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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KSCS Wildcat Radio takes it to the next level

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Fall of 2023 marked the initial launch of the KSCS Wildcat radio network. The newly formed club, on the campus of North Dakota State College of Science, debuted with a diverse line-up of podcasting programs created by students.

As of March, the station hosts seven different podcasts that stream on Spotify monthly.

“We are thrilled with the diverse programming and the educational skills that are being learned.” stated club advisor Bryan Poyzer.

The recording station is located in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center, right alongside the Performing Arts Department. The center of campus provides a convenient hub for students of all programs to participate in this unique opportunity.

The show’s themes are not necessarily associated with the student’s programs on campus. There is one show dedicated to Playing Dungeons and Dragons, and another focusing on college life and mental health. Other shows are more specific and includes advice on auto maintenance and the future of agriculture education.

Due to the ease of Spotify, the campus station is getting attention from three continents. “Keeping it Real with Brooke” has had listeners in Australia and the faculty hosted podcast “Down and Dirty with Diesel” has found a home in Ireland. The latest editions to the KSCS family are “The Ag Bros” who discuss agriculture education and “The Procrastination Station” which has the format of a two hour radio broadcast.

All KSCS shows can be found on Spotify or accessed through the NDSCS webpage NDSCS.edu/Wildcat-Radio

NDSCS Performing Arts to present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on April 6-7, 2024

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NDSCS Performing Arts Spring Production of Disney's The Little Mermaid has been rescheduled to Saturday and Sunday, April 6th and 7th, 2024 at the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus.

The Little Mermaid takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, the king of the sea, escape the clutches of an evil sea witch, and use her voice to capture the heart of a prince.

Featuring all the beloved songs from the Academy Award®-winning animated film, as well as three new songs from the Broadway show, this production is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Directed by Amy Frauenberg, with musical direction by Bryan Poyzer and choreography by Courtney Diestler, this enchanting production will bring the underwater tale to life on stage. The cast of 22 NDSCS students showcases the incredible talent and dedication of the College's performing arts community.

The public is invited to attend these performances of Disney’s The Little Mermaid — Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students. Free admission will be offered for Military members, Law Enforcement, and NDSCS students and employees with their IDs. Join us for a journey under the sea that the whole family will treasure.

Learn more about the NDSCS Performing Arts department at NDSCS.edu/Performing-Arts.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Holiday Concert

Performing Arts Holiday Concert December 5

NDSCS Performing Arts will present their Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 5 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.

All performance groups will be participating in this celebration of the season. In addition to some traditional pieces, there will be music from holiday classic movies, including White Christmas, The Polar Express, and Home Alone. The Holiday Concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted and help support the Performing Arts department.

Fargo audiences can enjoy a preview on Monday, December 4 at 10 a.m., when the NDSCS Concert Band and Concert Choir groups will be at West Acres Mall.

The holiday concert on December 5th marks the beginning of a wonderful holiday season at NDSCS.  The Community Choir Cantata follows, with performances on December 9 at 7 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m., and the Magical Medora Christmas Tour will be at NDSCS on December 11 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.

Learn more about NDSCS Performing Arts at NDSCS.edu/Performing-Arts.

Spring Concert invitation

NDSCS Performing Arts department to present Spring Concert on April 18

The NDSCS Concert Band and Choir will present their final concert of the season on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. The concert is free and open to the public.