Hyde School to Host Music Workshop with Music Greats, McDonald and Cook

Bath, ME—For the sixth consecutive year, Hyde School in Bath, Maine, will host a four-day music workshop to be held on January 6 through January 10. The Singer-Songwriter Workshop, designed for aspiring musicians interested in perfecting their musical craft in writing, producing, or singing, will be led by music greats, such as Michael McDonald and Don Cook.

Students from both Hyde School boarding campuses in Woodstock, Connecticut and Bath, Maine, will attend the workshop.

Five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald.

For the first time, Hyde extended invitations to attend the workshop to three students enrolled in neighboring public high schools—Brunswick High School, Wiscasset High School, and Morse High School.

Matt Newberg, director of music at Hyde School, said all student participants be in strong academic standing, have a passion for music with relevant experience and course work, as well as instrument proficiency.

Students will receive hands-on training from McDonald, his son, Dylan, a graduate of Hyde School, Cook, and Maine music artist Kate Schrock, as well as other industry experts.

Cook is one of Nashville’s premier songwriters and producers. A former chief creative director for Sony Music Publishing Nashville, he has more than 30 years of experience in the music industry. His work includes that of Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, and The Mavericks.

McDonald, a five-time Grammy Award winner, is a songwriter, vocalist, musician, and producer, whose solo career and involvement with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan has earned him national acclaim in the music industry.

Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to showcase the music they produce over the four-day period at the Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery in Brunswick at 7 PM on January 9. Later in the year, some Hyde School students will travel to Nashville to write and record professionally their own music.

Newberg spearheaded the program in 2003, a result of connecting accomplished musicians with students pursuing music careers.
Newberg says, “We have a gifted group of parents who want to share their musical experience and understanding of music with young musicians. “I couldn’t think of a better way to connect the two than to provide a place where musicians could learn from one another.”

For more information about this event and other Hyde School events, contact Laura Lokitis at 207-443-7111; llokitis@hyde.edu.