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Cape Cod Conservatory Outreach Programs

Master Classes

Our Master Classes are designed to give student musicians the rare opportunity to study with a master of their respective instrument. The "masters" are renowned virtuosos who provide one-on-one instruction for selected students in front of a live audience.  Private instructors and school teachers in the community are invited to recommend students for this program to Christy King, Director of Education and Outreach at



Contemporary Dance Workshop

This spring the Conservatory brings Antonia Stephens to the Conservatory for a special Contemporary Dance Workshop. This will be a fun, introductory exploration of modern techniques, including Graham-based exercises. Students will start with a warm up, move onto center exercises and across-the-floor phrases, concentrating on techniques such as contractions and spirals and working to release the body from conditioned postures. The workshop will be aimed at intermediate dancers, but all are encouraged to try!


Sunday, April 30  |  2-3:30 pm
Cape Conservatory, Barnstable Campus


Teaching Artist Antonia Stephens

Originally from Toronto, Antonia Stephens has been living and dancing on Cape Cod since late 2001. She has a B.A. in choreography and improvisation from Bennington College and has taught modern classes on the Cape for Studio 878, the Academy of Performing Arts and the Cape Cod Dance Center. She was co-director of the TIDES Dance Company in Chatham, along with mentor and friend, Naomi Turner, and has danced as part of several collaboratives, including D.I.R.T.T. and Movimento/The Barn. Conservatory students may remember her performance as the Mouse King in one of Jane Caputo’s Nutcrackers. She will soon be participating in a revamped TIDES under the direction of Adam Spencer of Adam in Chatham. Ms. Stephens is the Director of the Cotuit Library, and she and her husband (and fellow dancer), JC Stahl are parents to three-year-old Becket.


African Drum Workshop

Experience the drums of Africa! Drumming in community brings enjoyment and happiness, as well as increased health and well-being. Issa Coulibaly, a master drummer from Mali, West Africa, teaches an African drum class for all ages and abilities. Students will learn the hand techniques and traditional rhythms of the djembe and djun djun drums of West Africa, as well as have fun playing together as ensemble. Learn the basics of the African polyrhythmic ensemble and sensibility, which forms the basis of many American musical forms. By the end of class, you won't want to stop playing!

Sunday, May 14  |  2-3:30 pm
Cape Conservatory, Barnstable Campus

Master Drummer Issa Coulibaly
Issa Coulibaly began studying the djembe and djun djun drums when he was 11 in his home city of Bamako, Mali. As his skill and reputation grew as a multi-instumentalist, vocalist and arranger, Issa toured Africa and Europe extensively before emigrating to America. He continues to travel, facilitating retreats and performing as the lead drummer and musical director for a variety of African dance and drum troupes, including Cape Cod African Dance & Drum.
For more information about Issa, see



What: Instruction with a Master Musician

For: Student Musicians & Vocalists

From: Cape Cod & The Islands

Participation Fee: Varies by Class

Contact: Christy King, Director of Education and Outreach


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West Barnstable, MA 02668
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