Band-Lead Workshops 

Songwriting Workshop
Led by Paul Hunton, songwriter for Dust City Opera. Paul has been a performing songwriter for 18 years, with formal training from Oberlin and Berklee. Paul has written and composed dozens of recorded releases, from bluegrass to hard rock, and has transcribed and studied hundreds more modern works. 

Wind-players Workshop
Led by Clara Byom, clarinetist for Dust City Opera. With masters in Clarinet Performance and Musicology, Clara has forged a successful musical career as a versatile performer, composer, and arts administrator whose work stretches across multiple genres—from classical (new and old) to traditional folk, indie rock to electronic music. Here is an in-depth list of Clara’s workshop offerings. 

Brass-players Workshop:
Led by Travis Rourk, trombonist for Dust City Opera. Travis is a band instructor at the prestigious Albuquerque Academy, serving middle school and high school students, and received his music degree from UNM. Before joining the Academy, Travis was a Lead Teaching Artist with the Young Musician Initiative, an outreach program of the New Mexico Philharmonic. 

Music Business 101:
How to book shows, grow your fanbase, promote your music, and generate income. Led by Sydney Counce, music manager for Dust City Opera. Sydney received her business degree at UNM’s Anderson School of Management. She has 10+ years experience in business management, with a focus on project-, event-, and marketing-management.

Collaborative Activities 

Developing Your Sonic Identity:
An open format discussion with band members and local musicians to help them identify and highlight their unique strengths. This can be a collaborative workshop with class instructors, School of Rock, or other local youth music programs. 

Local Musician Collaborations:
An opportunity to collaborate with local musicians on arrangements pre-performance, and invite them to join us on stage during our main performance. 

Q&A sessions:
Post-show question and answer session, generally immediately following the performance. 


Additional Community Engagements 

Acoustic performances (solo, duo):
Bringing our music to community members where they live, who cannot come to us for a performance, including senior living facilities, hospitals, shelters, etc.

Non-Musical Community Engagements:
Community service work with and for community members, including but not limited to food banking, public spaces clean-up, care package assembly, donation drives, and community organization and activism.  


For more information or to request an engagement activity in your community, please contact:

Sydney Counce
+1 (505) 488-8223