Through partnership with Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), the Community Orchestra Academy (COA) provides music education and performance opportunities in both small and large ensembles to students in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo metropolitan area. 


The COA's professional music teachers have developed a unique, graduated curriculum that combines the best of many different teaching methods, including Suzuki.

COA students receive a comprehensive, well-rounded music education that emphasizes artistry, technique, music theory, and music history.

The COA inspires students to

  • Discover their abilities and talents as musicians

  • Hone their leadership and team building skills

  • Advance their sense of commitment to themselves, to others, and to the arts

  • Develop skills that meet challenges

  • Foster a sense of achievement

  • Share and express their gift of music

  • Cultivate their life-long love of music

  • Understand and appreciate the power and influences that the arts hold in society

The COA offers students

The COA provides audiences with

  • A creative means to bond with children through orchestral music

  • A venue for furthering a sense of community

  • A place for children to share their musical accomplishments

  • Opportunities to experience ways in which the fine arts relate to each other

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