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Published on December 11th, 2013 | by SMUMN


Saint Mary’s music professors travel to Cuba for week of study


WINONA, Minn. — The former and current directors of jazz studies at Saint Mary’s University will travel to Havana, Cuba, along with a delegation of musicians, composers and educators to interact with the contemporary Cuban music scene.

Dr. John Paulson, professor emeritus, and A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of music, will join a group sponsored by the American Composers Forum from Dec.15-22 for a one-week research program to Cuba. The trip marks the first time a group of this type will be allowed to study with renowned Cuban musicians. Of special interest to the two SMU professors will be full access to the Havana International Jazz Festival.

During the intensive weeklong visit, the delegates will attend concerts, workshops, open rehearsals, and networking events, as well as tour Havana, enjoying its rich cultural history.

For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at (507) 457-7292 or

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