Library Foundation to Host Music & Lyrics Workshop


Bottom from left: Chris Albert; Shannon Stine; Jody Bilyeu; Thee Fine Lines; Dave Painter.


CALLING ALL ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND MUSICIANS! Join us on Saturday, September 24, for a Music & Lyrics Workshop at the Library Center (4653 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO), featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, drummer for Grammy Award winner Mannheim Steamroller.

Sponsored by the Library Foundation, the workshop will combine inspiration and craft for a day of entertaining and educational breakout sessions. All sessions are tailored to composers and performers of all skill levels and musical genres. Enjoy sessions and performances by some of your favorite area musicians including Chris Albert from Techs and the Roadies; Shannon Stine of the Shandies; Jody Bilyeu from Big Smith; brothers Jason and Justin Kearby, along with Kevin Schneider, from Thee Fine Lines; and Dave Painter of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the Bluesberries.

Breakout sessions will include tips on song and lyric writing, information about copyright law, recording and distributing albums, touring, promotion and more. Check out the Schedule of the full line-up for the workshop.

Visit with vendors, professional performers and educators between sessions in the Library Center concourse for more information that can enhance your success in writing and performing in the music industry.

To cap off the day, Tom Sharpe, drummer for Mannheim Steamroller, will give a “behind the music” demonstration of various musical techniques, polyrhythms and coordination used to create his unique sound, and discuss his life as a touring performing artist.

Seamlessly blending genres from the Middle East, Africa, Western classical music, popular music and performance art, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision. A veteran musician, composer and performing artist, Tom is also principal performer and artistic director of the Sharpe World Music Ensemble.

Registration for this all day event is $75 and seating is limited. Snacks will be provided. Pick up a registration form at any library branch in the Springfield-Greene County Library District, or download the form here. Questions: Call the Foundation Office at 417-616-0586 or email Proceeds from the event will benefit the Library Foundation.


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