Dickinson State University Fine and Performing Arts

Dickinson State University Fine and Performing Arts DSU Department of Fine and Performing Arts comprises four programs: visual arts, communication, music, and theatre.

DSU's Department of Fine and Performing Arts is dedicated to developing communication and artistic excellence through individual attention and a wide variety of technical and performance opportunities. Teacher-artists and a diversity of experiences assure every student's talent's and interests are fully developed. The life of every student is enriched by a heightened appreciation of and participation in one of the Fine & Performing Arts.

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.

The Chamber Singers have had an amazing time in New York City so far. (No foolin'!) They've visited the 9/11 Memorial, a...

The Chamber Singers have had an amazing time in New York City so far. (No foolin'!) They've visited the 9/11 Memorial, attended a Broadway show, and done lots of sightseeing and–of course–rehearsing for tonight's concert. Look for some posts from the students here in the next few days.

In the meantime, don't forget to support our trip by buying your "I ❤ DSU" T-Shirt–today is the last day! Click on the photo for the link to the online order form.

The DSU Chamber Singers are going to NYC again to sing at Carnegie Hall later this month! To celebrate--and to help rais...

The DSU Chamber Singers are going to NYC again to sing at Carnegie Hall later this month! To celebrate--and to help raise the remaining funds for the trip--we are selling custom-made "I ❤ DSU" t-shirts. Shirts are $15 apiece, and can be ordered at the link below. Payment can be made at the One Stop office at DSU either in person (May Hall 107) or by calling 701-483-2331 or 701-483-2328. Please join us in celebrating this trip, and showing your Blue Hawk Pride!


3/17/19Turns out we really did travel back in time during our last day in Rome. On our way to the Colesseum we stopped f...


Turns out we really did travel back in time during our last day in Rome. On our way to the Colesseum we stopped first at the Circo Massimo which was the race track where they would race chariots, usually led by 2 horses.

From there we went to Romes main attraction: the Colesseum. It was so cool to see something in real life that I've only ever read about. Not to mention see exactly how big it is. We didn't get to walk down on the arena floor or in the underneath walkways, as they're being restored, but that turned out to be even better because we could see how it was constructed and what went on down below.

Our next stop was the Forum which at this point is pretty much just ruins. However, we did get to see where Julius Caesar was cremated and later we got to see(ish) where he was assassinated.

After grabbing a quick lunch we were off again, this time to see the Trevi Fountain. This fountain that took 16 years to build, is still to this day supplied by an ancient Roman aqueduct. Of course there was a massive group of people around it but we managed to squeeze in to get some pictures and throw a coin in. Supposedly if you toss a coin into the fountain you're more likely to return to Rome one day, but we'll see about that.

After the fountain we wound our way through some back streets to the Pantheon, the oldest, best preserved building of it's time. This is mostly because after the fall of Rome it was converted into a church and the members took great care of it after that. Our guide said that by looking at the Pantheon we can better imagine what the Colesseum and the Forum would have looked like. If that's the case then they must have been beautiful. The artist Rafael, is also buried in the Pantheon, because after seeing it he knew that it was something great.

Just a short walk away was the Piazza Navona which sits on top of the Stadium of Domitian and was used for athletic games starting in 80 A.D. Now the square houses an obscene amount of restaurants and three lovely fountains. Also one restaurant that serves a delightful truffle, which if you know me, you know I was all over that the minute I got the chance.

Today as a whole was a lot of information and a lot of people to wade through, but learning more about the history of ancient Rome was a blast. It was a great way to end our time in Italy.

While we've had such a wonderful time here and have fallen in love with every city we've been in, I think we're all ready to go home (maybe not to the snow, the weather has been spoiling us here). We have made so many memories here and created such great stories, we can't wait to share them with you all.

I for one, have loved updating you on our adventures and thank you to those of you that have stuck with us from the beginning. I'm so glad that I got to share my experiences with you all, I hope you enjoyed them too.

For probably the last time, ciao,
Hailey Entze

3/16/19Not many things get me out of bed before 8 in the morning. In fact, so far only dropping my friends off at the ai...


Not many things get me out of bed before 8 in the morning. In fact, so far only dropping my friends off at the airport and Nightlife at Badlands Ministries have succeeded. Now Pompeii can add itself to the list, and I wasn't even mad about it.

After getting a late start we speed walked it to the bus this morning only to find out we were told the wrong time and were 40 minutes early. Pair that with a 3 hour bus ride and we finally walked through the gates of Pompeii.

Here's the thing, history books tell you some things about Pompeii, like how it was covered by ash and they have plasters of the people who were buried. But until you're actually there, you have no idea what a beautiful city it was, how many people actually lived there, or how advanced it was for its time.

Mount Vesuvius erupted on October 24th at 1 p.m. in 79 A.D. we know this because of 2 letters written from that time describing the eruption. I originally thought that Vesuvius covered Pompeii in lava and that's what killed everyone, but it was actually the gas from the eruption. Then the city was buried underneath 10-12 ft of ash and it wasn't discovered again until 1524 and that was just by accident. Since archeology didnt necessarily exist then, regular excavation started in 1788 and even then they weren't very careful and some things were still destoryed.

Our guide told us all of this while taking us through the ruins. Before the eruption about 15,000 people lived in Pompeii and their greatest export was wine. They had two theaters, a big one for plays, and a smaller one for musical performances. They also had a mini Colosseum. They actually still use this arena for performances today, only today's are much more, how should we say...PG.

Due to a volcanic eruption many years before Pompeii, the people of the city paved their streets with lava rock. Since the rock was so thick they didnt have sewage or drainage and so the streets were never used by pedestrians, instead they had huge stepping stones from sidewalk to sidewalk.

Another fun fact our guide told/showed us is that the city had "fast food". There were shops with big counters and holes in them for terra cotta pots. The pots would keep things either hot or cold and made it easy for people to stop in and grab a quick meal. She said there were 200 of these shops in total. Sounds like McDonalds would have had made bank in Pompeii.

They also had 5 public baths and 24 bakeries. The houses of the richer families always had a foyer, an atrium, and a dining and living room, while most of the poorer families lived behind or above shops.

Okay, I have to stop otherwise you'll be reading my first book on Facebook, that's how much I could go on about Pompeii. It exceeded my expectations and the views from the city were breathtaking. Me and my adventure sandals (my Chacos, worth every penny) have never been happier than while climbing all over the streets of Pompeii. I could have spent a whole day there just discovering every hidden staircase and alcove. 10/10 would recommend making it a destination if you ever plan on going to Italy.

Tomorrow is our last full day in Rome, and Italy in general for that matter 😞. But we'll be travelling back in time at the Pantheon and the Colesseum, so see yall tomorrow from ancient Rome!


3/15/19A couple asked me to take their picture at the top of a castle today, then they asked if Golden Valley was in the...


A couple asked me to take their picture at the top of a castle today, then they asked if Golden Valley was in the central or the western part of the state? Imagine how shocked I was until they told me they were from Fargo. They proceeded to say that they read North Dakota on my jacket and knew I would take a picture of them without running off with their phone. What are the odds, come all the way to Rome and run into someone you know(ish).

Before we got to that castle though, we rode the Metro to the Vatican. Which, by the way, I did not know was it's own country with ambassadors and everything. We walked through the museum (a very small portion of it) and our guide told us about every artwork from the tapesteys to the ceiling. In one section, the ceiling was even painted to look like it was carved, and if you look at the picture it does a really good job.

From the museum we entered the Sistine Chapel, which is just as impressive in real life as you would imagine. Unfortunatly, pictures are not permitted in the Chapel so I can't show you how beautiful it is. But let's just say that even though Michelanglo had to paint practically lying down and was predominantly a sculptor, he did one heck of a job.

Of course after that we toured St. Peter's Basilica. We got to take a ton of pictures there because, as the guide said, they wanted to make sure it would last forever. Therefore, everything is made out of permanent materials, such as marble and bronze.

The Vatican, while impressive, is also chaos and my patience is the size of a fruit fly, so it was a relief to leave those walls. But after that wall we just went inside another one; the Castel Sant' Angelo that housed Hadrian's (of the Hadrian Wall) tomb. It's also built like a fortress and Mr. Walter talked a lot about the holes in the wall being there to pour hot oil on the enemy, so either a lot of people wanted to get at this Hadrian guys tomb, or it was used for something else entirely beforehand.

And as if we hadn't done enough walking already, we headed over to the Spanish Steps to live out our own Roman Holiday (my Audrey Hepburn obsession in high school has turned out to be more of an education than I thought it would be). Turns out to get to the steps you have to walk down one of the most expensive streets in Rome. We passed Chanel, Dolce and Gabanna, Prada, Gucci, Hermés, Tiffany's...stores I'm scared to even step foot into for fear of breathing wrong on something. The street ends at the Spanish Steps and we found a spot in the middle to just sit and take it all in for a second.

Fun fact: it's also the Ides of March. Our guide said no one really celebrates it that much anymore, considering it happened so long ago that Shakespeare himself wrote a play about it, but it's still cool to be in Rome at the same time.

We had our last group supper together tonight at a wonderful little place near out hotel. The pasta was to die for, the chicken tasted like heaven, and the dessert, well, how can dessert be bad? Tomorrow we venture to Pompeii bright and early. No seriously, we have to be up before 6 in the morning. Nevertheless we're looking forward to it!

Hailey Entze

3/14/19Not to brag or anything, but today in Orvieto it was 63 degrees and the sun was shining. It was pretty much how a...


Not to brag or anything, but today in Orvieto it was 63 degrees and the sun was shining. It was pretty much how a spring day in March is supposed to feel (take notes North Dakota).

We left Florence this morning for Roma, but we stopped in Orvieto first. The old part of the city sits on a cliff and we had to take a special car up to the top. For comparisons sake, it was like riding a rollercoaster up, but instead of plummeting toward the earth at the top, we stopped and got out on flat ground. At the top we got to look out over the surrounding lush green grass and rolling hills.

We then hiked it up some more hills and got to their cathedral. Turns out they were filming some sort of documentary on Orvieto today so there were some people dressed up in medieval costumes and they had brought back a statue to the church that they had moved to better protect it.

Despite the production, Orvieto is actually one of the less touristy places we have visited. They have a few things, like their church, a cave, and an underground labyrinth, but overall the tourism fasçade hasn't touched it too dramatically.

The caves that we visited were located underneath a restaurant and were created by the Etruscans in 6th century B.C. for multiple purposes. A few were for creating pottery, some for getting rid of garbage, one well (the Pope also hid there for a while when he thought he was in danger), and a tomb. The best part however was the guy that ran it. He was the CUTEST little old man. He didnt speak a word of English, but afterwards he pulled us into the restaurant and showed us a hole covered by plexiglass over the cave. He made us all stand and jump on it and then he would laugh. Ugh, can I just bring him home as a souvenir?

Following the caves we went to the labyrinth. The woman who gave us the tour was the daughter of the man who found it in the 80s when he was replacing the floor of his restaurant. Apparently these tunnels run underneath all of Orvieto, but they've only cleared some of them. The tunnels were used as rainwater cisterns, grain silos, and wells. At the deepest part we were about 70 ft below the streets of Orvieto. A 250,000 year old plant fossil lies down there, petrified from the eruption of the ancient volcano that used to sit where the Bolsena Lake does now.

Orvieto turned out to be an interesting stop since we got to see things much different from everything else we've seen so far.

Now for our next stop: Roma. We'll have a day there, a day in Pompeii, and another day in Rome. Saved the best for last obviously.

Hailey Entze

3/13/19If you think the U.S. has bad drivers you have no idea what the Italian streets are like. I swear they just throw...


If you think the U.S. has bad drivers you have no idea what the Italian streets are like. I swear they just throw out their rules of the road book. Anything goes, literally. Anything. Wanna drive on the sidewalk for a bit? Sure! Feel like driving over the middle line on the highway? Go ahead! We wove up and down and around the hills of Tuscany and I dont think I've ever experienced more frightening driving. However, the scenery was beautiful.

Our first stop on today's mini road trip was Siena. A guide showed us around the town which is more medieval than Florence. She also showed us the church that they started building to compete with Florence's. Though due to the plague that dropped the population from 60,000 to 15,000, they had to stop. If that wouldn't have happened, it would have been absolutely massive.

We also saw the square where they have the horse race in Siena. They pack dirt right on top of the sidewalk and 10 districts (Siena is made up of 17 total, but they take turns deciding who gets to race) pick and pamper their horse for weeks leading up to a race that lasts for 1 minutes and 15 seconds in all.

From Siena we headed further into Tuscany to a vineyard. We got to taste a combination of 6 different wines from white to red; served with salami, cheese, and our choice of pasta.

San Gimignano was our next stop. It used to hold the record for the town with the most towers at 72. Now it has around 14, which is still pretty impressive considering the size of it. Our drivers also told us about San Gimignano's gelato shop that won Worlds Best Gelato a few years ago so of course we had to try it. For the record, it's been 10 years since they got the award and the gelato is still pretty good.

Then we raced across the countryside to get to Pisa before it got dark and made it just in time. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is smaller than I anticipated, but it also leans more than I expected. The whole complex, baptistry, tower, and cathedral all lean a little bit actually.

Even though it was cold and rained sporadically, the day turned out to be a nice day for rest and relaxation before we head to Rome tomorrow. Florence has been fabulous and I'm sad to see our time here ending, but our adventuring must continue and Rome is the perfect place to end a so far perfect spring break.

Hailey Entze

3/11/19In a dramatic sense, a little piece of me died today while walking to the top of the Duomo. In a literally sense,...

In a dramatic sense, a little piece of me died today while walking to the top of the Duomo. In a literally sense, we're all alive and well and the climb wasn't actually that bad. Except for maybe Dylan, I was told he hugged the wall most of the way up.

The morning started out with meeting our guide, Paola. She lead us around the most famous Florentine complex: the Baptistry of St. John, Giotto's Bell Tower, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its huge dome that you can see from all over the city. All of them, as you can probably imagine, are beautiful beyond all measure.

The most fun, for me at least, was walking to the very top of the Duomo. I thought I was going to be out of breath by the second flight of stairs, but given the fact that it spirals almost all the way up, I was more focused on not getting dizzy.

How it works is that you walk in between the inside dome and the outside one. So at one point we were actually in the church and got to see the painted ceilings (which were slightly graphic, I'm not going to lie. Imagine going to church and seeing depictions of hell painted on the ceiling. You'd probably be shocked too). Once outside however, it's like being on top of the world. Like a lot of things I see on this trip, I dont even have words to express how impressive it is.

After the climb we split up again. A few of us followed Mr. Walter around the city. First to Piazza della Signoria where he gave us an impromptu art lecture on the statues displayed there (one of them being a copy of the statue of David by Michaelangelo). Then we went to a leather shop where they actually make their own products. The owner gave us a tour and explained how everything was made. Their bags and belts were some of the softest leather I've ever touched. I have their card if you want to order something, it's worth it, I'm just saying.

To end the night we went out to eat as a group. We had some delicious wine, a few good laughs, and an overall good time. Some went on a walk to the river, and I'm almost positive that they had a grand time.

Tomorrow we meet Paola again for a tour of the Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery. So far, Florence has been nothing short of amazing. We even saw some illegal street vendors get arrested so I feel like we've had the full Florence experience.

Ciao for now!
Hailey Entze


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