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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 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 [...]

    Music Student Wins Prestigious Presser Award

    The MSUM Department of Music, in conjunction with the Theodore Presser Foundation, has named Music Industry major Alayna Holkesvig a Presser Scholar. The Presser award is given to a student who will be a senior next year and is based upon the “merit and achievement” of the student as determined by the faculty and staff [...]

    Trinidad Study Abroad Information Meeting Tonight

    Sick of the cold weather? Want to go somewhere WARM and SUNNY? Join us for a Study Abroad course in Trinidad, West Indies Jan. 2-12 of 2015! Come to the Information Meeting this Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts room 144 to find out more about costs, details, course [...]

    The Collaborations to perform at Studio 222 May 6

    MSUM is proud to announce the performance of The Collaborations. The first year commercial ensemble will be performing at Studio 222 May 6th at 7:30 PM. The performance will include songs by artists such as Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, and many more. You don’t want to miss out. The eight piece commercial ensemble [...]

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