2728 Asbury Road, Suite 220, Dubuque, IA 52001-2969(563) 556-7748dbqartscouncil@qwestoffice.netM-F 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Art of Educating


Since 1975, The Dubuque Arts Council has connected professionals in the performing arts with elementary and middle school students through live performances at area public and parochial schools. This year, over 20,000 students in Dubuque, Western Dubuque, Bellevue, Iowa; Hazel Green, Wisconsin; Galena, and East Dubuque, Illinois districts will experience a variety of music and dance residencies.

Artists have been selected by the Dubuque Arts Council because of their reputations as outstanding performers who also excel in relating to youth while educating and entertaining.

Matt Quinlan – Percussion Gone Global
September 14-18 & September 21-25

Quinlan is a graduate of St. Anthony’s Elementary School and Wahlert Catholic High School. After graduating from Iowa State University and the University of Northern Texas, he taught for 18 years. His percussionist program celebrates music as a universal language. Students will see, listen to, learn about and play percussion instruments from around the globe. Authentic drums and common hand percussion instruments from Africa, the Caribbean Islands, China, Europe, Latin America, India and the United States will be introduced and demonstrated. A map of the percussive world will help identify “where we are,” and a discussion will include cultures of the world and what we have in common.

November 2-4 & November 9-13

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, of Switchback, have played Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world. They also present programs to help youth gain a deeper appreciation of music.

Students will be introduced to the common elements between all forms of music. Classical, bluegrass, country, jazz, Western, Irish and rock are examined and discussed. Descriptions of each instrument played during the program will feature mandolin, bass, guitar, classical guitar, percussion boards and voice. A question-and-answer period also will take place. A study guide will be emailed to schools participating in this residency.

Kipperton String Quartet
January 8, 11-14 & March 22-23, 29-31 & April 1

The Kipperton String Quartet is known for its high energy and musical depth. The quartet consists of violinists Timothy Kamps and Wes Luke, violist Paul Alan Price-Brenner, and cellist Kevin Price-Brenner. The quartet first met in the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and quickly magnetized into the premiere string quartet of the tri-state area. In addition to the DSO, they also play in other orchestras such as the Madison Symphony and Quad City Symphony.

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Danny Russel “Abraham Lincoln”
February 17 – March 1

Danny Russel, trained as an actor at the Chicago Actors Studio. His performance has been carefully tailored to reflect the well-known accomplishments as well as the humanity of Lincoln’s character. Russel’s hilarious and heartbreaking, portrayal covers Abraham Lincoln’s life from a log cabin to the White House.   We examine his childhood “laziness” — he preferred reading to laboring in the fields — as well as the deaths of his mother and sister, numerous failures in business, time as a prairie lawyer, his family life, political aspirations, Civil War tragedy and triumph, freeing slaves, delivering brilliant speeches and holding the fractious Union together.