Sawdust City Limits: Girls Rock Band Experience - Application
Since 2016, Sawdust City Limits has organized concerts showcasing the bands of Eau Claire’s music scene. Now, they are partnering with the Eau Claire Music School to offer and all-girls rock band experience culminating in a concert at the Metro featuring all women-led local groups.

The Girls Rock Band Experience consists of two full days of rehearsals with local musicians and educators where the participants will hone their skills and gain valuable experience working with other musicians to create a performance.

When:
Friday, 26 October from 9 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday, 27 October from 9 am to 5:30 pm, concert at 7 pm at the Metro

Where:
Rehearsals will take place at the Eau Claire Music School and the concert will take place at the Metro.

Cost:
$100 (need-based scholarships available upon request)
Tuition is not due until the band members are announced

Teachers:
Adelyn Strei, Jill Heinke-Moen, and Deirdre Jenkins

Who:
We seek to encourage, educate, and promote female musicians in the context of a music culture that has historically been male dominated. Enrollment in the Girls Rock Experience is open to individuals in 6th through 12th grade who self-identify as female, trans, and gender non-conforming. Vocalists and instrumentalists are invited to apply. While instruments such as drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard are typically associated with rock music, players of other instruments are welcome to apply as well (e.g. string, brass, and wind players.)

Audition:
Our long-term goal is to develop this program so that it can serve a wide variety of students, but in this first year the number of bands will be limited to two. Unfortunately, this means that not all applicants may be able to participate. Participants will be chosen on a variety of criteria, including their musical ability and the needs of the two bands.

Applicants should have confidence playing their instrument or singing since it will not be possible to teach the basics of technique. (In the future, we hope offer opportunities for less experienced musicians.) Auditions will be arranged in-person at the Eau Claire Music School or must be submitted as a video. The video should include the applicant playing or singing a piece of music for at least 60 seconds. (The video may be recorded for the purpose of the submission or may be of a concert or other performance. It does not need to be professional quality.)

Timeline
Sept. 1st: Applications accepted
Oct. 12th: Application deadline and last day for auditions
Oct. 15th: Confirmation of band members
Oct. 19th: Deadline to pay tuition
Oct. 26th and 27th: Band rehearsals
Oct. 27th: Concert at the Metro

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