A look back at Heartland Marimba Academy 2017

This summer Marimba One artists were busy all across the world, and Matthew Coley was no exception! In June, Katarzyna Mycka’s International Marimba Academy concluded a spectacular event in Arcata (read the story here). Following this, Matthew Coley put on the Heartland Marimba Academy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Brian Baldauff, host).

Heartland Marimba Academy

Marimba One artist Matthew Coley has continued the Heartland Marimba Festival, a year-round opportunity to tour and play marimba at various events along with his fellow musicians, the Marimba One ensemble artists Heartland Marimba Quartet. The artists served as teachers and performers this summer when the Heartland Marimba Academy took place for the fourth time.

The academy was hosted by the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. 11 students from all around the country had the opportunity to take private and chamber lessons, be recorded on a professional CD, and attend lectures on a variety of career-related topics.


Abby Fisher, Michael J Jones, Gordon Stout, Joe Millea, MC, Andrew Veit

Favorite memories include the final concert when Matthew performed a concerto with Gordon Stout and Heartland students as well as when the Heartland Marimba Quartet brought students up to play with them. This year they did a brand new premiere of an arrangement of Holst's Mars for marimba orchestra!

Matthew’s birthday fell on the last day of the academy. From students presenting him with a signed poster they created to running into super fans at the local diner, Matthew said that he was “beaming all day.” Students and faculty alike are already looking forward to the next year of Heartland.


Lynn Vartan teaching

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