Dr. Merton Utgaard
SCANDINAVIAN-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME
Dr. Utgaard, executive director of the International Ambassadors of Music, founded the International Music Camp Summer School of Fine Arts at Bottineau, which brings young musicians of many nations together to learn more music and share skills and friendships. Dr. Utgaard and the Ambassadors program also promotes cultural exchange programs between youths throughout the world.
A winner of the American School Band Directors prestigious Harding Award, Dr. Utgaard was 1987 top State Music Educator and also has earned the Governor’s Award for the Arts. He has been director of bands at University of South Dakota, Ball University in Indiana and Northern Illinois University.