Hot Notes

February 11, 2023 6:30 - 10:30 pm

St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, USA


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Join Us at our 20th Annual Hot Notes Event!

This much-loved, long-standing tradition celebrates and supports the high-quality band, choir, dance, guitar, jazz, orchestra, and theatre programs at Southwest High School.

It's the best party-and biggest fundraiser-of the year!

Most importantly, come see our performing arts students shine on stage. Over the years, we have funded new choir risers, band and guitar instruments, a marley dance floor, musical licenses, costumes, guest artists, theatre sets, and more. Whether you are a current Southwest family, a friend of the community, or a Southwest alum family, we hope you can join us in celebrating 20 years of excellence in the arts. 


Event Schedule 

6:30 PM Doors Open
6:30 PM Games, Drinks & Hors D'Oeuvres
7:45 PM Student Performances, Live Auction & Giving Moment
9:30 PM Swing Band & Dancing
10:30 PM Event Ends


Meet Our Auctioneer

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Miss Shannan Paul was named "Best Stand-up Comedian" by City Pages Magazine in their "2020 Best of the Twin Cities." Campus Activities Magazine included her as one of eight Top Speaker Picks for 2015. A self-labeled Geek, Miss Shannan Paul brings roaring laughter to even the most curmudgeonly of crowds. She can relate to everyone, whether students, business professionals, musical enthusiasts, or teenage parents.

Miss Shannan is a Comedian, Radio and Television host, Keynote Speaker, Benefit Auctioneer, Voice Actor, and Event Host. She regularly brings her wit, whimsy, and pop culture expertise to Twin Cities television as part of "The Jason Show." Plus, hear Miss Shannan weekly on MyTalk 107.1 and her podcast called "Be Our Geek" on the PodcastOne network.

Donate Now

Our proud tradition of excellence in performing arts curriculum and programming is directly due to the generosity of parents, alumni, extended family, and neighbors like you. Choose the right amount for you and click the button below to make your donation. Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for your support!

Learn More About Our Programs

Southwest Performing Arts


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The Southwest Performing Arts Council is a committed group of parent advocates who partner with the performing arts faculty. 

Our Mission: Champion excellence in the performing arts education at Southwest High School. We organize fundraising efforts, build community relationships, and ensure accessibility to all of our students.

Our Vision: A world where public education provides performing arts opportunities for all students to discover their unique gifts, cultivate creativity and imagine new possibilities for their lives.

Our Values:

  • Creativity - We support opportunities for our students to explore and create meaningful, innovative ideas that engage community and self-expression.
  • Distinction - We strive to ensure our educators have the resources to instruct at the highest level.
  • Opportunity - We believe all students deserve equal educational opportunities in the performing arts.
  • Inclusivity - We champion a community of diverse peoples, practices, and ideas.

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Southwest High School Performing Arts Council


St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Thank You, Sponsors!

Our performing arts students depend on the support and generosity of community businesses, organizations, and local partners to provide funding for the dance, music, and theatre programs at Southwest High School. Our community sponsors have helped us to purchase costumes, sheet music, choir robes, instruments, lessons, accompanists, and other necessities that are not funded by the school district's budget. Please contact [email protected] for more info.

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