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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Adams, Julie
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 49
    Phone: 701.477.4602
    Email: adamsju@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/julieadams.cfm
    Julie Adams has a broad spectrum of teaching and directing experience. A native of Independence, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and her Master of Arts (Voice) degree from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver where she was a graduate assistant in the opera program. Additional study in Orff-Schulwerk teaching strategies has been done at Mills College and the University of California, Los Angeles with additional operatic training at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Academy. As an educator in Southern California, Ms. Adams spent over 20 years at both the elementary and collegiate levels having simultaneously taught full-time for the Hemet (California) School District and for Mount San Jacinto College where she taught Voice Class, Children’s Music and Techniques of Musical Theater while also serving as musical director for the college’s musical theater productions. Since relocating to the Fargo/Moorhead area, she has continued her work in the music and theater departments at MSUM serving as the musical theater director during the academic year and for the Straw Hat Players during the summer. As a director, Julie has been awarded four Inland Theater League (California) awards for Musical Direction and seven nominations.

    Blunsom, Laurie
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 106
    Phone: 218.477.4606
    Email: blunsom@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Laurie Blunsom received her Ph.D. in musicology at Brandeis University and also holds an MFA in musicology and women's studies from Brandeis and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal interest is in the participation of women in music in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has presented several papers on women composers in 19th-century America at conferences such as the Society for American and Music, Feminist Theory and Music and the Women's History Network. She has articles forthcoming on the performance and reception of women's songs in Boston at the turn of the 20th century and on the collaboration between female composers and poets. Her current projects include a study of the diaries of Frances Lang and the role of women in Boston's cultural life, and a collection of essays on women in music in 20th century America.

    Carter, Allen
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 140
    Phone: 218.477.4098
    Email: carter@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: acmuzik.com
    Allen Carter has a diverse background as a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist and educator. Born and raised in Ellinwood, Kansas, he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Throughout his school years, he won numerous awards in the areas of performance and composition/arranging. A member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers and the Film Music Network, Dr. Carter’s work as a composer/arranger includes CBS Television’s Motown Records specials, the cable television series Humonos, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Miss America pageant, commercials, and documentaries for the department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In addition, he has written extensively for instrumental and vocal jazz groups at all levels. He has recently recorded “Gifts”, a CD of his compositions and arrangements for big band featuring an ensemble of the top studio musicians in Los Angeles. As a drummer/percussionist (he began performing with local groups at age 11), Dr. Carter has performed with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Les Brown’s Band of Renown, the Los Angeles Jazz Workshop and numerous other Los Angeles area big bands. He has worked with such vocalists as Nancy Wilson, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Melissa Manchester, Harry Connick Jr., and Glen Campbell and has been involved in numerous recording sessions for records, films, and commercials. Appearances as featured artist have taken Dr. Carter across the United States as well as to concert stages and jazz clubs in many foreign countries. At the current time, Allen serves as Associate Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches freshman music theory, drum set, and courses in the jazz studies and music industry programs while being an active member of a busy jazz scene in the Fargo-Moorhead area. He has lectured internationally to educators and students on a wide range of jazz education and percussion topics. Performing groups under his direction have been awarded recognition at the national level and he has directed numerous honor groups for educator associations throughout the western United States. Along with his ongoing work teaching, writing and playing, Dr. Carter heads his own company that develops interactive CD-ROM teaching tools for use by jazz educators and their students.

    Chen-Beyers, Yi-Ping
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: yiping.chenbeyers@mnstate.edu
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    Dufault, Jenny
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 137
    Phone: 218.477.4607
    Email: dufault@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Dr. Jenny Dufault is an Associate Professor and has taught applied voice, vocal pedagogy, song literature, opera workshop, and opera literature at Minnesota State University Moorhead for the past twelve years. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music from SUNY Potsdam--the Crane School of Music. She has also completed graduate work at both Boston University and Indiana University, and has taught at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, MA. Jenny is an active soloist performing primarily around the Fargo/Moorhead area, and has recently released her first CD entitled Dedication with pianist Sue Nagel. Dr. Dufault is the founder of the Kodály Institute at MSUM and was its coordinator for 9 years. Prior to coming to MSUM, she worked with children and children’s voices for over fifteen years: this included teaching music in the St. Paul Public Schools and in the public schools of Maynard, MA. She lives in Fargo and is a happy wife and mother of two children.

    Estes, Dain
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.4099
    Email: dain.estes@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Education: University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri Juris Doctor, 2011 & University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, B. G. S. in History, 2008. Dain Estes has a diverse background as a songwriter, musician, recording artist, and music industry professional. Born in Kansas City, he signed his first record deal at the age of 19 and went on to release several nationally distributed recordings on varies independent labels. Dain’s songs have been licensed to numerous television shows, films, and commercials. As a touring musician, he has supported a diverse group of artists including the legendary rock act Journey, the Gin Blossoms, and Grammy nominee Abra Moore. After his career ended, Dain received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2011, he co-founded the Vinefield Agency, an artist management firm based in Denver, CO. Dain has spoken at various music industry events, consulted creative businesses on intellectual property issues, and has worked with a number of musicians. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches music industry studies courses.

    Ferreira, David
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 105
    Phone: 218.477.4095
    Email: david.ferreira@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/davidferreira.cfm

    Grise, Monte
    Faculty
    Music Department

    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.

    Grise, Tiana
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: tiana.grise@mnstate.edu
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    Gwiazda, Henry
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102B
    Phone: 218.477.4608
    Email: gwiazda@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.henrygwiazda.com
    Composition, Theory

    Hogue, Sherri
    Office & Admin Spec Sr
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2124
    Email: hoguesh@mnstate.edu
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    Jackson, Ryan
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 138
    Phone: 218.477.2001
    Email: jacksonr@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/jackson
    As the Coordinator of Music Industry Program and Music Technology Specialist, I'm in charge of the music technology curriculum and recording studios. I help coordinate live sound reinforcement and recording for a myriad of different events that involve students, other faculty, and the university at large. As a veteran of the recording industry and an active performer, I’m incredibly proud of our department's equal focus on tradition and innovation. At MSUM, students have the opportunity to become well-rounded musicians while studying the music industry from all angles. Our students are second to none, and are well prepared for careers in an ever-changing world.

    Krajewski, Michael
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: michael.krajewski@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/krajewski/
    Guitar, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Improvisation

    Kulish, Marlowe
    Theatre Technician Glasrud Auditorium Events
    Music Department

    Office: CA 151
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: kulish@mnstate.edu
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    Larson, Jonathan
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: larson@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/jonlarson.cfm
    Orchestra, Violin

    Mahraun, Daniel
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 135
    Phone: 218.477.2966
    Email: daniel.mahraun@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/mahraun/

    Manno, Terrie
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 104
    Phone: 218.477.4094
    Email: manno@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/manno
    Terrie Manno is a native of Santa Barbara, California. She took her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from California State University, Fresno. In 1989 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy. Her artist teachers included Ms. Galina Michniuk, Roger Grove, Bob L. Bennett, Richard Faith, and Nicholas Zumbro. Her secondary area of doctoral study was Musicology, with James R. Anthony and John Boe. In addition to teaching and performing, Dr. Manno continues her studies in a number of related areas. She is a student of the Alexander Technique and a proponent of methods and innovations that lead to the development of injury-free piano technique. In 2007 she expanded her community outreach project for New Americans, adding a prenatal music course that she offers free of charge to expectant immigrant families. Dr. Manno's first European piano solo tour (2000) featured American piano music composed during the 1940's (Red, White and Blues). In 2001 she presented The Eternal Marriage of Music and Dance in Sepino, Italy. This recital featured piano music modeled after dance forms throughout the ages. In 2003 she returned to Italy, performing the music of Edward MacDowell, Aaron Copland, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, James Harley, and David del Tredici in a program entitled Open Ears and Kaleidoscopic Vision: American Piano Music and the New World Tradition. She also presented a lecture-demonstration to the class of emerging concert pianists at the Academy of La Scala in Milan. In 2005 Dr. Manno performed Fresh Voices: New American Piano Music in the United States and in Italy. This program featured works of composers Richard Faith, Elizabeth Faw Hayden Pizer, David Conte, David Hogan, Steve Heitzeg and Astor Pizzolla. Dr. Manno's 2007-2008 piano recital, in collaboration with musicologist Dr. Laurie Blunsom, was titled The Dance of Music: Imagining/Inviting/Engaging the Choreography of Sound. It featured repertoire by Ravel, Bach, Debussy, Prokofiev, Piazzolla, Albeniz, Milhaud, William Bolcom, Barber and Nancy Beach. Dr. Manno's performances on harpsichord and piano were preceded by Dr. Laurie Blunsom's discussion of the dance forms in historical context with accompanying slides and video. Professors Manno and Blunsom traveled to Norway, Iceland and Hawaii for performances of this program. Dr. Manno is currently Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She is an active performing artist with a repertoire that spans several centuries. Dr. Manno has toured as a piano soloist in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway. She frequently performs new music, and specializes in presenting Lecture-Recitals that explore the correspondences between music and the arts within a historical context.

    Nagel, Susan
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 103
    Phone: 218.477.4093
    Email: nagelsu@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/susannagel.cfm
    Piano

    Neill, Douglas
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: neill@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/douglasneill.cfm
    Doug Neill is currently the adjunct electric bass and tuba instructor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has spent the past 29 years as a teacher in Minnesota public schools teaching band, choir, elementary music and orchestra. He is presently an orchestra teacher in the Moorhead public schools. Mr. Neill holds a degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University, and it was during his years there that he spent a summer in the Disney World All-American College Band. As the bass player in that group, he performed with various well-known artists such as Bobby Shew, Steve Houghton and Rob McConnell. During that same summer, he studied with Samual Pilafian on tuba as part of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. In 2012 Mr. Neill earned his Masters Degree in Music Education from MSUM. Locally, he has performed as a bass player in the Fargo-Moorhead Jazz Arts Group, the Dick King Band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome and many other groups. Mr. Neill has also been the Principal Tubist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony since 1981. He lives in Moorhead with his wife Laurie and four sons.

    Nelson, Elise
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: elise.nelson@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/elisebuffatnelson.cfm
    Cello

    Nelson, Timothy
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 103
    Phone: 218.477.4093
    Email: nelson@mnstate.edu
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    Pedersen, Maisi
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: maisi.pedersen@mnstate.edu
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    Peterson, Jennifer
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 25
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: petersojen@mnstate.edu
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    Prigge, Sarah
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 103
    Phone: 218.477.4093
    Email: sarah.mueller@mnstate.edu
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    Rudolph, Jon
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 50
    Phone: 218.477.4615
    Email: jon.rudolph@mnstate.edu
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    Strait, Thomas
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102C
    Phone: 218.477.4096
    Email: straitth@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Dr. Tom Strait is currently in his twelfth year on the faculty at MSUM. In addition to serving as Chair of the Music Department, he teaches trumpet, horn, and jazz studies. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as degrees from the University of Texas and Henderson State University. Before coming to MSUM, he taught for several years at both the university and public school levels and served in the U.S. Air Force, playing with the USAF Academy Falconaires. An active free lance trumpet player, he has performed with many artists, including Bob Hope, Robert Goulet, Nancy Wilson, and Doc Severinsen. His past teachers include William Pfund, Raymond Crisara, and Donald Kramer. Dr. Strait is a Yamaha performing artist. For information regarding High Brass Studies at MSU Moorhead, please feel free to contact Dr. Strait.

    Tesch, Catherine
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 105
    Phone: 218.477.4095
    Email: teschca@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/music/faculty/catherinetesch.cfm
    Clarinet

    Tesch, John
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 141
    Phone: 218.477.4601
    Email: teschjn@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    The Lake Agassiz Concert Band has been under the direction of Dr. John Tesch since 1990. Dr. Tesch holds the Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Tesch has been the Director of Bands and Professor of Low Brass at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1976. Active as both a conductor and performer, Dr. Tesch has appeared with the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, the Northern-Plains Brass Quintet, and the Colorado Clarinet Choir's European Tour. He played principal trombone with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for 30 years. Dr. Tesch has appeared as a guest soloist, clinician, and conductor throughout the upper Midwest region. During his tenure at Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Wind Ensemble has toured extensively in Canada, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and China as well as throughout the Midwest.

    Wawers, Todd
    Adjunct Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA
    Phone:
    Email: todd.wawers@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:

    Williams, Kenyon
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102E
    Phone: 218.477.4610
    Email: willdrum@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: www.mnstate.edu/music/kenyon-williams.aspx
    Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, World Music

    Woodward, Raychl
    Faculty
    Music Department

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: raychl.woodward@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: https://sites.google.com/site/raychlsmithwoodward/
    Raychl Smith (Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.M., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and B.M., Appalachian State University) is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has taught undergraduate courses in General Music Methods, Music for the Classroom Teacher, Guitar and Recorder, Woodwind Techniques, Instrumental Methods, Choral and Instrumental Arranging, Introduction to Music Education, and Student Teaching. Raychl taught in the public schools of North Carolina as an elementary general music teacher, choral director, and middle and high school band director. As a doctoral student, Raychl collaborated on research projects with faculty members for the Music Research Institute at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Raychl is an alumnus of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program at Appalachian State University, and a member of the Creative Motion Alliance executive board of directors.