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  • School of Performing Arts

School of Performing Arts

  • 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.

  • Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

    Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live. Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. State Representative Ben Lien, a 2008 MSUM political science graduate, will deliver the commencement address. His district, 4A, is comprised of the […]

    Jazz Combos perform tonight

    MSUM School of Performing Arts presents a concert by the Jazz Combos on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. Two combos directed by Max Jonk as well as the Guitar Ensemble directed by Dr. Michael J. Krajewski perform in Fox Recital Hall. Tickets available at and at the door.

    Ricky Greenwell elected as Chair of the MSUM Faculty Association Equity Committee

    Ricky Greenwell, School of Performing Arts, has been elected as the Chair of The MSUM Faculty Association Equity Committee. The Committee thanks former chair Raymond Rea, Film Studies, for his service. The Equity Committee addresses matters of concern to faculty of color, women, and GLBTA faculty at MSUM and works to promote and sustain a […]

    Vocal jazz expert performs and lectures during three-day residency

    Jazz vocalist and music educator Connaitre Miller comes to MSUM to perform and speak about careers in both teaching and performance. She will also coach MSUM voice and choral students. Miller performs Thursday, Nov. 13, with MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble on the Gaede Stage at 7:30 p.m. She performs again with the MSUM Faculty Jazz […]

    MSUM Choirs presenting fall choral concert Tuesday, Nov. 4

    On Tuesday evening, November 4th, the MSUM Choirs will present their fall choral concert, Reflections. The concert will feature Festival Men’s Choir, Festival Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir. Ensembles will perform the music of W. A. Mozart, William Byrd, Aaron Copland, Joshua Rist, Andre Thomas, Rollo Dilworth, and others. The choral ensembles are under the […]

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