working with students! He promotes positivity within show choir groups and gives great, intentional feedback about our performance and stunned us with this ability to create moving choreography within seconds. Weaver transformed our group’s attitude towards our set of music and helped us to better display our passion for the arts as we performed. I was in awe of his talent for choreography and his ability to drastically improve our show choir within such a short time frame. Attending a week long camp with Weaver is sure to immensely impact any performer who is ready and willing to learn.
This incredible author and award-winning director/choreographer invites students to attend and learn from him the week of June 25-29 from 12- 5 pm in the QHS Auditorium. The camp will conclude with a performance on Friday, June 29 at 6 pm. Kathi Dooley and Monica Scholz, local music professionals, encourage local students to attend. The intensive music and choreography sessions available through this program are designed to not only build greater skills and self-confidence in students, but to also promote the art of show choir in the region. The cost of the camp is $125, which includes all materials and a performance t-shirt. To sign up, click here to download the form. For more information, please call 773-383-0524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weaver is an author and award-winning director and choreographer based in Chicago. He is nationally known as a clinician specializing in the performing arts with show choirs and has worked with many big name companies and attractions. Weaver is also the national chair for the American Choral Director’s Association.
The Quincy Park Band will have a Father's Day concert today in Madison Park at 6:30 pm. The entire program will be to honor the fathers in the audience and in the band. The program will begin with Thomas S. Allen’s Whip and Spur Galop and end with John Phillip Sousa’s El Capitan. The band will also perform Jerry Nowak’s Portrait of the American West and Harold L. Walters’ Instant Concert featuring many favorites from classical to pop.
The concert will continue by paying tribute to long time park band member Dr. Lavern Wagner and the Park Band’s 70th season. Dr. Wagner composed The Quincy Park Band Plays On for the 50th anniversary of the Park Band. The concert will also contain My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Teddy Bear’s Picnic. The park band will also perform a Suite from the Broadway hit Hamilton.
Bring your father, grandfather and the whole family out to Madison Park today for the Park Band's tribute to fathers.
Don't miss the concert on Wednesday, June 20 which will be one of the highlights of the 70th Season with the Quincy Park Band. Arts Quincy (Quincy Society of Fine Arts) will be presenting Park Band member and musical legend, Bob Havens, the George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by WGEM, Herald-Whig and the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation. Conductor Emeritus, Pam Potter, will be leading the Park Band in a tribute to Bob with 76 Trombones and Bubbling Woodwinds.
This concert is being sponsored by First Banker’s Trust and they will add to the excitement by passing out fans and bottles of water for everyone in attendance. The Park Band would like to thank First Banker’s Trust for sponsoring the annual “Big Band” concert on June 20. The concert will feature all big band music from the greats of the 30’s, 40’s, and beyond. The music from Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and others will bring Madison Park Alive. The park band will perform W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues as well as Dixieland Jam! featuring Basin Street Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, Tin Roof Blues, When the Saints Go Marching In and Bill Bailey. The big band fun continues with Big Band Signatures, Big Band Spectacular, and Big Band Bash.
Come out to the park for some great Big Band music this Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm in Madison Park. For a full concert schedule, please visit quincyparkband.com.
Hello everybody! I had the amazing opportunity to chat with the wonderful cast of The Muddy River Opera Company’s The Magic Flute as they were rehearsing for their upcoming shows June 15 and 16. This group of people is one of the most compatible I have ever seen! They welcomed me in and everyone had something special to say about the show and the rehearsal process. This group reminded me of how important it is to do what you love and enjoy what you do, which was very refreshing. The passion that this cast shares for opera inspired me as I talked to them in their rehearsal and is sure to inspire audience members who come out to witness their talent.
The Magic Flute is the fairytale story of Prince Tamino (Dr. Richard Leonberger of Austin State University) who must rescue Princess Pamina (Dr. Penelope Shumate of WIU). He is assisted in his quest by the bird-catcher (Dr. Steven Soebbing of JWCC) and together they undergo trials. An evil queen (Amanda Saul Ensign, WIU graduate college) introduces a good versus evil dynamic to the plot of this show, which also contains humorous and romantic elements.
"This opera was written by Mozart during the Enlightenment period, which is evident through the discoveries made by the prince and the bird-catcher as they experience hardships on their journey," said Director Mark Freiman.
The Muddy River Opera Company has done several unique things with their version of this famous opera. One of the most impressive things is the makeup of their cast. This cast is a combination of professionals, children, local musicians and students.
"This variety helps to cultivate an environment where performers can learn from each other and grow together," Freiman said. "This show is also special because of the roles the children play in the production. There are three spirits in this show who are all played by children. These roles are often filled by women, but the Muddy River Opera seeks to involve younger generations in their shows, something that not all productions or performing groups value. A full orchestra will accompany the cast as they perform this Mozart fairytale."
Freiman said that this show is a great one to see if you have never seen an opera before. The children in this cast add an ethereal element and are inspirational to young audience members. The story is also an easy one to follow and contains characters that are humorous and educational, making it the perfect first-opera experience!
This opera was originally written in German, but the MROC will be performing the English translation. There is also spoken dialogue in this show—a rare thing in opera-- which allows for the performers to showcase their acting abilities and makes the story even more relatable and understandable.
Thirty minutes before each show, Dr. Carol Mathieson will give an opera insight presentation on idealism in the Enlightenment period and explain how an opera that was written in the 18th century can still entertain audiences today.
This is the Muddy River Opera’s third opera in the reimagining of their company. They are currently in the process of keeping opera going and loved in a changing world.
The show will be held at the John Wood Community College’s Mary Ellen Orr Auditorium, which is an excellent venue for singing. The theatre is intimate as well, allowing cast members to move into the audience and bring viewers closer to the action. The theater is comfortable and casual and will hold performances for The Magic Flute on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm. Tickets are $20 at the door or in advance at both Quincy County Market stores. You can buy tickets online by clicking here. For more information, visit muddyriveropera.org.
My first arts event for the summer was with the Quincy Park Band during the Memorial Day performance, woot! Before the show my friends and I grabbed some shaved ice to cool off from the hot summer heat. It was the perfect treat to pair with the performance. Even though the evening was hot, we set up chairs and blankets in the shade. The nearby playground provided fun for younger children, and families also brought coolers and enjoyed a picnic in the park as the band played their patriotic selections.
The QHS Show choir opened for the Park Band with fun and inspiring tunes that had the audience members singing along. After their performance, the members of the Quincy Park Band took the stage. They were clearly inspired by the holiday music they were playing, because they all dressed up in red, white, or blue patriotic attire. They played several beautiful pieces including “America Forever March” (composed in honor of Pearl Harbor), “Songs of the Great War” (displayed music’s role in WWI), “The Message of the Rock”, and “America the Beautiful”. Many of the selections for the evening were representative of World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.
My favorite moment in the concert was when the Quincy Park Band played the Armed Forces Salute to honor all active members and veterans. Each branch of the military was invited to stand when called and applause rang out through the park. A large number of veterans and servicemen and women were in attendance for the Memorial Day concert, which made this moment even more touching.
I am a HUGE fan of all things America! Seriously, I have a 6’ by 4’ American flag hanging from my ceiling in my room here at home and in my dorm at school. This made this particular concert so enjoyable for me since it was full of patriotic music. I loved seeing so many people come to not only support the local Park Band, but to also remember all of our wonderful servicemen and women. I am so grateful for all that they have done for our country and I think it is so cool that we can thank them for their service through music, dancing, singing and art. The Quincy Park Band has several more patriotic concerts coming up, so you still have a chance to hear some inspiring American music!
The Quincy Park Band closed their show with John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and announced that their next concert will take place this Sunday June 10 at 6:30 in Madison Park and is entitled “Spring Into Summer”. This is their 70th season of providing relaxing, enjoyable performances with their band that is made up of over 100 talented local musicians.
Check out quincyparkband.com or the AQ magazine for details on everything Park Band and their upcoming summer schedule. In case of rain, the Quincy Park Band will hold their concerts at the Kroc Center Worship Theatre located at 405 Vermont St.
Announcements regarding rainouts will be found on the group’s Facebook page or by calling 573-312-0637.
Hi there! Thanks for checking out the Arts Quincy blogs! Here’s a little bit about me…
My name is Taylor Tweedell and I am Arts Quincy’s intern for the summer of 2018. I was born and raised in Quincy and I am so proud to call this creative community home! I love the fact that programs such as the library’s summer reading program and QFest have been around since I was a child and are still a huge part of my life today. The arts began to impact me when I began training at Heinze Dance Academy at the age of three, and I continued dancing there until I graduated from high school. I played piano when I was younger too, but then took to the violin in the fourth grade through the Quincy Public Schools. In junior high, I joined choir and took voice lessons. I also performed in the Quincy Community Theatre’s Triple Threat Boot Camp and in several of their student theatre productions.
In high school, I was an active member in the QHS Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Show Choir, musicals, New Faces productions, and was a Q-City Pommer and captain of the squad my senior year. My senior year I also volunteered with QFest and was a special maid in the Art Center’s Beaux Arts Ball. I then graduated from QHS in June of 2017 and headed to Oklahoma City University where I am currently studying dance.
I just completed my freshman year and I have loved every minute of learning and improving upon my dancing abilities. As I grew, so did my passion for the arts and their impact on my life. This summer I am so excited to give back to some of the arts programs that have touched my life so much. I cannot wait to keep you posted on all of the inspiring and exciting adventures that I go on this summer as I dive into all of the artistic opportunities Quincy has to offer. Be sure to come up and say hi to me at any arts events you attend, I would love to get to know fellow art lovers. This summer is sure to be the best one yet!
Get to know Taylor better…
How many siblings do you have? … I have two younger sisters, Lauren (17) and Audra (15). They are my built-in best friends!
What is your favorite thing to do? … I love napping, Netflix, dancing, traveling, and hanging out with friends!
What place would you like to visit next? … I would love to go to Greece, but I also plan on studying abroad in Italy before I graduate college!
What is your favorite Broadway show? … Right now I love Hamilton, which I saw in Chicago last summer, but I have seen Wicked many times and I absolutely love it!
What is your favorite subject in school? … Government and History!
What is the strangest food you ever ate? … I tried octopus recently, which is a huge milestone for me, I am such a picky eater!
What is your favorite season? … I love spring because of rainy days and flowers!
Who is your favorite Disney princess? … Definitely Ariel, who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?