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MSUM Percussion Ensemble to perform Steve Reich masterwork

Posted on February 24, 2017

As a part of the MSUM Freshman/Transfer Scholarship Audition Day this Friday, the MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present an open rehearsal/performance of Steve Reich’s epic masterwork “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ” in the Center for the Arts Art Gallery from 1:30-2:20 p.m. Come listen to this gentle, flowing work which begs the listener to practice “deep listening” to a variety of slowly shifting musical tambres. Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

Upbeat comedy takes the stage

Posted on February 17, 2017

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts theatre students will have to summon their bravest selves for the third performance of the academic year. The Full Monty opens Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the Hansen Theatre stage in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

A raucous pop-rock musical, The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who put together a strip act to raise money to pay their bills. The men model their show after the Chippendales, a famous male striptease act, but they take it a step farther by going “the full Monty” — completely nude. As the men prepare for the show, they work through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie. The show is based on the cult hit film of the same name, and tackles gender expectations and stereotypes with humor and honest affection.  Read the rest of this entry →

Scholarship Audition Day

Posted on February 16, 2017

Friday, Feb. 24 

Schedule an audition for your chance at thousands of dollars in scholarships for music and theatre majors and non-majors!

Visit for more information and to schedule an audition.

MSUM Grammy connection

Posted on February 14, 2017

MSUM recently hosted two musical artists who won Grammy Awards this past Sunday evening: Shane Shanahan (Best World Music Album with “The Silk Road Ensemble,”) and Larnell Lewis (Best Contemporary Instrumental Album with “Snarky Puppy”).

Both artists performed alongside MSUM students at the MSUM Day of Percussion in November of 2017. There’s great things happening in the School of Performing Arts!

To find out about future student and guest artist performances, visit: the rest of this entry →

MSUM to host Honors High School Percussion Ensemble

Posted on February 07, 2017

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 4 p.m. | Center for the Arts Great White Hall

The School of Performing Arts will host the 3rd annual Honors High School Percussion Ensemble this weekend under the direction of Dr. Kenyon Williams. Top high school students from throughout the FM region audition to receive placement within the ensemble. The Honors Ensemble will be joined by members of the MSUM Percussion Ensemble to present a final performance on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts “Great White Hall.” Admission is free.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM students shine at KCACTF

Posted on February 06, 2017

Fourteen MSUM University Theatre students recently attended the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. Students participated in several days of workshops and lectures, attended various performances, and competed in the Irene Ryan acting competition.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Music Education student wins third place in international vocal competition

Posted on February 03, 2017

Senior Erik Hagfors took third place in the Great Composers Competition on Jan. 31, 2017. The award was for the Best Schubert Performance in honor of the 220th anniversary of the birth of Franz Schubert. Congratulations goes out to this talented senior.

He will be giving a recital April 29 at 7:30 in Fox Recital Hall if you wish to hear him in person.

Ice percussion music at Frostival

Posted on January 27, 2017

Friday, Jan. 27 | 6-6:30 p.m. | Broadway Theatre Garage

MSUM Professor of Percussion Dr. Kenyon Williams spent most of his holiday break creating and experimenting with ice instruments. Come see the results as he performs as a member of the Varying Degrees Percussion Trio on Friday, Jan. 27 from 6-6:30 p.m. in front of the Broadway Theatre Garage (across from the Fargo Theatre): 409 Broadway.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Dufault, Sulich recital Jan. 22

Posted on January 12, 2017

Sunday, Jan. 22 | 4 p.m. | Christiansen Recital Hall

Sunday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m., Dr. Jenny Dufault and Maestro Stephen Sulich will be performing in recital at Concordia College in the Christiansen Recital Hall. The performance includes works by Gershwin and spirituals by John Carter, also on the program are the “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Krajewski’s presentation received with rave reviews

Posted on January 09, 2017

Dr. Michael J. Krajewski (Music Industry and Guitar) recently presented a music technology presentation at the Jazz Education Network conference in New Orleans, LA. His presentation “Moving on up: Upgrading from GarageBand to a professional Digital Audio Workstation” was received with rave reviews.

‘Time On My Hands’ Receives 4.5 Star Review

Posted on December 14, 2016

Professor of Music Allen Carter’s new CD “Time On My Hands” has received a highly positive review in the publication All About Jazz garnering 4 1/2 out of a possible 5 star rating. The review states that, “Simply, it can’t be done any better.” Along with citing the quality of Carter’s work, the review also points to the audio engineering work of MSUM colleague Ryan Jackson. You can see the full review at

Professor of Percussion Featured on International Podcast

Posted on December 13, 2016

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Percussion, was recently featured in an interview on the “@Percussion” podcast, the most followed percussion podcast on the internet. Dr. Williams was interviewed by “@Percussion” podcast host Casey Cangelosi, who was in Moorhead in November as a featured guest artist at the MSUM Day of Percussion. Listen to the podcast on YouTube.

Dille Fund for Excellence Grants

Posted on December 09, 2016

Please join us in congratulating this year’s Dille Fund for Excellence Grant recipients:  Read the rest of this entry →

Norwegian Folk Musician Visits MSUM

Posted on December 09, 2016

Friday, Dec. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Fiddler Vidar Skrede will perform and talk about the art of the harding fiddle Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The event is free and open to the public.  Read the rest of this entry →

Unsilent Night

Posted on December 02, 2016

Caroling for the Digital Age

Friday, Dec. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Atomic Coffee

Members of the community are invited to join the MSUM Percussion Studio when they take to the streets for the second annual performance of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.  Read the rest of this entry →

Works-In-Progress: A Dance Concert

Posted on November 30, 2016

Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

Join us for a dynamic dance concert featuring the work of MSUM student dancers and choreographers. You are sure to be entertained with dances featuring ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at the rest of this entry →

MSUM’s ‘Poco Fuego’ Steel Band to Play at Community Cultural Diversity Event

Posted on November 18, 2016

Saturday, Nov. 19 | 11:15-11:45 a.m. | Hjemkomst Center

MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet has been invited to perform at the Pangea Cultural Diversity event at the Moorhead Hjemkomst Center on Saturday, Nov. 19. The annual Pangea event features performances and food from cultures all around the world, sharing their love of the music, dance, and song of their native land with members of the Red River Valley Community.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Kenyon Williams Elected to PAS Board of Advisors

Posted on November 15, 2016

Dr. Kenyon Williams, Professor of Music in the School of Performing Arts, was elected to the Board of Advisors of the Percussive Arts Society this past weekend at the PAS International Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. As a member of the Board, Dr. Williams will serve with a variety of percussion educators, performers, and product specialists to help guide the direction of the 6,000 member organization that features 50 chapters in the U.S. and 28 chapters abroad.


Imani Winds Shares Musical Virtuosity, Inspires Youth

Posted on November 03, 2016

Thursday, Nov. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Weld Hall

If you’ve never heard a woodwind quintet, you should start by hearing one of the best in the country. GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds performs Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall on the MSUM campus. The event is the second in this year’s Chery Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Carter Releases Second Progressive Big Band Jazz CD

Posted on October 25, 2016

Dr. Allen Carter, Professor of Music, has just released his second CD of progressive big band jazz. “Time On My Hands” was recorded in late July in Los Angeles with some of the west coast’s finest jazz and studio musicians. Two MSUM students, Kathryn Malaktaris and Matthew Tinjum were able to accompany Dr. Carter and assist on the session with the help of a Dille Grant awarded by the university.

You can hear excerpts of each piece on the CD at or hear the entire title track on YouTube.

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