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Jazz Studies alumnus Andy Stermer awarded $10,000 graduate award

Posted on May 04, 2015

Andy Stermer, a graduate of MSUM in the Jazz Studies program, has been awarded a $10,000.00 Presser graduate award in the Master of Music in Jazz Writing program at the University of Miami. He plans to use the award to bring in guest artists he knows from Uruguay to perform music he’s writing that will comprise an entire concert by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band; an opportunity not commonly given to students even at the graduate level.

MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and MSUM’s VoCombo perform Saturday

Posted on May 01, 2015

MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Allen Carter, and MSUM’s VoCombo, directed by Dr. Michael Krajewski, perform Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall. Special guest performers are Dr. Tom Strait on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Dr. Monte Grise on saxophone. For tickets, go to www.mnstate.edu/tickets. MSUM students get in free.

Terrie Manno performed in Minneapolis

Posted on April 30, 2015

Terrie Manno, SPA, presented a solo piano recital of the music of Franz Schubert as part of the Thursday Musical concert series in Minneapolis on April 24, 2015.

An Evening of Dance

Posted on April 22, 2015

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts presents An Evening of Dance Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage. The event is a dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets, or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2178 M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or buy at the door.

Wind Ensemble in concert April 24

Posted on April 22, 2015

The MSUM Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Monte Grise, performs Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall Glasrud Auditorium. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2271 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Choirs Concert Tonight

Posted on April 16, 2015

The choral ensembles will present their spring program this evening themed Vox Populi: The Voice of the People. The program will feature Festival Men’s Choir, Festival Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir. Read the rest of this entry →

Culture war: The need for younger audiences at classical music concerts

Posted on April 14, 2015

Music major to present at Student Academic Conference April 14

By Meghan Feir

Over the years, as more musical genres have sprung up, concertgoers have been offered a rising selection of performances to attend. Unfortunately, classical music concerts have taken a hit because of the wide variety in music entertainment, along with a lack of musical knowledge and unawareness of concert etiquette. Senior music major Tania Arseculeratne is greatly aware of this well-documented problem and recognizes the need to attract younger audiences to classical music. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Kenyon Williams performs at the University of Kentucky

Posted on April 14, 2015

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion at MSUM and a graduate of the University of Kentucky, was invited back to Lexington this past weekend to perform for the gala celebration, “30 Years of Percussion at UK.” Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz faculty perform with guest artist at Studio 222

Posted on April 13, 2015

Pianist, Trombonist, Composer, and Arranger Jeff Presslaff will be performing with Allen Carter (MSUM), Tom Strait (MSUM), Michael J. Krajewski (MSUM), Doug Neil (MSUM), Nat Dickey (Concordia), Russ Peterson (Concordia), and Matt Patnode (NDSU) at Studio 222 in Fargo on Sunday, April 12 at 7:00pm. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussion Theatre Tonight in Hansen

Posted on April 10, 2015

Tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre on the MSUM campus: Lights, Camera, Drum! Want to see what it’s all about? Enjoy the preview video below which includes clips from yesterday’s flash mobs across campus!

“Percussion Theatre: Lights, Camera, Drum!” concert features drumming, drama, lighting effects, music, and motion.  Percussionists will use everything from snare drums and marimbas to cigarette lighters, balloons, cardboard boxes, and even hand-made “tubulum” percussion instruments custom built by local instrument designer Chris Dew. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 or buy at the door. MSUM students get in free with ID. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussion Ensemble presents “Percussion Theatre: Lights! Camera! Drum!” this Friday

Posted on April 09, 2015

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will present a spectacular, entertaining evening full of music, dance, lighting effects, humor, and plenty of creative music making as inspired by such Broadway shows as “Stomp!” and “The Blue Man Group.” Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussionist Publishes Article

Posted on April 07, 2015

MSUM Music Education major and percussionist Christopher Iverson published his first article this month in “Minnesota Percussion News,” the bi-monthly newsletter of the Minnesota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. In the article, Mr. Iverson discusses his recent travels to Trinidad as a member of the MSUM Trinidad Abroad class and examines the advantages of learning music and culture side-by-side in a traditional setting. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Choirs present “Vox Populi: The Voice of the People” April 16

Posted on April 07, 2015

MSUM Choirs present a concert titled Vox Populi: The Voice of the People on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditiorium in Weld Hall. Hear music performed by the Festival Men’s Choir, Festival Women’s Choir, and Concert Choir. For tickets, go to mnstate.edu/tickets or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2178, or buy at the door. MSUM students get in free with ID.

“Percussion Theatre: Lights, Camera, Drum!” April 10

Posted on April 07, 2015

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, inspired by Broadway groups like “Stomp!” and “The Blue Man Group,”  presents a show called “Percussion Theatre: Lights, Camera, Drum!” on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage on then MSUM campus. Read the rest of this entry →

Denis DiBlasio takes the stage with MSUM Jazz Ensemble tonight

Posted on March 27, 2015

Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio takes the Glasrud Auditorium stage in Weld Hall Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., backed by the MSUM Jazz Ensemble. Read the rest of this entry →

Percussion Ensemble Gets Dramatic

Posted on March 27, 2015

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, inspired by  Broadway groups like “Stomp!” and “The Blue Man Group,”  presents a show called “Lights, Camera, Drum!” on Friday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage on then MSUM campus. Read the rest of this entry →

The Collaborations perform March 31

Posted on March 26, 2015

An MSUM student group called The Collaborations performs Tuesday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. The commercial ensemble is led by Dr. Michael J. Krajewski, Music. Read the rest of this entry →

Step Afrika dance group performing tonight

Posted on March 25, 2015

Step Afrika is a dance group coming to MSUM. They will be performing at Hansen Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 25th. Tickets free for MSUM students and $2 for students K-12 and $5 for general admission. They are available on www.mnstate.edu/tickets. Read the rest of this entry →

Pianist Terrie Manno and Michael Dean to perform on campus March 23

Posted on March 10, 2015

Pianists Terrie Manno, Music, and Michael Dean, professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at Oklahoma Baptist University, perform together Monday, March 23, at 5 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Read the rest of this entry →

Prominent saxophonist performs with MSUM students and faculty

Posted on March 09, 2015

Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio takes the Glasrud Auditorium stage in Weld Hall Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. He’s backed by the MSUM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Strait, professor of music at MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

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