Inaugural Gala Concert to showcase NDSU School of Music
Published February 28, 2013
The time to shine is rapidly approaching.
After countless hours of rehearsals, a confident excitement is building for members of the NDSU Concert Choir and Wind Symphony. On March 12, they will present the Inaugural Gala Concert at the famed Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn. A second gala event is scheduled for NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall March 24.
Often described as “Minnesota's premier performing arts center” and St. Paul’s “most elegant performing space,” the Ordway seems the perfect venue to unveil the many talents students have perfected at NDSU’s newly-named School of Music.
“It’s an excitement we all share,” said senior Carolyn Braus, who plays clarinet in the Wind Symphony. “We’ll be able to debut our ensembles at a venue where more than just our Fargo audience will hear us. We’re really excited to give a performance where we can all shine and show our abilities.”
The prestigious setting is quite appropriate. After receiving its designation as the School of Music last fall, the program took its place among fewer than 50 institutions across the country with the range of academic programs offered at NDSU, including doctorates in performance and conducting.
“We're thrilled to be able to play on the same stage as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera,” said John Miller, director of the NDSU Division of Fine Arts. “As our School of Music continues to be recognized for excellence in our own region, we also have developed a national reputation for the quality of our programs and faculty. What a great trip this has been, and the future is even more promising.”
According to Miller, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education formally changed the name of the NDSU Department of Music to the School of Music on Sept. 26, signifying its far-reaching mission that encompasses a broad-based curriculum. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, NDSU has the only performance and conducting doctoral programs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and western Minnesota.
“We’ve been talking about the Ordway concert since the beginning of the academic year. It’s something extremely special,” explained Jace Beehler, a senior music education major from Grand Forks, N.D., who is past president of the choir and current student body vice president. “Performing at one of the region’s top venues is something we’ll be able to take with us the rest of our lives. It’s great to showcase what we are doing at NDSU’s new School of Music.”
Beehler and Braus suggest the Ordway event is simply the beginning for the NDSU School of Music, predicting it will eventually lead to concerts in other nationally known venues across the country.
At the same time, they expect the concert to give prospective choral and instrumental students something to ponder. “When they hear our sound and see how NDSU Music operates, I think they will have a new appreciation of what we have to offer in the arts at NDSU,” Beehler said.
But for now, the focus is on the details, making everything just right. The students intend on giving a performance that hundreds of alumni, family and friends won’t soon forget.
“We hope to dazzle them,” said Braus, a saxophone performance major from Bismarck, N.D. “I want NDSU alumni to come away from this performance saying, ‘Wow. I don’t remember NDSU music being like this.’ I hope they take note of the great strides the program has made.”
For more information about the Inaugural Gala Concerts, visit www.ndsualumni.com/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=776. If you’d like to know more about the NDSU School of Music, visit www.ndsu.edu/finearts/music/index.html.