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Division of Music


Kimberly Beard

The Division of Music has a long and distinguished reputation for excellence in the voice area. Graduates have enjoyed success teaching in public schools, pursuing higher education and performing regularly throughout the U.S. and abroad. Students may choose between voice study in the BSE for the future educators or BA for the liberal arts education. Lessons are also available to music minors and non-majors. Regardless of degree choice, voice students at MSU are afforded a comprehensive study with one of the four highly qualified master teachers. Additional opportunities include weekly lessons and master classes, student recitals and performances with any of the four vocal performing ensembles. MSU is host to frequent guest artists who offer performances, lectures and master-classes. Each year, in cooperation with the Western Plains Opera Company, students may perform along side of nationally acclaimed young professionals for a grand opera production. Qualified students are frequently heard singing major and supporting roles.

concert choir

The primary goal of voice study in the Division of Music is to see that the love of singing is nourished in each individual student. Our graduates are thoroughly prepared to pursue their chosen path, whether they choose to be an educator, a performer or seek higher degrees and continued study.

Performance opportunities

Performing Ensembles

Western Plains Opera Company



Ken BowlesDr. Kenneth Bowles, Professor
Chair of the Division of Music
BME, Texas Christian University, MME, DMA, University of Oklahoma

Phone: (701) 858-3190


DeVera BowlesDr. DeVera Bowles, Professor
BA, Pfeiffer College, MM, East Carolina University, DMA, Texas Tech University

Phone: (701) 858-3137


Rebecca PetrikRebecca Petrik, Assistant Professor
BA in Music Education, MME, St. Thomas University

Phone: (701) 858-3837

Dr. Jennifer Helen McQuade, Instructor of Music
BM; Mount Allison University AB; University of Western Ontario MM; Solo Voice Performance from McGill University DA; Vocal Pedagogy from The University of Mississippi

Phone: (701) 858-3191
Dr. Mark McQuade, Associate Professor
BM, Vocal Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory MM, Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma DA in Music, Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from the University of Mississippi

Phone: (701) 858-3189