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Three MSUM students perform with Dan Brekke Band

Posted on September 17, 2014

Matthew Tinjum (Jazz Studies) Joel Kingsley (Music Industry) and Brady Odegaard (Music Industry)  performed with the Dan Brekke Band last weekend, and opened for the Jon Pardi group at the Hub in Fargo. Jon Pardi is known for his chart topping hit “Up All Night.” Read the rest of this entry →

Trinidad Trip Abroad Information Session this evening

Posted on September 17, 2014

All students interested in being a part of the Trinidad Travel Abroad program this coming January 2nd-12th should come to a meeting this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 17th, at 7 p.m. in Center for the Arts room 144. Students who cannot attend but who would like to find out more should email Dr. Kenyon Williams willdrum@mnstate.edu. Come find out about this first-ever MSUM travel-abroad offering! Read the rest of this entry →

Singer joins Turtle Island Quartet for eclectic performance

Posted on September 16, 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 →

Trinidad Abroad Information Meeting Wednesday Evening

Posted on September 15, 2014

Come find out about the first ever Trinidad Abroad session being offered this January 2nd-12th through the MSUM School of Performing Arts! An information meeting will be held in Center for the Arts room 144 at 7pm on Wednesday, Sept. 17th. Participants will discuss costs, registration, the travel abroad experience, and course expectations for completing MUS 316 “World Music” (a LASC Level 8: Global Perspectives course) while on the trip. Students who cannot make the information session but would like to find out more should contact Dr. Kenyon Williams at willdrum@mnstate.edu or 218.477.4610. Read the rest of this entry →

Trinidad Study Abroad Trip Information Meeting Next Wednesday

Posted on September 11, 2014

Already sick of the thought of being in Fargo/Moorhead in January? Study abroad this winter in Trinidad, the land of calypso, steel bands, and beaches! Jan. 2nd-12th, MSUM is pleased to offer MUS 316 “World Music” (a LASC Area 8 “Global Perspectives” course) in Trinidad. The course will entail visits to museums, steel drum pan yards, lectures, hands-on music making, and 10 hours of additional online coursework that can be completed during the spring semester. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Percussionists Study with World Renown Gamelan Instructor

Posted on September 11, 2014

The MSUM Percussion Studio, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, recently completed their annual fall retreat at Buffalo River State Park along with a special guest artist, Joko Sutrisno. Mr. Sutrisno, one of the foremost Indonesian gamelan instructors in the United States, worked for two days with the students in beautiful weather on the state park campgrounds as the students learned about the music and instruments of Indonesia while performing on MSUM’s own Kyai Madu Murni gamelan. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Allen Carter to write piece for upcoming International Trumpet Guild conference

Posted on September 08, 2014

Having just received the recording of his commissioned piece “Unbridled Joy” on the CD “Collaborations” by trombonist Nat Dickey, Associate Professor of Music Allen Carter has been contacted by Italian trumpet virtuoso Andrea Tofanelli to write a piece that will be premiered at the upcoming International Trumpet Guild conference in May of 2015. This will be the third composition/arrangement Dr. Carter has done for Mr. Tofanelli, the first two appearing on Andrea’s CD entitled “Flamingo”.

Faculty Recital held on Friday, Sept. 12 in Fox Recital Hall

Posted on September 05, 2014

Dr. Tiana Grise, instructor of flute at MSUM, will present a Faculty Recital on Friday, September 12 at 7:30 pm in Fox Recital Hall. She will be joined by fellow MSUM faculty member Dr. Terrie Manno, piano as well as Stephen Sulich, piano, Tom Christianson, percussion and Erika Tomten, flute. They will perform an engaging program including works by J.S. Bach, Elliot Carter, and Robert Beaser.
Please call 218.477.2124 for more information.

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,
willdrum@mnstate.edu Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

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