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Singer joins Turtle Island Quartet for eclectic performance

Posted on August 29, 2014

Quartet members will also work with student musicians

The Turtle Island Quartet performed to a sold-out hall the last time they were in town, so if you’re eager to hear the two-time-GRAMMY-winners again, get your tickets soon – there are only 330 tickets available. The addition of smooth voiced-Nellie McKay will make the ticket even hotter, and the stuff the musicians are performing will surprise you. They’re on the Gaede Stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Read the rest of this entry →

Music students perform with Dan Brekke Band at The Hub

Posted on August 25, 2014

Music students Matthew Tinjum (Jazz Studies) and Joel Kingsley (Music Industry), performed with the Dan Brekke Band, which opened for the Eli Young Band at a recent performance at The Hub in Fargo. Tinjum played drums, and Kingsley played bass.

Student Conor Lee, jazz studies, receives Career Development Grant

Posted on August 25, 2014

Jazz Studies student Conor Lee received a Career Development Grant from the Lake Region Arts Council. Lee will use the grant to learn two music composition and editing software programs. Lee works with various styles of rock/pop, jazz, and folk music. He’s written arrangements for various ensembles and has also written and recorded original music for film and 3D animation projects. Read the rest of this entry →

A few tickets still available to see MSUM’s Fuego Tropical with the FM Symphony Thursday night!

Posted on August 13, 2014

Only a few reserved seats are still available for the “Symphony Rocks” concert event this coming Thursday night at Bluestem in Moorhead! MSUM’s own “Fuego Tropical” Steeldrum and World Music Ensemble will take the stage alongside both the FM Symphony and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome for an evening of salsa, reggae, and sass! Although reserved seats are in short supply, general admission lawn seats are still available. Come support our MSUM students and the FM Symphony while enjoying a fantastic evening of entertainment! Tickets are available through the FM Symphony box office at fmsymphony.org. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM alums find work at Medora

Posted on August 11, 2014

By Meghan Feir

When many people think of North Dakotan terrain, they often forget about the landscape surrounding Medora. Nestled in the heart of the badlands, the little village is the summer home of tourists and performers alike. A breathtaking view, flat, farm country is replaced with canyons and buttes painted in red and purple.

For three MSUM alums, living and working in Medora for the summer has not dulled the awe that comes from gazing at their surroundings, and every night, Carl Rottman, Carolyn Schmitz and Matthew Dietzler help put on one of North Dakota’s biggest tourist attractions – the Medora Musical. Read the rest of this entry →

Get tickets now to see MSUM’s Poco Fuego with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome at Bluestem

Posted on August 11, 2014

Poco Fuego, a smaller version of MSUM’s famed Steeldrum and World Music Ensemble “Fuego Tropical,” will perform this coming Thursday, August 14 at 8 p.m. at the Bluestem Amphitheater in south Moorhead alongside the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and legendary local funk band, Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome during the FMSO’s “Hot, Hot, Hot” Symphony Rocks concert event. Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, Fuego Tropical was invited to perform for another engagement with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony after their highly successful performances this past Christmas with the orchestra during their “Christmas Pops” concert series. The five-member ensemble “Poco Fuego,” filled with upperclassmen from Fuego Tropical, will take the stage alongside the Symphony for a Carribbean themed concert featuring music by Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Santana, and more and will also feature former MSUM Music Industry student and American Idol contestant Andrina Brogden. Tickets can be purchased through the FM Symphony website at fmsymphony.org. Read the rest of this entry →

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!

www.newmusicbox.org

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.”

 

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