Artists in Resonance

Bringing gifted professionals into direct contact with local students.

MoPOP’s Artists in Resonance program welcomes professional musicians and gifted teaching artists to work in tandem with talented local youth in and out of the classroom to promote a deeper understanding of music and performance, offer collaborative opportunities, and a unique insider’s view of the music industry.


Blues Roots to Hendrix will be led by nationally esteemed musician and educator, T.J.  Wheeler. Wheeler will work with participating students from Sedro-Woolley High School and Cascade Middle School from April 7–11, 2015, with culminating performances at both schools on April 11, and a final performance in MoPOP’s Sky Church on April 12.

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works program.

MoPOP’s 2014 Artists in Resonance Program Blues Roots to Hendrix will include:

  • Weeklong residencies in guitar instruction and ensemble music classes at Sedro-Woolley High School and Cascade Middle School (Sedro-Woolley, WA)
  • Instruction on topics such as the influence of the blues and various blues artists, the evolving style of blues and jazz guitar, and Jimi Hendrix’s impact on generations of musicians
  • Training in the identification of master blues guitarists and different elements and/or styles of guitar
  • A final presentation in MoPOP’s Sky Church on Saturday April 12 featuring the blues and the music of Jimi Hendrix performed by T.J. Wheeler, two professional guest artists, and participating students

About the Artist

T.J. Wheeler has performed blues, jazz, and ragtime for more than 35 years using a variety of instruments including the seven-string guitar, ukulele, tenor banjo, diddley bow, tap percussion, nitty-gritty vocals, and kazoo. In addition to performing at major festivals and concert venues around the world, Wheeler brings these musical genres to life in inspiring interactive performances and education programs: he's presented his workshop program, Hope, Heroes & the Blues on five different continents. Wheeler was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation in 2007. In 1993, he was the recipient of the prestigious W.C. Handy Award for Keeping the Blues Alive. Wheeler also received the 1996 Individual Artist Award from the New Hampshire State Council of the Arts, the 1995 Silver Pinnacle Award from the International Music Festival Organization, and the 2006 Granite State Award, among others.

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This program is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

This programming was made possible by generous support from Wells Fargo.