The Music Department 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 department 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.
Prairie Public Television’s local series “Prairie Musicians – Behind the Scenes,” features Lines&Notes, a duo created by MSUM faculty members Terrie Manno, music, and Kevin Zepper, English. The duo performs Manno’s musical compositions while Zepper reads his poetry. The full show airs Friday, July 24, at 9:30 p.m. on Prairie Public, and will later air […]
Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA, presented an invited session titled ‘But I Played it Perfectly At Home’: Narrowing the Gap Between the Practice Room and the Stage at the 2015 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations biennial conference on June 10 in Vancouver, B.C. The sixty-minute presentation included recent neurological research on how we learn and […]
Michael J. Krajewski, School of Performing Arts – Music Industry, recently presented a lecture entitled Creating Interactive Course Materials with iBooks Author at the Guitar Foundation of America Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.
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 […]