Performance Series Director
Music Industry Studies
"Working with Dale Haefner as a Music Industry Practicum student was an awesome experience that I truly value. I was in charge of a number of public relations duties, made arrangements with visiting guest artists, and performed a number of other business-related activities. I know this will help me in the future because I am now more comfortable working in a real-world music business environment.” -- Abbie Christensen, BS, Music Industry, 2011
Over a month-long period in their Music Management/Concert Production course, Music Industry students worked under the guidance of Professor Dale Haefner in order to gain some real-life experience in the music industry field, producing a quality off-campus concert at a local club.
"It's satisfying to get real hands-on experience,” Ben Wieman said. "It's much better than just reading a book and taking a test like in other classes."
Dale Haefner serves as the Music Performance Series Director and teaches upper level courses in Music Industry and courses in the Music Industry Certificate Program at the University. He has played a critical role in initiating an annual Music Performance Series at Minnesota State Mankato. The Series is currently in its 16th year. In addition to performances, the Series offers a wide variety of educational workshops, clinics and outreach opportunities for the region. Mr. Haefner is solely responsible for generating significant resources to maintain the artistic direction, personnel and operating costs of the series. Haefner's passion is presenting a wide variety of fresh, contemporary and ethnically diverse programming to the university community and to the regional area. He provides leadership in the promotion of the Department of Music's artistic season including faculty recitals and student ensemble concerts. His experience also extends to grant writing, friend and fundraising and coordinating educational outreach programs and services.
Haefner received his baccalaureate degree in Music Industry and his Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Minnesota State Mankato. Dale Haefner has served on a number of arts boards in the region and holds memberships in the National Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Minnesota Presenters Network. Haefner is a member of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame for his efforts as a performing musician, studio musician, and tour manager for a number of regional bands.