Welcome To Music At UM-Flint!

Within a modern, regional campus, The Department of Music at the University of Michigan Flint offers students a smaller, personalized University of Michigan experience as they work toward earning their degree.   For nearly 40 years, the experienced faculty have created an environment that fosters the very best of student talent and creativity.  Students who graduate from the Music Program at UM-Flint go on to outstanding careers and experiences as performers, teachers, and artistic visionaries.  At UM-Flint, you will make music as you begin to make a foundation for your future.  Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music ... MORE


Jack and the Beanstalk Childrens Opera Photos

Children's Opera Performance Enthralls at Flint Farmers Market

Opera Outreach kicked off their season by performing "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Flint Farmer's Market on November 14th for over one hundred families and community members! The UM-Flint opera outreach program enriches our community with music education and performance events that will excite future generations of students to make music.  Joshua May, director and vocal music instructor said, "We wanted to bring our fun filled operatic adventure into the heart of our city, where families can enjoy the experience with their children." Highlights of the event can be found here.  The Opera Outreach will be performing at several other area schools in the next six months so children and their families can join Jack on his magical adventure as climbs the beanstalk into the sky!  For more information, or to involve your school,  please contact Dr. Joshua May, at 810-762-3377 or jmmay@umflint.edu.

Kisma Hunter-Jordan photo

Music Faculty Kisma Hunter-Jordan Wins International Opera Competition

Voice Faculty Kisma Hunter-Jordan, placed first in the prestigious Mildred Miller International Voice Competition in Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday.  The competition in its fifth year, is sponsored by the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh which was founded by the competitions namesake, Mildred Miller.  Ms. Miller was an exceptional vocal talent and a starring member of the Metropolitan Opera of New York for 25 years.  In the ongoing tradition of recognizing and encouraging young talent, the Mildred Miller International Vocal Competition awards a first prize of $5,000 and a guarantee of a paid starring role in the Summerfest Opera held at the Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh in summer 2016.

Dr. Joshua May presents at Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning

Vocal Instructor Joshua May presenter at Lilly Conference

Dr. Joshua May was a selected presenter at the national Lilly Conference in Traverse City, MI in October. The Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning encourage presentation of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by academicians from across the United States, representing nearly every discipline found in higher education. Dr. May presented his course design and research on service based learning in higher education for arts based curriculum. 

Dan Tolly demonstrates gourd instrument

Meet New Music Faculty Member Dan Tolly

New Music faculty Dan Tolly demonstrates the Adenkum gourd from Ghana to African-American Music Class, MUS/AFA 313.

Kisma Hunter-Jordan photo

Welcome New Vocal Faculty Kisma Jordan

A Michigan native, Kisma Jordan is a recipient of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Music. Recognized by the New York Times for her soul-stirring communicative ability and "Shimmering soprano voice" Kisma returned to the opera stage in 2014-2015 season to cover the role of Clara with Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. She has appeared as a solist with the Hilton Head Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and debuted her highly anticipated project Beyond Classical during Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience and ended the summer with an appearance at Chene Park with electronic music legend Derrick May.  She holds degrees in Music from Bowling Green State University, Kentucky State University and  Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. We are fortunate she has chosen to offer her talents with the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music.

Frank Pitts performs

Music Faculty Frank Pitts Shines in Musicals

During the summer, Mr. Pitts took the stage in two very different productions.  He played Edna Turnblad in the Tony award winning musical Hairspray with the Athens Theatre Company in Troy.   He was seen performing the role of Pooh-Bah with the Kearsley Park Players here in Flint.  Mr. Pitts will be singing later this Fall in performances of Haydn’s Creation as Rafael and is performing as Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah.  His Spring schedule includes performing with the Ann Arbor Comic Opera in their production of The Barber of Seville. 

Karen Salvador at SMTE

Dr. Karen Salvador leads at the Symposium for Music Teacher Education

From September 19-21, Dr. Karen Salvador attended the Symposium for Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, North Carolina. This semi-annual meeting brings together faculty from institutions all over the US and Canada to present research and best practices as well as to coordinate regarding research, pedagogy, and policy. Dr. Salvador led three work meetings of the Area for Strategic Planning and Action related to Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. Working groups from this meeting planned several research studies, a book project, and two ongoing social media/toolkit projects directed at practicing teachers.