A trio of the community’s most well-known music instructors will be together again when fall semester begins on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
The three – vocal music instructor Teresa Ashworth and band directors Jim Iverson and Scott Kummrow – have connections that go back years in the community. Ashworth and Iverson previously taught together in the Fergus Falls School District, where Kummrow was one of Iverson’s students. All three have been directors of the Fergus Falls High School Marching Band, with Ashworth at one time serving as Iverson’s assistant.
Now Ashworth is welcoming Iverson and Kummrow to the Music Department at M State, where she has been the department’s coordinator since 1997. Iverson, who retired from the school district in 2012, will direct the college’s Concert Band and teach woodwind lessons, and Kummrow will direct the M State Jazz Band and teach brass lessons.
“I’m excited to welcome both Jim and Scott to the college,” said Dr. Matthew Borcherding, M State’s dean of liberal arts education. “With their experience conducting excellent, collegiate-level performances and Teresa’s level of choral conducting, this team will make our Music Department shine.”
In addition to their work at the college, Kummrow will continue in his role as band director at Fergus Falls High School, and Iverson will continue to work with area high schools as a representative for Schmidt Music.
“This will be an outstanding opportunity for students and area community instrumentalists to work with masters-level conductors and teachers,” Ashworth said, adding that she looks forward to their collaboration this fall in concerts that showcase the talents of M State students majoring in music.
Faculty in M State’s Music Department, located in the college’s Waage Fine Arts building, also include piano instructor Dr. Kevin Priebe and guitar instructor David Stoddard. Both teach a variety of music courses, as well.
The Fergus Falls campus is the only two-year college campus outside the Twin Cities that offers the Associate of Fine Arts transfer degree in music, visual arts and theatre. M State’s fine arts courses and music ensembles – Chamber Chorale, Concert Band and Jazz Band – are open to community members, as well as degree-seeking students.