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MCS offering tuition-free adult voice classes

by PATTY HUTCHENS / Contributing Writer
| March 6, 2024 1:00 AM

Music. It's good for the soul. It can be therapeutic, motivating, and healing. If you have ever wanted to learn or fine-tune your vocal skills, now is the perfect opportunity to learn from one with extraordinary skill and talent and a deep passion for the joy of singing. 

Beginning on March 15, the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint, an accredited performing arts school, will host an Introduction to Voice class, Music Matters! Mature, that will be taught in a group setting. The course, instructed by Karin Wedemeyer, will include vocal techniques for beginners and can benefit current and former singers by refreshing their skills. 

“Through this class, we hope to introduce the participants to the joy of singing in a community setting,” said Wedemeyer. “Our goal is to prepare the participants to join a community choir following the conclusion of the classes.” 

The classes, geared to adults and seniors, will be held once a week from 11 a.m. to noon from March 15 to May 10 and are tuition-free. Classes will be held at the Conservatory.

Wedemeyer is the founder and executive director of the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint and is an accomplished opera singer, vocal coach, plus artistic director of Bel Canto Opera of the Inland Northwest. Born and raised in Germany, Karin moved to the United States with her family to California before moving to Sandpoint in 2006. She opened the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint in September 2009 to instruct and inspire excellence in the performing arts. Considered a home away from home for many, the over 5,000 students who have passed through their doors have improved their musical skills and formed cross-generational relationships with like-minded musicians and mentors. 

“Our community is so blessed to have Karin and all the talented instructors at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint,” said Kathi Samuels, the conservatory’s development director. “We hope many will take advantage of this unique opportunity and continue to spread the joy of music throughout our community.” 

“And of course, a huge shout out to the Idaho Commission on the Arts — Arts Idaho for providing grant funding designated to this vibrant sector of our community,” continues Samuels. “Arts Idaho is promoting a movement known as creative aging, and the Conservatory is excited to be a sought-after partner for ICA’s efforts.”

To enroll or learn more, contact the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint at 208-265-4444, stop by the conservatory at 110 Main St., or email MCS officials at mcs@sandpointconservatory.org.