Theatre & Music Classes
The Black Box Theater located in the historic section of the Gunnison Arts Center is the perfect setting for the Performing Arts! Youth and adult theater classes and programming are offered year-round and there are always opportunities for local thespians and directors to get involved. Be sure you’re on our weekly e-mail list to receive notices about upcoming auditions and events. The Gunnison Arts Center also houses a great music studio located on the second floor of the historic portion of the building.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun. The Gunnison Arts Center will not issue refunds for event tickets under any circumstances.

All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition.

Music Classes
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Bluegrass Beginners for Kids ~ (Ages 7 – 18)
Thursdays, 4:45 – 6:15 pm. February 8 – March 15.

In this course, acoustic roots fiddler, singer and songwriter Lizzy Plotkin will guide students through learning the basics of Bluegrass music. The course will start with history, rhythm techniques, jam etiquette, circle-style games, fiddle tunes and melodies and end with theory, singing, traditional bluegrass harmony lessons and a chance to write your own bluegrass-style song. Any student ages 7-18 that plays Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass, Banjo, Cello or Ukulele is eligible for the course. It will be a beginner friendly course. Please contact Lizzy at to find out if the student’s level of playing is a good match!
GAC Music Studio. Min 6, max 10 students. Six week course.
Instructor: Lizzy Plotkin.
Tuition: $155/student, $131.75/members.

The Art & Craft of Songwriting & Performing
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30. March 28 – April 25.

Explore the craft of songwriting and performing with local singer songwriter Chris Coady. This five week course will consist of four separate two hour sessions meeting o Wednesday evenings with a bonus performance session as the fifth and final class. Each session will cover a different theme or aspect of songwriting including: Inspiration and Idea Generation; The “Muse” and Getting in the “Zone”; The Creative Process; Melody, Song Form and Genre; Rhyming Sequence Strategies; Rewriting and Crafting Towards a Finished Composition; Performing in Front of an Audience and Overcoming the Fear.

Active participation with an instrument and sharing works-in-progress with the class is encouraged. The final class will be held at an “Open Mic” evening hosted by the instructor at a local live music venue where students will have the opportunity to perform if they choose to do so. GAC Music Studio. Ages 16+. Five week course. Instructor: Chris Coady.
Tuition: $125/student, $106.25/members.

Arts Center Singers Choir
Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

Registration Deadline: January 12
Rehearsals begin February 5th (date change from the printed catalog!)
Concert: May 11 & 12.

If the arts feed the soul, then music warms the heart. Community choral music returns to the Valley with the formation of the Art Center Singers. Under the direction of Alicia Belgiovane, the choir consisting of local singers will perform songs that everyone loves to sing. Rehearsals and concert will be held at the John & Georgie Kincaid Concert Hall in the Quigley Art Building at the University.
Returning Singers: $85
New Singers: $100

Theatre Classes
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