Music Notes

Private Music Lessons:

Private Guitar Lesson
  • 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 and schedules are arranged by the Director of the Community School.

Classes for spring semester 2015 begin January 12.  Registration materials available on this site.  Please contact the Community School Director, Connie Reiten, at 701-845-7267 or for further information.

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:

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; the first orchestra rehearsal for spring semester 2015  will be Monday January 12.  Registration materials available on this site.  Please contact the orchestra conductor, Dr.James Adams, at 701-845-7271; or the Community School Office at 701-845-7267 or if you need further information.

The Valley Voices Women's Choir:

Valley Voices
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; spring semester 2015 begins on Thursday January 15th.  Registration materials available on this site.  For further information regarding the Valley Voices Women's Choir, contact Dr. Christopher Redfearn at; 701-845-7377, or Connie Reiten at 701-845-7267; for more information.

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.  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 first spring semester 2015 rehearsal takes place on Thursday January 15th.  Registration materials available on this site.  For further questions, please contact Connie Reiten at 701-845-7267 or

Valley Bell Choir

New for Spring 2015: a handbell choir! (minimum six bell ringers required)

Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 10 and run for six consecutive weeks at Foss Hall (with no rehearsal on Tuesday, March 17 due to spring break).  The choir will end its season with an area performance.  A $20.00 registration fee required.

Dr. Nick Meyers, a VCSU percussion faculty member, will direct this ensemble.  Thanks to Dr. Meyers for offering this opportunity to our community!

Registrations available on this website, or contact the VCSU Community School of the Arts Director, Connie Reiten, to register for this musical group.

Half-Notes Preschool Activities

Circle Time!!
  • Art/Music activities for children ages 3.5 - 5 years (birthdate of at least Oct. 2011) who are toilet-trained are welcome to join a two-hour themed day of music/art activities aimed at improving kindergarten-readiness skills.
  • Two dates are scheduled for spring 2015:
    • Tuesday, April 2 from 10:00 am - noon
    • Tuesday, May 7 from 10:00 am - noon
    • Parents can register for one or both sessions
  • $10.00 per session/limited enrollment
  • Located in Foss Hall, Rm 225
  • Classes taught by Connie Reiten, a preschool teacher with 20 years+ experience working with children who holds an associate's in child development, a bachelor's in elementary education, and a master's in human relations
  • Registrations are available March 17 and payment/registrations are due March 31