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Congrats Yvette, Farewell Patty Lee! Kindermusik Open House July 1st!

Congratulations to Yvette, our new director of Kindermusik!

Help us extend a warm & hearty congratulations to Yvette Odell, our new Kindermusik director! She has been teaching Kindermusik for over 15 years and has been with us for a little over a year. We are very fortunate to have her as part of our team and we’re excited about the energy she has brought as a top-notch educator.

If you haven’t already met Yvette, you are welcome to contact us to try out a Kindermusik class or visit her at our July 1 Kindermusik Open House at our North location.  More information on that, below.

Yvette’s bio:
“Yvette Odell has been teaching Kindermusik since 1994 and in 1998 she became director/owner of her studio in Holland, MI. For nine years she earned the status of Maestro in the top 5% of studios world wide. Yvette has a master’s degree in music education from Wichita State University In Kansas and her bachelor’s degree in music education from Western Maryland College (now named McDaniel College).

Her continuing education involves child development, sensory integration work and communication skills. She is frequently asked to present at conferences on topics such as child development, parenting, music and learning, sensory integration and homeschooling. She has private flute students, is involved her her church’s music ministry by playing the flute and singing with the choir. Yvette has been teaching music to young children since 1980 and is happy to be bringing her warm and friendly style of teaching to Asheville, North Carolina!”

Check out her blog! Farewell, Patty Lee – we will miss you!

PattyLee4283BWOn a more somber note, we are heavy-hearted to announce that our former Kindermusik director, Patty Lee Book, is relocating to Clearwater, FL. Her husband has been promoted and is being relocated to their corporate offices. While we are very excited that she and her family are starting a new chapter in sunny Florida, we are going to miss them terribly!

Patty Lee will make one last appearance at our July 1st Kindermusik Open House, as a last hurrah.

She’d love to see all of her families one last time, so stop by!

Kindermusik Open Houses!

One of my greatest joys in explaining the programs we have available at the Asheville Arts Center is telling people that we have programs for newborns to 18 year olds, as well as adults.  Whoever I am explaining that to generally raises an eyebrow and says:  “Newborns?  Really?”

Really!  Our Kindermusik program begins at 1 day old, teaching music & movement and giving your children a fantastic head-start in the arts!

You’re invited to a FREE Music and Movement Storytime!
Wednesday, July 1st & Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at our North location under Atlanta Bread Company on Merrimon Avenue.

The JULY 1 event will be begin at 9:30 AM and end around 12 PM.  The August 5th times are TBA.

Pre-registration for both events is recommended, call us today!

Kindermusik® is a music and movement program for newborns up to age 7. Kindermusik® is a great opportunity to be a part of a child centered and age appropriate program that creates musical children by letting them explore all the possibilities that surround them.

Kindermusik® is the emerging community of families and teachers passionately committed to bringing music to children’s lives. Guided by a proven methodology combining music and childhood development research, Kindermusik® sparks magical, memorable learning for each and every child.


June 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

Irish Accolades!!

The Asheville Arts Center is proud to offer Irish Fiddle Lessons with Beanie Odell. She’s an inspirational teacher and accomplished traditional Irish fiddler. As a matter of fact her band “The Red Wellies” has produced an album that is attracting attention across the “pond” in Ireland!!! Here’s the review for you to read. It will be published in the Folkworld and Living Tradition magazine in Ireland….. and then go to their myspace page to take a listen. Careful, you should be in a place where you can start dancing!

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12 tracks, 49 minutes
From the mountainous Eastern USA, this trio of twin fiddles and bouzouki are a force to be reckoned with. Their debut recording is based on well-known Irish traditional material, but The Red Wellies make it their own. Not that they depart from received wisdom: there are no gimmicks, no fancy arrangements, just straight pure Irish spirit bottled in North Carolina. Beanie Odell, Duncan Wickel (who doubles onuilleann pipes) and Vincent Fogarty make a splendid job of grand old tunes: The Boys of Ballisodare, The 12 Pins, The Keys to the Convent, McGlinchey’s Hornpipe, all played as well as you might find in Galway, Cork or Dublin. There is a slight American accent at times, wonderful versions of Lad O’Beirne’s and The Chicago Reel for instance, and unusual settings of The Foxhunter’s Jig and The Blackbird. Pickiness aside, this is a brilliant CD of raw acoustic Irish music. Could have done with some sleeve notes, though …
Odell and Wickel play tight resonant duets, producing a powerful melody line with or without guest Aaron Olwell on flute and concertina. The Sporting Pitchfork and The Slopes of Sliabh Luachra are magnificent jigs, followed by John McEvoy’s excellent Spotted Dog, and The Red Wellies keep the lift and drive throughout. Alice’s Reel is taken at a lovely slow pace which Frankie Gavin would surely approve of. Out in the Night is played almost as well as the classic Fisherstreet version. Lucky in Loveforms the climax of a prodigious set of reels, and ends this album in rare style. The only time The Red Wellies really show their mountain roots (albeit with good dentistry) is on the glorious Creole-style hornpipe The Gypsy Princess which struts its stuff like a Southern belle. Highly recommended: myspace has samples under “RedWelliesIrish”, and an email address. Give these folks a holler, and see if the echo sounds Irish to you!
Alex Monaghan

June 26, 2009 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

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We have 1200 friends and counting and we’d love for you to be one of them!  Facebook is another fantastic way to participate in the conversation about your local performing arts.  Join in.

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June 24, 2009 at 4:15 am Leave a comment

Everyone’s a star….Here’s a Kindermusik Star: Hadley Wallace and mom Blake.


June 23, 2009 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Video of Joe Adams, our Hip Hop teacher, at Bonnaroo!

Check it out – Joe Adams,  who teaches Hip Hop at Asheville Arts Center, performed recently at Bonnaroo!

June 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Community Carnival at Fun Depot Canceled

AFDLogoDue to an unforeseen circumstance, Fun Depot has canceled the Community Carnival this weekend.  They have indicated that they intend to reschedule for a later date.  We’ll keep you posted!!

June 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Peter Pan Audition Workshop TONIGHT!

Michael here – just a reminder that the Peter Pan Audition Workshop is tonight from 5:30-8:00!

Jerry Crouch will make an appearance to talk about what he likes to see in auditions (in general) and to plug his show at ACT – “Peter Pan.” (   The remainder of the night, attendees will work with Danelle Cauley & Kurt Campbell on their audition skills.
Headshots by Eden Photography will be available for $30. These headshots will be emailed by Friday.

Check them out here:

This workshop is one of many that is produced by the Asheville Arts Center and we are holding it to help better prepare people for auditions in general. Participation doesn’t ever guarantee a role in any given production – this specific one was themed specifically to help publicize a large show, one being produced by our friends over at Asheville Community Theatre. We know the importance of supporting your local arts community!

Thanks again! Hope we see many of you tonight.
Yours in the arts,

June 17, 2009 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

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