Dennis Stroughmatt et L’esprit Creole

A musical blend of Celtic, Canadian, and Louisiana Cajun

October 12th – 13th, 2017 

Dennis Stroughmatt will be instructing students about cultural values and issues of the French population in America with an emphasis on the territory of “old upper” Louisiana including present day Illinois, Missouri and Indiana. He will teach students some basic Creole French language, show the usefulness of knowing another language, and explain the opportunities afforded to someone with bilingual skills.

Students will be offered the chance to see and hear traditional French Creole music performed as well as allow them to explore their interests in music by offering them the opportunity to play some traditional instruments including La Bastringue (aka the triangle) and spoons.

Students will be taught about the mostly forgotten geography and history of the French Creole corridor. The timeline will follow the arrival of the French explorers, the miners, the Jesuits, and will include a discussion of the French Creole influence on the voyage of Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery.

Outreach Programs: One Educational School Concert at RPAC and Two Outreach Workshops for the Polson Middle School Band and Choir


Andy Hackbarth – Tribute to Segovia

Classical, Spanish, finger-style guitar virtuoso

November 16th, 2017

Award willing American recording artist, classical guitarist and songwriter Andy Hackbarth holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has studied at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music School.

Andy’s outreach programs will inspire and educate students using the elements of songs and songwriting to explore multiple subject areas, including language arts, math, science and music. He will be discussing certain “real world” applications of these subjects using the example of various career options in the music industry. His programs will challenge students creatively and intellectually while emphasizing the importance of education, life balance, and staying drug-free.

Outreach Programs: Three Educational School Outreach Workshops: One at each of the following classes: Polson High School Choir, Ronan High School Band, and Mission Valley Christian Academy


Willson & McKee – Celtic Musicians

November 30th, 2017

Through their educational outreach programs, Willson & McKee have reached an average of up to 15,000 kids per year! For over 20 years Willson & McKee have ben bringing curriculum based Celtic music, culture, dance and storytelling to kids of all ages. Students are introduced to the Celtic Harp, Bagpipes, Bouzouki, Bodhran, and Accordion. Their outreach programs include information about Celtic music, the history of the traditional instruments, and traditional Celtic dancing.

Outreach Programs: Five Educational School Outreach Workshops: Two at Cherry Valley for Kindergarten and 1st Grade and three at Linderman for Second, Third, and Fourth Grades


Pavlo – Mediterranean Music

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Pavlo will be performing a very informative and interactive Saturday concert for the disadvantaged youth and seniors in our community. He will teach the audience about the instruments being played by the band – Guitar, Percussion, Bouzouki & Bass, he will talk about the life of a touring artists, the writing of music, the music business, music for recreation and career, and the importance of music and the arts in schools.

Pavlo performed an educational Outreach Concert at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Polson for students, handicapped adults, and seniors in the area.


East-West International Project

Lush harmonies & rhythm played in classical, jazz, tango folk and pop

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The East-West International Project’s outreach programs will be interactive lecture/demonstrations that introduces students to different styles of music by playing cosmopolitan music from Russia and Argentina, American jazz, and combinations of these. We teach students some basics about music history, the influence of different cultures, and different composers.  We describe our instruments, and since they are unusual, we compare them to instruments, which are familiar from other musical contexts. We share our experiences studying and performing overseas. We have different tools of engagement for various age groups. For example, with kindergarteners we use a “magic chair” with little rewards for answering questions, and middle/high school students participate in some basic music-making by dancing and clapping.

One Educational School Concert is Scheduled at each of the following schools: Valley View Elementary, Dayton Elementary and Mission Valley Christian Academy.


John Roberts Y Pan Blanco

High energy danceable Funk, African and Salsa

March 23rd, 2018

The outreach will consist of playing for the students and discussing the different types of Cuban and African music that we integrate, as well as showing the styling of the different instruments and the way that they are used in the different genres.

One Educational School Concert and one Educational Outreach for Boys and Girls Club.


Students Dancing to the music of John Roberts y Pan Blanco at the Mission School in St. Ignatius, MT.

John Roberts y Pan Blanco performing at the old Total Home store, which is being remodeled into the

Ronan Boys & Girls Club.

Twin Kennedy

A unique country music sound created from a fusion of country, folk, jazz and classical

April 19th, 2018

Carli & Julie Kennedy of Twin Kennedy have over ten years of experience as music educators teaching workshops, master classes, and private lessons in guitar, violin, piano, voice and songwriting. They are both graduates from the University of Victoria’s Bachelor of Music performance program. Canadian Country Music Award Nominees, these identical twins have been playing on stage together since they were five years old. They bring their experience as both mainstream country artists and classically trained musicians to their school outreach programs.

Students can expect a fun and upbeat learning environment. Carli and Julie are known for their positive and encouraging teaching style, with past students receiving gold and silver medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as entrance to prestigious music schools including Berklee College of Music.

The Kennedys’ performances are family-friendly, including a variety of music from country and jazz to classically-inspired fiddle/guitar instrumentals! In Polson, Montana, Twin Kennedy will be visiting three classrooms and meeting with the students to share their experience and stories as professional touring musicians. During their visit, they will also perform songs for the students and answer any questions the students have about their music careers.

Three Educational Outreach Workshops are Scheduled.

Rebecca Folsom Trio

Ballads to Rock & Blues

September 27, 2018

Rebecca has been teaching performance, voice, songwriting, and art to individuals and groups for over 20 years. She is a nationally touring musician with 12 CDs, a published author with two books of poetry, and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Rebecca performed three outreach workshops/school assembly performances while she was in Polson for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grands at Linderman Elementary School.

Rebecca with students at Linderman elementary school

Dolce Canto Missoula A Capella Chorus

December 7, 2018

Dolce Canto is well known in Missoula for enriching the lives of its members and audiences by performing exceptional and divers choral music with compelling artistry and sensitivity. With a new director on board the chorus came to Ronan and presented an outreach program at the Ronan Middle School prior to the evening community concert.

Wylie & the Wild West

Rockin’ Cowboy Country & Western

January 18, 2019

Wylie Gustafson is a gifted singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman and world-famous yodeler. Wylie & the Wild West, is known internationally for their captivating presentation of original and traditional music of the American West.  Wylie visited the Polson Middle School and Cherry Valley Elementary School to present educational outreach programs which included teaching students how to yodel, what life was like as a cowboy, why cowboys wear the clothing that they do, and songs about the life of farmers and ranchers.

Wylie with Polson 6th grade students

Jayme Stone Folklife

World Music Bridging Folk, Jazz and Chamber Music

February 14, 2019

Our mission is to offer educational programs on traditional music that revolve conversations around musical styles, the provenance of songs, and the social underpinnings of the music. We pull back the curtain on our artistic process and engage in vital questions about how we honor musical traditions while expressing our own voices.

Our programs are participatory. Students (both “regular folks” and musicians) will sing, stomp, and experience the richness of traditional music. They’ll also learn about the diversity and cultural heritage of American Roots music traditions.

With experience leading workshops and residencies at the Berklee College of Music, TuftsUniversity, Purdue  University, East Tennessee State University, DePauw University, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp, Targhee Music Camp, Mike Block String Camp, Silkroad Global Musician Workshop, and more, we tailor our programs to suit our audiences. Working with presenters and education coordinators we determine what will work best—including the level of participation, whether we’ll need a PA (for audiences over 60 people), and what elements to include—from slideshows and sing-alongs, to side-by-side comparisons of field recordings as they were then and as we’ve remade them now.

Jayme Stone will be presenting two school assemblies at the Linderman School for Grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

ms and one outreach program for women’s groups from the Mission Valley.

Jayme Stone Folklife at Polson Linderman elementary school

O Sole Trio

Bravissimo Broadway

April 4 – 5, 2019

O Sole Trio will be performing new and unique arrangements of classic songs from Broadway Shows. Outreach programs will consist of the sharing of how and why the performers got into the music industry and touring, presenting the art of vocal performance, and a question and answer session.

O Sole Trio performing at St. Joseph assisted living center.

Utah Repertory Dance Theater

Modern Dance

October 9, 10, and 11, 2019

RDT will be offering several different outreach programs including lecture demonstrations also known as “informances,” which are narrated informal performances that focus on the history of dance, choreographic process, and the art of improvisation. They will be running movement workshops, designed to develop awareness that the body can be used as an instrument of self-expression. A teacher in-service workshop will be offered to teachers to help them develop the skills necessary to use movement as a tool to teach curriculum. RDT will also be offering two formal performances for Ronan students at the RPAC.

Mari Black and Her World String Ensemble

Multi-style Violinist and Champion Fiddler

November 21 and 22, 2019

Multi-style violinist and champion fiddler, Mari Black’s energetic fiddling, sparkling stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences around the world. An experienced educator, Mari loves giving workshops and outreach performances and will be offering three outreach programs to students and teachers in the valley. Some of her outreach workshops include improvisation and seminars on the living history of dance music.

The Gothard Sisters

Celtic, Folk, Classical World, and Northwest Music

December 10-11, 2019

The Gothard Sisters bring songs to life with violin, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bodhran, djembe, octave violin, whistle and vocal harmonies, creating music that is “vivid, inspirational and captivating.”
The Gothard Sisters present assembly shows that introduce Celtic music to kids in schools. The presentation includes several Celtic and original songs, the difference between a jig and a reel and an introduction to the bodhran (the Irish drum.) The sisters also share what it is like to travel and perform as sisters, wrapping up with a Q+A and an interactive section where they teach students how to do an Irish step dance.
They will be performing two outreach programs.

Ringling 5

Western Heritage

January 17, 2020

Members of the band, Ringling 5, will be performing Western music and songs they have written, which tell the story of life on Montana’s farms and ranches for students in the Mission Valley. They will be providing three outreach programs.

Johnny B the Piano Man

February 18-21, 2020

Multi-media Performer – Music, Story-telling, and Photography

Johnny B the Piano Man will be performing a program specially designed to showcase the spectacular beauty of the Mission Valley and Flathead Lake through photography. He will be delivering a powerful message about the influences of the Flathead Lake waters and the Native American cultures have on all of our lives. He will be providing three outreach programs in our valley schools.


World Music

March 19-20, 2020

Seffarine’s members have backgrounds in education and one of their favorite activities on tour is sharing their backgrounds and instruments with local communities. Seffarine offers highly interactive programs for all ages. Participants have the chance to try new instruments from around the world, learn about the diverse cultures and languages represented in the group, and even learn about flamenco dance! They will be offering 3 outreach programs during their stay.


April 23-24, 2020

Electric String Quartet

From the United Kingdom, Stringfever consists of three brothers and one cousin, playing electric strings and beat box. They will be performing three school shows the highlights of which include Ravel’s Bolero on one cello and The History of Music in Five Minutes.

Halie Loren

May 21-22, 2020

Multi-lingual Singer / Songwriter

Halie Loren is passionate about providing outreach programs which are accessible, fun and interactive. She will be entertaining seniors in three different senior living facilities in the valley.