Women & Percussion Live!
DrumHeart is the performance ensemble to the Women's Drum Center, a nonprofit organization that offers opportunities for women and girls to have fun with percussion through classes, workshops, and the drumming ensemble experience. By sharing the joys of percussion, we hope to bring joy, energy, connection, empowerment, and healing to the world. DrumHeart brings a festival beat to many community events and concerts throughout the year. The ensemble has a strong interest in world percussion music, including music with Brazilian, Caribbean, Jamaican, and African roots. About the Women's Drum Center: Share our drums Share our space Share our spirit Explore your dreams of drumming whatever they may be Our Vision: 'The Women's Drum Center envisions a world in which women drummers- as performers, teachers, students- are a driving force for promoting joy, inclusiveness, respect, and unity in community.' Our Mission: The mission of the Women's Drum Center is to provide opportunities for women and girls to learn, teach, and play percussion together and to energize the community at large through our performing. Our History: In 1989, Colleen Haas founded Drumming Our Fill, a percussion studio committed to providing a wide range of percussion experiences for women. Here, women could find artistic and emotional safety to pursue drumming--an art form where society marginalized women. Haas also started Drumheart, an ensemble of advanced Drumming Our Fill students. In 1996 Haas relocated to Winona, Minnesota. The members of DrumHeart reorganized Drumming Our Fill into the non-profit organization DrumHeart Studio, Inc. In 2001 DrumHeart Studio changed it's name to the Women's Drum Center (WDC). The center continues to provide a home base for DrumHeart as well as classes and events for women and girls in our community. At the Women's Drum Center we emphasize: -the joy of drumming rather than drum competitions -an encouraging environment for beginners to explore drumming -drum and percussion technique training -learning from women drum instructors -performing compositions arranged or written by women -opportunity to grow both in drum skills and personally -the communal nature of drumming -world music For over 10 years, Women's Drum Center has inspired women, girls, and our entire community through percussion workshops at our studio, outreach programs to community centers, and the fabulous drumming energy of our performance ensemble, DrumHeart. We've spurred on runners and walkers at events such as Race for the Cure, the Twin Cities AIDS Walk, and Headwaters Walk for Justice. Please support our healing, fun-filled mission! * Donate to our general fund to support all of the various programs of the Women's Drum Center. * We keep our class rates as low as possible, but we still know that cost can be a barrier. Support our Scholarship Fund, earmarked to help low-income women and girls participate in our workshops. * PASS THE WORD - Advertisements, fliers, and other ways of advertisement are rarely the ultimate motivators. It is usually people like you, telling friends about what we do, that bring our students to us. Word of mouth is our greatest friend. About DrumHeart: Mission: DrumHeart provides an opportunity for women to experience ensemble performance. Value: We value the collective, cooperative nature of drumming and strive to bring the joy and spirit of rhythms to ourselves, to other women, and to our whole community. Goal: We provide joy, energy, enthusiasm, and spirit to community events and functions. The Ensemble: DrumHeart is both a class and a performing group. To participate, a drummer must audition and receive approval from the Music Director. Email the Music Director There is a tuition fee for each of the three 12-week sessions. The fee pays for practice space, use of drums, instruction, commissioned and original music pieces, and ensemble uniforms. We develop musically in a caring, fun, supportive, respectful, and cooperative environment. We place a high value on each woman's unique contribution to the ensemble. Our Leadership: DrumHeart is taught by professional drummers. We support women by hiring them as directors and teachers as often as possible. (meet our teachers) We support women composers- whether they are professional musicians or fellow DrumHeart members- by performing their original or arranged works. Our Music: We play festival music with Brazilian, Caribbean, Jamaican, and African roots. We maintain, as best we can, a connection to the cultural context for our music and instruments. We regularly bring our music to several annual events: May Day Parade and Festival Melpomene 5K Susan G. Komen Twin Cities Race for the Cure® Minnesota AIDS Walk Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade Minnesota State Fair Mall Parade.