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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.


  • Get tickets to Straw Hat Players’ show: The Good Doctor ~ June 16-19

    The Good Doctor ~ June 16-19 The Broadway hit The Good Doctor runs four nights beginning June 16 on the Gaede Stage. The Good Doctor is a composite of Neil Simon and Anton Chekhov, using a series of stories to introduce various characters and comedic situations. The stories are whimsical, the portraits affectionate and the […]

    Dr. Terrie Manno and the Manno-Dean Piano Duo perform to standing-room-only crowd in Budapest, Hungary

    Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA pianist, and her partner Michael Dean gave a solo and duet recital at the historic Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2015. They performed works by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, and Vincent d’Indy. The audience requested two encores and the piano duo complied with works […]

    School of Performing Arts presenting Music Scholarship Convocation

    The MSUM School of Performing Arts will present a Scholarship Convocation this Friday, May 1 at 3 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Center for the Arts. The Convocation will feature a variety of Music Scholarship winners for the 2015-16 school term from across multiple areas performing for those in attendance. Admission is free.

    Student Directed One-Act Festival: Putting Theory Into Practice

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s School of Performing Arts and University Theatre will present fourteen student-directed productions during a One-Act Festival Monday April 27th, Tuesday April 28th and Wednesday April 29th. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. The festival features a variety of science […]

    Open Forum for Provost candidate Dr. Tim Borchers April 16

    Please join us for the Open Forum for Provost candidate Dr. Tim Borchers on Thursday, April 16 @ 8:30 AM in CB 109. Dr. Tim Borchers is currently the Dean of the College of Arts, Media and Communication at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Dr. Borchers was on the faculty in Communication Studies, which has resided […]

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