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
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.
February 13, 2014
Andrina Brogden was a freshman music industry major here in the fall.
By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM
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 →
February 11, 2014
By: Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM
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 →
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.
January 31, 2014
Photo courtesy of 19 TV Ltd., FremantleMedia North America, Inc. & FOX
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 →
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.
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 →
January 14, 2014
American Idol’s two-night season premiere is January 15 & 16 on FOX
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. A recent Twitter post states: “One day, I want to see my name in lights. And I’m determined to get there.”
From American Idol.net: Read the rest of this entry →
January 07, 2014
This article is from Prairie Business Magazine.
By: Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News
MOORHEAD, Minn. — Eric Jensen spends countless hours in the recording studio trying to create new tunes, the kind of work that could help him make it in the music business.
Jensen is enrolled in a Minnesota State University-Moorhead program in which students earn a degree by booking concerts and producing records.
Although the university has offered the Music Industry and Entertainment Studies program for 30 years, a new generation of students is using it to gain real-world experience in a rapidly changing industry. Read the rest of this entry →
December 27, 2013
By: Danielle Rebel, Marketing & Communications Intern
As she packed her bags and drove to Chicago, Theresa Boyle was far from certain she had made the right decision.
The senior graphic design and music industry major had an internship at Bass/Schuler Entertainment in Chicago this past summer, which turned out to be an experience of a lifetime. The company is a college-booking agency, which means they work with schools to plan entertainment events, such as comedians, bands and more. Read the rest of this entry →
December 11, 2013
MSUM’s Steel Drum Band, “Fuego Tropical,” directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this weekend with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony as a part of their “Holiday Pops” concert series! These annual concerts are a sure-fire way to get yourself in the holiday mood, and are often performed to sold-out audiences.
Performances will take place at the Fargo Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday in Fergus Falls at A Center for the Arts at 2 p.m. Buy your ticket today and enjoy “Christmas in the Caribbean” with MSUM’s very own Fuego Tropical!
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.