About the MacPhail Center for Music

The MacPhail Center for Music in the Mills District of Downtown East, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The MacPhail Center for Music in the Mills District of Downtown East, Minneapolis, Minnesota

MacPhail's History

In 1907, William S. MacPhail, an original member of the Minneapolis Symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra), established the MacPhail School of Violin in Minneapolis.  Due to the overwhelming popularity of its programs, including music history and harmony classes, the school expanded its offerings.  As the newly named MacPhail School of Music and Dramatic Art, the school continued to grow and soon needed a larger home. 

By 1966, four years after the death of William MacPhail, the MacPhail family gifted the MacPhail College of Music to the University of Minnesota.   In 1987, the University announced it would dissolve relationships with institutions that did not primarily serve college students.  In 1994, MacPhail became an independent, nonprofit organization.


MacPhail Center for Music is a community resource for music education, events and community partnerships.  A successful, independent nonprofit organization, MacPhail’s flagship site is in Minneapolis, with access sites in Apple Valley, Chanhassen and White Bear Lake, plus 80 partnership locations.  From its inception in 1907, MacPhail Center for Music has grown to become a passionate organization at the forefront of music education and appreciation for the arts, and a leader in music therapy, Suzuki Talent Education, Early Childhood Music and community partnership programs.

 

 

founder William S. MacPhail

founder William S. MacPhail

MacPhail Today

A certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, MacPhail remains a steadfast leader in music education.  In 2003, the organization changed its name to MacPhail Center for Music to reflect its dedication to the mission of its founder William S. MacPhail – promoting lifelong learning through music.

In January 2008, MacPhail moved to its current location at 501 South Second St, Minneapolis, a brand new state of the art music facility.

MacPhail Lobby

MacPhail Lobby

MacPhail's Antonello Recital Hall

MacPhail's Antonello Recital Hall

MacPhail & Source: A Great Collaboration

Antonello Hall: The Perfect Hall for Song

Antonello Hall is a flexible seating performance hall for groups up to 250 with state-of-the-art acoustics and audio/video recording capability.  Named the best classical music venue in the Twin Cities byMpls/StPaul Magazine in 2012, this 4500 sq foot facility is acoustically treated to provide rich sonority with tunable resonance.

MacPhail & Source Support Learning in All Forms

MacPhail's banner on South 2nd Street proudly states:
                            "MacPhail Center for Music: Lesson | Classes | Concerts"
This is what Source is all about!  Source serves Minnesotans of all disciplines and abilities through private coachings, workshops, masterclasses, and concerts!

MacPhail's Dedication to the Piano, Voice, and Teamwork

MacPhail Center for Music’s 51 piano faculty teach students of all ages, in individual, Suzuki and group settings. Whether you are an adult beginner, or preparing for an international competition, MacPhail has the faculty to get you where you need to go. Group classes for adults interested in piano as beginners are very popular as are jazz combos and chamber music ensembles.

MacPhail has 15 voice faculty who specialize in many styles, including opera, musical theater, cabaret, pop and jazz. Many of MacPhail’s voice faculty are active performers throughout the Twin Cities and are versatile educators who teach teens preparing for careers in music as well as industry professionals looking for coaching. MacPhail also offers group instruction in voice with choirs such as Sonomento and Voices of Experience, and group experiences like Music Theater Performance Lab and Singer’s Jazz Session. MacPhail’s Prelude: Singer-Actor Performance Lab is a highly regarded program for teens interested in careers in musical theater and has graduated singers to Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin, Carnegie Mellon and other prestigious institutions. MacPhail offers group experiences for children as young as 8 years interested in singing as well as adult beginners.

MacPhail employs staff accompanists and collaborative pianists who are available for auditions, recitals and for individual coachings for voice.  Each year, MacPhail brings in nationally acclaimed musicians for master classes and workshops free for MacPhail students and at a low cost for the general public. Notable clinicians have included Julia and Irina Elkina, George Crumb, Libby Larsen, Angela Hewitt, Elizabeth Mannion and Audrey Stottler.