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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 →

Saxophonist Steve Cole to perform with music faculty and student

Posted on February 26, 2014

On Wednesday, March 5, saxophonist Steve Cole will present two master classes at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall.

That evening at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall, Cole will present a concert featuring MSUM jazz faculty Tom Strait, Allen Carter, Doug Neil, and Michael J. Krajewski. MSUM student, Chad Hanson will also perform with the group.

For more information about Steve Cole, please visit his website: www.stevecole.net

 

 

 

 

Krajewski presents lecture

Posted on February 17, 2014

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski, Music, presented a lecture entitled “Developing Interactive Course Material” at the regional Technology In Music Education (TI:ME) and Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) conference in Columbus, Ohio in February 2014.

 

 

 

Music industry major moves on to next round of American Idol

Posted on February 13, 2014

Andrina Brogden was a freshman music industry major here in the fall.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM
www.inforum.com/event/article

A 19-year-old West Fargo woman advanced to another round Wednesday night on her quest to be the next American Idol.

Andrina Brogden was voted into the top 15 female finalists by celebrity judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. Read the rest of this entry →

Classmates to battle it out in Fargo Star finals

Posted on February 11, 2014

By: Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM
www.inforum.com/event/article

FARGO – A couple of classmates will be battling it out onstage for the title of Fargo Star 2014.

Kennedy Kiser and Jenna Wawers, who met in a music class this semester at Minnesota State University Moorhead, move on to the finals after our second week of online voting.

Wawers took the stage at last year’s competition, which should help ease her nerves March 22 when she’ll sing once again with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome backing up her vocals at the finals. Read the rest of this entry →

Music faculty recital set for Wednesday

Posted on February 10, 2014

A Music Department faculty recital featuring Elise Buffat Nelson, cello, is set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall. The recital is titled “An Evening of Romantic Chamber Music,” and includes Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81. Joining Nelson are Terrie Manno, and Sue Nagel, piano; Sonja Harasim and Jane Linde Capistran, violins; and Tim Nelson, viola.

The event is free and open to the public.

MSUM music industry major receives golden ticket to Hollywood

Posted on January 31, 2014

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Freshman Andrina Brogden passes first round of auditions on “American Idol”

By Meghan Feir

Earlier this month, the 13th season of “American Idol” premiered, and with it, thousands of Americans pursued their dreams of becoming professional performers.

Andrina Brogden, a 19-year-old music industry major at MSUM, was one of those dreamers, traveling from West Fargo to Nebraska last August for the Omaha auditions, which aired last night on FOX.

With her vivacious personality and a sound Brogden describes “as fitting for pop and R&B,” she received her golden ticket to Hollywood. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM freshman could appear on American Idol tonight

Posted on January 30, 2014

Andrina Brogden, a freshman music industry major here in the fall, is auditioning for season 13 of American Idol. Brogden is a graduate of West Fargo High School and lives in Harwood, N.D.

Brogden auditioned in Omaha, Neb. The Omaha auditions will be featured in tonight’s episode on FOX at 7 p.m.

We sat down with Brogden to hear about her American Idol experience. Read the full story in tomorrow’s Dragon Digest/Student News.

Mahraun releases CD with The Rose Ensemble

Posted on January 21, 2014

Daniel Mahraun, Assistant Professor of Music, is in St. Paul this week performing a series of concerts with The Rose Ensemble, celebrating the release of their new CD. The concerts and CD consist of music from the 19th-century Temperance movement and the Prohibition era.

The fully costumed and staged performances take place at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul: Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

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