Director of Choral Activities
Teresa Ashworth is director of choral activities at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls, where she began her tenure in 1998. Prior to teaching at the college, she was director of choral music at Fergus Falls High School.
Teresa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Dakota and her Master's Degree of Education with a music emphasis at North Dakota State University. She is a member of Minnesota Music Educators Association and has served as Region 8AA representative for this organization as well as assistant director of MMEA All-State Choir. Teresa is a member and has served as NW district chair of the American Choral Directors Association and is currently the regional repertoire and standards chair for two-year colleges representing six states. Teresa is active as a guest conductor and adjudicator in the North Dakota and the northern Minnesota area.
Currently, Teresa directs the M State Concert Choir, the select Voice Ensemble and the community-based M State Chamber Chorale. Her academic post includes teaching voice lessons and working with the Associate of Fine Arts students pursuing degrees in music. The M State Concert Choir represented two-year community college choirs in performances at the Minnesota ACDA Conventions in St. Cloud in 2001 and Wayzata in 2002. The M State choirs performed in New York City at Carnegie Hall in 1999 and 2005 and at the University of Hawaii and Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu in the spring of 2003. In March of 2007, Teresa and colleagues Roberta Freeman (literature) and Kristine Gyolai (art) led a humanities tour to Ireland, Wales and London in conjunction with Dr. Denise Ferran, the Art Historian Fulbright Scholar.
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Instrumental Director and Music Instructor
Daniel Carlson is the director of instrumental music at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls. Before coming to Fergus Falls, he was the director of bands at Lakeview Schools in Cottonwood for 11 years. Under Daniel's direction, the Lakeview band program increased to four times its original size. The bands received superior ratings at contests, and the pep band played pre-game music for the Minnesota Timberwolves twice. While teaching at Lakeview, Daniel spent time as the adjunct trumpet instructor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Daniel also taught three years in Selby, S.D..
Daniel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College in Moorhead and a Master of Music in Trumpet Performance from North Dakota State University. As a performer, Daniel has played in the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, Disciples of Dixie, Minneota Community Jazz Band, All My Favorites and the Jazz Arts Group. He has also played in various quintets and for musicals, churches and weddings. While working on his master's degree, Daniel performed with the NDSU Trumpet Ensemble at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in New Jersey. In addition to public school directing, he has directed the Lakeview Community Band and Marshall Area Men's Chorus. Daniel currently belongs to the Minnesota Music Educators Association, Minnesota Bandmasters Association and the International Trumpet Guild. Daniel has also served as All-State trumpet coach and judged solo and ensemble contests on various occasions.
At M State - Fergus Falls, Daniel directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band and the Pep Band. In addition to directing the bands, he teaches Rock and Pop, Intro to Music Technology, and instrumental lessons.
David Stoddard is a private guitar instructor. His approach to teaching the instrument focuses on performance techniques and music theory in a variety of different genres. An award-winning songwriter and composer, Stoddard has published six full-length collections of original material and has taught both guitar and piano full-time since 1996. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevents Point in 1990 and has more than 20 years of performance experience.
Music Theory Instructor
Michael Trosvig is the music theory instructor at M State - Fergus Falls. He earned his Master of Music from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where he studied music composition and theory with Dr. Richard Toensing and Dr. Andrew May. Trosvig has numerous commissioned works to his credit, including performances across the Midwest and Southwest at universities, private venues and music festivals, with a special focus on collaborative staged and filmed work.
As a performer, Trosvig has sung under the direction of Dale Warland, Eji Oui, Kenneth Hodgeson and Teresa Ashworth, along with solo venues. Still somewhat of an English major at heart, his research interests include synaesthasia and metaphor through melodic line and text in tonal and post-tonal music.
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