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Boston Brass to perform and lead clinic at MSUM

Posted on October 23, 2017

Saturday, Nov. 4 | 3-5 p.m. | Gaede Stage

Boston Brass, one of the most famous brass quintets in the world, blows into Moorhead Saturday, Nov. 4, to perform and teach on the MSUM campus. The five musicians appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds through performances of a wide selection of musical styles and genres. They are loved for their upbeat, boisterous and fun performances, which include humorous banter between themselves and audience members.  Read the rest of this entry →

‘A Walk in the Garden’ Choir Concert

Posted on October 20, 2017

Friday, Oct. 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

The MSUM Concert Choir and University Choir will be performing “A Walk in the Garden,” directed by Dr. Erynn Millard on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glasrud Auditorium of Weld Hall.

Guest Artist Irena Ravitskaya

Posted on October 20, 2017

Sunday, Oct. 22 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Guest artist Irena Ravitskaya will be performing works for piano by Beethoven, Schumann, Medtner and Prokofiev on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall, Roland Dille Center for the Arts. This event is open to the public with free admission. For tickets, go to

Minnesota pianist named Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Kenneth Broberg to perform at MSUM

Posted on October 19, 2017

Thursday, Oct. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

When the young American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958, it resulted in unprecedented celebrity for an American concert pianist. Cliburn’s international victory instilled a fresh sense of artistic pride in many Americans, while opening the door to a new era of cultural relations between East and West.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Enrollment Increases for 2nd Straight Year

Posted on October 12, 2017

The official Fall Semester enrollment figures for Minnesota State University Moorhead show an overall increase led by gains in new entering freshman and graduate students. Overall total headcount for undergraduate and graduate students is up 1.67 percent driven by a 21 percent increase in graduate students and a 2.5 percent increase in new entering freshman. Fall Semester headcount is 6,019, with 5,147 undergraduate and 872 graduate students. The official numbers are calculated after 30 class days and are used for standardized reporting purposes.  Read the rest of this entry →

What’s happening in Marketing

Posted on October 12, 2017

Each year, the Marketing Communications team develops a holiday greeting from the university to faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of MSUM. What had once been a traditional greeting card has evolved into a short video utilizing the talents of staff and our student workers who are often studying film, marketing, ad/PR or similar academic disciplines.

This year, Marketing interns Sara Erickson (broadcast journalism), Azmi Murtaza (advertising and PR), Dillan Schmiedt (film production), Leah Schmitt (advertising and PR), and Mandi Wahl (graphic design), with help from Music faculty member Allen Carter and Entertainment Industries and Technology faculty member Ryan Jackson, are working on an ambitious greeting in production now. Read the rest of this entry →

Fuego Tropical to perform for 2,500 school children

Posted on October 12, 2017

MSUM’s Fuego Tropical World Music and Percussion Ensemble will present their annual “World Music Celebrations” educational performance presentation for over 2,500 school children this coming Monday and Tuesday in Hansen Auditorium. Directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, the ensemble shares the music of the world in a lively interactive musical format with children from every elementary school in the Red River Valley by partnering with the Fargo Moorhead Learning Bank, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the arts in schools. Their five 45-minute long presentations will take place on Monday at 9:10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by two more performances on Tuesday at 9:10 and 10:30 a.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

Media, Arts and Communications Fair today

Posted on October 11, 2017

Wednesday, Oct. 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater

Please join us today, Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3 to  5 p.m. for the Media, Arts and Communications Fair in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts – Hansen Theater Gallery.

Students will learn about media, arts and communication careers and have an opportunity to connect and network with employers in this field.  Read the rest of this entry →

Brazilian percussion virtuoso to perform Friday at MSUM

Posted on October 06, 2017

Friday, Oct. 6 | 12-1 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

The School of Performing Arts is proud to host Brazilian percussion virtuoso and electronic music composer Sergio Krakowski. Sergio will work Thursday and Friday with MSUM percussion students and will then present a solo recital in Fox Recital Hall on Friday, Oct. 6 at 12 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

New Adaptation of Macbeth takes MSUM stage

Posted on October 06, 2017

Oct. 4-7 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage

A blood-curdling tale of ambition, shame, jealousy, greed and murder takes the Gaede Stage at MSUM Wednesday, Oct. 4.

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Varying Degrees Percussion Trio to Perform at MSUM

Posted on October 06, 2017

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Weld Hall

The Varying Degrees Percussion Trio will present a performance in Weld Hall on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Consisting of MSUM percussion alumni and faculty (Dr. Lucas Bernier, Tom Christianson, and Dr. Kenyon Williams), the trio will perform a wide range of works highlighting music from jazz fusion to Caribbean calypso, works for percussion theatre, and even a composition featuring just the “music” of tables! Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Wizard of Oz

Posted on October 05, 2017

Nov. 8-20 | Hansen Theatre

Join MSUM’s School of Performing Arts for a performance of “The Wizard of Oz,” Nov. 8-20 in Hansen Theatre.  Read the rest of this entry →

Fuego Tropical to perform at Spare Key Gala

Posted on October 03, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Fargo Civic Center

MSUM’s Fuego Tropical, the world music percussion ensemble directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this coming Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Spare Key Gala “Carnivale for a Cause” at 6:30 p.m. at the Fargo Civic Center. Sponsored by Bell State Bank, the gala will benefit Spare Key, an organization that provides assistance to families in crisis with critically ill or seriously injured children through housing grant payment assistance, engaged resource referral and advocacy. To find out more, visit

Percussion professor begins trio performances

Posted on October 01, 2017

Sunday, Oct. 8 | 7:30-9 p.m.

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion at MSUM, performed Thursday evening at the Fergus Falls “Concert in the Park” series along with members of the Varying Degrees Trio: MSUM percussion alumni Tom Christianson and Lucas Bernier. The trio received a Jade Presents grant from the Arts Partnership to present a variety of performances throughout the Red River Valley area this fall. Aside from their performance in Fergus Falls, the trio will also perform in Bismarck, Jamestown, Fargo, and Detroit Lakes as in a variety of Performing Arts events, including a performance on the campus of MSUM on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Wind Ensemble performance

Posted on September 29, 2017

Friday, Sept. 29 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

The Wind Ensemble will be performing on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hansen Theatre of the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at

SoMAD Hosts 6th Annual Mixer

Posted on September 19, 2017

On Sept. 14, the School of Media Arts & Design hosted a student mixer in the Center for the Arts Great Hall. The annual event (now in its sixth year) was organized to increase collaboration and foster an atmosphere of continuing cooperation between students of SoMAD (Film, Animation, Graphic Communications, Graphic Design and Photography) and students of the School of Performing Arts. The event included pizza, pop, live music and an opportunity for students to be added to the SoMAD actor/talent database. Over 100 students and faculty were in attendance.  Read the rest of this entry →

Actor and author offers advice at upcoming MSUM event

Posted on September 19, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Professional actor, author, and storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky will talk about acting, writing and his career Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 9:30-11 a.m., in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. A question and answer session will follow the talk.  Read the rest of this entry →

Hear your colleagues perform

Posted on September 14, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

Faculty members of the School of Performing Arts are presenting a Faculty Recital Thursday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall.

Performers are Terrie Manno, Kevin Priebe, Erynn Millard, David Ferreira, Tiana Grise, Earnest Lamb, Elise Nelson, Jenny Dufault, Stephen Sulich (Concordia College faculty member performing as a guest), Kevin Zepper (MSUM English faculty member performing as a guest), Tom Strait, Michael Krajewski and Allen Carter. The performance is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s ‘Poco Fuego’ steeldrum quintet to perform

Posted on August 24, 2017

Sunday, Aug. 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Island Park

MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” steeldrum quintet, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, will perform this coming Sunday, August 27 at the Island Park Festival from 3-5 p.m. as a featured musical act on the performance stage in the middle of park. Come enjoy some great music from the Caribbean while supporting local artists and craftsmen!  Read the rest of this entry →

Manno participates in Alexander Technique Summer Intensive Course

Posted on August 17, 2017

Terrie Manno (SPA) participated in the 2017 Alexander Technique Summer Intensive Course in Boulder, CO this past July. Sessions were taught by master teachers James Brody, Amy Likar, and Ed Bilanchone.

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