Think. Create. Engage.

THINK about music, meaning, and the world
CREATE performances, compositions, and media
ENGAGE with peers, faculty, and the community

WELCOME HOME! In the Division of Performing Arts, you will find the faculty, technology, performing opportunities, academic content, and real-world experiences necessary to build your future, all within a supportive community.

What we offer you

  • 5:1 student/faculty ratio in music
  • Training in wind, brass, percussion, strings, voice, keyboard, and guitar
  • Degrees in performance (BA) and education (BSEd)
  • NEW! Concentration in composition, with two composers on faculty
  • Over $120,000 in music scholarships, awarded to majors, minors, and ensemble participants
  • About $8,000 tuition and fees per year
  • Numerous options for living on or near campus

Technology for music and theatre students

  • Podcasting studio with dedicated Mevo
  • Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Cloud, Finale, Serato, FL, and others
  • Sound booth for professional recording
  • Streaming technology through ATEM Mini-Pro Switcher
  • Music student computer lab with multiple MIDI stations
  • Digital Creativity room with Roland DJ-505, MIDI Fighter 64, MIDI keyboard, USB mic interface, studio-quality monitor speakers, and more
  • Training from professional audio, video, and composition faculty

Performance opportunities

  • Band, choir, orchestra, jazz ensemble, chamber music, MSU Singers, athletic band, and others
  • Western Plains Opera, where students work alongside industry professionals
  • Financial support for competitions, conferences, and outreach
  • Weekly performance and studio classes
  • Variety shows each semester, showcasing student, and faculty talents

Let's Get Started!

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Questions about our program? Ask our students!

Student Spotlight

student spotlight

"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
Senior, Music Education, Trombone

student spotlight

"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
Junior, Music Education, Trumpet, Voice

student spotlight

"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
Sophomore, BA, Piano Performance



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