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Music teachers plan conference; two concerts open to the public

Badlands Music Teachers Association is hosting the 62nd annual conference for the North Dakota Music Teachers Association in Dickinson on Wednesday through Friday, June 13-15. Dickinson State University is co-hosting the state conference.

Two concerts will be  presented during the conference, both free and open to the public.

V The first concert is 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in  the DSU Beck Auditorium. Featured will be the winners of the Popplers Music Competition and the  commissioned composer, Michael Langer. He teaches at Bismarck State College, DSU and the University of Mary.

V The second concert is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in Beck Auditorium.  The concert features conference recitalists, Dr. Brent and Kelsey Rogers with accompaniment by Joel Walters. Brent and Kelsey both studied in Arizona and Utah and currently teach music at DSU.


The conference clinicians are Dr. Kenneth Boulton and his wife, JoAnne Barry.  Dr. Boulton is the dean of the School of Fine Arts at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. He has presented solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and his international appearances have included performances in Moscow, Germany, and Romania.

JoAnne Barry is a native of Alexandria, Va. She has studied organ and musicology and has served as archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. She has presented piano and duo concerts with her husband Kenneth Boulton throughout the United States and Europe.

Also presenting at this year’s conference is Dr. Robert Groves, who is on faculty at North Dakota State University.

The association also will honor long time MTA member, Dr. Frank Pearson (1921-2017).

Herb Parker from Minot will provide music at the Thursday evening banquet.

For more information, visit or contact Jean Guenther at 701-483-3654.