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Dakota Chamber Music unites generations and MSU and the community

What began as a continuation of Minot State Universityís commitment to the region nearly two decades ago, Dakota Chamber Music has grown into an invaluable musical experience for all involved. The sound of strings, piano, winds and brass fill the air as the June 9-15 summer institute brings together talented musicians ranging in age from junior high through adult.

"Dakota Chamber Music is a week of total immersion in musical communication, and the opportunity to share this experience with others who appreciate the value of rehearsing and performing works from the vast field of chamber music," said Rick Neukom, a DCM alumnus. "It has provided me with some of the most memorable musical experiences in my life."

The Division of Music coordinates DCM, which brings professional artists together with talented, motivated students and adults for intensive performance and study. Public events include the Faculty Concert June 12 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m., a Student Concert in the Gordon B. Olson Library June 13 at 11 a.m., the Adult Workshop Concert June 14 in Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. and the DCM Adult Retreat/High School Program Concert June 15 in Nelson Hall at 1 p.m. The latter three are free; the Faculty Concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students, with tickets available at the door.

DCM, celebrating its 18th season, is run by Luminus, the MSUís resident faculty trio, comprised of Jon Rumney, violin, Erik Anderson, cello, and Dianna Anderson, piano. Guest faculty include Jim Fusik, MSU assistant professor of woodwinds, Sean Neukom, violin, an MSU alumnus now working professionally in Pittsburgh, and Tim Nelson, viola, a Juilliard graduate who teaches music in Fargo. Each year, DCM draws 40-50 musicians and is by audition only. Attendees rehearse for four hours daily with the faculty and participate in master classes and other group presentations.

"As we travel around the state, promoting MSU and DCM, we tell students this is our favorite week of the whole year," said Erik Anderson, associate professor of music. "Such an exciting time to focus on the craft of chamber music and on communication — to help students experience growth in understanding of and connection to the great tradition of chamber music."

For questions, contact Erik Anderson at 858-3576 or