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


Student Michael Abbasspour accompanying vocal concert selection

Student Michael Abbasspour, Sound Track Composer for Model Railroaders Convention Promotion

Michael Abbasspour, a junior at UM-Flint from Otisville, is the composer, arranger and the talent behind the music sound track for the promotional video for the S-Gauge Model Railroaders Convention in Novi, Michigan in August. Abbasspour, who is majoring in classical guitar, said his composition for the model railroaders began with a "western-folkish style."  "I continued in that direction," said Abbasspour, "using the violin to bring out the western feel. I tried to create elements of wide landscapes of fields, hills and wild horses while riding on an old locomotive."  Abbasspour played several percussion instruments, classic guitar, and mandolin on numerous mixed tracks.  He called on friend, Peter Kent, to play the violin part.  UM-Flint Theatre student Matthew Coggins narrates. You can hear the final composition by selecting here, or watch the complete video for the S-Gauge Model Railroaders at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HroBrGiCm1Y.


Photo of the Opera Outreach cast of Jack & the Beanstalk

Opera Outreach Presenting "Jack and the Beanstalk"

The opera outreach production of Jack & the Beanstalk begins a spring tour this month with performances at the Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center! Dr. Joshua May directs the project of student performers and teaching artists that will enrich our community with music education and performances for elementary school students throughout Genesee County. For more information about our upcoming performances, please visit our opera outreach page and read the CAS blog about the project

Photo of Drs. Joshua May & Jessica Cech in concert

Music Faculty Selected Soloists in Gross Pointe Concerts

Faculty members Dr. Joshua May, tenor and Dr. Jessica Cech, flute performed together as part of the Gross Pointe Chamber Music Series. They performed selections of 20th century French mélodie and American art songs. As part of the series, they will be performing diverse chamber repertoire as select soloists at the Gross Pointe War Memorial on May 22 & June 5, 2016

Photo of Dr. Karen Salvador teaching early childhood music At the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center

Dr. Karen Salvador Presents National Teachers Conference in Georgia

Dr. Karen Salvador (pictured teaching early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center) recently returned from presenting and leading a work group meeting at the National Association for Music Education's biannual Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Salvador co-presented a session entitled "Approaches to Teaching about Diversity and Social Justice in Music Teacher Education" and also co-facilitated the work of the Society for Music Teacher Education's Area for Strategic Planning and Action on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. This was Dr. Salvador's last meeting in that role, as she is stepping down as facilitator in preparation for assuming her duties as President of the Michigan Music Education Association.

Dr. Karen Salvador with State Legislator Sen Marty Knollenberg

Faculty Dr. Karen Salvador at State Capitol Leading Delegation to Mandate Elementary Music in Schools

On March 9, Dr. Karen Salvador (second from left, with MI Senator Marty Knollenberg, center) led a delegation of music teachers from across the state as they met with state legislators to discuss mandating elementary music in Michigan schools and closing the "all-subjects" loophole by requiring music specialist JX/JQ certification for music teachers. These meetings were part of the third annual Michigan Music Education Advocacy Day, which brought together leadership from the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and Michigan Music Education Association, in which Dr. Salvador serves as president-elect. Additional events included a noon concert in the capitol rotunda and a leadership meeting among the organizations.

Photo of faculty Frank Pitts as Dr. Bartollo in the Barber of Seville

Music Faculty Frank Pitts in Ann Arbor Opera "The Barber of Seville"

Frank Pitts, UM-Flint faculty, is currently performing with Ann Arbor's Comic Opera Guild in their production of The Barber of Seville.  He plays the role of Dr. Bartolo, a pompous, old, curmudgeon, who is marrying for money.  This famous Rossini opera has many familiar arias including the Figaro aria Largo al Factorum.  The opera is performed with new English translations and is presented at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor.

Photo of Gingerbread children after being freed from witch from Hansel and Gretel Children's Opera

Children's Opera Hansel and Gretel Huge Success!

Hansel & Gretel thrilled students and audiences at UM-Flint!  Dr. Joshua May, UM-Flint Music faculty person, led a unique education and performance event that brought together UM-Flint Opera Workshop students, faculty, Flint School for the Performing Arts students & faculty, and collaborative artists from across the state of Michigan to bring this opera to life! The weekend performances reached large audiences from across our community.  As part of our Opera Outreach mission, 350 elementary school students from across Flint and Genesee County experienced their first live opera on our campus.  Teachers, families, and artistic community members have been sharing the student reactions to the opera with the Music Department. Children have been reported singing opera in their school lunch rooms and hallways and sharing the joy of singing with their families about everyday life!  The Department of Music now looks ahead to preparations for next year's production that will continue to provide educational programming to inspire students to make music in our community. Check out the coverage by the Flint Journal of our Invitational Opera Performance: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2016/02/first-ever_fully_staged_opera.html

Latin Jazz Ensemble Los Gatos with UM-Flint Faculty Brian DiBlassio

Faculty Brian DiBlassio Performs Concert at Rackham Auditorium

Brian DiBlassio, UM-Flint faculty and Chair of the Department of Music, performed at Rackham Auditorium as part of the Diversity Celebration on the Ann Arbor University of Michgan Campus for Martin Luther King's "Day On" holiday.  DiBlassio's Latin-Jazz Quintet, Los Gatos headlined the event with Teja Arboleda, Clark University professor and TEDx speaker.  Los Gatos is known for their high-energy Afro-Cuban rhythms.

The 2016 Midwest Intercollegiate Band photo

3 UM-Flint Music Students Selected to Play in Intercollegiate Band

Three UM-Flint students traveled to Ames, Iowa in February to be part of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)  North Central Division Intercollegiate Band. 

Alesha Akins, flute;  Zach Smith, french horn; and Jacob Yencer, trumpet performed under the direction of Eugene Corporon, Director of Wind Studies at North Texas College. Corporon is regarded as one of the finest wind conductors in the country. 

Join us in congratulating the musical accomplishments of our own UM-Flint music students!

Dr. Karen Salvador Presenting Workshop at Michigan Music Conference January 2016

Dr. Karen Salvador Presents Workshop at Michigan Music Conference

Dr. Karen Salvador (center) presented a workshop with Debra Navin (right), at the Michigan Music Conference in January. Their session, entitled "But I can't do THAT with MY kids," was designed to help music teachers understand ways to build skills for more complex activities in elementary general music. Dr. Salvador was on the planning committee for the event and also presented a session on music education policy and advocacy.

Voice Faculty Kisma Hunter-Jordan photo

Voice Faculty Kisma Hunter-Jordan Places First in the Best Artist at the National Opera Association Competition!

Accolades for Voice Faculty Kisma Hunter-Jordan are in order for her First Place Award in the Artist Division of the Carolyn Bailey and Dominick Argento Vocal Competition at the National Opera Association Convention in early January.  The 2016 convention was held in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Lunch Concert at St. Paul's on Dec 17th

UM-Flint Music Faculty Performed Lunch Concert Dec 17th

UM-Flint Music Faculty Dr. Gariela Hristova, piano and Dr. Jessica Cech, flute  performed a free lunch concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 711 St. Saginaw St., in Flint on Dec 17th.


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.

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.