- SUMMER 2020 -


Faculty: Phil Ostrander | John Tranter | Chris Caine | Carson King-Fournier | Josh Becker

Cost: FREE

When: June 15, 2020 | 

Registration for Trombone Day is closed.




We are so excited to be hosting a completely online and remote jazz camp for students that are completing grades 6-12 that mimics a normal day at the Shell Lake Arts Center with masterclasses, big band rehearsals, listening, improvisation classes, and social time lead by the counselors. The music of big band director and composer Gordon Goodwin will be featured and he will be joining the classes for a Q&A session. Students will learn how to use the online recording software and be able to keep the recordings their band makes remotely. 

                                     View the schedule here.             Click here for Audition Information.

Cost: $250.00

When: June 22, 24, 26, 29, & July 1, 2020 | 9:00am-5:00pm CST each day

Tom Luer | Mike Walk | Jeff Gottwig | Dean Sorenson | Chris Olson | Chris White | Chris Bates | Dave Schmalenberger

Registration for Online Jazz Camp is closed.



For students completing grades 6-12


Our virtual Concert Band Camp will be hosted by Kris Tjornehoj, renowned band director of the UW-River Falls music program. The week will be jam-packed with individual lessons, full band rehearsals, inspiring masterclasses, faculty and student concerts, and even the "Keith & Dakota Show"! To top it all off, there will be a special collaboration with guest composer Alex Shapiro!

Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music LLC, her works are heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on nearly thirty commercially released recordings from around the world. Alex lives on Washington State's remote San Juan Island, and when she's not composing she can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, and her website,

View the schedule HERE  |  Register below!

Cost: $250.00

When: July 13, 15, 17, 20 & 22, 2020 | 10:00am-4:00pm CST each day

Faculty: Kris Tjornehoj | Alex Shapiro | Dave Herdan | Connie Root | Aimee Pashby | Don Pashby | Jill Westermeyer | Paul Krasin | Nick Fox | Keith Richardson | Dakota Walters | Heather Bolton | Jenna McBride Harris | 

Registration for Online Concert Band Camp is closed.


Join Eric, Nickie, Bradley & Jenna this summer for "Long Distance Seasons of Love" - otherwise known as, Online Musical Theatre Camp 2020!

Bring your love of performing in the theatre  right to your home, with a month of individual sessions with faculty members to focus on solos, monologues, and anything you're wanting to work on - then stick around through the first month of August for sessions with the full chorus, and even some choreography and full run-through's! 

Checkout the welcome video HERE

Cost: $250.00

When: Solo work beginning July 20, 2020 & Ensemble work August 2-7, 2020 | A detailed schedule can be found HERE.

Faculty: Eric Mark Olson-Sánchez Padilla | Nickie Kromminga Hill | Bradley Beahen | Jenna Dosch 

 Registration for "Long Distance Seasons of Love" Musical Theatre Camp is closed.



We are excited to announce the all-new Online Music Production Camp!

Students will learn both creative and technical skills beneficial to arranging, producing and recording using industry-standard computer software. Taught by industry professionals, this course covers the basics of making music using computers in an exciting way that enables students to create their own original art. No previous experience needed, and all levels of skill welcome, whether beginning or more advanced! The only requirement for students is access to a relatively new computer and fast internet. A free trial version of the recording software will be included with the course.


Cost: $250.00

When: July 26th – July 31st  | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST each day.

Registration for Music Production Camp is closed. 



Join us online for a day and a half of everything trumpet, led by esteemed trumpet pedagogue Robert Baca, joined by an all-star faculty who are leaders in their specialty fields.

You will learn about creating music videos online, fall in love with classical music and jazz improvisation, find out what it takes to be a Broadway musician, learn how to write music for movies, and discover the fascinating historical journey of how our instrument developed. With the help of college graduates and current students, we will also help guide you through efficient practice, how to have the best college trumpet experience (music major or not) and show you what to do in high school to best prepare for a lifelong enjoyment of playing trumpet at the highest level. Bring your trumpet and your ears, because there will be lots of playing and listening to great music. Best of all, the price is free!

Seating is limited, so please register with the commitment of joining us for the entire day and a half of sessions.

View the schedule HERE  | View faculty bios HERE

Cost: FREE

When: Monday, July 27th & Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Who: High School and College-age trumpet players only.

Faculty: Robert Baca | Andrew Classen | Amy Schendel | Jeremy Miloszewicz | Matt Stock | Matt Mealey | John Raymond | Kyle Newmaster | Kate Rosenberger | Connor Pietrzak 

Registration for the 2020 Trumpet Workshop is now closed.  



Join us on August 10th, for a Shell Lake Arts Center-sponsored day celebrating one of our favorites... jazz saxophone!

Online Jazz Saxophone Day is hosted and curated by saxophone greats Greg Keel & Tom Luer, both UWEC-alums and Shell Lake Arts Center Faculty. They have a full day of hands-on learning and opportunity to work with and hear from saxophone legends, Melissa AldanaRalph Moore!

Register Below!

Cost: FREE

When: Monday, August 10th, 2020 | 9:00am-3:00pm


On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. Inspired by the life and works of Frida Kahlo, Aldana creates a parallel between her experiences as a female saxophone player in a male-dominated community, and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. On her first jazz quartet recording, Aldana adds a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity.

Aldana was born in Santiago, Chile. She began playing the saxophone when she was six, under the influence and tuition of her father Marcos Aldana, also a professional saxophonist. Aldana began with alto, influenced by artists such as Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, and Michael Brecker. However, upon first hearing the music of Sonny Rollins, she switched to tenor; the first tenor saxophone she used was a Selmer Mark VI that had belonged to her grandfather.

 She started performing in Santiago jazz clubs in her early teens. In 2005, after meeting him while he was on tour in Chile, she was invited by pianist Danilo Pérez to play at the Panama Jazz Festival, as well as a number of auditions at music schools in the USA. As a result of these introductions, she went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, where her tutors included Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Frank Tiberi, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Bill Pierce, and Ralph Peterson

Aldana graduated from Berklee in 2009, relocating to New York City to study under George Coleman. She recorded her first album, Free Fall, released on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music imprint in 2010. Her live shows in this period included performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and her second album, Second Cycle, was released in 2012. In 2013, aged 24, she was the first female musician and the first South American musician to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, in which her father had been a semi-finalist in 1991. The prize was a $25,000 scholarship, and a recording contract with Concord Jazz. Reporting her win, the Washington Post described Aldana as representing "a new sense of possibility and direction in jazz".

Ralph Moore’s last recording as a leader was entitled “Who It Is You Are”—words taken from a poem written by NJ poet laureate, Amiri Baraka. Twenty years later, Baraka has recently passed and some folks are asking the tenor saxophonist: “Where it is you’ve been?”

While Moore has not been on the jazz scene per se (he has been living in Los Angeles for the last 20 years), he, nonetheless, has never separated from the purity of the passion that drives him every day. Fifteen years playing tenor in the band forThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno kept Moore on the left coast and restricted to playing locally due to the constraints of the television show. During that time, Moore collaborated in a few cooperative jazz quartets and quintets—one in particular—aptly named “Escape from New York,” featuring some of his Tonight Show co-horts, drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith and bassist Bob Hurst. “The outlet was absolutely necessary,” says Moore. The group tooled around locally for five years, honing a sound and a repertoire. With The Tonight Show with Jay Leno well behind him now, Moore is poised to get back to what is intrinsically and innately who he is –a jazz musician playing and creating the music he loves.

London-born Moore has been a dedicated musician since he was ateenager, and the life has paid huge dividends. Moore was born to a British show business family and although means were scarce, life was, nonetheless, culturally rich. His mother, Josephine Wood, a lifelong dancer, and the subject of a BBC2 Black Britaindocumentary, encouraged Moore creatively. High school years were spent with his American father in Santa Maria, CA and college at Berklee College of Music in Boston before making the sojourn to New York in 1981.

In the 80s and early 90s he moved from a position as an in-demand sideman with lengthy musical stints and recordings with Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Ray Brown, Roy Haynes, J.J. Johnson, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Hargrove, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Baron to name just a few. Moore has a number of fine albums out on Landmark (now 32 Jazz) Criss Cross, Concord, Reservoir and Savoy labels.




Jason McLean (Bass) completed his baccalaureate study at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 2002, where his musical focus was jazz performance and improvisation on bass guitar.  While there he assisted in implementing an open mic program that continues today and played in a number of jazz groups that gigged at local venues and for many on-campus events.  Jason has continued to gig with several groups around the Twin Cities area, including rock group Sepia Tone and jazz ensembles Cloud Nine and Plus One Trio.  He is also an educator at the Brickhouse Music Lesson Academy in River Falls where he provides instruction for guitar and bass guitar.

In order to schedule lessons & for further information on his offerings, email Jason at




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