Everyone should have the chance to learn and enjoy music.Our partnership programs include classes, concerts, lessons and demonstrations. We bring music to public and charters schools, nonprofit social service organizations and community centers around the Twin Cities.
- Music enrichment and education classes for homeless children at St. Anneâ€™s Place.
- History of Pop and Rock and Choir classes at Watershed High School.
- General music classes for K-2 kids at Southside Family Charter School.
- Free music performance workshops and public concerts featuring performing artists like Black Blondie and Marimba Africa at the West Bank Festival and Lake Harriet Bandshell.
Help us keep the music playing.Please to help us bring music to more youth.
Weâ€™ve performed hundreds of free concerts.Over a quarter million Twin Cities residents have enjoyed music from our talented faculty and students at dozens of venues including:
- Lake Harriet Bandshell
- Minnehaha Falls Park
- Cedar Fest
- MayDay Parade
- Augsburg College
- University of Minnesota
Weâ€™re recognized for helping improve Minnesota arts and education.For that, weâ€™ve received honorary proclamations from the state of Minnesota, Hennepin County and city of Minneapolis.
We work with the city and community organizations to keep the neighborhood safe.This committed network includes:
- West Bank Safety Committee
- Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct
- West Bank Business Association and local businesses
- Second Ward Council Member Cam Gordon
- The Brian Coyle Center
- The University of Minnesotaâ€™s Humphrey Institute CHANCE program
- Augsburg College
Weâ€™re a block leader on the West Bank.Through the West Bank Safety Committee, weâ€™ve helped recruit, educate, and organize residents and businesses for safety networks, walking patrols, and neighborhood cleanups.
Request an Event
Invite the West Bank School of Music to your event.
We love being a part of the action. Have the following information ready, then e-mail us or call.
- Your name, and title if applicable
- Your organization
- Type of event (concert, neighborhood action, civic event, etc.)
- Date of event
- Who do you want to attend? (Teachers, staff, students, etc.)
- Type of audience and ballpark size
- List any special needs or equipment (e.g., equipment, promotion, etc)
One of the best donations to the school is volunteering your time and talent. Think of a volunteer activity that suits your personality and interests: Publicity, maintenance projects, helping with events, office support, etc.
Then send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following information:
- E-mail address
- Daytime phone
- One or two volunteer activities that interest you
- When youâ€™re available (e.g. mornings, evenings, weekends)
- How often youâ€™d like to volunteer (e.g. once a month, a few times a year)
Thanks for thinking of us, and we hope youâ€™ll join us in keeping the music playing.
Board of Directors
WBSM Interim Executive Director, Natalie Kennedy-SchuckNatalie Kennedy-Schuck serves as interim Executive Director of WBSM. She previously also served as a board member at WBSM on the Fundraising Committee. Natalie has a strong background in nonprofit arts education including work with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Ordway, and The Schubert Club Museum. Besides serving as interim Executive Director, she is also currently the Community Engagement Coordinator for RaĂces y SueĂ±os at the Ordway as well as a student pursuing a duel degree in Masters of Nonprofit Management (MNM) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Hamline University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Carleton College. In her spare time she enjoys experiencing the twin citiesâ€™ cultures and vibrant communities and spending time with her daughters and husband. She also plays the French Horn and has performed with many local music groups.
Board of DirectorsCharles Watson, Board President Chuck joined the WBSM Board of Directors in April 2012, serves as President, and works on the Special Projects Committee. As a longtime music student and parent of music students, he knows the value of music education and the importance of supporting teaching and performing opportunities in the community. He was drawn to WBSM for it's historical significance to the West Bank community and to the performing arts community in the Twin Cities area. Chuck is a Manager of Implementations and Release Management at SunGard InTrader in Hopkins. He holds an MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. He also is a member of the Rotary Club of Plymouth.
Tom Stuck, Board Vice President Tom joined the WBSM Board of Directors in October 2011, currently holds the Vice President role, and also serves on the Special Projects Committee. Tom joined WBSM because he saw the importance of WBSM and wanted to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the community and in the lives of children. He graduated from Saint Johnâ€™s University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Business Management, and then attained an MBA from the Minnesota School of Business in 2009. In addition to volunteering, he works at Accenture. Tom loves music, golfing, skiing, and reading a good book.
Jenna Mueller, Board Treasurer Jenna joined the WBSM Board of Directors in July 2010, and serves as Treasurer. She also sits on the Finance Committee. She joined because she is passionate about volunteering and WBSM seemed like a strong organization with great purpose. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Auditor & Tax Accountant, Member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, and minored in Business Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jenna enjoys going to Twins games, tropical vacations and Minnesota summers.
Susan Tegt, Board Secretary Susan joined the WBSM Board of Directors in January 2014 and not only serves as Secretary but also on the Fundraising Committee. She joined WBSM because itâ€™s a small way for her to give back and repay all the benefits she received from playing music as a child performing in her school orchestra and all the way through adulthood. She is a business and employment attorney at the law firm Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.. She is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, and Minnesota Women Lawyers. She holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a J.D. degree from Hamline University School of Law. Susan loves being outdoors whether itâ€™s hiking or camping. She also loves to travel and in the summer you can find her paddle boarding around the local city lakes and listening to live music.
Russ Fischer, Board Member Russ has been with WBSM since October 2010 and previously held the role of President. He joined because he recognized the importance of music education for children and building a stronger community. He believes WBSM fits the bill perfectly. Russ retired from the insurance industry where he was a Regional Vice President for six states. Russ received a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Economics from the State University of New York. He also earned an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management from New York University. When Russ is not doing volunteer work, he prefers spending his time reading, traveling, attending theater and concerts.
Bill Sweatt, Board Member Bill has been on the WBSM Board of Directors since 2006. Bill is the longest tenured board member bringing experience, knowledge and institutional memory to WBSM. Bill is active in coordinating special events and gains joy from discovering new ways for the school to bring music into the lives of our students. In addition to his volunteer work at the school, Bill also drives monthly for Edina Meals on Wheels, serves on the board of a non-profit foundation benefiting students at the University of Minnesota and donates palettes monthly to the Red Cross. Bill holds a BS in Hotel Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Carlson School of Management. An active Realtor with Edina Realty, Bill has lived in the Minneapolis area for 35 years, is an avid fisherman, snow and water skier and calls Golden Valley home with his wife, two boys and dog Stella.
Katy Schwartz, Board Member Katy joined the WBSM Board of Directors in February 2012 and currently leads the Marketing Committee. She holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State and is an account executive at a small Twin Cities creative agency. Katy loves concerts and has always had a passion for live music. So for her, supporting a cause that helps musicians perform live music is an awesome opportunity. She also enjoys attending concerts, crafting, and cooking.
Morgan Wallace, Board Member Morgan has been serving on the WBSM Board of Directors since May 2012 and is a member of the Finance Committee. Morgan majored in accounting and minored in business administration at Minnesota State University in Mankato. She works as a CPA at Murry and Murry, LTD, and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institue of Certified Public Accountants. She loves spending time at the lake, traveling, reading and enjoying the company of friends and family. When asked why she was interested in WBSM she said she really wanted to get involved in the community and use her skills at a great organization working towards a great goal.
Mark Richardson, Board Member Mark joined the WBSM Board of Directors in May 2012. Mark is a retired CPA and loves old-time music, sailing and jug bands. As an amateur musician himself, WBSM seemed like a great place for him to help out. He holds a Bachelor's of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, an MBA at Drake University, and Master of Science, Taxation from DePaul University.
Danielle Hegseth, Board Member Danielle joined the WBSM Board of Directors in the fall of 2012. Like many of our board members Danielle is a musician and has a passion for playing violin. Her love of music and the West Bank community provided motivation for joining the school. In addition to serving on the board, Danielle is a member of the Special Projects Committee. In her free time she loves spending time with her friends, family and husband. Danielle holds a Bachelor and two Masters degrees, and works for a research, planning and evaluation firm in St. Paul.
Michael Krizic, Board Member Michael joined the WBSM Board of Directors in December 2013 and leads the Fundraising Committee. He joined WBSM because he wanted to make a positive impact in the community and feels that WBSM is a great organization to do just that. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently working towards his masters degree at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Michael enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, fishing or just walking around the neighborhood with his dad. He also enjoys cooking and watching movies.
Harvey Andruss, Board Member Harvey joined the board in June 2014 and serves on the special projects committee. He likes to see and perform live music and is passionate about WBSMâ€™s traditional music roots and WBSMâ€™s communal play. This is also what drives him to want to further enhance WBSMâ€™s programs and offerings. Harvey has over 20 years of product, marketing and project management experience in tech, finance and manufacturing sector. He is currently a freelance marketing project consultant and holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a BA in Physics from Carleton College. In his free time, he plays guitar in â€śa comedic party band that does esoteric coversâ€ť and has recently played at venues on the West Bank.
Kimberly Mosford, Board Member Kimberly joined the board in April 2014 and serves on the marketing committee. For her, serving on the board is a great way to support music education in the Twin Cities and help in WBSMâ€™s continued growth. She also likes that WBSM has strong roots in the community and has a stellar roster of instructors. Kimberly is a marketing consultant but is also a musician herself performing with several area bands. She has an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and a BA in Music Performance from St. Cloud State University. In her free time, she enjoys sailing on Lake Pepin and spending time with her three young girls, which takes up most of her time.
WBSM Seeks Executive DirectorThe West Bank School of Music (WBSM), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional music education to students of all ages and levels of musical ability, seeks an Executive Director. This part-time (30 hours/wk) position reports to the WBSM Board of Directors and is a key role in ensuring WBSM continues its mission to transform lives and the community through innovative music education and inspiring performances.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serve as WBSMâ€™s primary executive with oversight of all major business functions of the organization.
- Develop and implement new program initiatives that support the mission of WBSM and in collaboration with strategic directives of the WBSM Board of Directors.
- Ensure fiscal stability and growth by directing development activities for the organization in the areas of contributed revenue (foundational giving, private donation, grants, and corporate sponsorships) and earned revenue (private lessons, classes, student ensembles, and outreach programs).
- Collaborate with the board of directors to develop an annual budget for the organization.
- Collaborate with fundraising committee to achieve quarterly and annual fundraising goals.
- Manage the selection and retention of qualified independent contractors on WBSMâ€™s music faculty and office staff.
- Work with board to recruit and coordinate volunteers.
- Develop ongoing evaluation strategies to ensure quality performance on the part of WBSM faculty.
- Ensure compliance with all state and federal employment laws and requirements.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION
- Understanding of, commitment to, and passion for West Bank School of Musicâ€™s mission.
- Experience implementing the principles and practices of non-profit management.
- Fund development experience, including experience writing successful grant applications and a demonstrated ability to successfully attract corporate sponsorships, private donations, and foundational support.
- A working knowledge of music education including programs, instruction, and staffing, and a general knowledge of diverse musical styles, genres, and instruments.
- Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate and facilitate multiple activities simultaneously.
- Ability to supervise staff and contractors, and to coordinate volunteers.
- Ability to plan, prioritize, and execute without direct supervision.
- Ability to develop and implement strategies for growth and development.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to deal effectively and partner with diverse constituencies such as principal donors, board members, faculty, students, parents and community leaders.