November 22, 2013
Dr. Daniel Mahraun, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, has been invited to present at the biennial conference of the North Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association, in Des Moines in March 2014. His interest session, “‘What Language Shall I Borrow…?: Singing In Translation,” focuses on the issues involved in selecting an English translation for foreign language pieces and the associated performance concerns.
The North Central Division of ACDA is comprised of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Iowa, and is known for conferences that rival ACDA’s national conferences in scope and quality.
November 21, 2013
MSUM’s World Music and Percussion Ensemble, “Fuego Tropical,” will present it’s fall concert “From Ghana to Trinidad” Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall. The concert will feature drumming, dancing, and singing from Ghana as well as hot steel drum music of the Caribbean (with a few Christmas favorites mixed in)! Guest artists include Dr. Monte Grise, Dr. John Tesch, Dan Christianson, and members of the MSUM Concert Choir led by Dr. Daniel Mahraun.
Admission is free.
Heat up a cool weekend with some music that is guaranteed to make you want to move!
November 20, 2013
Dr. Kenyon Williams’, Music, solo CD project, “Homage,” received a positive review in this month’s issue of “Percussive Notes,” the official journal of the Percussive Arts Society. In the review, Dr. Williams’ playing is described as “expressive without being overly sentimental” and the CD as a whole is “beautifully recorded” by fellow MSUM faculty member Professor Ryan Jackson.
In addition, Dr. William’s joint performance with MSUM composition professor and guitarist Dr. Henry Gwiazda’s “Homage to Jimi” is labeled as “a stumbling and fun mash-up” of musical styles. The CD is available for purchase on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
November 15, 2013
MSUM presents its seasonal all choirs and orchestra concert Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 650 2nd Avenue North, Fargo.
It will feature the Concert Choir, Men’s Choir and Women’s Choir, directed by Daniel Mahraun, and the University Orchestra, directed by Christina Chen-Beyers. Guest soloist is 2006 MSUM alumnus John DeCausmeaker, who will be portraying Saint Nicolas in the featured cantata Saint Nicolas by Benjamin Britten. This year is the centennial of Britten’s birth. Read the rest of this entry →
November 12, 2013
Home Free, an a capella group, will be performing on the Gaede Stage Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The campus a capella group CutXTime will be opening the show. Sponsored by the Dragon Entertainment Group.
November 08, 2013
Dr. Michael J. Krajewski, Music, presented a lecture/demonstration at the national Association of Technology in Music Instruction (ATMI) and College Music Society (CMS) conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October 2013. His lecture titled “Developing Interactive Course Material” received rave reviews. In addition Krajewski chaired a session at the conference titled “Big Sound, Small Devices.”
November 04, 2013
The MSUM World Music and Percussion Ensemble, “Fuego Tropical,” has been invited to present two unique community cultural outreach performances this semester. This coming Saturday, Nov. 9, the ensemble will perform at 10:45 a.m. at the Pangea World Music and Culture Festival at the Moorhead Hjemkomst Center. As the only university-affiliated ensemble to perform at the event, the ensemble will be featuring West African drumming and dance under the direction of Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music and Percussion at MSUM. The ensemble has also been invited to perform on Trinidadian steel drums with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony for their “Holiday Pops” concert series in December at the Fargo Theatre and at The Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls, Minn. Read the rest of this entry →
October 22, 2013
Music Education students, Brandon Van Den Eykel and Kimberly Jacobson, will be traveling to Nashville next week to attend the National Association for Music Education national conference as representatives of MSUM’s newly formed NAfME student organization.
October 11, 2013
There will be a faculty voice recital Oct. 19 at 7:30 in Gaede Theater. Please come and enjoy an evening of British and American Art song performed by Jenny Dufault (voice) and Sue Nagel (piano), with special guest Tiana Grise (flute). The event is free and open to the public. The evening will feature works by Britten, Copland, Grainger, Harbison, Tann, and Vaughan-Williams.
October 08, 2013
Seventeen of the area’s best jazz musicians come together Monday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. for the first concert of their season. Led by Associate Professor of Music Allen Carter, the ensemble has raised thousands of dollars in recent years that go to assist young jazz musicians at the three area universities. There is a $7.00 cover charge and all monies go directly to student assistance.
Studio 222 is at 222 Broadway in downtown Fargo (between Atomic Coffee and Dempsey’s).
October 07, 2013
The MSUM Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Dan Mahraun, and the MSUM Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, have recently been invited to present a joint concert performance of works for choir and percussion at the North Dakota Music Educator’s Association (NDMEA) Winter Conference in Bismarck, N.D. in March as a featured evening performance concert event. Each year, a limited number of University ensembles are selected to perform at the conference, and MSUM is proud to present two of this year’s winning groups.
September 30, 2013
The Rose Ensemble will be at MSUM Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium.
The Pioneer Press calls them “The Twin Cities’ most daring and inventive vocal ensemble.”
Music Department faculty member, Daniel Mahraun, is a member of the group.
Tickets sold through the MSUM box office.
218.477.2271 or in person Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
September 25, 2013
On Sept. 19 Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, Theatre and Music Industry hosted a student mixer on the Hansen Stage. The annual event (three years running) was organized to increase collaboration between students of the various disciplines and foster an atmosphere of continued cooperation between the three departments. The event included pizza, pop, music and an opportunity for students to be added to the CADT actor/talent database. Over 100 students and faculty were in attendance.
September 24, 2013
A concert featuring the world premiere of The Dragon and the Undying, a work by Minnesota composer Linda Kachelmeier, is set for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Moorhead.
The piece was commissioned by and for the Draco Voces Men’s Choir at MSUM in honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of MSUM. Kachelmeier sings with St. Paul’s renowned The Rose Ensemble. The composition sets a sonnet by Siegfried Sassoon, a British poet and World War I soldier. Read the rest of this entry →
September 24, 2013
This past August, Dr. David Ferreira, Music, appeared as guest artist at the Cascais Jazz Club, in Lisbon, Portugal. After a brief rehearsal with a Portuguese drummer and bassist, the first evening featured jazz standards in a piano-trio format. The second evening, Ferreira sang and played piano with a bassist, showcasing vocals made famous by such artists as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Read the rest of this entry →
September 20, 2013
Members of the MSUM Department of Music will combine their talents to present a Faculty Recital this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall (Glasrud Auditorium). The recital will feature performances by Elise Buffat-Nelson, Raychl Smith, Terrie Manno, Kevin Zepper, Sue Nagel, Tianna Grise, Jenny Dufault, Annette Richter, Kenyon Williams, Julie Adams, and Allen Carter. The concert will feature a variety of works for piano, voice, strings, winds, guitar, and percussion.
September 20, 2013
The Music and Entertainment Student Association (MEISA) is putting on their annual Battle of the Bands, Oct. 8 in Hansen Theatre. MEISA is now accepting submissions for bands until Tuesday, Oct. 24. All genres are welcome. The first place prize is a recorded EP at Undeclared Records. For all of those interested in submitting for the battle, visit MEISA’s Facebook page for applications or search Facebook for MSUM MEISA! A recording from the band or musician, or a live performance showcasing the talent is required to submit. For more information contact Jensener@mnstate.edu.
September 17, 2013
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the Music Department faculty in the first Faculty Recital of the 2013-2014 season. The recital is on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
September 06, 2013
Join the members of the MSUM Percussion Ensemble as they present a West African Drum and Dance Workshop at Buffalo River State Park (20 min from campus down Highway 10). Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, new and experienced participants will learn basic dances, rhythms, and songs Dr. Williams learned while studying in Ghana this past spring during his sabbatical. The workshop will be held at the Buffalo River Science Center on Friday evening 7-9 p.m. and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. (If the weather is nice, we might be in the Group Campsite area, instead). Free admission! Come get a great workout and learn something fun and new!
August 29, 2013
Dr. Jenny Dufault, Professor of Music, has been published in the Journal of Singing, the peer-reviewed, journal for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The article is entitled “Practical Advice for the Voice Pedagogue” and can be found in the September/October 2013 issue, Volume 70, No.1. The purpose of the study was to determine how three exemplary voice teachers address specific voice pedagogy with their students and to find out what advice they have to share with other teachers and singers.