Music and Theater
There are several outlets for students to continue to pursue their interests in both music and theater at the U of M Crookston. Faculty and staff are eager to work with students who wish to continue advancing their musical and theater-related talents. Look to the information below for details about how you can get involved.
While the campus does not offer majors in these areas, student can pursue a minor in music. Individual instruction may be available in some areas as well.
This group is the campus and community concert band. It is comprised of UMC students who participate as a class for credit (MUS 1051 and MUS 3051), UMC faculty and staff members, and members of the greater Crookston community. This ensemble rehearses weekly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium and performs at least one feature concert each semester. It also performs at campus events such as Convocation and Commencement. All are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their instrument(s). If they do not have an instrument, one will be located to use. The Crookston Community Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman.
UMC Jazz Band
This is an auditioned ensemble with priority given to UMC students, but it is helpful to know about interested players passionate about performing jazz music if the need arises. The group features a Jazz Combo that performs from time to time as well. Highlights for the UMC Jazz Band typically include a Swing Dance, a Jingle Jazz Concert, and a feature concert with a guest artist. Participation is available for credit for UMC Students as MUS 1051 and MUS 3052. Audition materials will be provided to interested individuals. The Jazz Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman.
Golden Eagle Pep Band
This group performs for home Volleyball, and Basketball games during the year. All are welcome to play with this group whenever available, including faculty and staff. Participation in this group for UMC students is not available for class credit, instead they are paid for their time. TJ Chapman coordinates the Golden Eagle Pep Band.
UMC String Orchestra
Students, faculty, staff and community members interested in continuing their work with strings are welcome. Contact George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater.
The UMC Choir is comprised of students who enjoy rehearing and performing songs for the campus and community. This group is often part of celebrations on campus, such as Convocation, Commencement, the Alumni Awards Celebration, and the Torch & Shield Awards Recognition. The group also offers a concert each fall and spring semester. For community service, the UMC Choir often sings at churches, community gatherings, and service organization events. The Choir is under the direction of Associate Professor George French, who heads up activities in both music and theater on campus.
UMC Pop Choir
The Pop Choir is a new campus club that provides a fun, relaxed setting where students can express themselves through music while also refining their musical capabilities. The group tends to work with more contemporary musical selections. Members audition to be part of the club.
Music & Theater Productions
Students interested in theater productions, including drama, comedy, and musicals have options. Generally, a goal of one production per semester is set. Contact George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater.
Students have the option to take drama for credit. Also, student directors may apply for a grant via Crookston Student Research and Creative Works (CSR/CW) funds.
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