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Private Music Lessons:

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  • Piano
  • Woodwinds
  • Voice
  • Strings
  • Guitar                   
  • Percussion

Lessons are given in Foss Hall, the music building of Valley City State University.  Students meet their instructors in the lobby for their first lessons. 

Teacher assignments are arranged by the Director of the Community School. Specific lesson times are arranged between teachers and students before the first lesson.

Performance Classes, Recitals, Festivals:

Performance classes are open to all music students within the Community School and help the students learn to be comfortable and professional when performing. Recitals are held every December and May, and other festivals and performance opportunities also exist throughout the year.

The Valley City Civic Orchestra:

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After 50 years without a string program of any kind in Valley City, the Community School started a community orchestra in 1997. Originially the orchestra was a chamber orchestra of string players only, but the orchestra has now expanded to include string, brass, woodwind and percussion players.

Attracting members from Valley City and the surrounding communities, the orchestra is a true community group, including school age students, university students, and working adults and retired members of the community.  No audition is required to join. 

The orchestra meets on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:15 pm in the band room of Foss Hall during the fall and spring semesters; STAY TUNED FOR A 2015 FALL SEMESTER CALENDAR AND REGISTRATION MATERIALS.  Registration materials available on this site.  Please contact the orchestra conductor, Dr.James Adams, at 701-845-7271;

The Valley Voices Women's Choir:

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The Valley Voices Women's Choir offers women the opportunity to perform in a unique vocal ensemble. There is no audition process and women from Valley City and the surrounding communities are welcome to join the ensemble.

Valley Voices meets in the choir room of Foss Hall on Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30 during the fall and spring semesters.  Registration materials available on this site.  For further information regarding the Valley Voices Women's Choir, contact Dr. Christopher Redfearn at; 701-845-7377.


Valley Youth Choir:

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Open to children in grades 3-8, the Valley Youth Choir serves as a choir for Valley City and the surrounding communities during the fall and spring semesters.  There is no audition process to join - all are welcome! 

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:45 pm at Epworth United Methodist Church. The director of the choir for 2015 is VCSU's newest faculty member, John LeTellier. Professor LeTellier comes to Valley City from Tallahassee, Florida, where he worked as the Arts Specialist for the Florida Department of Education. He has extensive experience in music education, and we are delighted to welcome him as our new Music Education faculty member. Registration materials are available on the CSA website. For further questions, please contact Dr. Christopher Redfearn, or 701-845-7377.

Valley Bell Choir

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The Valley City Handbell Choir will meet again this fall semester 2015. Stay tuned for details on registration and rehearsal times.