Challey School of Music

The Challey School of Music offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees—to prepare the next generation of music professionals.


Wind Symphony Auditions

Auditions for Wind Symphony will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 24 and 25. Those interested in playing in the Wind Symphony should sign up online for an audition time for their instrument. You may go to to sign up for an audition time. Click on the appropriate instrument tab for an audition schedule and be sure you sign up for the correct instrument!

Wind Symphony audition music may be downloaded from the following links:
Bass Clarinet:
Bass Trombone: /

If you are unable to audition during the listed time, you may make arrangements with the faculty member in question.

Once auditions are completed, we will try to post the personnel list by late Friday, August 25. Rehearsals begin on Monday, August 28, at 12:15 pm.

Wind Symphony Rehearsals are MWF 12:15-1:50.

Plans for this year include:

  • Tour in the fall semester, October 17-19
  • Czech conductor Col. Vaclav Blahunek from the Prague Castle Guard and Czech Police Band (all-Czech concert!) in December
  • More special events in the spring; stay tuned
  • Plenty of great music on each concert!

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Olfert either at 701-231-7266 or at


University Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Auditions for the University Symphony Orchestra will be on Thursday, August 24 (woodwinds and brass) and Tuesday, August 29 (all strings) from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Students may sign up for a time by going to the following link and signing up for a time:

All Strings:

Woodwinds and Brass:

Those auditioning should bring a 2-minute prepared work that shows lyrical and technical examples of your playing.  In addition, please be prepared to perform selected excerpts/etudes on your respective instrument.

The first rehearsal of the University Symphony Orchestra will be on Thursday, August 31, at 7:00 PM, in room 118 in the NDSU Music Education Building.

If you need more information, email



NDSU Challey School of Music Admissions

Learn more about the NDSU Challey School of Music

  • Graduate Programs

    Guest Artists

    The Challey School of Music offers students ongoing opportunities to interact with nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, who share their talents and experiences through workshops and in performances.

    View our current and prior guest artist roster here.



    NDSU Chamber Music Festival

    NDSU Chamber Music Festival - June 1 - 6, 2017

    The NDSU Chamber Music Festival partners NDSU student pianists with world-class string players to bring the Fargo-Moorhead community an intimate encounter with this exhilarating music.

    NDSU Choral Symposiums

    NDSU Challey School of Music presents symposiums on contemporary choral topics featuring internationally-known presenters and special concerts.

    NDSU Summer Symposium

    Summer Music Ed Symposium

    Offered every two years in July, NDSU music education faculty and guest music educators provide a unique symposium designed to develop effective teaching in music education. Watch for details on the July 2018 Summer Music Ed Symposium.



    Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes

    The NDSU Challey School of Music is proud to offer the annual Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes, established several years ago to honor choral composer Edwin Fissinger.

    NDSU Challey School of Music News

    Challey School of Music News

    From upcoming music events featuring internationally acclaimed musicians, composers and conductors, to performances across the region and nation by our faculty and students, the NDSU Challey School of Music is on the go and in the news.

    The NDSU Challey School of Music provides academic programs and artistic performances that serve our students through professional preparation and fine arts enrichment, that serve our faculty and staff through professional career achievement and satisfaction, and that serve the greater university community through the excellence of our widespread endeavors.


    Performing Arts Home | Challey School of Music | Theater | Calendar | Admission | Contact Us | Box Office
    NDSU | Phonebook | Campus Map | Search NDSU | Directory | Faculty Resources

    Flckr Pinterest YouTube Twitter Facebook CalendarRSS