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McNally Smith and Red Wing’s Southeast Technical College Partner to Offer Flexible Degrees and Prepare Students for New Music Careers

McNally Smith College of Music and Minnesota State College Southeast Technical (Red Wing) have entered into a mutual agreement that allows Southeast Tech students enrolled in its two-year instrument repair programs to complete a “blended” bachelor’s degree at McNally Smith. The agreement provides an opportunity for students to develop a broad, marketable skill set by taking courses from both institutions.

The signing event — slated for Monday, March 24 at 11:00am in the Commons area at Southeast Technical’s Red Wing campus (308 Pioneer Road, Red Wing) — will feature McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers and Cliff Wittstruck, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement and Compliance, along with Southeast Technical President Jim Johnson, Interim Vice President of Academics Nancee Wozney, and Dean of Academics Jo Poncelet.

The formal procedure will be followed by a brief concert featuring Chalmiers (acoustic guitar), Wittstruck (electric guitar), internationally renowned fiddler/violinist Randy Sabien, Terry Burns (Upright Bass), Pete Whitman (saxophone), who heads the Brass and Woodwinds Department, and Matt Edlund (drums), Director of Admissions. The Southeast Technical Low Brass Choir, an ensemble of six trombones and three tubas played by students in the Band Instrument Repair program, will also participate in the festivities.

“By nature of the mutual academic merit of each other’s programs and offerings between our two institutions, McNally Smith College of Music and Southeast Technical have entered into an agreement to better serve our respective institutions and those students interested in making a career in the music industry,” says Chalmiers.  “We look forward to a lasting relationship with both Southeast Tech students and the College’s faculty.”

“This exciting new partnership between our two colleges will provide more opportunities for our students in ways that we can only imagine,” notes Poncelet. “Not only does the agreement provide additional opportunities for those studying instrument repair to earn a complementary degree, it also will equip them with music industry business-related skills to enhance their earning potential.”

About the Agreement

The agreement between the two colleges is designed to facilitate:

  • A four-year Bachelor of Arts in Music degree conferred by MSCM in which components of the degree are taught by MSC-SET AND MSCM.
  • A two-year Associate of Applied Science degree conferred by MSC-SET in which components of the degree are taught by MSC-SET AND MSCM.
  • A smooth transition for graduates of the Band Instrument Repair, Violin Repair, or Guitar Repair and Building programs by MSC-SET into the Bachelor of Arts in Music (General Studies) degree at MSCM.
  • Faculty exchange programs between MSC-SET and MSCM.