Community Engagement Leadership Team

If you have any questions about the Community Engagement Leadership Team or its activities, please contact CELT chair:

Keitha Hamann

Community Engagement Leadership Team (CELT) is an ad-hoc committee of faculty, staff and graduate students who formed in 2009 thanks to an Engaged Department Grant.

CELT seeks to support and expand community engagement opportunities into the scholarship/creative, teaching, and service missions of the School of Music through:

  • Funding Support: Offered biannually, these community engagement grants provided an opportunity for faculty, or graduate students with faculty sponsors, to apply for up to $750 in funding support for a project that incorporates community engagement into research/creative activities, teaching, or service missions of the School of Music. The mini-grant program is currently paused for reflection, partnership-deveopment and fundraising support.
  • Ongoing Project Support: Support for projects that begin as single-project grants and grow into sustaining partnerships are eligible for ongoing project support.
  • Resource Hub for Engagement: The CELT Team serves as a conduit for community partners and School of Music students, faculty and resources. Team members provide mentoring on an ongoing basis to participants looking to deepen and develop the engagement aspect of their research and creative activites.

Previously Funded Community Engagement Projects

2014 Highlights

Shifting Perspectives

Saxophone Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) alumnus, Tyler Cessor, partnered with the Bedlam Theatre and Twin Cities artists of diverse disciplines to produce “Shifting Perspectives” a series of thought-provoking performances pieces that brought to light ideas and conversations on race, gender, ethnicity, and art. Tyler received a community engagement grant to cover the costs of video documentation and promotional materials.

Integrating Tai Chi Principles into Piano Playing

Jing Chang, alumna of Professor Shaw’s piano studio, partnered with the Stirling Tai Chi Society and Master Stirling Levine to explore, in the form of a seminar, how the principles of Tai Chi of phrasing, breathing, internal energy and mental harmony apply to piano performance. Jing Chang used her community engagement to travel to Chicago for the seminar and defray the cost of equipment.


DMA Voice Candidate, David Kozisek, partnered with teachers at Westview Elementary School to design SingOut!, a classroom vocal music curriculum designed to expose middle school students to the vocal arts while teaching them phrasing, breathing, internal energy and mental harmony, and emphasizing the importance of a music as a lifelong endeavor. David’s community engagement grant covered the cost of the pianist and quartet honoraria for the live pilot of the program, as well as travel to and from the middle school.

Performer’s Role in New Music

Jeremy Johnston (percussion DMA) partnered with Chicago flutist, Stefanie Abderhalden, to perform as the Apollo-Duo, presenting their recently-commissioned contemporary pieces followed by Q&A sessions to high school music classes across the mid-west. The community engagement grant defrayed the cost of travel and lodging.

Start Up Steel

As part of her doctoral thesis Marilyn K. Clark Silva (percussion DMA) partnered with the music teacher at New Prague High School to write a book for beginning steel band for students and teachers who have no prior teaching experience, creating a fun, accessible and affordable music experience for students who may not have access to more traditional school ensembles. Marilyn’s community engagement grant covered the cost of the truck rental for transporting instruments to and from the school for weekly instruction.

Inclusive Environments for People with Learning Disabilities

Caroline Hand (conducting DMA alumna) partnered with Opportunity Partners to perform a chair-and-stick and small wind ensemble for people with learning disabilities and members of the University Wind Band at the final concert in Ted Mann Concert Hall. Caroline’s engagement grant covered the cost of percussion instruments, parking and milage.

Twin Cities Sambistas United

Professor Scott Currie partnered with Batacuda del Norte to bring community expertise to the world music ensemble,preparing them to march in the Minneapolis May Day parade. Professor Currie’s engagement grant covered the honoraria for community instructors.

High School Partnership

Professor Jean del Santo partnered with Osseo High School Choir director, Andrew Beard, to bring a series of art song performances and pedagogy by U of M voice students for Osseo High School.

R-Word Campaign Concert

DMA conducting alumna, Caroline Hand, partnered with Blaine High School to launch an "R-Word Campaign" concert that featured an inclusive group of the high school choir and the special education students, who were supported by a chamber group of music education and music therapy majors. Caroline received a community engagement grant to defray the cost of commissioning a new piece of music that intentionally included all performers in the score and parts. The funding also defrayed the cost of transportation.

Music on Campus

Professor Laura Sindberg, Music Education, partnered with the Minneapolis Public Schools to bring high school music students to campus for a day of mini-classes and seminars, showcasing the opportunities awaiting students at the college level.

U of M Brass Symposium

Professor of Trombone, Tom Ashworth, partnered with brass ensembles from across Minnesota and the Midwest to host a weekend-long symposium of performances, workshops, and events.

2013 Highlights

Building Connections with Cooperating Teachers

Keitha Hamann & K12 Cooperating Teachers

La Vie Par La Melodie

Wendy Zaro-Mullins & Walker Methodist

Cantus Residency Program

Kathy Romey & Cantus

A Murder Mystery Concert

Brian Messier & U of M Wind Ensemble, BFA Actor Training Program

Arts Connection Recitals

Mikki Johnston & Senior Housing Complex

Wagner Mini-Ring Project

Wendy Zaro-Mullins & Stanford Felix, Minnesota Concert Opera, Jane Eagan

Twin Cities Sambistas United for May Day

Scott Currie & Batucada do Norte, Tim O'Keefe

Music Composition at Avalon School

Sam Krahn & Avalon School

Raise Your Voice: Violence Against Women Through the Ages

Laura Hynes & Aurora Women's Center

Victor Barranco MMEA Performance

Tom Ashworth & Victor Barranco

Music on Campus

Laura Sindberg, Anabel Wirt & Minneapolis Public Schools

Impact of the Arts on Student Engagement in Learning: An Exploratory Case Study

Akosua Addo & PYC Arts & Technology High School

2012 Highlights

Lebun und Lieder

Wendy Zaro-Mullins, German Vocal Lieder Class & Walker Methodist

U of M Symphony-GTCYS Mentorship Project

Mark Russell Smith & Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

Afro-Brazilian Carnaval

Scott Currie & Eliezer Freitas Santos

Music, Movement, and Sign Language

Matthew Mehaffey & Young Dance Company & Bonnie Bouché, ASL Interpreter

A Lecture-Demonstration Performance of Sacred Text Art Song for the Christian Service

Wendy Zaro-Mullins

The Imuka Singers

Kathy Romey & Imuka Singers

Band Project

Laura Sindberg & Ramsey Fine Arts School

Britten War Requiem

Kathy Romey & Detmold Choirs, Quad City Choirs

Robert Robertson Gospel Singing Presentation

Scott Currie & Robert Robertson, Gospel Singer

2011 Highlights

Inspiring Young Musicians: the UMN Clarinet Studio on Tour

Alex Fiterstein, U o M Clarinet Studio

Opera Theatre Chorus

David Walsh, U of M Opera Theatre & Elmer Gantry

Parallaxis: Composition Project with the MIA

Ishaya Yarison & Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Opera Theatre Chorus (Die Fledermaus)

David Walsh, U of M Opera Theatre

Jazz I Clinic & Performance

Dean Sorenson & Sartell High School

Twin Cities Youth Who Are Homeless: Make Music Together

Brandon Miller

2010 Highlights

Educational Outreach Through the Summer Chorus

Sara Cowan

Contemporary Music Workshop/American India Exchange

Richard Yates & Nolan Shanti

Flute & Percussion Presentation Tour

Scotty Horey & Jenny Hanson

Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion in the 21st Century

Yi-Ping Chen-Beyers

Choral Connections: East Meets West

YeJee Choi & Hyng-Jung Ji

African Music Projects

Bryce Hayes

The Upstream Arts Collaborative Program Evaluation

Akosua Addo & Upstream Arts, Inc.

2009 Highlights

Lecture-Demonstration on Hindustani Improvisation

Scott Currie & Erkki Huovinen

Designing Collaborative Field Experiences for Preservice Music Educators

Keitha Hamann, College of Education & Human Development & School Districts: MPS, White Bear Lake, Forest Lake, Brooklyn Center, East Metro Integration District

Sacred Singer Vocal Workshop

Wendy Zaro-Mullins

Studio Collaboration with Otsego Elementary School

Jean del Santo & Otsego Elementary School

Festival of Community Bands

Jerry Luckhardt

Music Integration in the K12 Classroom

Scott Lipscomb

Lecture-Demonstration on Afro-Cuban Improvisation

Scott Currie & Erkki Huovinen

Opera Theatre Chorus (Die Zauberflöte)

David Walsh

Music Ethnography of the Twin Cities: Sounding Culture in the Somali Diaspora

Anna Schultz