Festival Information

Dickinson State University's music program will host the 61st Annual Northern Plains Music Festival on November 9th and 10th, 2018. This festival features auditioned musicians from more than 25 different high schools in North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota. The Northern Plains Music Festival consists of four different musical groups: Mixed Honor Choir, Women's Honor Choir, Honor Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

The festival will feature two performances: a DSU Showcase Concert on Friday, Nov. 9th at 1 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium in May Hall (free and open to the public), and a Grand Concert on Saturday, Nov. 10th at 4 p.m., also in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium. The Grand concert is the final performance and includes performances by all the honor ensembles. Admission for this concert is $5 for adults (students and children are no charge), with all proceeds helping to fund the continuation of this festival.

In addition to rehearsals, high school music directors will be able to attend several workshops for continuing education credit.

Concert Attire

  • Black and white formal attire (slacks, skirts, button-down shirts, etc.).
  • Students may choose to wear black and white, or all black.
  • Please dress modestly.

Audition Materials

We have created audition materials that can be rehearsed collectively by ensembles in preparation for audition to assist teachers. Please be sure to send high quality recordings, and be sure the file name begins with the student’s first and last name. If you have any questions or suggestions for future years, please contact Dr. Brent Rogers.

All applications and audition recordings due September 28th, 2018

  • $5.00 application fee
  • $20.00 participation fee
  • All checks payable to DSU MUSIC

Apply Online Here

Audition Materials


Band: Dr. Lorraine Fader

Mixed Choir: Dr. Brent Rogers

Percussion Ensemble: Dr. Brian Holder

Women’s Choir: Mrs. Kelsey Rogers