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  • The Wind Ensemble at MSUM

    Minnesota State University Moorhead's Department of Music has an award winning Wind Ensemble. Students attending MSU Moorhead can enroll in the Bachelor of Music Performance degree program and study with a concentration in wind instrument. For information concerning the Wind Ensemble or the Bachelor of Music Performance studies at MSU Moorhead, please feel free to contact the Music Office at 218.477.2101.

    Auditions for Wind Ensemble

    The MSU Moorhead Wind Ensemble consists of approximately fifty-two players who are selected each year by audition. Although many members of the group major in music studies; being a music major is not a requirement for audition. For information regarding auditions for the MSU Moorhead Wind Ensemble, please feel free to contact Dr. Monte Grise at 218.477.2103.

    Tours

    The Wind Ensemble has appeared at the Minnesota Music Education Convention in 1980, 1983, and 1992. Tour destinations often encompass the states of North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Canada. The ensemble has also traveled to Chicago several times during tour in order to hear the Chicago Symphony, go to museums and to attend White Sox games. Past international tour destinations have included Nova Scotia (1984), Spain (1989, 1992, 2002, 2004) and China (1994). These international tours enable the members of the wind ensemble to see the sights, get to know other ensemble members better, play for other audiences and learn about different cultures.

    Music

    The ensemble performs original wind band music from Mozart and the music of the French National Guard Band of the early 15th century to music of the 20th century. Composers such as Stravinsky, Grainger, Colgrass, Dollarhide, Holsinger and other modern day composers are emphasized.

    For more information contact:

  • Grise, Monte
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 107
    Phone: 218.477.2103
    Email: monte.grise@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Monte C. Grisé is in his first year as Director of Bands at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he conducts the MSUM Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and directs the athletic bands. He also teaches secondary instrumental conducting and instrumental methods. In addition, Grisé also serves as the applied saxophone instructor. Prior to his appointment at MSUM, Dr. Grisé was the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Bengal Marching Band at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition to running all aspects of the marching band and spirit bands, he taught courses in music education, music appreciation, directed Jazz Band II, Concert Band and the saxophone studio. As a successful public school teacher, Dr. Grisé held positions as the Director of Bands at Capital High School in Helena, Montana, and 5-12 Band and Choir Director in Manhattan, Montana. During his tenure in Helena, he directed the Helena Community Band, and was the Assistant Conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra. Grisé earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting and Pedagogy from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Montana State University – Bozeman. Monte lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with his wife Tiana and their two children Madeleine and Maxwell.