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.
Dr. Daniel Mahraun, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, has been invited to present at the biennial conference of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, in Des Moines in March 2014. His interest session, “‘What Language Shall I Borrow…?: Singing In Translation,” focuses on the issues involved in [...]
MSUM’s World Music and Percussion Ensemble, “Fuego Tropical,” will present it’s fall concert “From Ghana to Trinidad” Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall. The concert will feature drumming, dancing, and singing from Ghana as well as hot steel drum music of the Caribbean (with a few Christmas favorites mixed in)! Guest artists [...]
Dr. Kenyon Williams’, Music, solo CD project, “Homage,” received a positive review in this month’s issue of “Percussive Notes,” the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. In the review, Dr. Williams’ playing is described as “expressive without being overly sentimental” and the CD as a whole is “beautifully recorded” by fellow MSUM faculty member [...]
MSUM presents its seasonal all choirs and orchestra concert Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 650 2nd Avenue North, Fargo. It will feature the Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir, directed by Daniel Mahraun, and the University Orchestra, directed by Christina Chen-Beyers. Guest soloist is 2006 MSUM alumnus John DeCausmeaker, [...]