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  • School of Performing Arts

School of Performing Arts

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  • School of Performing Arts

    The School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share their passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience.

    Our dedicated faculty members are seasoned professionals who are deeply connected to the arts community. They are focused on helping students reach their dreams and aspirations and offer extensive professional expertise and networks. The department is extremely influential in the Fargo-Moorhead arts community, through active faculty involvement in professional music and theatre groups. Every year the department sponsors exceptional student performances, nationally recognized visiting artists and several community outreach events.

    Our graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries. The department is a vibrant community of passionate artists who provide immersive and collaborative hands-on learning combined with one-on-one mentorship in the classroom, the studio, on stage, and on- and off-campus performance opportunities.

    Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students will grow professionally and personally through involvement in the University Theatre Series and The Straw Hat Players.

    The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs that help our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and to develop their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.


  • SPA Students Attend Alexander Technique Workshops

    Alexander Technique specialist Joe Krienke visited campus last week for two days, conducting workshops for music, theater, and dance students. Students and faculty participated in more than six hours of training in movement, physical awareness, and the general tenets of the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique is a way of learning to move mindfully through […]

    MSUM alumnus and Twin Cities’ rising theater star: Tyler Michaels

    Sara Pelissero, KARE 6:34 p.m. EST March 6, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS – If you don’t know his name by now, you will soon. Tyler Michaels’ star is rising fast and it doesn’t take long to figure out why. The 26-year-old Bloomington, Minn. native has the ability to captivate an audience from the moment he steps on […]

    Prominent saxophonist performs with MSUM students and faculty

    Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio takes the Glasrud Auditorium stage in Weld Hall Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. He’s backed by the MSUM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Strait, professor of music at MSUM. DiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of […]

    Afro-Cuban conga drummer to shake the stage

    GRAMMY-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group features up-beat Afro-Cuban Music The timing is terrific! Cuba and the United States are “speaking” again. Doesn’t matter whether you think that’s good or bad, because The Pedrito Martinez Group has been in New York City since 2005 anyhow, selling out every performance and attracting musicians from all over the world, […]

    MSUM’s Poco Fuego Steeldrum Quintet to Perform

    The School of Performing Art’s popular community outreach steelband quintet, Poco Fuego, will be performing this evening at Ellen Hopkins Elementary School from 6-7pm. Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams and composed of students form within the MSUM Percussion Studio, Poco Fuego frequently performs at public and private events throughout the community, including a recent performance […]

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