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Valley City State University To Host Eastern Dakota Conference Music Contest

Nov 23, 2021

500+ Students To Participate in Percussion and Wind Instrument Music Categories on Dec. 2

Cymbal as part of a percussion kit

Valley City, ND – Valley City State University (VCSU) will host the 2021-2022 North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) Eastern Dakota Conference (EDC) music contest for wind and percussion soloists.

The contest begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Foss Music Hall. More than 500 soloists are expected to participate. Faculty from VCSU are helping facilitate and judge the event.

“We are so happy to host this event and bring musicians from so many excellent schools to our campus,” Jerrold Heide, Chair of the VCSU Music Department, said. “It will be a busy day for our faculty and staff as we help conduct the contest, but it’s a great way to help students learn and perform.”

High schools participating in the contest include Wahpeton, Fargo Davies, Shanley, Fargo North, West Fargo, Grand Forks Red River, Grand Forks Central, West Fargo Horace, West Fargo Sheyenne, Fargo South, Valley City and Devils Lake.

“As a musician and President, I’m so happy to welcome these high school students to our community,” VCSU President Dr. Alan LaFave said. “We are excited to host this event again in the future in our new Center for the Arts.”

VCSU offers multiple degrees relating to music including a Music Education Bachelor’s Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with Audio Production Concentration and Performance Concentration. The University also offers multiple music related minors including Music Audio Production and Piano Pedagogy.

For more information, contact Tammy Jo Anderson Taft by emailing, or calling 701-845-7227.