Minnesota Brass Inc. (MBI) and Inver Hills Community College of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., have embarked on discussions aimed at a music-education partnership that would further their respective missions.
“We are thrilled about the potential of a long-term relationship with Inver Hills Community College,” said Katy Matuzak, Minnesota Brass executive director. “MBI has a strong connection to education, and the ability to partner with such a fine educational institution is a natural fit. It has been wonderful to have this partnership. We are excited for the future and eager to see what lies ahead for both organizations.”
Inver Hills has made both rehearsal and performance space available to the St. Paul-based musical-education organization over the past year. Discussion points include expanded and joint performance opportunities and increased community involvement.
“I and other here interested in putting ‘community’ back into community college,” said music professor and head of the Inver Hills music department Andrew Martin. “To me it’s a natural fit. We have available space, (Minnesota Brass) needs space to be loud in – especially during the wintertime. “So far,” he added, “the partnership seems to be fitting what we wanted it to be: bringing in a community organization, bringing energy onto the campus, and bringing something to this area of the southeast metro that it didn’t have before. When groups are here there’s action, and that’s important for onlookers to see the importance of community-arts organizations.”
Barbara Curchask, dean of liberal arts at Inver Hills, said, “We are excited by the partnership we are developing with Minnesota Brass. It is fortunate that our gym, classrooms and outdoor spaces meet Minnesota Brass’ needs, so this is a win-win for Inver Hills as well. “With two Minnesota Brass performances on our campus, I’ve heard nothing but positivity from the music faculty. “Further, we thank Minnesota Brass, as they have carried our banner in the State Fair parade and mentored one of our Music AFA interns this summer. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to develop our partnership in this academic year and beyond.”