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.
This past weekend, 11 percussionists from the MSUM Percussion Studio traveled with Dr. Kenyon Williams to Duluth, Minn., to perform “Inuksuit,” an epic outdoor work composed by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. While in Duluth, they attended a concert featuring works by Adams as well as a world-premier composition written for the occasion. After the [...]
On Wednesday, April 16, bassist Tony Grey will present three master classes at 9 a.m. (music business), 11 a.m. (modern electric bass techniques), and 1 p.m. (improvisation) in Fox Recital Hall. That evening at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall, Grey will present a concert featuring MSUM jazz faculty Tom Strait, Allen Carter, and Michael [...]
The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will travel this weekend to Duluth, Minn., to perform John Luther Adams’ epic outdoor work “Inuksuit” at the Congdon Estate along the shores of Lake Superior on Saturday at noon. There, they will be joined by over 60 percussionists from across greater Minnesota as they present [...]
Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs [...]