MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER ANNOUNCES WINTER SHOWCASE WINNERS

October 22, 2017




The judges have tallied their scores and the winners have been chosen for the 2017 Winter Music Showcase presented by McNeil Music Center (MMC).  June Burton, Lexie Woodroof and Brian Covert were chosen by a panel of judges from a group of talented audition hopefuls.  They will perform on December 1st at the Center for Rural Development, along with Flashback Theater’s “Let’s Play!”, the MMC String Ensemble, the MMC Voice Ensemble and the Lake Cumberland Chorus.

“Each year I’m always impressed with the students who audition for the Showcase,” said Maria McNeil, CEO and Artistic Director for MMC.  “This year is no exception.  I’m excited for the community to see and hear how far these three have come on their musical journey.”

Burton is a member of the Somerset Songwriting Group and has performed at its annual December performance.  She also has performed in a four-person acapella group called Nobody’s Reel, and at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX.   She says that her family “always sang and loves folk music” and that she has “sung as long as I can remember.  I always sang with my family.”

Born in Iowa, Burton’s family moved to Tampa Bay, FL when she was six and then to Somerset, KY when she was 16.  She says that she would go on to double major in art and psychology at Berea College.  She also has taught ballroom dancing.

Woodroof has performed songs from Hamilton, Heathers, and Chicago during a pre-college program at Carnegie Mellon.  She also was in The Wizard of Oz for the Lake Cumberland Children’s Theater.  Fluent in Spanish as well as English, Woodroof loves to draw as much as she loves singing.   She says she loves to sings because it lets her relieve her stress.  Originally from Oklahoma, Woodroof now lives in Somerset.

Covert was born 30 minutes north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, OH.  He moved to Somerset in 2001, where he runs his own business Art by Brian, specializing in commissioned art, murals, individual lessons, painting classes, and more.  He also is a tattoo artist at Ink Envy Tattoos.  

He has been studying at MMC since 2016 and has participated in Flashback Theater’s Cabaret and MMC’s Spring Recital.  He will perform at this year’s Masquerade Ball at The Shine House and in March, 2018, will perform the role of Mr. Mushnik in Flashback Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The MMC Winter Music Showcase will be held at the Center for Rural Development on Friday, December 1st.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening performance will begin at 7 p.m.  Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door.  

For more information about McNeil Music Center, which is located at 400 E. Mt. Vernon, Suite 3, visit www.mcneilmusiccenter.com, call 606-303-3325, or like the Center on Facebook.  


 

MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER AWARDS JOSH DALTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

September 26, 2017

The McNeil Music Center (MMC) has awarded this year’s Josh Dalton Memorial Scholarship to Somerset resident, Maxine Baughman.  The scholarship will allow Baughman to enroll in a comprehensive, nine-month program at MMC.

“We are so thrilled to give this very first scholarship to a very deserving individual,” said Maria McNeil, CEO and Artistic Director of MMC.  “Our desire is to reach out to those who cannot afford private lessons, but who exhibit real musical talent.  This scholarsh...


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MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER MOVES TO OLD CITY HALL

June 23, 2017


With approximately 100 students and counting, McNeil Music Center (MMC) has known for a while that it needed more space. After carefully weighing several options in the Downtown Somerset area, MMC is moving to Old City Hall in September.

“We are so excited for this opportunity,” said Maria McNeil, MMC’s CEO and Artistic Director. “This space will allow us to have more practice rooms, more space for parents and family members to wait in, and a place for recitals and special events.”

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THOMAS HUDSON JOINS MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER STAFF FOR THE SUMMER

June 23, 2017


Former McNeil Music Center (MMC) violin student, Thomas Hudson, is joining the MMC staff as a violin instructor through August. Working closely with his former violin instructor, Bill McNeil, Hudson will be teaching violin and gaining valuable experience in the field of music education.

“Thomas is a very bright and hardworking student,” said McNeil. “Now, he gets to sit on the other side of the aisle and pass along what he has learned. I’m thrilled to have a former student come back ho...


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MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER FINDS ITS BEAT THROUGH TWO INSTRUCTORS

February 17, 2017


McNeil Music Center (MMC) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of instructor, Carol Esch, and welcoming Bradley Gilmore to its teaching roster. And although their performance styles are very diverse, both Esch and Gilmore say that they love what percussion instruments have done for them – from early childhood all the way to today.

For the past year, Esch has been offering hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and percussion lessons at MMC. “I am still so excited to be a part of what’s go...


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FLASHBACK THEATER AND MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER FORM PARTNERSHIP

February 7, 2017


As of January 1, 2017, Flashback Theater and McNeil Music Center officially formed a partnership, signing on a dotted line what they already had been doing for months: collaborating in a number of ways to complement each other’s programs and performances.

“It seems as though from the moment I met Sommer, we began brainstorming and reaching out to one another,” said Maria McNeil, CEO and Artistic Director at McNeil Music Center of her relationship with Sommer Schoch, Producing Artistic Di...


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LAKE CUMBERLAND CHORUS RESUMES REHEARSALS FOR SPRING SEASON

February 6, 2017



The Lake Cumberland Chorus (LCC), under the direction of John Neikirk, will resume rehearsals for its spring season on Monday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. in Giddens Hall at the Carnegie Community Arts Center. The choir will meet each Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a performance scheduled for May.

Sponsored by the McNeil Music Center, LCC hopes to more solidly establish itself as a top-notch choir for the entire region, says Neikirk. “The McNeil Music Center has given us a place to rehe...

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KEVIN DALTON CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AT MCNEIL MUSIC CENTER

February 2, 2017


Well-known singer/songwriter, Kevin Dalton, says he remembers where he was standing when he heard the McNeil Music Center (MMC) students perform at the second Winter Music Showcase (in 2015).

“It was one year ago and I was the featured act, so I was waiting in the back of the hall and I followed the students who had won auditions to perform (for the Showcase). While I watched those students perform, I saw what the instructors were doing and the difference they were making with those kids. I ...


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LAKE CUMBERLAND CHORUS RESUMES REHEARSALS FOR FALL/WINTER SEASON

February 2, 2017

 
The Lake Cumberland Chorus (LCC), under the direction of John Neikirk, will resume rehearsals for its fall/winter season on Monday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Giddens Hall at the Carnegie Community Arts Center.  The choir will meet each Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with two performances scheduled for December.

            Partnering this year with McNeil Music Center (formerly McNeil Voice Studio), LCC hopes to more solidly establish itself as a top-notch choir for the entire region, ...


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