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VCSU to honor Reed and Sommerfeld

The Music Hall of Fame Recognition Banquet will be held Sept. 27, at the Valley City Town & Country Club. This event will honor two Valley City State University alumni — John Reed (in memoriam) and Myron Sommerfeld.

All VCSU alumni are invited to attend this event. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The evening will be filled with memories and stories, celebrating the service of these individuals to VCSU and the musical culture of North Dakota and beyond.

Reed spent more than 25 years as the choir director at Valley City State University. He taught in California and North Dakota and spent five years at Valley City Junior-Senior High School before working at VCSU. While at VCSU, Reed directed the Concert Choir, University Singers and taught voice. Reed also served as director of the VCSU Christmas Madrigal Dinner Concerts, the 1986 “Christmas Masterpieces” productions of Bach Magnificat and the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and the 1987 VCSU Choral Union presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” Reed frequently served as an adjudicator, clinician and massed choir director throughout North Dakota.

Sommerfeld attended Valley City State College and graduated in 1962. He would later go on to earn his master’s in music education from the University of North Dakota in 1973. He taught music in North Dakota for more than 25 years. He has been in the music business for 58 years and is still performing with his band Myron Sommerfeld and His Music. Sommerfeld writes and arranges every piece of music that his band performs. His many accomplishments include having his composition, “Stepping Out,” chosen as the theme song for National Ballroom Dance Week in 1992 and having his orchestra voted as “The Outstanding Band” by the National Ballroom & Entertainment Association. His band has played for several governors and has toured throughout the Midwest and into Canada.

To make reservations — $35 per person — for the 2014 Music Hall of Fame Banquet, contact Paula Larson in the VCSU Department of Music office by emailing paula.lar or calling (701) 845-7272.

Payment must be received no later than Sept. 12. Tickets will not be available at the door.