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
Enrique Diemecke, Flint Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, will speak to UM-Flint music students Friday, January 16, 2015 during performance class at 11:00 AM in 164 French Hall. In the past, Mr. Diemecke has shared his insights on the music for the upcoming FSO concert, expression in music, performing with passion, and tips on being better musicians. Join us!
UM-Flint and UM-Ann Arbor music faculty, with percussionist Pepe Espinosa, are teaming up to play Latin jazz at the 2015 Jazz Education Network Conference in San Diego. The group will perform the music of Chucho Valdez, Orlando Valle, Clare Fischer, originals and more.
Andrew Bishop, saxophone (in absentia) • Brian DiBlassio, piano • Patrick Prouty, bass • Jonathan Ovalle, drums • Pepe Espinosa, congas/percussion
Do you have an old wind instrument in the back of the closet or maybe in the attic from your child’s band days? Here’s a chance to recycle that instrument so it can make music again.
The University of Michigan-Flint wind symphony is sponsoring a community service project seeking gently used wind instruments for use in two Flint area schools. The project is titled “Horns in the Attic,” and the band members are seeking to help create an inventory of wind instruments for the Beecher Community High School and St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School.
Instrument donations can include flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, or tubas......
String Ensemble Performs in Lapeer
Lecturer Pat Prouty and his UM-Flint Chamber Strings Ensemble performed for the residents of Devonshire Village retirement community in Lapeer Nov. 25.
About 150 students from across the University of Michigan-Flint campus came together for the Music Department's collaborative concert MusiCollage.
The concert, which took place at University of Michigan-Flint Theater on Thursday, Oct. 15 in front of an audience of about 100, featured a cross-section of talent from jazz ensembles to chorale groups and an orchestra.
UM-Flint music student Taylor VonBrockdorff is a prolific performer who, in addition to his school studies, has recorded on several albums in the past year and played in different music groups around the state.
He has also one of four members in the band Building Birds, an alternative rock group started in the spring of 2014 and described as being “reminiscent of early U2, Radiohead, and Coldplay interwoven with My Bloody Valentine and Jeff Buckley, [offering] a sound that extends beyond a single genre.” (www.weareshorebird.com). The band was recently signed by Shorebird, a record label based in Rhode Island.
Music Honors Student Elena Sobrino Speaks From Scotland
"This summer, through the Honors program, I traveled to the United Kingdom to attend the Association of Social Anthropologists Decennial Conference in Edinburgh. As a senior double majoring in music and anthropology, this trip was an exciting opportunity to make professional connections with other scholars with interests similar to my own. Throughout the conference, I was able to see firsthand how anthropologists from around the world integrate a wide variety of topics into their work, including music. ... I know I'll continue to be learning from these experiences of cultural immersion for a long time to come!"
The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently announced the winners of its annual Collegiate Chapter of Excellence awards. The University of Michigan-Flint chapter is one of three programs that was recognized for excellence in service to the community.
Music's Dr. Karen Salvador's article, "Access to Music Education with Regard to Race in two Urban Areas" co-authored with Kristen Allegood from Indiana University, has just been published in Arts Education Policy Review. In the article, Dr. Salvador and Ms. Allegood examined the Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, and found significant differences in the provision of music instruction between schools with high and low proportions of non-White enrollment in categories including curricular offerings, extracurricular offerings, and resources. In the Detroit area, only 31-60% of schools with high percentages of non-White students offered any music instruction at all. The paper contrasts these findings to a National Center for Educational Statistics report and concludes with a discussion of policy implications.