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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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  • 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. [...]

    Get tickets now to see MSUM’s Poco Fuego with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome at Bluestem

    Poco Fuego, a smaller version of MSUM’s famed Steeldrum and World Music Ensemble “Fuego Tropical,” will perform this coming Thursday, August 14 at 8 p.m. at the Bluestem Amphitheater in south Moorhead alongside the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and legendary local funk band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome during the FMSO’s “Hot, Hot, Hot” Symphony Rocks concert event. [...]

    Music major brings Uruguayan master drummer Álvaro Salas to hometown

    With a grant he obtained from Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas, and through the relationship between the sister cities of Montevideo, Minn., and Montevideo, Uruguay, Andy Stermer, ’14, Music, brought Uruguayan master drummer Álvaro Salas, of Montevideo, Uruguay, to his hometown in June. The Uruguayan drummer represents the 200-year-old tradition of Afro-Uruguayan “candombe” music and [...]

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