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 Kyle Norris Arts and Human Sciences Department  Kyle Norris  Associate Professor of Music 1410 University Ave Stevens Hall 213 (above student life) Williston, ND 58801 701.774.4572
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Dr. Kyle Norris is Associate Professor of Music at Williston State College in Williston, ND. His responsibilities include applied lessons, directing all instrumental and vocal ensembles, and teaching Fundamentals of Music and Music Appreciation. Norris previously served as Interim Director of Bands and Brass Studies at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND. His duties at DSU included applied brass lessons, brass methods, music theory, and directing the DSU Concert Band, Jazz Combo, and Pep Band.

Norris received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance from North Dakota State University in 2012. In addition, he holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio University and prior to that received a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at the Indiana University Jacob's School of Music.

Aside from his responsibilities at Williston State College, Dr. Norris maintains an active schedule performing and adjudicating. Recent performances include appearances with the Minot Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Fargo/Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and the Fargo/Moorhead Opera. Norris has also performed with numerous orchestras throughout the United States including the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Bloomington Pops, River City Symphony, and the Ohio Valley Symphony.

As a commercial performer Dr. Norris has performed with the Jazz Arts Group of Fargo/Moorhead, Allen Carter Big Band, Everett Longstreth Orchestra, FM Kicks Band, and with artist including Wayne Bergeron, Doc Severinsen, and The Temptations. Norris has also performed with Fargo/Moorhead area rock/horn bands Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome and Helena Handbasket. During the summer, Dr. Norris serves as a member of the artist-teaching faculty at the International Music Camp. During this time he directs student big bands, presents masterclasses, gives private lessons, runs sectional rehearsals, performs during faculty recitals, and with the IMC Faculty Big Band.

Norris's teachers include John Rommel, William Adam, Jeremy Brekke, John Schlabach, Dominic Spera, and Vicki Hastings.

Instructor of (class names and course designations):

MUSC 100 - Music Appreciation MUSC 101 - Fundamentals of Music MUSC 117 - Concert Choir
MUSC 140 - Orchestra
MUSC 142 - Concert Chorale
MUSC 145 - Applied Music (Private Lessons)
MUSC 160 - Concert Band
MUSC 299 - Special Topics in Music

Academic background:

Bachelor or Music in Trumpet Performance - Indiana University
Master of Music in Trumpet Performance - Ohio University
Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance - North Dakota State University

Professional memberships:

Williston Concert Association - College Liaison
International Trumpet Guild College Music Society

Dissertation - 21st Century Trumpet Music of James M. Stephenson III