Challey School of Music

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University Symphony Orchestra Fall 2016 Auditions

Auditions for the University Symphony Orchestra will be on Tuesday, August 23 (all strings) and Wednesday, August 24 (woodwinds and brass) from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Music Education Room 118 in the Reineke Fine Arts Center. Students may sign up for a time by clicking on the respective link below:

All Strings:

Woodwinds and Brass:

Please bring a 2-minute prepared work that shows lyrical and technical examples of your playing. In addition, please be prepared to perform selected orchestral excerpts on your respective instrument. Click here for required audition excerpts by instrument.

The first rehearsal of the University Symphony Orchestra will be on Tuesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Music Education Room 118.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Warren Olfert at 701-231-7266 or at

Wind Symphony Fall 2016 Auditions

Auditions for Wind Symphony will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 25 and 26. Those interested in playing in the Wind Symphony should sign up online for an audition time for their instrument. You may got to for an audition time. Be sure you sign up for the correct instrument!

Click here for required audition excerpts by instrument.

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 28. Rehearsals begin on Monday, August 29, at 12:15 p.m.

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

Plans for this year include:

  • Tour in the fall semester: October 27-November 1. Concerts are set in Brainerd, Buffalo and Mounds View (with the Minnesota Symphonic Winds).
  • Brazilian percussionist/composer Ney Rosauro as a guest artist in April.
  • Plenty of great music on each concert!

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


NDSU Challey School of Music Admissions

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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. For the 2015-16 academic year, we welcomed Eric Whitacre, Boston Brass, James Stephenson, and many others. View our current and prior guest artist roster here.


NDSU Chamber Music Festival

NDSU Chamber Music Festival - May 22 - 26, 2016

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 Summer Symposium

Summer Music Ed Symposium 2016
"Effective Teaching: Instrumental, Choral, Elementary"

Join the music education faculty of North Dakota State University and guests Joseph Parisi, Stan McGill, Wendy Barden, and Ann Eisen for a unique symposium designed to develop effective teaching in music education.

NDSU Choral Symposium: Contemporary Composition in America

This three day symposium in October 2015 featured noted composer Eric Whitacre as well as Cantus, a Twin Cities based ensemble that has performed throughout the world.


Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes

The NDSU Challey School of Music is proud to open the annual Fissinger Choral Composition Prizes. Due on June 1, 2016, the prizes were 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.


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