Think. Create. Engage.


At Minot State, you will have access to the faculty, technology, performing opportunities, academic content, and real-world experiences necessary to build your future, all within a supportive community.

Come meet your new music family and realize your musical potential. Develop skills and friendships that will help you make a positive impact in your world.

MSU's Division of Performing Arts is completely invested in the success of our students. Our dedicated faculty provide challenging courses of study and performance opportunities that encourage students to achieve their highest musical and professional goals. Our students perform alongside an array of international, national and local professionals throughout the year. Western Plains Opera, the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Dakota Chamber Music, and guest artists and teachers provide an urban-connected awareness to our goal to "be seen, be heard." Our 5:1 music major to full-time faculty ratio and beautiful music facilities make it possible to give students the extra attention needed to grow exponentially. Additionally, we support our students with over $100,000 in scholarship awards annually.  We not only make music together, we grow relationships that live long after graduation.

Student Spotlight

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"One of my favorite opportunities at MSU was being able to go to Norway. My favorite part specifically was being able to hear the Oslo Philharmonic. Being able to hear professionals play at the highest level was a great experience."

— Michael Harrison
Junior, Music Education, Trombone

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"I got the opportunity to be stage manager for Western Plains Opera Company’s production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods in the spring semester of 2019. I had never been involved with musical theatre before, and through this experience I found a real passion for the theatre."

— Megan Klebe
Sophomore, Music Education, Trumpet, Voice

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"The professors of the music department at Minot State cater to your individual learning needs and will challenge you to become the best you can be."

— Anthony Mahler
Freshmen, Music Education, Piano

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"Having the opportunity to perform in shows put on by the Western Plains Opera Company. It allowed me to connect to and learn from professional performers and directors."

— Kaylee Capp
Music Education, Voice

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"I love the community that the Division of Performing Arts at MSU has. I feel comfortable speaking to every student and professor, I’m glad to have been a part of this program."

— Emily Bailey
Senior, BSE Music Education, Tuba



The MSU Division of Performing Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and endorsed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music (Performance), a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (BSE), and a Minor in Music. The Minot State University Campus is within five minutes of the expanded Minot International Airport or the Amtrak Station. Explore our site and schedule a visit.

To schedule your scholarship audition, observe classes, tour the campus and visit with faculty, please contact us.

Erik Anderson, Performing Arts Division Chair
Phone: (701) 858-3576 or
1-800-777-0750, ext. 3576
Fax: (701) 858-3823

Division of Performing Arts
Minot State University
500 University Ave West
Minot, ND 58707