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Dakota Chamber Music marks 18th season

The Dakota Chamber Music celebrated its 18th season June 9-15. The institute brought professional artists together with talented and motivated students and adults for intensive performance and study. Minot State University’s resident trio, Luminus, formed the core of the 2014 DCM faculty. Erik Anderson, cello, Dianna Anderson, piano, and Jon Rumney, violin, comprise the trio.

"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, on communication; to help students experience growth in understanding of and connection to the great tradition of chamber music."

 Generally, chamber music includes any music performed by a small number of performers with one performer to a part. The word "chamber" signifies that the music can be performed in a small room, often in a private salon with an intimate atmosphere.

Guest musicians included 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, high school through adult, who play strings, piano, winds and brass. It is by audition only and is coordinated by the MSU Division of Music. Attendees rehearse for four hours daily with the faculty and participate in master classes and other group presentations. Public events included the Faculty Concert on June 12 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m., a Student Concert in the Gordon B. Olson Library on June 13 at 11 a.m., the Adult Workshop Concert on June 14 in Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. and the DCM Adult Retreat/High School Program Concert on June 15 in Nelson Hall at 1 p.m. For questions, contact Erik Anderson at 858-3576 or

Published: 05/27/14

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