BSU’s Carl O. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Recipients to be Featured in Annual Concert

Bemidji State University’s Department of Music will hold its annual Carl O. Thompson Memorial Scholarship Concert on Oct. 7 to wrap up the celebrations of homecoming weekend. The Carl O. Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two senior music students each year during the concert.

The 2018-19 vocal scholarship recipient is Kari Norheim, soprano, a senior from Alexandria, Minn., who is majoring in music. The instrumental scholarship recipient is Levi Espeseth, bass trombone, a senior from Merrifield, Minn., who is also majoring in music. Norheim and Espeseth will also be featured soloists at the concert.

Other performing groups include:

  • The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Dwight Jilek, professor of music and director of choral activities. The Chamber Singers is a 14-member ensemble specializing in small-choir pieces such as early English carols, Renaissance madrigals and selected contemporary works.
  • The Bemidji Choir, under the direction of Dr. Dwight Jilek. The Bemidji Choir, founded by Thompson, has gained a national and international reputation for excellence. In addition to concerts, tours and recordings, the choir produces BSU’s annual Madrigal Dinners.
  • The Blue Ice Jazz Band, directed by Scott Guidry, assistant professor of music and director of bands. Blue Ice is an auditioned group that tours regionally and has performed in Mexico and Hawaii. Annual performances include the Jingle Jazz Concert and the BSU Jazz Festival.
  • Wind Ensemble, directed by Scott Guidry. The Wind Ensemble is one of the premiere ensembles at BSU and is focused on contemporary wind band pieces as well as 20th-century concert band classics.

The concert will start at 3 p.m. and is located in the Thompson recital hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Admission is $10 for adults and free for BSU students.

  • Department of Music, (218) 755-2915

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. A member of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. Bemidji State has an enrollment of more than 5,100 students and a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding.