English, Communication & Performing Arts

Develop your creativity through writing, reading and performing with English, Communication & Performing Arts courses at NDSCS.

This department provides advising for a variety of Liberal Arts programs. Click here for a complete list of Liberal Arts transfer options.

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​The Department of English, Communication & Performing Arts is committed to helping you develop skills in:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Critical Thinking 

These skills provide an excellent foundation for success in future careers or in pursuing advanced degrees.
The department is also committed to fostering and promoting faculty development to advance content knowledge and broaden our understanding of teaching and learning.

Performing Arts Courses

If you’re interested in the arts while attending NDSCS, the Performing Arts Department offers instrumental, vocal and theater opportunities. Click here if you are interested in learning about extra curricular performing arts opportunities. 

Concert Choir - The NDSCS Concert Choir performs a variety of literature from all eras and is open to all college students.  The choir rehearses twice a week with additional opportunities for smaller ensembles and private voice. The choir presents concerts on campus, tours regionally each December, and tours nationally every other year.

Concert Band - The Concert Band performs a variety of band literature and is open to all college students. The band rehearses twice a week with additional opportunities for smaller ensembles and private lessons.  The band presents concerts on campus, participates at homecoming, and tours nationally every other year.

Wildcat Singers - The NDSCS Wildcat Singers are an auditioned group of concert choir singers that sing popular music.  The Singers perform regionally each month and visit school districts throughout the state.  The group rehearses twice a week, learns dance routines, and is accompanied by a rhythm section.

Wildcat Jazz Band - The NDSCS Wildcat Jazz Band is an auditioned group of concert band students that performs jazz standards and contemporary pieces. The Band performs regionally each month and visits school districts throughout the state.  The group rehearses twice a week and students have opportunities to explore jazz methods and improvisation.

Theater - NDSCS offers two classes in drama and presents a production each semester that is open to the public.  There are many opportunities for students to participate on and off stage in various roles.  Drama students may also attend professional productions as part as their education.

Private Lessons - NDSCS offers private instruction in voice, piano, all band instruments, and bass guitar.  Students will attend weekly lessons and are expected to complete a jury/recital at the end of each semester.

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NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present fall play

The Reluctant Dragon
11-20-2020

The North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department will present its fall play, The Reluctant Dragon, at 7 p.m. on November 26 through November 29. This year’s production will be streamed through YouTube. The public is invited to watch the performance online at https://youtu.be/F8tQ_Ru8dmw.

The Reluctant Dragon is adapted by Mary Hall Surface from the book by Kenneth Grahame. It is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing company of Woodstock, Ill.

NDSCS students named to North Dakota All-Collegiate Band

Saxophone with music
03-02-2020

Three students from the North Dakota State College of Science have been named to the North Dakota Intercollegiate Band. The students are:

  • Christopher Church, Fargo, N.D. – Tuba
  • Mary Goroski, Wahpeton, N.D. – Percussion
  • R.J. Hutcherson, Colfax, N.D. – Euphonium

The North Dakota Intercollegiate Band has become an annual tradition in the state, and this marks the third year NDSCS has had participation in the group. The students performed with instrumentalists from other North Dakota colleges at a concert in Minot, N.D. on February 29.

High School Bands to join NDSCS for Community Band Concert

Music Notes
02-18-2020

Band students from Wahpeton High School and Breckenridge (Minn.) High School will join the Concert Band from North Dakota State College of Science to perform a concert on Monday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to the concert, which will be held in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton. The combined band will be directed by Guest Conductor Dr. Sigurd Johnson from North Dakota State University.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Holiday Concert

Holiday Concert Poster
12-02-2019

The NDSCS Performing Arts Department will present its Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.

The concert will feature performances by the NDSCS Concert Band under the direction of Adam Hollingsworth and the NDSCS Concert Choir under the direction of Bryan Poyzer.

The concert will include a guest performance by The Acapella Express under the direction of Megan Argall. The Acapella Express has been an active women’s choral group in the Fargo-Moorhead area for more than 60 years.

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception following the concert will be held in the lobby of the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present fall play

Fall Play poster
11-08-2019

The North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department will present its fall play, CLUE, at 7 p.m. on November 14 and 15, and 1 p.m. on November 16 in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton. Admission is $5 for adults, and $1 for students.

CLUE is based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn with additional material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin and Eric Prince. It is based on the Paramount Pictures motion pictures and the Hasbro board game CLUE, and includes original music by David Abbinanti.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Fall Concert October 29

Fall Concert
10-23-2019

The NDSCS Performing Arts Department will present its first concert of the season on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.

The concert will include performances by the NDSCS Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Adam Hollingsworth, and the NDSCS Wildcat Singers under the direction of Bryan Poyzer. The groups are kicking off their touring season.

The concert is free and open to the public.

NDSCS Performing Arts department to present two concerts in April

Saxophone and music notes
04-04-2019

The NDSCS Performing Arts department will present two concerts in April, with the Concert Band and Concert Choir performing on April 16, and the Jazz Band and Wildcat Singers performing on April 30. Both concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the North Dakota State College of Science campus in Wahpeton.

The NDSCS Concert Band and Concert Choir will present their last concert of the season on Tuesday, April 16. The Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Adam Hollingsworth, will perform a variety of pieces, including music from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”, as well as a medley from the motion picture “The Greatest Showman”. The Concert Choir, under the direction of Bryan Poyzer, will perform four pieces, including the a cappella piece “Sing Your Way Home” by Joseph M. Martin, as well as the song “Waitin’ for the Light to Shine” from the Broadway musical “Big River”.

The NDSCS Jazz Band and Wildcat Singers will present their final home concert of the season on Tuesday, April 30. The concert will include jazz standards, pop favorites and country classics.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present spring play

NDSCS Spring Play
03-18-2019

The North Dakota State College of Science Performing Arts Department will present its spring play, The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, at 7:00 p.m. on March 26 and 27 in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, and $1 for students.

The play is a comedy with music by John Glore, based on the book by John Scieszka and Lane Smith, and is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

High School Choirs to join NDSCS for Community Choir Concert

Community Choir Concert
02-14-2019

Choir students from Wahpeton High School and Breckenridge (Minn.) High School will join the choir from North Dakota State College of Science to perform a concert on Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to the concert, which will be held in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton. The combined choir will be directed by Guest Conductor Dr. Charlette Moe from North Dakota State University.