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  • Adams, Julie
    Faculty, Music
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 49
    Phone: 701.477.4602
    Email: adamsju@mnstate.edu

    Julie Adams has a broad spectrum of teaching and directing experience. A native of Independence, Missouri, she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baker University and her Master of Arts (Voice) degree from the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver where she was a graduate assistant in the opera program. Additional study in Orff-Schulwerk teaching strategies has been done at Mills College and the University of California, Los Angeles with additional operatic training at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Academy. As an educator in Southern California, Ms. Adams spent over 20 years at both the elementary and collegiate levels having simultaneously taught full-time for the Hemet (California) School District and for Mount San Jacinto College where she taught Voice Class, Children’s Music and Techniques of Musical Theater while also serving as musical director for the college’s musical theater productions. Since relocating to the Fargo/Moorhead area, she has continued her work in the music and theater departments at MSUM serving as the musical theater director during the academic year and for the Straw Hat Players during the summer. As a director, Julie has been awarded four Inland Theater League (California) awards for Musical Direction and seven nominations.

  • Blunsom, Laurie
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 106
    Phone: 218.477.4606
    Email: blunsom@mnstate.edu

    Laurie Blunsom received her Ph.D. in musicology at Brandeis University and also holds an MFA in musicology and women's studies from Brandeis and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal interest is in the participation of women in music in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has presented several papers on women composers in 19th-century America at conferences such as the Society for American and Music, Feminist Theory and Music and the Women's History Network.

  • Carter, Allen
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 140
    Phone: 218.477.4098
    Email: carter@mnstate.edu
    acmuzik.com
    Allen Carter has a diverse background as a composer, arranger, drummer, percussionist and educator. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Arts degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. A member of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers and the Film Music Network, Dr. Carter’s work as a composer/arranger includes CBS Television’s Motown Records specials, the cable television series Humonos, the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Miss America pageant, commercials, and documentaries for the department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

  • Chen-Beyers, Yi-Ping
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: yiping.chenbeyers@mnstate.edu

    Dr. Christina Yi-Ping Chen-Beyers. is the music director of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in St. Paul and Northern Valley Youth Orchestras in Grand Forks. As a Sample Fellow in Conducting at the University Of Minnesota-Twin Cities she led the Campus Orchestra and founded the Campus String Orchestra and Summer Orchestra. As an educator, she currently holds positions as oboe instructor at University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. Dr. Chen-Beyers holds a DMA degree in conducting from University of Minnesota; a Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.

  • Dufault, Jenny
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 110
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: dufault@mnstate.edu

    Dr. Jenny Dufault is a Professor who has taught applied voice, voice class, vocal pedagogy, song literature, opera workshop, and opera literature at Minnesota State University Moorhead for over a decade. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music from SUNY Potsdam--the Crane School of Music. She has also completed graduate work at both Boston University and Indiana University. Prior to coming to MSUM, she worked with children and children’s voices for over fifteen years: this included teaching music in the St. Paul Public Schools and in the public schools of Maynard, MA.

  • Evert-Karnes, Elizabeth
    Managing Director for the Center for the Arts
    College of Arts, Media, and Communication

    Office: CA 156A
    Phone: 218.477.2267
    Email: evertel@mnstate.edu


  • Ferreira, David
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 105
    Phone: 218.477.4095
    Email: david.ferreira@mnstate.edu

    Dr. David Ferreira is Professor Emeritus at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he taught from 1974-2004 and currently teaches keyboard improvisation at MSUM and Concordia College. He pursued his Bachelor of Music degree at Illinois Wesleyan, has done graduate work at Union Theological Seminary's School of Sacred Music in New York City and received his master's and doctoral degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ferreira is a performing singer, conductor, published composer-arranger and jazz pianist. He performed with the Fargo/Moorhead Jazz Arts Group ensembles for 17 years, and directs the Cathedral Choir at First Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.

  • Grise, Monte
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 107
    Phone: 218.477.2103
    Email: monte.grise@mnstate.edu

    Monte C. Grisé is the conductor of the MSUM Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and directs the athletic bands. He also teaches secondary instrumental conducting and instrumental methods. In addition, Grisé also serves as the applied saxophone instructor. Grisé earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting and Pedagogy from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, a Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Montana State University – Bozeman.

  • Grise, Tiana
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: tiana.grise@mnstate.edu


  • Jackson, Ryan
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 138
    Phone: 218.477.2001
    Email: jacksonr@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/jackson
    Ryan Jackson is the Coordinator of Music Industry Program and Music Technology Specialist. He is in charge of the music technology curriculum and recording studios. He helps coordinate live sound reinforcement and recording for a myriad of different events that involve students, other faculty, and the university at large.

  • Johnk, Maxfield
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: maxfield.johnk@mnstate.edu

    Max Johnk is a bassist, composer, and educator who lives and works in Moorhead, Minnesota. Max’s early experiences playing in Fargo- Moorhead’s underground punk and metal scene inspired him to pursue a career as a professional musician. Max has worked as a sideman with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Allen Carter, Nick Fryer, Fareed Haque, Simon Rowe, Haley Rydell, the Fargo Moorhead Symphony, and many others. Max earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Minnesota State University Moorhead, and his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Northern Illinois University.

  • Krajewski, Michael
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: michael.krajewski@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/krajewski/
    Guitar, Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Improvisation, Aural Skills, Commercial Music, Music Industry and Music Technology

  • Larson, Jonathan
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: larson@mnstate.edu

    Orchestra, Violin

  • Manno, Terrie
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 104
    Phone: 218.477.4094
    Email: manno@mnstate.edu
    www.mnstate.edu/manno
    Terrie Manno took her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from California State University, Fresno. In 1989 she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in Piano Performance/Piano Pedagogy. Her secondary area of doctoral study was Musicology. She presented a lecture-demonstration to the class of emerging concert pianists at the Academy of La Scala in Milan. Dr. Manno is currently Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She has toured as a piano soloist in the United States, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.

  • Mercer, Amy
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: amy.mercer@mnstate.edu


  • Millard, Erynn
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 106
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: erynn.millard@mnstate.edu

    Erynn Millard holds a Ph.D. in choral music education and conducting from The Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where she was the assistant conductor for FSU’s Choral Union, University Singers and Vocal Jazz as well as the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Additionally, she holds a Master of Science in Secondary Music Education and a Bachelor of Vocal Music Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. At MSUM, Dr. Millard is the Director of Choral Activities, working with the Concert Choir as well as the Festival Men’s and Women’s Choirs. Additionally, she also teaches choral and general music education courses.

  • Mostin, Sherrine
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.4097
    Email: sherrine.mostin@mnstate.edu

    Sherrine Mostin was born and raised in Kelseyville, California. Sherrine graduated cum laude from California State University Sacramento with her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies (Vocal) under the direction of Kerry Marsh and Julia Dollison. She went on to pursue her Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at CSU Long Beach under the mentorship of Christine Guter, with a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. Sherrine graduated in the spring of 2011 and then moved to Florida where she began her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Miami. She recently graduated with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz (Vocal).

  • Neill, Douglas
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: neill@mnstate.edu

    Doug Neill is currently the adjunct electric bass and tuba instructor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Mr. Neill holds a degree in Music Education from North Dakota State University, and it was during his years there that he spent a summer in the Disney World All-American College Band. In 2012 Mr. Neill earned his Masters Degree in Music Education from MSUM. Locally, he has performed as a bass player in the Fargo-Moorhead Jazz Arts Group, the Dick King Band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome and many other groups. Mr. Neill has also been the Principal Tubist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony since 1981.

  • Nelson, Elise
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: elise.nelson@mnstate.edu

    Cello

  • Pedersen, Maisi
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: maisi.pedersen@mnstate.edu


  • Priebe, Kevin
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.4093
    Email: kevin.priebe@mnstate.edu


  • Seidel, Matthew
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102
    Phone: 218.477.2101
    Email: seidelma@mnstate.edu

    Matt received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree (summa cum laude) at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Matt has played professionally for over 24 years with numerous groups and genres of music including multiple tours of Europe. Most recently in the Fargo/Moorhead area one can hear him play with the FM Kicks Big Band, and an R&B/Soul group called “Heart and Soul”. Matt also spends time in the studio writing, including a solo guitar instrumental album titled Overflo. Matt has been teaching private and group lessons for 24 years.

  • Strait, Thomas
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102C
    Phone: 218.477.4096
    Email: straitth@mnstate.edu

    Dr. Tom Strait is currently in his twelfth year on the faculty at MSUM. In addition to serving as Chair of the Music Department, he teaches trumpet, horn, and jazz studies. He holds a Doctor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as degrees from the University of Texas and Henderson State University. Before coming to MSUM, he taught for several years at both the university and public school levels and served in the U.S. Air Force, playing with the USAF Academy Falconaires.

  • Tesch, Catherine
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 105
    Phone: 218.477.4095
    Email: teschca@mnstate.edu

    Clarinet

  • Wawers, Todd
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA
    Phone:
    Email: todd.wawers@mnstate.edu


  • Williams, Kenyon
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 102E
    Phone: 218.477.4610
    Email: willdrum@mnstate.edu
    www.mnstate.edu/music/kenyon-williams.aspx
    Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, World Music