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The Maestro Series -Each Thursday In November-Presented in partnership by the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Art and the Performing Arts Program of The University of Winnipeg Collegiate.


October 30. 2015



The Maestro Series is a collaborative project for the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and its Arts Partners.  This first series of workshops features MCMA faculty member and WSO Music Director, Alexander Mickelthwate, exploring topics with roots in music and the arts that transcend into all facets of our personal and professional lives.


The four-part series takes place in November and features intriguing topics that examine how the arts can affect our everyday lives, the series promises to be as educational as it is entertaining.


We usually think of the “Maestro” in the context of music as the great and distinguished musician and conductor of classical music. However, the discipline, focus, creativity, leadership and motivation skills a conductor possesses are essential skills that are transferrable to everyone’s professional and personal lives.  Join our esteemed Maestro of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Mickelthwate, for a unique learning experience in this series of fascinating and interactive presentations.


“Music encompasses a vast array of tones, from street sounds to the resonance of an orchestra, and it can influence our mood, energy, personality and interactions,” said Mickelthwate. “I am excited to explore how music and its principles enhance and enrich our lives.”



Music and the Brain: Mystery or Hard-Wired Science? The Power of Music Decoded

  • Research shows that music has very positive effects?  How does this happen?
  • Is there scientific proof that music makes you smarter?
  • What happens in the brain when we study music?  When we play music?


The Creative Process

  • From pop song to symphony to street sounds – inspiration can happen anywhere.  How do composers get inspired? How do you get inspired?
  • How do you take the inspiration and move to a finished composition or project?
  • How do you encourage creativity in others?


Leadership in the 21st Century

  • Learn about Alexander’s story of becoming a leader
  • Share your story of becoming a leader (if you like)
  • How do you become a leader?
  • Are you born a leader? Or can you learn to be a leader?
  • Types of leaders?
  • Learn and practice the tools of a leader


The Ultimate Teamwork Example: The Orchestra

  • How do 80 musicians simultaneously work together to create one voice out of many?
  • How does the orchestra work? What are the similarities to YOUR work or family environment?
  • What are the keys to a successful team experience?
  • The Art of Harmony: how does the Maestro shape his orchestra?  How can you shape a successful team?



Thursdays in November

6:30 – 8:00pm Eckhardt-Gramatté  Hall, University of Winnipeg

Registration fee:  $35 per seminar, $100 for all 4 seminars


Register for a single seminar, or the series; to register visit   or call 204-988-7650

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