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. Terrie Manno, SPA pianist, and her partner Michael Dean gave a solo and duet recital at the historic Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2015. They performed works by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, and Vincent d’Indy. The audience requested two encores and the piano duo complied with works […]
MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, has been invited by the Lake Agassiz Regional LIbrary Association to perform this coming week in communities throughout Northern Minnesota. The quintet will perform on Wednesday at 10:30am at Bagley, 2pm in Fosston, and at 6:30pm in Fertile, MN. On Thursday, the group will […]
Andy Stermer, a graduate of MSUM in the Jazz Studies program, has been awarded a $10,000.00 Presser graduate award in the Master of Music in Jazz Writing program at the University of Miami. He plans to use the award to bring in guest artists he knows from Uruguay to perform music he’s writing that will […]
MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Allen Carter, and MSUM’s VoCombo, directed by Dr. Michael Krajewski, perform Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall. Special guest performers are Dr. Tom Strait on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Dr. Monte Grise on saxophone. For tickets, go to www.mnstate.edu/tickets. MSUM students get […]