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Music Department

Boyd Perkins, Chair 


Spafford Hall 315

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401


Phone: 605-626-2497

Fax: 605-626-2263

E-mail: Laura Haar

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Music: Do what you love

Imagine doing what you love for a living. If what you love is music, the NSU Music Department will help you achieve that dream.



Training, productions, ensembles

Northern’s music department boasts superb musical training, outstanding musical productions, and excellent ensembles including three bands, a college/community orchestra, three choral ensembles and jazz ensembles.


Faculty members strive to help you discover and develop your fullest potential and stimulate creativity and artistic expression in music through music classes, private instruction and participation in musical ensembles. 

Music teachers are in high demand – and if you graduate with a music degree from Northern, you will be prepared for the challenge. In addition to teaching, employment opportunities include performing, church music, music therapy and piano tuning.
Learn how to apply and audition HERE.



Academic Programs



Spring 2014 Calendar



Feb.1 - Piano Day, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., JC 107

Feb. 5-6 - Symphonic Band Tour, Huron High School, Onida High School, Mitchell High School, Warner High School
Feb. 9 - Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m., theater
Feb. 12 - Region IV Small Group/Solo Music Contest
Feb. 12-15 -  Drama Production, The Amish Project, Krikac, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 13-15 - S.D. Bandmasters, Brookings
Feb. 17 - President’s Day, No classes
Feb. 21-22 - Music Scholarship Auditions
Feb. 23 - Senior Recital, Anthony Rohr/Steven Zimoski, 3 p.m., Krikac
Feb. 27 - String Recital (tentative), Krikac, 7:30 p.m.
March 1 - Aberdeen Area Piano Festival, JFAC
Orchestra Concert, theater, 7:30 p.m.
March 2 - Senior Recital, Callie Marlette/Abby Klumb, Krikac, time TBA
March 6 - Jazz Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., theater
March 7 - Middle School Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., theater
March 8 - Destination Imagination, JFAC
March 10-14 -  Spring Break
March 19 - Bach’s Lunch, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, noon
March 19-22 - NC-ACDA, Des Moines, IA, Vocal Jazz Peforming
March 19 - Piano Proficiency, 3 p.m.
March 20 - Sinfonia Recital, Krikac, 7:30 p.m.
March 23 - Stage set for musical
March 25 - Assessment Day, No classes
March 27-29 - All-State Band, Intercollegiate Band, Pierre
March 28-29 - SD NATS, Vermillion (USD)
March 30 - Senior Recital, Robbie Klassen, Krikac, 3 p.m.
April 2 - Sophomore Screening, 3 p.m., JC 107
April 6 - Senior Recital, Chelsea Kerbaugh/Michelle Mennis, Krikac, time TBA
April 9-12 - Spring Drama Production, Les Miserables, JFAC 7:30 pm
April 10-12 - National NAfME research conference
April 13 - Symphonic Band Concert, 3 p.m., theater
April 14 - Concert Band, 7:30 p.m., theater
April 18-20 - Easter Break (note: does not include Monday)
April 23 - Community Concert, New York Brass, theater 7:30 p.m.
April 27 - Orchestra & Choral Concert, theater 7 p.m.
April 29 - VJE Sweet Jazz, Student Center, 7 pm



May 1 - Chamber Singers Concert, 7:30 pm, Krikac
May 2 - Jazz Swing Dance, Dakota Event Center, 7 p.m.
May 4 - Senior Recital, Paul Hoselton, 3 pm, Krikac
May 6 - Beginning Strings Concert, 3 p.m., JC125
May 5-9 - Final Exam Week
May 9-10 - All-State Jazz Band, JFAC, theater