Dec 11th, 2012 @ 10:08 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
One of my favorite aspects of the Holiday Season is the occasions we have to hear so much wonderful music. There are numerous opportunities throughout the region to hear music concerts and recitals from church groups, school groups, and other area performers. During the past couple weeks I have been privileged to hear some fantastic concerts associated with various VCSU groups.

In late November, the annual Christmas at St. Catherine's concert was held here in Valley City. The concert featured various choirs from VCSU including the University Singers, the VCSU Concert Choir, and the Quantum Brass Quintet. VCSU professor and director of Choral Activities Dr. Chris Redfearn led the choirs. Quantum Brass was under the direction of VCSU professor and director of Bands, Dr. James Adams. Jaime Namminga did a phenomenal job as accompanist. There was a tremendous turnout of community members at the concert, and it was a pleasure to hear the beautiful music sung and played by our talented students. A few days later, the VCSU Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble held their annual year-end concerts. Unfortunately, I was out-of-town and had to miss the concerts, but repeatedly heard from numerous attendees about how terrific the performances were that day. These kinds of performances serve as a great reminder of the wonderful tradition of music we have at Valley City State, and provide an opportunity for our students and faculty to demonstrate their outstanding musical talents.

This past weekend, following the annual V-500 scholarship banquet, I attended the 17th Annual EBC Alumni "We're in the Christmas Mood" concert at Vangstad Auditorium on the VCSU campus. Most of the performers in the production are alumni of the VCSU Music program, and it was so nice to see a packed house enjoying a great evening of Holiday music. It truly was a great way to get in the Christmas Mood!

VCSU has an incredibly deep and rich history in music and music education, and the campus has been educating students in music for the past twelve decades. The music programs at VCSU are accredited through the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM accreditation is the hallmark by which collegiate music programs are measured. As the NASM website notes, this accreditation indicates, "a stamp of approval; a sign that an institution ascribes to, believes in, and has met an external set of basic criteria for the programs it offers," and, further, that the VCSU music program, "provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity." Accreditation from this prestigious body makes a powerful statement about the academic quality of the music programs and faculty at VCSU.

This important tradition of music is so important to the fabric of Valley City State University, and we look forward to this rich tradition continuing in the years ahead. There will be many more opportunities to hear and see the musical talents of our students, faculty, and alumni at future performances, and I hope you take the opportunity to witness this talent first-hand!