NDSU Division of Fine Arts 2010-11 Guest Artists


John Sampen, saxophone and Mark Bunce, composer, presented “Technology Presentation on Composing and Presenting Works with Electronic Media” on September 20, 2010 to music students from all three colleges.  Mr. Sampen, whose appearance was funded by the NDSU Development Foundation and Selmer Corporation, is a Distinguished Research Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University.  Mark Bunce is a composer and recording engineer for the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music.  Both artists worked with students during a master class and presented a concert that was open to the public.

Dale WarlandWorld-renowned choral composer Dale Warland (pictured) was the guest conductor during the October 3, 2010 Fall Choral Concert. The NDSU Concert Choir premiered his piece Leaves, with text by Sara Teasdale, which was commissioned by NDSU Music.  Mr. Warland spent spring semester 2010 working with NDSU Music students in choral composition.

December brought the NDSU Wind Symphony and A Tribute to Orv, a concert entirely decided to former NDSU Band Director Orv Eidem, who passed away in the fall of 2010.  Mr. Eidem’s family performed during this concert, including a solo by his son Bruce on trombone.  Gold Star Band alumni were invited to the stage for the final piece, America the Beautiful.  Due to the large amount of interest in this performance, the concert was streamed live.

The NDSU Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer funded several performances for NDSU Music, including Rhythm & Brass and the Prism Quartet.  Rhythm & Brass is a brass and percussion ensemble that transcends normal boundaries by performing pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach to Duke Ellington to Pink Floyd.  They presented a master class during their visit as well as an evening performance on January 26, 2011.  The Prism Quartet is one of the nation’s foremost chamber ensembles and presents the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz.  Like Rhythm and Brass, the Prism Quartet presented a master class and evening performance open to the public on February 16, 2011.

Duo Montagnard is a saxophone ensemble consisting of Joseph Murphy of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and Matthew Slotkin, an acclaimed performer and teacher.  Together they presented a master class and performance on March 6, 2011.

The 29th Annual High School Invitational Jazz Festival welcomed Larry McWilliams, trumpet, and Bill Prince, multi-instrument performer, on February 5, 2011.  McWilliams is a Professor of Music Performance at Ball State University and Prince is a professor emeritus at the University of North Florida.  The artists worked with NDSU Music students in addition to students from twelve high schools prior to their performance in Festival Concert Hall.

The NDSU Concert Choir premiered Ask Me No More by Jeremy Bakken, the inaugural winner of the Edwin Fissinger Competition Prize.  Funded by Dr. Jo Ann Miller, University Distinguished Professor, Bakken worked with students as they performed his piece during their March 2011 home concert.

The NDSU Wind Symphony welcomed guest conductor Allan McMurray, Chair of Conducting Faculty and Director of Bands at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Mr. McMurray conducted Gustav Holst’s Second Suit in F in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the work’s composition during the Wind Symphony concert on April 30, 2011.

The NDSU Opera Theatre welcomed guest director Leon Natker of Lyric Opera San Diego during the production of Die Fledermaus, May 6 and 8, 2011.   Mr. Natker has performed or directed over 300 opera productions throughout the world.  Additionally, he is the found of Chicago Opera Theatre and is on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.


THEATREAndrew Lippa

Stage director Bob Moss visited NDSU Theatre prior to the production of The Comedy of Errors.  During his visit he conducted two workshops – one for directors and the other for actors.  Moss is a founder of New York City’s esteemed Playwrights Horizons Theatre.

Award winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa (pictured) worked with NDSU Theatre students Spring 2011.  He conducted two master classes, one theatrical workshop that was open to the public, and presented a sold-out performance in Askanase Auditorium on February 18.  Mr. Lippa will return next fall to work with piano accompanists and view his production of The Wild Party, which will be presented by the Little Country Theatre.




ChaseNDSU Visual Arts welcomed a number of highly acclaimed guest artists throughout the year.  During each visit, artists would critique student artwork, present a public lecture, and work with students on their techniques.  Guest artists include:

Ryan LaBar, ceramist, September 2010
Jim Falck, painter, October 2010
Sean Scott & Amy Smith, ceramic artists, November 2010
Jill Johnson, installation artist, January 2011
Daniela Deeg, book artist, printmaker, graphic designer, January 2010
Dr. Stephen Frech, poet, professor, found of Oneiros Press, March 2011
Jason Briggs, ceramist, March 2011
Chase, (artwork pictured) graffiti and stencil artist, April 2011

NDSU Visual Arts welcomed James Sham of Houston, TX as the 2011 James Rosenquist Artist in Residence.  Mr. Sham spent the semester interacting with students, holding public lectures, teaching a seminar, and opened his studio to community visitors.  Mr. Sham was able to use this opportunity to focus on his art and from here will move to a faculty position with the art department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  The residency was funded by the NDSU Office of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer.

The Printmaking, Education and Research Studio (PEARS) will welcome master printmaker Nancy Palmeri, June 2011.  Ms. Palmeri is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas-Arlington.  During the two-week summer PEARS workshop, participants will work with Ms. Palmeri and attend workshops and prepare an exchange portfolio.

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