Minot Symphony Orchestra Grant

Posted: Feb 09 2022
The Minot Symphony Association has been awarded a grant through the Minot Area Community Foundation to upgrade the livestream technology in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University. 
The Minot Area Community Foundation Evelyn Sampson and Mike and Dorothy Dolan funds awarded $15,000 to the Minot Symphony Association for the purchase and installation of two remote controlled HD camera’s and a TriCaster system, which will allow a single operator to control the cameras from the AV booth, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.
“Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have attempted to continue enriching life for the people of this area even for those not comfortable attending in person events by offering livestream performances. This new state-of-the-art system will allow the MSO and many other community organizations the opportunity to expand the reach of arts in rural North Dakota and beyond. The arts make people happy and we all want happy people in our community!” said Ellen Fenner, Minot Symphony Association Executive Director.
“The Division of Performing Arts at Minot State University is extraordinarily grateful to the Minot Area Community Foundation for their support. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall has long been home to arts events that distinguish Minot among similarly sized communities. The new cameras and streaming technology will allow us to reach audiences from farther away, serving rural ND and beyond, with a more complete picture of each event. Close-ups, different angles, and high-quality audio will provide live and recorded documentation of our events with a feeling closer to being there. For the many education concerts, Minot Symphony Orchestra events, Western Plains Opera productions, community music ensembles, and so many guests of Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, this is truly a gift to the greater Minot area,” states Erik Anderson, DMA, Chair, Division of Performing Arts, Professor of Cello & Bass, Minot State University.
The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a unique blend of student, community, and professional musicians from the Minot area that aims to enrich lives by providing opportunities for musicians and inspiration to patrons through education and the performance of diverse orchestral repertoire. The music director is Maestro Efraín Amaya, Associate Professor of Music at Minot State University.

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