DSU Arts & Letters

DSU Arts & Letters DSU Department of Arts and Letters comprises of six programs: Art, Communication, Music, Theatre, English, and Spanish The Department of Arts and Letters provides highly beneficial courses and programs that contribute to the quality of life for the students and members of the Dickinson State University community and the residents of Southwestern North Dakota.

Our curriculum provides the basis for a liberal arts education and cultivates an understanding and appreciation of different forms of communication and artistic and creative endeavors. Small classes and exceptional faculty help students develop and improve a wide range of skills

Mission: The faculty of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts believes that the fine arts, by their nature, are especially important to the cultivation of the liberal arts values of inquiry, sensitivity, empathy and creativity. Further, specialists in the fine arts are needed to promote these values and to contribute to the cultural and economic base of any community. Thus, the mission of the department is to increase the appreciation of and the participation in the various fine arts in southwestern North Dakota and to train artists who can, through exhibitions, performances and teaching, add to the quality of life wherever they eventually make their homes.

Operating as usual

Our last choir song for you for the holidays this year: DSU Chamber Singers sings Kirby Shaw's jazzy arrangement of "Car...
12/25/2020
Carol of the Bells, arr. Kirby Shaw

Our last choir song for you for the holidays this year: DSU Chamber Singers sings Kirby Shaw's jazzy arrangement of "Carol of the Bells." Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

DSU Chamber SingersBrent Rogers, conductor

Our next selection from the canceled holiday concert is Timothy Bandy's beautiful, jazzy arrangement of "O Come, O Come,...
12/24/2020
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, arr. Timothy Bandy

Our next selection from the canceled holiday concert is Timothy Bandy's beautiful, jazzy arrangement of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" performed by the DSU Chamber Singers (our auditioned choir) with Dr. Jeremy Wohletz on clarinet. We hope you enjoy!

DSU Chamber SingersBrent Rogers, conductorJeremy Wohletz, clarinetCheryl Hewson, piano

Today's installment is a piece called "A la nanita nana," from a set of pieces called "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas i...
12/22/2020
A la Nanita Nana, arr. Conrad Susa

Today's installment is a piece called "A la nanita nana," from a set of pieces called "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest" by Conrad Susa. This is a traditional Spanish lullaby to the Baby Jesus, that translates (roughly) as follows:

A la nanita nana, nanita ea, (nonsense words to soothe the baby)
My Jesus is sleepy, blessed be he, blessed be he.
Little fountain that runs clear and sonorous,
Nightingale in the jungle, your cry is a song,
Be quiet as the cradle rocks,
A la nanita nana, nanita ea.
Blessed be he.
Nanita ea.

From "Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest"DSU ChoraleBrent Rogers, conductorGeorge Seror, guitarCheryl Hewson, piano

The pandemic forced us to cancel our holiday concert this year, so we're bringing the music to you! Today and for the ne...
12/22/2020
Sing We Now of Christmas (Noël Nouvelet), arr Howard Helvey

The pandemic forced us to cancel our holiday concert this year, so we're bringing the music to you! Today and for the next three days the DSU choirs will be releasing videos of pieces we were preparing for the canceled concert. We were given permission from DSU administration to meet last week for our "final exam" to record them.

Today the DSU Chorale (DSU's non-auditioned choir) brings you Howard Helvey's arrangement of "Sing We Now of Christmas." We hope you enjoy and share with your friends and family!

DSU ChoraleBrent Rogers, conductorCheryl Hewson, piano

12/18/2020
Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!
Turn the sound on ;)

#discoverdsu #dsuartsandletters

It turns out that music is good for more than just enjoyment!
12/07/2020
6 Amazing Health Benefits of Music Lessons For Adults | CS Music

It turns out that music is good for more than just enjoyment!

Since the early ages, individuals have used forms of music for various purposes, especially entertainment. Little did everyone know that music also offers benefits to the mind and body. Studies show that it can elevate the quality of life as it provides several health perks, even to adults.

12/04/2020
Theatrical design

Some of the theatrical design students working on their projects with Associate Professor of Theatre, Jarvis Jahner.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions our audition day will now be virtual. Please send in a audition video to jer...
12/02/2020

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions our audition day will now be virtual. Please send in a audition video to [email protected].
We can still waive the DSU application fee and all scholarships will still be available.
We apologize for the inconvenience and let us know if you have any questions.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and musical Thanksgiving!
11/26/2020

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and musical Thanksgiving!

11/13/2020

Day two underway for Northern Plains! Looking forward to some great sessions.

Join us for some live jazz today at 7pm in Stickney Auditorium 🎶Free and open to the public! Share with your friends!
11/09/2020

Join us for some live jazz today at 7pm in Stickney Auditorium 🎶
Free and open to the public!
Share with your friends!

Tomorrow is opening night!  Audience seating will be limited to 50 people so to guaranty a seat get your tickets in adva...
10/21/2020

Tomorrow is opening night! Audience seating will be limited to 50 people so to guaranty a seat get your tickets in advance at www.dsuarts.com Masks and social distancing will be expected.

Playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost -- not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness -- experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. Propelled by the mystical energy of the aurora borealis and populated with characters who are humorous, plain-spoken, thoughtful, and sincere, Almost, Maine is a series of loosely connected tales about love, each with a compelling couple at its center, each with its own touch of sorcery.

First theatre production of the season!
10/13/2020

First theatre production of the season!

Mark your calendars for our Fall events! 👇
10/08/2020

Mark your calendars for our Fall events! 👇

Congratulations to one of our faculty members, Dr. Andrea Cuervo Prados, on achieving her doctorate! 🥳We are all proud o...
09/18/2020

Congratulations to one of our faculty members, Dr. Andrea Cuervo Prados, on achieving her doctorate! 🥳
We are all proud of her accomplishments!

09/18/2020

DSU Pep band is ready for tomorrow's home football game!

09/15/2020

In case you missed it, here is a clip from last night's concert.

First live performance of the year! And the paperless program works great.
09/15/2020

First live performance of the year! And the paperless program works great.

09/11/2020
Hymn for the Lost and the Living - Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen was teaching a music class at the Juilliard School when the 9/11 attacks happened. In his programme note for the piece, he described the inspiration for the piece: "A Hymn for the Lost and the Living portrays those painful days following September 11th, days of supreme sadness." (Taken from ClassicalFM.com)

US Air Force Heritage of America Band At about measure 115, the key signature in this recording is different from the one in the version that we are playing ...

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed next week Arts in Education Week 2020! Please join us in thanking him for his suppor...
09/11/2020
Governor Burgum Proclaims Arts in Education Week 2020 in North Dakota

Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed next week Arts in Education Week 2020! Please join us in thanking him for his support for the arts in North Dakota.

As Rebecca Engelman, Arts in Education Director for the ND Council on the Arts said, "Now more than ever, children and adults need art to remind us why life is worth living, to reawaken our sense of the wonder of being, to remind us of our freedom, and to highlight the things in our cultures that connect us and enable us to withstand unexpected challenges."

Happy Arts in Education Week!

COVID can't stop the music at DSU! The choirs are singing socially distanced, wearing singer's masks, and in large space...
09/03/2020

COVID can't stop the music at DSU! The choirs are singing socially distanced, wearing singer's masks, and in large spaces to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus. But they're singing, and they're sounding great!

(Not pictured: two students in isolation who are participating via Blackboard Collaborate, which is like Zoom, but specifically for colleges.)

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09/02/2020

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A sunny afternoon calls for outdoor socially-distanced practice. 👏🎷🎺🥁

First week of classes is in the books! Here was String Methods with masks and social distancing.
08/29/2020

First week of classes is in the books! Here was String Methods with masks and social distancing.

08/24/2020
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We are excited to have all the Arts & Letters students on campus! Have a successful year!
#hawksareup

It's finally the first day of the academic year, and we were so excited to welcome our Blue Hawks home during our Convocation celebration this afternoon! #hawksareup

Percussion students helped replace timpani heads with percussion instructor and band director, Dr. Brian Holder, earlier...
08/23/2020

Percussion students helped replace timpani heads with percussion instructor and band director, Dr. Brian Holder, earlier this summer. All while practicing social distancing.

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08/18/2020

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08/18/2020

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https://dickinsonstatenews.com/a-life-changing-experience-dsu-music-education-major-prepares-for-miss-montana-competitio...
07/17/2020
“A life-changing experience”: DSU music education major prepares for Miss Montana competition - Dickinson State University News

https://dickinsonstatenews.com/a-life-changing-experience-dsu-music-education-major-prepares-for-miss-montana-competition/

Amber Sickler, a music education major at Dickinson State University (DSU), lives an incredibly full life. Spending time with her family and friends is very important to her, and she does her best to balance those aspects of her life with her studies and extra-curricular activities. That balancing a...

07/12/2020
Selena Ryan-Ex Nihilo for Virtual Clarinet Ensemble

Associate professor of music, Jeremy Wohletz, got the opportunity to perform in a virtual clarinet choir and premiered a new composition this afternoon!

Thank you for watching this video! If you enjoyed it, please leave a like, comment, and subscribe! Thank you again to the amazing performers who joined me on...

Student spotlight! https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10156916460301086&id=148832991085
06/29/2020

Student spotlight!
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10156916460301086&id=148832991085

Amber Sickler is one of 13 candidates competing for the crown of Miss Montana 2020 to be held in Glendive at the DCHS Auditorium for the 16th year. This year plans for Covid-19 health and safety for all attending was paramount and approved by the Dawson County Health Board for July 23-25. Some activities won’t happen like the ice cream social after the Friday parade or silent auction bidding during intermission as it is too hard to social distance.
But the show and competition will be excellent with 10 Outstanding Teens competing for the crown now held by Karsen Murphy of Glendive and thirteen 17-25 year olds vying for the title of Miss Montana now held by Mo Shea of Helena who earned $14,875 in scholarships for medical school through the Miss America organization.
Competing for the first time, Amber Sicker graduated from DCHS in 2019 and was involved in volleyball, cheer, cross country, tennis, pep band, chamber, choir, band, and drum-line. She was an honor roll student and received district and state superior music festival awards plus Outstanding Band & Choir Award, Outstanding Accompanist Award, Tennis Captain Award, and Academic Award. She likes kayaking, bicycling, hiking, and tennis, but she really loves music.
At 19, Amber completed her freshman year at Dickinson State University, majoring in music education. She is involved in the National Association of Music Educators and on the Dean’s List. Her passion shows in her social impact statement Music Matters. She enjoyed everything about college her first year and plans to be a high school music teacher. For her talent at Miss Montana Amber will be singing and playing piano.

This summer Amber is busy teaching tennis lessons in the mornings and working at Subway. Her proud parents are Craig and Michelle Sickler of Glendive.

The public can vote for contestants online at www.missmontana.com starting July 9 to be Montana’s Choice, a finalist in the last night of competition and win the MT Choice scholarship. Tickets will be on sale starting July 6 at the chamber, Farm to Table Store, online and at the door.

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition
05/04/2020

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition
04/30/2020

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition

Spring 2020 Senior Capstone Fine Arts Exhibition

04/28/2020
"Together" for social-distanced marimba choir (Matt Moore)

Music is still happening during Social Distancing! Our very own director of band and percussion instructor, Dr. Brian Holder, was one of 111 performers from 5 countries that participated in a piece for social-distanced marimba choir. Enjoy!

In the middle of March 2020, as everything was being canceled and everyone staying home, a post went out to percussionists through social media: "We’re stuck...

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