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Music major brings Uruguayan master drummer Álvaro Salas to hometown

Posted on July 01, 2014

With a grant he obtained from Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas, and through the relationship between the sister cities of Montevideo, Minn., and Montevideo, Uruguay, Andy Stermer, ’14, Music, brought Uruguayan master drummer Álvaro Salas, of Montevideo, Uruguay, to his hometown in June. The Uruguayan drummer represents the 200-year-old tradition of Afro-Uruguayan “candombe” music and drumming. Stermer visited the Uruguayan community of Montevideo last January to study with Salas.

Music Student Wins Prestigious Presser Award

Posted on May 07, 2014

The MSUM Department of Music, in conjunction with the Theodore Presser Foundation, has named Music Industry major Alayna Holkesvig a Presser Scholar. The Presser award is given to a student who will be a senior next year and is based upon the “merit and achievement” of the student as determined by the faculty and staff of MSUM. After completing a rigorous application, interview and performance/presentation process, Alayna was named this year’s Presser Undergraduate Scholar. The award comes with a $4,400 cash prize which may be applied towards tuition or towards an extra-curricular project designed to help the student launch their future career upon graduation.

Trinidad Study Abroad Information Meeting Tonight

Posted on May 01, 2014

Sick of the cold weather? Want to go somewhere WARM and SUNNY? Join us for a Study Abroad course in Trinidad, West Indies Jan. 2-12 of 2015! Come to the Information Meeting this Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts room 144 to find out more about costs, details, course credits, and more! NOT a mandatory meeting for interested individuals, but a chance for you to find out what the trip and course will be all about! For more information, contact:
Dr. Kenyon Williams, willdrum@mnstate.edu

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The Collaborations to perform at Studio 222 May 6

Posted on May 01, 2014

MSUM is proud to announce the performance of The Collaborations. The first year commercial ensemble will be performing at Studio 222 May 6th at 7:30 PM. The performance will include songs by artists such as Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, and many more. You don’t want to miss out. Read the rest of this entry →

Trinidad Study Abroad Information Meeting

Posted on April 29, 2014

Interested in going to Trinidad Jan. 2-12 of 2015? Come to the Information Meeting this Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts room 144 to find out more about costs, details, course credits, and more! NOT a mandatory meeting for interested individuals, but a chance for you to find out what the trip and course will be all about! For more information, contact:

Dr. Kenyon Williams,
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Dr. John Tesch Trombone Recital, Retirement Celebration

Posted on April 29, 2014

Dr. John Tesch, former Director of Bands at MSUM and 38-year Music Department faculty member, will celebrate his pending retirement and a lifetime of musical accomplishments with a trombone recital followed by a retirement celebration at Moorhead’s Speakeasy restaurant. The festivities begin this evening, Tuesday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall followed immediately by the reception. Please, come join us tonight as we celebrate a career in music at MSUM and help us launch the John and Catherine Tesch Endowed Music Scholarship. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Combos to perform in Fox Recital Hall Sunday

Posted on April 25, 2014

On Sunday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., the MSUM Guitar Ensemble – directed by Dr. Michael J. Krajewski, student led A cappella group CutXTime, and the Tri-College Jazz Combo – directed by Dr. Allen Carter will perform. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski completed residency at the University of Northern Iowa

Posted on April 24, 2014

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski (music) recently completed a residency at the University of Northern Iowa. While there, he presented masterclasses on Classical and Jazz guitar, taught private lessons, and performed with their esteemed faculty jazz group. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM percussionists perform with 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning composer, John Luther Adams

Posted on April 15, 2014

This past weekend, 11 percussionists from the MSUM Percussion Studio traveled with Dr. Kenyon Williams to Duluth, Minn., to perform “Inuksuit,” an epic outdoor work composed by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. While in Duluth, they attended a concert featuring works by Adams as well as a world-premier composition written for the occasion. After the recital, the students received the opportunity to work closely with the composer as he coached the gathered performers on how to best perform “Inuksuit” the following morning. At the performance, Adams continued to work side-by-side with the students and the performers gathered, tailoring the piece to the environment it was performed in. After returning to MSUM, the ensemble learned that Adams had received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 2014. Congratulations to Adams, and to the MSUM students who had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a composer of his stature!

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Bassist Tony Grey to present three master classes

Posted on April 14, 2014

On Wednesday, April 16, bassist Tony Grey will present three master classes at 9 a.m. (music business), 11 a.m. (modern electric bass techniques), and 1 p.m. (improvisation) in Fox Recital Hall.

That evening at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall, Grey will present a concert featuring MSUM jazz faculty Tom Strait, Allen Carter, and Michael J. Krajewski. Chris Gould will also perform with the group.

For more information about Tony Grey, please visit his website, www.tonygrey.com.

MSUM Percussion Ensemble to perform in Duluth

Posted on April 11, 2014

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will travel this weekend to Duluth, Minn., to perform John Luther Adams’ epic outdoor work “Inuksuit” at the Congdon Estate along the shores of Lake Superior on Saturday at noon. There, they will be joined by over 60 percussionists from across greater Minnesota as they present a mass performance of the monumental 75-minute composition.

The performance is a part of the John Luther Adams Composer Residency hosted by the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Interdisciplinary partnership brings music and poetry together

Posted on April 10, 2014

Professor Terrie Manno, Music, and Kevin Zepper, MFA English, will present their collaborative music and poetry to students in Fox Theater on the Minnesota State University Minnesota campus on Friday, April 11 at 3 p.m. This is an interdisciplinary partnership Manno and Zepper began last year. Some of the work involves the William S. Burroughs “cut-up” approach to poetry.

This convocation will focus on artists working with other artists, integrating the arts and humanities in performance.

Raychl Smith gave invited lecture at the University of Iowa

Posted on April 10, 2014

Music department faculty member, Raychl Smith, gave an invited lecture on Creative Motion Pedagogy at the University of Iowa on April 4. The lecture was followed by a Creative Motion workshop with piano teachers from the Iowa Music Teacher’s Association, and a community workshop with local public school teachers and students. More information on Creative Motion Pedagogy may be found at www.creativemotion.org.

Percussion Ensemble and Flute Studio to perform outdoor musical event

Posted on April 08, 2014

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble and Flute Studio will present a unique sonic landscape at MSUM on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, “Inuksuit,” a 75-minute epic work by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, will be performed on the MSUM Mall as an outdoor musical event unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! Come walk among the 16 musicians as they craft a sonic environment throughout the entire quad using over 30 cymbals, 27 drums, sirens, wind machines, bullroarers, flutes, piccolos, glockenspiels, whirling tubes, conch shell trumpets, and more to help usher in a beautiful spring evening…Wednesday, 7pm!

“Inuksuit: Where music and nature collide.”

 

Inuksuit Sonic Landscape to be featured on Campus Mall

Posted on April 07, 2014

The MSUM Percussion Ensemble and Flute Studio will present a unique sonic landscape at MSUM on Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, “Inuksuit,” a 75-minute epic work by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, will be performed on the MSUM Mall as an outdoor musical event unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! Come walk among the 16 musicians as they craft a sonic environment throughout the entire quad using over 30 cymbals, 27 drums, sirens, wind machines, bullroarers, flutes, piccolos, glockenspiels, whirling tubes, conch shell trumpets, and more to help usher in a beautiful spring evening.

“Inuksuit: Where music and nature collide.”

Smith presents ethnographic research

Posted on March 27, 2014

Dr. Raychl Smith, Music, presented ethnographic research on cultivating creativity and community through improvisation in an undergraduate music course for elementary education majors. Her research presentation was given at the New Directions in Music Education Conference held on the campus of Michigan State University.

Commercial ensemble in concert April 1

Posted on March 27, 2014

The MSUM commercial ensemble, The Collaborations, will perform Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theater. The concert will open with student a cappella student group, CutXTime. Dr. Michael J. Krajewski directs the commercial music ensemble.

MSUM students make it to finals of Fargo Star singing competition

Posted on March 18, 2014

Stars in their eyes: 10 finalists to square off Saturday in Fargo Star singing competition

By: Ryan Johnson, INFORUM
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FARGO – After thousands of online votes and more than 60 audition videos, 10 finalists are ready to sing their hearts out this weekend for a shot at glory in The Forum’s annual Fargo Star singing competition.

The finalists are a diverse group, with five women and five men ages 19 to 49 hailing from communities throughout the region.

The area’s best crooners and divas will take the stage at The Venue at The Hub this Saturday to sing the song of their choice with live backing band Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, hoping their performance will win the crowd’s vote – and crown them the 2014 Fargo Star. Read the rest of this entry →

Choir and Percussion Ensemble concert tonight

Posted on March 13, 2014

Join the MSUM Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble as they present a special joint concert performance TONIGHT (Thursday) in Hansen Theatre at 7:30 p.m.! The concert will feature such works as the Pulitzer Prize-winning composition “Little Match Girl Passion” by David Lang and the Nissim Prize-winning work “Concerto for Marimba and Choir,” featuring Dr. Kenyon Williams on marimba. Admission is free.

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MSUM Concert Choir and Percussion Ensemble to perform, tour

Posted on March 12, 2014

The MSUM Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Daniel Mahraun, and the MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will combine to present a unique concert event at MSUM this Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Auditorium. “Music for Voice and Percussion” will feature a wide variety of musical styles and idioms, including the World Premier of a new composition commissioned by the Choir and Percussion Ensemble by East Coast composer Neeraj Mehta.  Read the rest of this entry →

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