The North Star Chamber Music Festival and Symposium will bring together educators and string & piano players in grade 8 through college along with Concordia student mentors for a week of string orchestra, chamber music, new music reading sessions, and a conducting seminar. Each year, guest educators will serve as speakers on special topics and coach ensembles. Students will be able to play side by side in several settings, culminating in a final chamber music concert.

All events will take place in the Hvidsten Hall of Music, located on the corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue South in Moorhead.



Student Activities:

  • Chamber music and string orchestra rehearsals/coachings/performances
  • Solo/chamber music and musicianship workshops and masterclasses
  • Participant/Faculty Recitals
  • Private Lessons
  • Conducting Workshop
  • Composition Workshop
  • NEW: Opportunity to perform at the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Rocks Concert on August 17 (optional)

Educator Activities:

  • ASTA Reading Session (date TBA)
  • Chamber music collaborations with Concordia faculty/college student mentors and educator participants
  • Presentations by guest educator faculty
  • Option to attend orchestra rehearsal/chamber coaching/masterclasses/workshops
  • Participant/Faculty recitals

Student Registration Details

  • Cost: $285
    • Final registration deadline: May 13
  • Placement Audition Repertoire:
    • Strings: Prepare a video recording of a solo excerpt of your choice (2 min.), and a major and minor scale of the applicant’s choice (violin/viola/cello – 3 octaves; double bass – 2 octaves)
    • Piano: Prepare a video recording of a solo piano composition that best demonstrates your musical and technical talents.
  • Returning students needn't submit a formal audition, but it would be helpful to see an updated video of your most recent playing for repertoire assignments.


Educator Registration Details

  • No cost!


Faculty Coaches

Guest Faculty

Kathryn (KC) Thompson

Kathryn (KC) Thompson is in her first year as an orchestra director at Moorhead High School, bringing with her 10 years of experience as the high school orchestra director for Pocatello/Chubbuck School District in Pocatello, ID. She was previously a music coordinator for her music department in Idaho, and was the Gem State Area President for the Idaho Music Educators Association. Expanding into the professional orchestral world, she has held the music librarian position for the Idaho State Civic Symphony, as well as personnel manager for the Idaho Falls Symphony. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from Idaho State University, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Rich Gonzales

Rich Gonzales serves as Director of Orchestras at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, ND. In addition to three curricular ensembles, he directs the Sheyenne Chamber Orchestra, The Mustang Quartet, and the pit orchestra for the winter musical. Rich maintains a private double bass studio and performs with several organizations, including the FM Symphony, Opera and Ballet. His passion is building positive relationships with students and making music for the community. Rich is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and has since returned to his alma mater to earn his Master of Music in Music Education. Mr. Gonzales is a member of the North Dakota String Teachers Association (NDSTA), North Dakota Music Educators Association (NDMEA), and is currently campaigning for the NDMEA East Orchestra Representative seat.

Michal Lang

Michal Lang has been the Orchestra Director at Davies High School in Fargo, ND since 2011.  Previously, she held orchestra teaching positions with the Fargo Public Schools and St. Cloud Tech High School in St. Cloud Minnesota.  Under her direction, the Davies Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the NDMEA Conference in 2022.  Mrs. Lang has also taught at International Music Camp and by invitation at regional summer orchestra camps in Minnesota.  An active performer, Mrs. Lang is a cellist with the FM Symphony Orchestra, and has served as principal cellist with the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and Amadeus Chamber Symphony.  Mrs. Lang currently serves as President of the EDC Music Committee, she founded and runs the FPS Middle School Summer String Camp, and maintains a private cello studio.  Mrs. Lang holds degrees from Concordia College in Moorhead and NDSU.


Dr. Sonja Bosca-Harasim

Associate Professor, Violin and Viola; String Area Coordinator; Director, Concordia String Preparatory Program Music