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    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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  • Music students perform with Dan Brekke Band at The Hub

    Music students Matthew Tinjum (Jazz Studies) and Joel Kingsley (Music Industry), performed with the Dan Brekke Band, which opened for the Eli Young Band at a recent performance at The Hub in Fargo. Tinjum played drums, and Kingsley played bass.

    Student Conor Lee, jazz studies, receives Career Development Grant

    Jazz Studies student Conor Lee received a Career Development Grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. Lee will use the grant to learn two music composition and editing software programs. Lee works with various styles of rock/pop, jazz, and folk music. He’s written arrangements for various ensembles and has also written and recorded original music [...]

    A few tickets still available to see MSUM’s Fuego Tropical with the FM Symphony Thursday night!

    Only a few reserved seats are still available for the “Symphony Rocks” concert event this coming Thursday night at Bluestem in Moorhead! MSUM’s own “Fuego Tropical” Steeldrum and World Music Ensemble will take the stage alongside both the FM Symphony and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome for an evening of salsa, reggae, and sass! Although reserved [...]

    MSUM alums find work at Medora

    By Meghan Feir When many people think of North Dakotan terrain, they often forget about the landscape surrounding Medora. Nestled in the heart of the badlands, the little village is the summer home of tourists and performers alike. A breathtaking view, flat, farm country is replaced with canyons and buttes painted in red and purple. [...]

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