Dickinson State University’s Music Program is proud to announce our 63rd annual Northern Plains Music Festival!

Although in a different format than past years, we are very excited to offer this virtual festival. Guest clinicians from around the country will be providing various clinicians for specific instruments and voices. Clinics will be scheduled on November 12th and November 13th. Full schedule will be out soon!

Due to the nature of this year’s festival, there will not be auditions. Instead, teachers will nominate students to participate. The good news about it being virtual, is that students will not have to select to participate in either vocal or instrumental! With their registration, they will have access to attend any clinic that they choose!

The fee will be $20 to participate. NAfME is putting together T-shirt ideas and information on those will be posted shortly!

Click here to register

For any questions please contact Jeremy Wohletz.


Thursday, November 12




10:00 am

Kenneth Broadway - percussion

FUNdamentals for Percussion

11:00 am

Stephanie Zelnick - clarinet

The Five Fundamentals of Clarinet

12:00 pm

BYU open rehearsal

Recording session + Q & A

1:00 pm

Emily Castleton - vocal

Popular/Commercial voice

2:00 pm

Air Force Academy Band

Popular Music Ensemble

Friday, November 13




9:00 am

Dorothy Maglione – flute

Tuning, Trills, and Techniques

10:00 am

Adrian Holton - trumpet

Effective Practicing

11:00 am

Laura Potter – low brass

Playing what you Hear

11:00 am

Kimberly Prins Moeller - alto

Alto (voice)

12:00 pm

Brian Hanegan - saxophone

Eight Daily Exercises to Enhance your Jazz Vocabulary

12:00 pm

Marianne Lemieux - soprano

Soprano (voice)

1:00 pm

Jen Presar – French horn

FUNdamentals to improve tone and technique

2:00 pm

Kelly Burns – tenor/bass

Tenor/Bass (voice)

Guest Artists

Flute: Dr. Dorothy Maglione

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Dr. Dorothy Glick Maglione is the Associate Director of Bands at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where she teaches world music and music education courses in addition to leading the Cardinal Sound Athletic Band. She is an active performer in the Kansas City area on both modern and baroque flute. With clarinetist Madelyn Moore, Maglione founded the Violetta Duo aimed at expanding the repertoire composed for flute and clarinet. The Violetta Duo recently performed live on Kansas Public Radio, at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Knoxville, Tennessee in July 2019, and were featured at the National Association of Composers/USA 2018 National Conference. Maglione has also presented original scholarship at the KU Lenny-Centennial, Society for American Music Annual Conference, Wisconsin Flute Festival, Michigan Music Research Conference, and the American Musicological Society’s Annual Meeting.

Clarinet: Dr. Stephanie Zelnick

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Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kansas and principal clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, has performed as soloist in Italy, France, England, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Slovakia, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Lithuania, Serbia, Romania, Colombia, the UK, and Taiwan to great critical acclaim. Domestically she has recently appeared at Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Zelnick’s recordings can be heard on NPR and the Innova, Accademia del Clarinetto, and Naxos labels, among many others. She has released two solo albums; Diaspora and Diversions: the Midcentury Clarinet and an upcoming chamber album entitled Wind and Bow. A staunch proponent of social change through the arts, Dr. Zelnick has worked extensively with El Sistema programs throughout the Americas and is a founder of the AdZel Duo with Mariam Adam.

Dr. Zelnick previously served on the faculties of the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming. She received degrees from Rice University, University of Northern Colorado, and the Academy for the Performing Arts in Prague as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a Buffet Crampon Artist-Clinician.

Saxophone: Dr. Brian Hanegan

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Dr. Brian Hanegan is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.  He directs the Northlanders Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, teaches studio saxophone, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and the history of jazz, blues, and rock.  In addition, he supervises the annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival. 

He began his professional career as the saxophonist in a summer revue show at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis, MN (2006-08).  Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Hanegan worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a multiple-woodwind artist in a seven-piece show orchestra.  With Carnival, Hanegan performed nightly alongside musicians from all over the world and served as musical director of the Carnival Elation in 2012.  Hanegan has performed with Jeff Coffin, Bob Mintzer, Scotty Barnhart, Byron Stripling, Mike Tomaro, John Raymond, Allen Vizzutti, Mike Tomaro, Adam Meckler, Arthur “LA” Buckner, Frankie Avalon, and The Temptations.  In addition, he has opened for Cheap Trick, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Heart, John Pardi, and Mitchell Tenpenny. 

Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Hanegan served on the faculties at Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and the International Music Camp (North Dakota-Manitoba border).  He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is actively performing across the Midwest with the Sioux Falls #1 local best band Goodroad, the Brian Hanegan Quartet, and several other jazz projects.  Hanegan is an Aaron Drake Mouthpieces Performing Artist.

Trumpet: Adrian Holton

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Adrian Holton is Music Director of the National Concert Band of America, and currently serves as a trumpeter with the The United States Air Force (USAF) Band Ceremonial Brass in Washington, D.C, and has held a similar position with the USAF Academy Band in Colorado Springs, CO. He is also an adjunct faculty member and Assistant Director of the Maryland Band Director’s Band at Montgomery College.

He also served as the Music Director and Conductor of both the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Orchestra and Colorado Springs Brass, and guest conducted the United States Air Force Academy Band and its members on multiple occasions.

Mr. Holton has performed with the American Chamber Wind, Colorado Symphony, Summit Brass, Opera Colorado, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Brass of the Potomac. He was a student musician at Walt Disney World, a cast member of Blast!, and toured aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships.

As an educator, Mr. Holton led masterclasses or clinics at the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, Salvation Army Music Camp, Conservatório de Tatuí (Brazil), University of Colorado Boulder, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, Montana State University Billings, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Dickinson State University, and Lebanon Valley College. He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Indiana University.

French Horn: Jen Presar

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Jennifer Presar, originally from West Virginia, is currently the Assistant Director of the School of Music and teaches horn and music theory at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She holds a BM in theory and composition (University of Illinois) and a MM in horn performance (West Virginia University).  

She is the principal horn of the Paducah Symphony and has performed with the Southern Illinois Music Festival Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Illinois Symphony, and others throughout Illinois, West Virginia, and Maryland. She is particularly proud of her opportunities to perform with the Sphinx Symphony – a symphony celebrating African-American and Latino musicians and diversity in the arts. 

Ms. Presar is also active as a chamber musician. She was a founding member of Neoteric (horn, bassoon, and cello) and recently formed J3 – a trio of horn, trombone, and piano. Her other interests and hobbies include singing with the Paducah Singers, creating digital art for stickers, knitting & crocheting, and iPhone photography.  

Low Brass: Dr. Laura Potter

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Laura Potter, D.M.A., is an experienced performer, educator and arts administrator. She is currently works with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and performs and teaches in the Cleveland area. Laura taught at Indiana State University as Instructor of Tuba in 2016, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Dickinson State University in 2014-2015. Laura has served as the low brass instructor in the Noblesville and Pendleton (IN) schools, an instrumental instructor in the Bonner Springs/Edwardsville school district and the Midwest Music Academy (KS), and adjudicated band and solo and ensemble festivals in Indiana, North Dakota, Kansas and Tennessee.

In 2012-2013 Laura was a Fulbright Research Fellow researching Nordic brass repertoire and pedagogy at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was named a finalist for the 2014 Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research.

Laura holds a Bachelors of Music from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, a Masters in Music from the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas.

Laura has performed professionally with CityMusic Cleveland, the Indianapolis Brass Choir, the Billings Symphony, the Lafayette Symphony (IN), Kansas City Brassworks, the Appalachian Brass, and the Glendale Symphony (CA).


Percussion: Dr. Kenneth Broadway

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Equally at home behind timpani, steel pan, or the drumset, Dr. Kenneth Broadway has a passion for new trends in percussion performance and for training the next generation of teachers, performers, and leaders in the field of music.  He has served as Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Florida since 1997, and served in similar capacities at the University of South Dakota and Augusta State University.  He has been featured on five continents as a soloist and chamber musician, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival, and with symphonies in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, South Carolina, and South Dakota.   He has also traveled to Spain and Kenya as part of the World Music Mission, a multi-national network of musicians, writers, worship leaders, engineers and ethno-musicologists.  As a performer, composer, and presenter, Dr. Broadway has appeared at various conferences and symposiums throughout North America, Europe and Australia. Among these are the Midwest Clinic, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Symposium of the International Musicological Society, the College Music Society International Convention, the Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, The Music Educators National Conference, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference.

Voice (soprano): Mariane Lemieux

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Praised for her warm and silvery voice, French Canadian lyric coloratura Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich has performed roles such as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo & Juliette, Musetta in Puccini's La Bohème, Galatea in Handel's Acis & Galatea, Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro as well as Eritea in the New York premiere of Cavalli's Eliogabalo. She made her debut with Fargo Moorhead Opera as Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment in 2015 and made her debut with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana the following year. Previous seasons have included appearances with CAMMAC Orchestra, Orchestre Métropolitan in Montreal, New York Lyric Opera, Stony Brook Opera, and at Source Song Festival, New Opera Festival di Roma, Crescendo Summer Festival in Hungary, and the house of the Canadian Ambassador in Sweden.

Specialized in French repertoire, Lemieux-Wottrich has presented recitals, masterclasses, and workshops across the nation and abroad. She has been on the voice faculty at North Dakota State University since 2014, and previously held positions at Belle Arti Center for the Arts in New York, Domaine Forget Music Academy in Quebec, Yellow Barn chamber music festival in Vermont, and MasterVoices in New York City. Lemieux-Wottrich obtained her Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University under the direction of acclaimed mezzo soprano Elaine Bonazzi.

Voice (Alto): Dr. Kimberly Prins Moeller

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Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Prins Moeller made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Her stage and oratorio credits include the roles of the Witch in Into the Woods, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, and solo performances in Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat and Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio. She has also performed regularly with Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices & Orchestra.

Kimberly is a proponent of contemporary art music, especially art song by female composers of North America, and has been pleased to present U.S. premieres of several current works. As an educator, she is invested in functional voice training with a particular research interest in vocal anatomy and health for the hybrid singer.

Kimberly is a two-time semi-finalist in the professional art song division of the American Prize in Voice competition and a multiple winner of NATS competitions. She holds the DMA in Voice Performance from the University of Arizona, the Professional Performance Certificate in voice performance from Penn State University, an MA in voice performance from Montclair State University and a BMus. in vocal music education from Houghton College. An active member of NATS, Kimberly taught at Lakeland University and Alverno College before joining the faculty of Houghton College as Assistant Professor of Voice in fall 2017.

Voice (Tenor/Bass): Dr. Kelly Burns

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Tenor Kelly W. Burns is an active performer of opera, musical theater, recitals and concert works throughout North America with musical organizations such as the Chautauqua Opera, Opera Roanoke, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Project Columbus. Dr. Burns’s repertoire includes tenor solos in Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat and Mass in B Minor, Mozart's Requiem, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 as well as leading and supporting roles in operas and musicals such as Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, The Elixir of Love, RigolettoSweeney Todd, and A Little Night Music. As music director and conductor, Dr. Burns has led productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, and A Year with Frog and Toad. Dr. Burns is Assistant Professor of Voice at NDSU where he teaching voice lessons and directs the NDSU Opera program.

Voice (Commercial/Pop singing): Emily Castleton

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Emily Castleton has an expansive and rich vocal background. For the last 32 years, she has studied, performed, recorded, taught, coached, directed and/or lectured in nearly every vocal musical genre. She has toured and performed professionally in many major venues internationally, and regionally in the United States. 

Emily holds a B.F.A. in music-dance-theater (Brigham Young University), and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance/Opera (BYU). She is a certified NCVS trained vocologist through the National Center of Voice and Speech. Emily served as a member of the contemporary voice faculty at BYU for 17 years, working with music-dance-theater, commercial music majors and pre-majors and is currently a member of the teaching faculty at Shenandoah University Conservatory in Virginia, teaching voice technique to music theater majors and pursuing a doctorate in contemporary voice pedagogy.

Emily has performed professionally in stadium venues and regional theaters and theaters all over the western United States, the Midwest, Europe, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Favorite roles include: Maria in The Sound of Music, Velma VonTussle in Hairspray, the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, and performing with Audra McDonald in the ensemble of 110 in the Shade in a regional performance. Favorite guest performances include: guest artist with the Utah Symphony, featured artist recording an Oratorio with the Jerusalem Philharmonic in Jerusalem, featured artist in the West Coast tour of Celebrating the Light, and featured artist in the East European tour of Tapestry.

Recently, Emily enjoyed originating the role of a Southern Single mother in the musical Single Wide. This musical was later cast in New York and went on to win the prestigious Kennedy Center Award for Best New Musical in 2016.

As a studio recording artist, Emily has recorded for multiple albums and films, and has worked as vocal coach for the television comedy troupe The Show Offs for four seasons. 

Emily has had the privilege to study privately or participate in workshops with many legendary contemporary voice-teaching masters, including:

Gayle Lockwood (BYU), Mary Saunders (Penn State – Author, Bel Canto Can Belto), Jeffrey Skouson (IVTOM), Matt Edwards (Shenandoah, CCM Institute), Sheri Sanders (Rock the Audition), Seth Riggs (Speech Level Singing), Lisa Popeil (Voiceworks), Jan Sullivan (CCM Pedagogy Pioneer Author, The Phenomenon of the Belt/Pop Voice)

BYU Singers – Open rehearsal

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Conducted by Dr. Andrew Crane, the Brigham Young University Singers performs pieces from nearly every musical genre as well as many original works written or arranged for the choir. Recent performances include concerts with British ensembles Tenebrae and The Tallis Scholars, and invited appearances at the national conferences of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the American Choral Directors Association.

BYU Singers has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Sydney Opera House and Town Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, and many others. They have traveled throughout the United States and to 27 countries around the world. The choir was the United States representative at the Fourth World Choral Symposium in 1996, performed at the inaugural conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in 2006, and participated in the 2009 Cork International Choral Festival. BYU Singers has performed numerous times at National and Regional Conferences of the American Choral Directors Association.

BYU Singers consists of 40 students pursuing a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in such areas as physical science, law, accounting, social science, visual arts, and music. The ensemble originates in the School of Music of the College of Fine Arts & Communications at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. BYU is one of the nation’s largest private universities with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students from all parts of the United States and 120 foreign countries.

Pegasus (performance)

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The professional Airmen-musicians in “Pegasus” follow a long blue line of talented Air Force Academy bandsmen, dedicated to serving our great nation through the emotional impact of music. This 8-piece high energy horn band features energetic vocals and fresh arrangements of hits from past to present.  We represent the future officers of character studying at the Air Force Academy who will lead our Air Force and Space Force. It is also our distinct privilege to support our veterans and all those currently serving around the globe, protecting the freedoms we all enjoy.  The versatility, professionalism and ability to connect with audiences of all ages reflects the great diversity and ingenuity that makes the United States Air Force the greatest air and space force the world has ever known.