Festival Information

Dickinson State University's music program will host the 62nd Annual Northern Plains Music Festival on November 8th and 9th, 2019. 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.

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 30th, 2019

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

Apply Online Here


Audition Materials

Concert Band Conductor

Mark Herold
Mark Herold
A Bismarck native, Mark Herold graduated from the University of Mary in 2002 with bachelor degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance. In 2010, he received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University St. Paul. Currently Herold serves as the Director of Bands at Legacy High School in Bismarck, ND where he conducts the Wind Ensemble, Freshmen Band, Jazz Ensemble #1, Saber Athletic Band, and the Legacy Marching Sabers.

From 2002 through the spring of 2010, he taught band at Wayzata Central Middle School in Plymouth, Minnesota. During his eight and a half years in Wayzata, Herold taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade bands and served as the conductor of the Jazz Ensemble and Steel Drum Band.

Prior to starting at Legacy High School, Mr. Herold was the Associate Director of Bands at Century High School where he conducted the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble #2 as well as assisting with the Prep Band and Wind Ensemble providing support for those groups as a brass and percussion specialist.

Along with his classroom teaching responsibilities, Mr. Herold has been active as a performer and private percussion instructor. He currently serves as the President Elect of the North Dakota Music Educators Association and is a member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, North Dakota Educators Association and the Percussive Arts Society. He also serves as a member of the North Dakota All-State Committee as a co-chair of the All-State Band. Mr. Herold and his wife Sarah have two sons, Alex and William.

Mixed Choir Conductor

Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone
Jeff Stone is an assistant professor of music and the Director of Choral Activities for Bismarck State College. This is his third year as a member of the BSC faculty where he directs two choirs and teaches aural training, conducting, Finalé (music technology), music for elementary educators, conducting, and music appreciation. Stone holds degrees from a Western Kentucky University (B. A. in music education), from Campbellsville University (M. M. in choral conducting), and North Dakota State University (D. M. A. in choral conducting).

Before relocating to North Dakota, Stone served as a choral conductor and music educator in the state of Kentucky. He developed the choral program at Bardstown High School, a community located near the city of Louisville. His choral ensembles consistently received distinguished ratings at State Choral Festivals and performed frequently for state and local radio and television. Stone served as Choral Chair on the Kentucky Music Education Association (KMEA) state committee from 2011 to 2013. During his tenure, Stone helped develop instructional designs to the state’s music curriculum and assessment practices. In 2013, Stone was awarded the Kentucky High School Music Educator’s Award for his service in shaping the state’s music education. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Stone received the Distinguished Participant Award from the Kentucky American Choral Director’s Association for his leadership role in state-held events.

Currently, Stone is active regionally within the Midwest as a conductor, adjudicator, and choral clinician. Nationally, Stone is active as a lecturer on subjects of diversity, bridging cultural divides, and American folk-songs. Most recently, he presented for the American Choral Director’s Association Choral Symposium in Fargo, North Dakota (2018) and the College Music Society for their conferences in Denver, Colorado (2017) and in Columbus, Ohio (2018). Stone has published research on his lecture topics including a feature article in the April edition of the Choral Journal (2019), an international publication for choral musicians. His career has consistently placed emphasis on empowering the lives of others and cultivating a collaborative spirit through music.

Women's Choir Conductor

Brent Rogers
Brent Rogers

Since the fall of 2015, Dr. Brent Rogers has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dickinson State University, where he conducts the DSU Chorale, DSU Chamber Singers, and Dickinson Choral Union. Under his direction, the DSU choirs have been consistently praised for their performances, and continue to draw larger and larger audiences, including a full house for their 2015 holiday concert at Assumption Abbey in Richardton. Recently, Dr. Rogers and the DSU choirs were honored by a personal invitation to perform Mozart’s Requiem as part of a festival choir at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall in March of 2017. 

As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rogers was awarded a prestigious graduate assistantship to serve as conductor of the UA Collegium Musicum, the University’s primary early music ensemble. His performances with the Collegium showcased a wide variety of well-known and lesser-known repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and often included choral-orchestral works. Prior to coming to UA, Dr. Rogers served as Professor of Music at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, where he conducted the AWC Chamber Singers and Yuma Chorale. Under his direction, the Chamber Singers gave their premiere performance at the Northern Arizona University Jazz/Madrigal Festival, where they were praised by their adjudicator as being among the finest ensembles at the Festival. 

Dr. Rogers’ first two years of college were spent pursuing a degree in piano performance, after which he changed his major to choral music education, and transferred to Brigham Young University, where he sang for five years with the internationally-acclaimed BYU Singers. For three of those years he served as their assistant conductor while pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting. During his time in grad school at BYU and UA, Dr. Rogers had the unique opportunity to participate in choral music making at a very high level in an unusually broad range of repertoire, from intimate and unaccompanied to large-scale symphonic, and from the Renaissance up through the present day. He has consistently been asked to serve as a soloist in the choral ensembles in which he sings, and has also sung professionally with the Tucson Chamber Artists and Brevitas. As a solo singer, Dr. Rogers performs regularly in recital and concert, including a performance as the baritone soloist in the 2016 production of Handel’s Messiah in Bismarck. He also appears regularly as a collaborative pianist with singers and instrumentalists. 

In addition to his activities as a conductor and singer, Dr. Rogers teaches courses in Aural Skills, Vocal Methods, Lyric Diction, Conducting, Music History, and Music Education. He has a particular passion for diction, and enjoys helping students to understand the nuances of foreign language pronunciation. His research interests include choral music in the Medieval period, and the nineteenth-century French Requiem tradition. His article on Camille Saint-Saëns’s Requiem will appear in the May 2018 issue of the Choral Journal.