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  • Music


  • Music

    The Music Department offers a rich variety of studies in music, ranging from music history and theory to composition and performance to education and industry techniques. Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students collaborate closely with a remarkably diverse set of faculty, who are renowned conductors, directors, performers and producers whose work has earned local, regional, national and international accolades.

    The department plays a prominent role in the Fargo-Moorhead music scene, through active faculty involvement in solo performances, professional groups and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and through exceptional musical performances by students or visiting artists as part of the Performing Art Series offered throughout the year. Students are poised for great professional development through on- and off-campus performance opportunities as well as music industry courses that prepare students to master advanced production techniques in the studio. The immersive, hands-on learning experiences combined with one-on-one mentorship from expert faculty, provide an outstanding education for graduates of the program to excel as musicians in education, production or performance settings.


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  • Pedrito Martinez Group workshop this afternoon

    The Pedrito Martinez Group will present a workshop on Cuban jazz Thursday (March 5) at 4:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. The group performs at 7:30 p.m. in the same location. The workshop will include demonstrations and discussions on how Latin jazz is different than “conventional” jazz. The group will also demonstrate different Latin feels (cha […]

    Afro-Cuban conga drummer to shake the stage

    GRAMMY-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group features up-beat Afro-Cuban Music The timing is terrific! Cuba and the United States are “speaking” again. Doesn’t matter whether you think that’s good or bad, because The Pedrito Martinez Group has been in New York City since 2005 anyhow, selling out every performance and attracting musicians from all over the world, […]

    Dr. Kenyon Williams to present, perform at Valley Worship Arts Conference

    Dr. Kenyon Williams will present a percussion workshop at the Valley Worship Arts Conference this coming Saturday, Feb. Feb. 28th. Held annually at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fargo, Valley WAC is the largest gathering of worship and praise leaders, musicians, and technical crews in the region, attracting participants from across the upper-Midwest and Canada. […]

    MSUM Wind Ensemble performs March 6

    The MSUM Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Monte C. Grisé, Music, performs Friday, March 6, at 7:30 PM in Glasrud Auditorium, Weld Hall. The performance includes work by composers Charles Ives, Dmitri Shostakovich, Norman Dello Joio and others. It also features three student soloists – Shaylynn Johnson, Hannah Loegering and Alyson Gross in […]

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