April 30, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Zoom

with Jenn Hartmann Luck,
Composer and Co-Lyricist of Gretel! The Musical.

Friday, April 30: Workshop Session *New date!*
6:00 – 8:00 PM MT
via Zoom; join from anywhere you have an internet connection!
*Please note: Registration will close when spots are gone or at 3 PM MT on the day of class. Sign up early!*

Cost: $20, or $17 for MAHC Members. ALL ages welcome! Register below.
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We want everyone who wants to attend this class to be able to. Please contact us for partial or full scholarships.

“Much of songwriting is simply a mystery.” —Paul Simon

People always ask songwriters: “What comes first: the lyric or the music?”
And honestly, I never have a real answer.
It’s magic. It’s voodoo. It’s some spiritual dance with my gut and my heart and my ears. Sometimes it’s luck!
But mostly, I listen to songs and learn from them.

“For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of, and wonder if you can make one, too.”  —Tom Waits

In this two-hour workshop we are first going to listen to some of our favorite songs. We will talk about what makes them great, what makes them special, what makes them #1 Hits, and what makes some songs truly timeless. We will spend some time discussing structure and rhyme, but then we will spend the rest of our time together writing!

Bring a notebook, bring the lyrics of some of your favorite songs, and bring your open mind and a willingness to work with others!

Let’s see if we can get lucky and write a song together!  

Jenn Hartmann Luck is a singer, songwriter, performer, arts educator, and an accomplished creator of new musical theatre. Notably, she is composer and co-lyricist of Gretel! The Musical, co-written with award-winning playwright Suzan Zeder, cellist Nora Karakousoglou, and story creator Jason Tremblay. Gretel! premiered at Austin’s Paramount Theatre in 2019, was produced by First Stage Milwaukee in 2020, and is available for licensing through Dramatic Publishing.

Also with Zeder, Jenn is the composer and co-lyricist of the new musical The Battlefields of Clara Barton, currently in development with the American Music Theatre Project at Northwestern University. The pair additionally received a Kennedy Center commission in 2020 for their short piece The New Next-door Neighbor. Jenn’s other musical theatre workshops as composer/lyricist have included You Can’t Win and Footprints: An Eco-Musical. 

Jenn’s credits also include two original solo albums, I Admit and Silly Urban Girl, and her one-woman show Not a Chorus Girl, which played to audiences in both New York and Los Angeles. She most recently served as Director of Partnerships and Programming for Education at the Paramount Theatre, on the Board of the International Association for Performing Arts for Youth, and as a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at Austin, where she remains an active educator. She holds a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities from The University of Texas at Austin. 

Jenn lives in Austin with her husband and her children, Lucy & Wyatt. www.JennHartmannLuck.com


*This program is supported in part by a grant funded by the Perc H. Shelton and Gladys A. Pospisil Shelton Foundation Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.*



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