The School of Performing Arts offers a rich variety of studies in music, ranging from music history and theory to composition and performance to education and industry techniques. Students benefit from a variety of vocal and instrumental ensemble opportunities such as Concert Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combos, and private lessons for voice, instruments and composition. Students collaborate closely with a remarkably diverse set of faculty, who are renowned conductors, directors, performers and producers whose work has earned local, regional, national and international accolades.
The school plays a prominent role in the Fargo-Moorhead music scene, through active faculty involvement in solo performances, professional groups and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and through exceptional musical performances by students or visiting artists as part of the Performing Art Series offered throughout the year. Students are poised for great professional development through on- and off-campus performance opportunities as well as music industry courses that prepare students to master advanced production techniques in the studio. The immersive, hands-on learning experiences combined with one-on-one mentorship from expert faculty, provide an outstanding education for graduates of the program to excel as musicians in education, production or performance settings.
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Dr. Allen Carter, Professor of Music, has just released his second CD of progressive big band jazz. “Time On My Hands” was recorded in late July in Los Angeles with some of the west coast’s finest jazz and studio musicians. Two MSUM students, Kathryn Malaktaris and Matthew Tinjum were able to accompany Dr. Carter and […]
Saturday, Sept. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall We are delighted to welcome music department alumni Michelle Gelinski (1991) and Tim Eischens (1992) back to their alma mater. Ms. Gelinski and Mr. Eischens will present a vocal recital this Saturday evening in Fox Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Denise Gorseline, Dean of the […]
Friday, Sept. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Steel drums! Darbuccas! Trumpets! Basketball! Come enjoy an eclectic evening of musical entertainment as Dr. Kenyon Williams performs a faculty percussion recital in Fox Recital Hall, Friday, 7:30 p.m., with special guest trumpet artist, Dr. Tom Strait. Admission is free.
Terrie Manno (SPA Music Department) presented two papers at the International Society of Music Education conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Her recent work on the neurological processes of learning and performing music resulted in a presentation with Dr. Michael Dean (Oklahoma Baptist University) titled Strengthening Mental Focus. In addition, she presented her complimentary project titled Narrowing […]
Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre The Theatre Department presents “An Evening of Dance” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. This annual showcase features the work of MSUM student dancers and choreographers, and includes ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. Tickets are $7 for adults […]
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