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March 28, 2014


Hi, all, from Montana, where winter is lingering quite a bit longer than we'd choose  However, it's a tradition here ALWAYS to be thankful for moisture, so we're keeping a relatively good attitude about the snow and cold.  And this morning the light on the clouds and skiff of new snow was spectacular!


I am looking forward to seeing the migrating birds return to Montana.  Just the other day, when Katie and I were heading home from a bird drive, she said she wished she'd seen some sandhill cranes.  No sooner had she said it than a pair flew across the sky in front of us.  What a great sign!


I hope to see some of you on this upcoming trip.  Details below.  Please be sure to let your friends in Minneapolis know about my concert there on Saturday, April 5.  The event is posted on Facebook, too, so you can send the news that way. And if you're a FB user but haven't yet signed up for Fans and Friends of Judy Fjell, I'd love to add you to the group.


Thanks, Judy


HELENA (APRIL 1) Our Helena chapter of the Montana Women's Chorus will be singing for the Grow Local event on Tuesday, April 1. This annual potluck is about the best food you'll ever taste and the speaker, Montanan Bob Quinn will share some good news on the food front.  http://helenagardens.org


Then I'm off for points east and west.  This upcoming trip is going to be a full one - here are the details:


MINNEAPOLIS


• APRIL 3-5 MUSIC EDVENTURES CONFERENCE  - Bloomington, MN

I am excited as always to attend our annual conference.  Our organization is growing both in vision and numbers, and our leaders are experiencing more prominence in the education and music education world.  Our SongWorks approach is gaining visibility and it looks like we will launch a certification program in 2015. (Let me know if you're interested in finding out more about that).

I have served Music EdVentures for four years now in presidential leadership, this being the end of my year as Past President.  Those of you who ever have attended any of my music workshops or retreats have benefited from the principles and practices of this wonderful organization and all it has given to me.  If you'd like to find out more, see http://www.musicedventures.org


• SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 8 PM CONCERT at Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave., Minneapolis. 

• SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 10:30 AM WORSHIP MUSIC  I'll present special music at Bethel.  See my website calendar for details or http://www.bethel-mpls.org


CALIFORNIA


• APRIL 8-10 BROOKSIDE SCHOOL  WILLITS - ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

I have been leading music and song game workshops for classrooms and teachers at Brookside School for many years now, thanks to initial funding from Music Empowerment, Inc. Those seed grants have been followed up with annual funding from local Parent-Teacher groups for many years. It is always a pleasure to work with the students, teachers, and staff at Brookside!


• APRIL 11-14 WOMAMU (Women Making Music Retreat - April 11-14)  http://womamu.org

What a tradition of fun and music we have at WoMaMu!  This camp will be great as usual, AND we're going to have some extra fun playing with a Bee Theme. We'll also educate ourselves on things we might do to help the bees of the world.


MONTANA


• SUNDAY, APRIL 27 BOZEMAN UU FELLOWSHIP 10 AM - Musical worship service


• SUNDAY, APRIL 27 BIG TIMBER CONCERT 3 PM - Concert at Two Rivers Gallery for Friends of Dornix Park


• SUNDAY, MAY 4 HELENA CENTER FOR CREATIVE LIVING Sunday  Musical worship service


• SATURDAY, MAY 10 10AM-4PM MONTANA WOMEN'S CHORUS REHEARSAL - Rehearsal day in preparation for the Montana Women's Mural benefit concert on Sunday, May 11.  Lunch at the Real Food Store.  Rumors of a FLASH MOB and the COOL WATER HULA, too.


• SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2PM MONTANA WOMEN'S CHORUS CONCERT

MOTHERS DAY  BENEFIT FOR MONTANA WOMEN'S MURAL

ST. PAUL'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 80 E. Lawrence, Helena

Featuring the MONTANA WOMEN'S CHORUS

(Directors:  Judy Fjell, Beth Youngblood, Betsy Wise)

with SPECIAL GUESTS

Hadley Ferguson (mural artist)

Lynda Moss (legislative sponsor of mural)

Kristi Hager (Cool Water Hula)

Katie Knight (Creative director of Synnøvei, Giant Goddess Puppet)

Stormi Oshun (Chicks with Sticks)

Shaun Phoenix (Drumming as a Feminist Conspiracy)


• SUNDAY, MAY 18 BILLINGS UU FELLOWSHIP 10 AM - Musical worship service


• JUNE 14-20 SUMMERSING AT CAMP MIMANAGISH - MONTANA Saturday, June 14-Friday, June 20 (Campers may arrive Friday evening, June 13) Singing, Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Ukulele, African Drumming, Bucket Drumming, Photography, Cloth Dyeing, Bass, Cajon Drums - a fabulous staff and an always wonderful group of campers!

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