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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.


  • 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 […]

    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 School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad”

    The MSUM School of Performing Arts just completed its first international Study Abroad course – “World Music in Trinidad.”  From Jan. 2 to 12, MSUM students traveled across the island with students from the University of Delaware. They visited steel drum “pan yards,” and attended hands-on instruction sessions with internationally celebrated Trinidadian steel drum artist […]

    Lines&Notes Performs at International Conference

    Terrie Manno (School of Performing Arts) and Kevin Zepper (English) presented their collaborative exhibition of poetry and music (Lines&Notes) at the Hawaii University International Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education in Honolulu on January 4, 2015.

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