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 December 1 with a registration deadline of December 30th.  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 the 2014-15 year will be Monday August 25th.  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; fall semester 2014 begins on Thursday August 28th.  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 rehearsal takes place on Thursday August 28th with a parent meeting following the rehearsal.  Registration materials available on this site.  For further questions, please contact Connie Reiten at 701-845-7267 or