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For Immediate Release

Student Guitar Show on May 12 at MSC Southeast in Red Wing showcases the sights and sounds of students' newly-built instruments

Guitar built by studentSTUDENT GUITAR SHOW
Red Wing campus Room 314, 1-4 pm
Live Streamed on YouTube

NEW! Violin Showcase
Red Wing campus Room 101, 1-3 pm

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Minnesota State College Southeast
308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN
Free and Open to the Public

Red Wing, MN (April 14, 2022) -- The annual Student Guitar Show at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing will showcase a bumper crop of new guitars built by the college's first- and second- year guitar students.  

A beautiful array of flat top acoustic guitars, archtop guitars, electric guitars, and mandolins will be on display. The acoustic instruments will be played in concert by professional musicians Mike Cramer and Phil Heywood.

The Student Guitar Show is an exhilarating experience for anyone who loves handcrafted musical instruments, but most of all, it's a thrill for the students who race right up until the last day to finish their instruments on time. 

The event takes place at MSC Southeast (308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing, MN) on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 1 to 4 pm. It will also be live streamed on YouTube.

New this year, instruments built by students in the Violin Making program will also be on display. More than 10 new violins can be seen in Room 101 from 1 to 3 pm.

The Student Guitar Show and the Violin Showcase are free and open to the public.

The Guitar Repair & Building (first year) and Guitar Development & Production (second year) diplomas at MSC Southeast are unique full year accredited college-level programs that draw students from all over the United States. First year students learn all aspects of acoustic and electric guitar repair before starting their own guitar builds. In the second-year program, students learn advanced techniques including elaborate inlay and more sophisticated finishing processes.

The Violin Repair program is a full year of training in all aspects of violin, viola, cello and double bass repair and maintenance. Students can take Violin Construction at the same time or return after earning the Violin Repair diploma.

About the Musicians

Mike Cramer

Guitarist Mike Cramer is a music major from the University of Northern Iowa. His award-winning flatpicking technique has earned him championship titles in both the Minnesota State Fair Flatpicking Competition and Wisconsin's Upper-Midwest Flatpicking Contest. A fluid and powerful guitarist, Mike is as comfortable playing jazz standards as he is playing Bill Monroe's bluegrass instrumentals. He plays guitar in The Barley Jacks.

Phil Heywood

Fingerstyle guitarist Phil Heywood has been based in Minneapolis-St. Paul since the mid-1980s, performing locally and regionally while also establishing himself in the greater guitar and acoustic music world. In 1986 he won the National Fingerpicking Championship, and followed up in 1987 by winning the American Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Competition. He plays with a bluesy swing and tone, lyricism, and groove.


About Minnesota State College Southeast

Located in the historic river towns of Red Wing and Winona, Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer. The Winona campus opened its doors in 1949; the Red Wing campus opened in 1973, merging with Winona in 1992. The two campuses now have distinctive characteristics but are one college in structure, policies, procedures, and mission. Both offer small class sizes, state-of-the-art facilities, and an environment that is friendly and supportive. In addition, more than 30 majors are available online. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit    



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