Dec 13th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley, VCSU President
One of my favorite aspects of the Holiday Season is the abundance of traditional Christmas music and holiday songs that are prevalent around us this time of year. There has certainly been no shortage of opportunities to hear and witness first-hand some of this music in Valley City recently. Students, faculty, and members of the Valley City State University community have displayed their talents in a series of recent performances.

Just last week, I attended the VCSU Jazz Ensemble's Holiday Concert, the Christmas at St. Catherine's performance featuring the VCSU Concert Choir and VCSU Valkyries, and the EBC Fraternity Alumni's 15th Anniversary "We're in the Christmas Mood" concert. All of these performances were an absolute joy to see and hear, and they truly showcased the tremendous talent embodied within the long-standing tradition of music at VCSU. In fact, a performance of "Christmas at St. Catherine's" is scheduled to be broadcast statewide on North Dakota Public Radio at 10 am on December 23.

The various concerts performed last week included students involved in band and chorale activities as well as VCSU alumni and students from surrounding high schools. It was truly an impressive display of talent, and if you missed any of the performances I hope you take the time to attend additional performances by VCSU students in the future. There are many performances scheduled throughout the rest of the winter and spring, so please take time to experience this musical talent for yourself. Additionally, the Community School for the Arts (CSA) held recitals this past weekend, and activities such as these recitals exemplify how fortunate we are to have the CSA in the Valley City community. The CSA is a fully certified member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and it is a true asset to our city and local region.

Music has been an integral part of the Valley City State campus since its founding days. The Music Department was officially recognized under its own heading for the first time in 1907, and student recitals and music programs have occurred since the founding of the campus. It is so exciting and awe-inspiring to see this important legacy of musical tradition and excellence continue over a century later as we approach 2011.

The VCSU Music Department is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). NASM accreditation signifies the educational excellence and high level of quality and academic rigor exhibited by VCSU's music programs. Additionally, NASM accreditation also helps establish curricular standards and guidelines for specific degrees and credentials offered in music.

VCSU alumni who have majored in either the Music, Music Education, or Music with emphasis in Business programs, are working and teaching throughout the region and state. In their professional roles, they are having a significant impact in sharing their skills and talents with future generations of musicians. This is an important responsibility that plays a great role in strengthening our society and richening our culture, and VCSU takes great pride in fulfilling this role. VCSU has been a leader in this area for many years, and looks forward to many more great years ahead in music and the fine arts.