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Music Convocation features special guest

Posted on April 18, 2017

Friday, April 21 | 3 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Rachel Childers, 2nd horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, joins flutist Tiana Grise, Music, for a Convocation of wind chamber music Friday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts. Other performers are Sam Childers, bassoon; Stephanie Carlson, oboe; Cassie Keogh, clarinet; and Stephen Sulich, piano. The performance is free and open to the public.

Manno-Dean Piano Duo

Posted on March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall

Terrie Manno (Professor of Music/Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies) and Michael Dean (Professor and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University) will present a Duo Piano recital Thursday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the MSUM Center for the Arts Fox Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.  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.

Music Alumni Present Guest Artist Recital This Weekend

Posted on September 22, 2016

Saturday, Sept. 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall  Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Kenyon Williams Faculty Recital

Posted on September 09, 2016

Friday, Sept. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall  Read the rest of this entry →

Terrie Manno Presents Papers in Scotland

Posted on August 19, 2016

Terrie Manno (SPA Music Department) presented two papers at the International Society of Music Education conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Her recent work on the neurological processes of learning and performing music resulted in a presentation with Dr. Michael Dean (Oklahoma Baptist University) titled Strengthening Mental FocusRead the rest of this entry →

An Evening of Dance

Posted on May 03, 2016

Tuesday, May 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre

The Theatre Department presents “An Evening of Dance” on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hansen Theatre. This annual showcase features  the work of MSUM student dancers and choreographers, and includes ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Go to, or call the MSUM Box Office Monday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at 218-477-2271, or buy at the door before the performance.

Trinidad trip for your global studies course

Posted on April 01, 2016

IMG_1705Thinking about your course load for this coming year? Make plans to knock-out a LASC Goal 8 “Global Studies” course (“World Music Survey”) in Trinidad from Dec. 30-Jan. 9. Miss only ONE day of classes and experience the culture and music of the Caribbean! For more information, watch MSUM Trinidad Abroad on Youtube or go to the Trinidad Abroad webpage.


Kenyon Williams to present clinics at Minnesota Day of Percussion

Posted on January 08, 2016

VaryingDegreesFriendly - Version 3Dr. Kenyon Williams, School of Performing Arts, is presenting at three separate clinics at the Minnesota Day of Percussion on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Minnesota Day of Percussion is the largest gathering of percussionists in the state, attracting over 800 middle school, high school, college, and professional percussionists from across the state for a full day of clinics, masterclasses, and performances featuring artists from across the country. Williams will present clinics on performing percussion in orchestral, Afro-Cuban, and acoustic pop/worship music settings.

Lines&Notes featured on Prairie Public Television

Posted on July 30, 2015

Terrie Manno and Kevin Zepper are featured artists on Prairie Public Television’s Prairie Musician series. Their program aired on July 24th but is available on demand at this link:

“Prairie Musicians – Behind the Scenes” featuring Lines&Notes July 24

Posted on July 27, 2015

Prairie Public Television’s local series “Prairie Musicians – Behind the Scenes,” features Lines&Notes, a duo created by MSUM faculty members Terrie Manno, music, and Kevin Zepper, English. The duo performs Manno’s musical compositions while Zepper reads his poetry. The full show airs Friday, July 24, at 9:30 p.m. on Prairie Public, and will later air on YouTube.

The duo also performed at the Prairie Region Teacher Training Institute in June at Concordia College. The training sessions focused on teaching and learning strategies, and were sponsored by Prairie Public.

Terrie Manno presents session at Canadian international conference

Posted on July 15, 2015

Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA, presented an invited session titled ‘But I Played it Perfectly At Home’: Narrowing the Gap Between the Practice Room and the Stage at the 2015 Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations biennial conference on June 10 in Vancouver, B.C. Read the rest of this entry →

Michael J. Krajewski presented lecture at Guitar Foundation of America Conference

Posted on July 07, 2015

Michael J. Krajewski, School of Performing Arts – Music Industry, recently presented a lecture entitled Creating Interactive Course Materials with iBooks Author at the Guitar Foundation of America Conference in Oklahoma City, OK. Read the rest of this entry →

Dr. Terrie Manno and the Manno-Dean Piano Duo perform to standing-room-only crowd in Budapest, Hungary

Posted on June 18, 2015

Dr. Terrie Manno, SPA pianist, and her partner Michael Dean gave a solo and duet recital at the historic Franz Liszt Academy Museum in Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2015. They performed works by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ottorino Respighi, and Vincent d’Indy. The audience requested two encores and the piano duo complied with works by Scott Joplin and Johannes Brahms.

MSUM’s Poco Fuego Steel Drum Quintet to Perform at Regional Libraries

Posted on June 11, 2015

MSUM’s “Poco Fuego” Steel Drum Quintet, directed by Dr. Kenyon Williams, has been invited by the Lake Agassiz Regional LIbrary Association to perform this coming week in communities throughout Northern Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry →

Jazz Studies alumnus Andy Stermer awarded $10,000 graduate award

Posted on May 04, 2015

Andy Stermer, a graduate of MSUM in the Jazz Studies program, has been awarded a $10,000.00 Presser graduate award in the Master of Music in Jazz Writing program at the University of Miami. He plans to use the award to bring in guest artists he knows from Uruguay to perform music he’s writing that will comprise an entire concert by the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band; an opportunity not commonly given to students even at the graduate level.

MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and MSUM’s VoCombo perform Saturday

Posted on May 01, 2015

MSUM’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Allen Carter, and MSUM’s VoCombo, directed by Dr. Michael Krajewski, perform Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall. Special guest performers are Dr. Tom Strait on flugelhorn and trumpet, and Dr. Monte Grise on saxophone. For tickets, go to MSUM students get in free.

Terrie Manno performed in Minneapolis

Posted on April 30, 2015

Terrie Manno, SPA, presented a solo piano recital of the music of Franz Schubert as part of the Thursday Musical concert series in Minneapolis on April 24, 2015.

An Evening of Dance

Posted on April 22, 2015

MSUM’s School of Performing Arts presents An Evening of Dance Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hansen Theatre stage. The event is a dance concert featuring the work of student dancers and choreographers, including ballet, hip-hop, modern, lyrical, musical theatre styles and tap. For tickets, go to, or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2178 M-F from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or buy at the door.

Wind Ensemble in concert April 24

Posted on April 22, 2015

The MSUM Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Monte Grise, performs Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Weld Hall Glasrud Auditorium. For tickets, go to or call the MSUM Box Office at 218.477.2271 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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