• A group of student singing in the UMC choir.
  • Student actors in action during a play at UMC in Kiehle Auditorium.
  • UMC Jazz Band Concert
  • A few faculty, staff and students who play string instruments performing at a function in Kiehle Auditorium.
  • a scene from "Twelve Angry Men" produced March 2018
  • student playing a piano
  • Full UMC choir singing at a function in Kiehle Auditorium.
  • UMC Theater Group presenting Brothers Grimm
  • students in production of Little Shop of Horrors
  • UMC Pep Band at a football game
  • Students in production of Amahl and the Night Visitors

Music and Theater

There are several outlets for students to continue to pursue their interests in both music and theater at the U of M Crookston. Faculty and staff are eager to work with students who wish to continue advancing their musical and theater-related talents. Look to the information below for details about how you can get involved. 

While the campus does not offer majors in these areas, student can pursue a minor in music. Individual instruction may be available in some areas as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get signed up for choir?
A: Contact George French

Q: How do I get signed up for band?
A: Contact TJ Chapman

Q: Can I earn credit towards my major?
A: Talk to your advisor.

Band - Community Band, Jazz Band, Golden Eagle Pep Band, UMC String Orchestra

Band - Community Band, Jazz Band, Golden Eagle Pep Band, UMC String Orchestra

Crookston Community Band

This group is the campus and community concert band. It is comprised of UMC students who participate as a class for credit (MUS 1051 and MUS 3051), UMC faculty and staff members, and members of the greater Crookston community.  This ensemble rehearses weekly on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium and performs at least one feature concert each semester.  It also performs at campus events such as Convocation and Commencement.  All are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their instrument(s). If they do not have an instrument, one will be located to use.  The Crookston Community Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman. 

UMC Jazz Band

This is an auditioned ensemble with priority given to UMC students, but it is helpful to know about interested players passionate about performing jazz music if the need arises. The group features a Jazz Combo that performs from time to time as well. Highlights for the UMC Jazz Band typically include a Swing Dance, a Jingle Jazz Concert, and a feature concert with a guest artist. Participation is available for credit for UMC Students as MUS 1051 and MUS 3052. Audition materials will be provided to interested individuals. The Jazz Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman. 

Golden Eagle Pep Band

This group performs for home Football, Volleyball, and Basketball games during the year. All are welcome to play with this group whenever available, including faculty and staff.  Participation in this group for UMC students is not available for class credit, instead they are paid for their time. TJ Chapman coordinates the Golden Eagle Pep Band.

UMC String Orchestra

Students, faculty, staff and community members interested in continuing their work with strings are welcome. Contact George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater.

Choir and Pop Choir

Choir and Pop Choir

UMC Choir

The UMC Choir is comprised of students who enjoy rehearing and performing songs for the campus and community. This group is often part of celebrations on campus, such as Convocation, Commencement, the Alumni Awards Celebration, and the Torch & Shield Awards Recognition. The group also offers a concert each fall and spring semester.  For community service, the UMC Choir often sings at churches, community gatherings, and service organization events.  The Choir is under the direction of Associate Professor George French, who heads up activities in both music and theater on campus.

UMC Pop Choir

The Pop Choir is a new campus club that provides a fun, relaxed setting where students can express themselves through music while also refining their musical capabilities. The group tends to work with more contemporary musical selections. Members audition to be part of the club. For 2017, the club is under the direction of student Allison Reinhart, who also serves as club president.

Musical & Theater Productions

Musical & Theater Productions

Students interested in theater productions, including drama, comedy, and musicals have options. Generally, a goal of one production per semester is set. Contact George French, Associate Professor of Music and Theater. 

Students have the option to take drama for credit. Also, student directors may apply for a grant via Crookston Student Research and Creative Works (CSR/CW) funds.

Some of the recent productions offered include:

Photo Albums

Photo Albums

  • Community Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Pep Band
  • Choir
  • Theater Productions

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

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