Welcome To Music At UM-Flint!

As part of the regional comprehensive University of Michigan-Flint, the Department of Music offers students a personalized University of Michigan experience. For nearly 40 years, the experienced faculty have created an environment that develops the very best of student talent and creativity.  Students who graduate from music programs 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 make a foundation for your future. 

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the department is recognized for its performances, creative and collaborative students and faculty, and intellectually rigorous programs of study. Our programs are open to music majors and minors who wish to pursue undergraduate music degrees, as well as non-majors looking to participate in various performing ensembles that the Department of Music has to offer. 


April 2019 UM-Flint Music Graduates

Congratulations 2019 Music Graduates!

Congratulations to our Music Graduates of 2019! From left: Jermaine Thompson B.A. (percussion), Peter Conigliaro B.M. clarinet performance, Kaitlyn Cook B.A. clarinet, Kaitlyn Maitland B.A. flute, and Amanda Rodman B.M. vocal performance.

Poster for the Mikado at UM-Flint on April 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm.

The Mikado Opera Delights Audience With Laughter and Love

The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan was performed by the Music Department Vocal Faculty and students on Friday, April 19th.  Vocal students presented scenes and arias from the acclaimed operetta, a comedic story of love and deception from Titipoopoo. The performance was semi-staged under the direction of Matthew Daniels with costumes, lighting, and plenty of laughs!  A great afternoon event for the entire family! Opera is alive at UM-Flint!

Photo of the December 2018 UM-Flint Chamber Singers in Concert

The UM-Flint Chamber Singers performed for clean water in a concert with the Festival Choir of Madison, WI on March 16, 2019

The University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Gabriela Hristova traveled to Wisconsin for a joint concert with the Festival Choir of Madison, on March 16, 2019 presenting music that gives voice to the tragedies of the past and present, the promise of social equality and inclusion, and hope for the future of both our society and our planet. Flint, Michigan has become a symbol of how social and environmental justice (and injustice) are intertwined. The Flint water crisis brought the nation’s attention to the problem of lead in drinking water and now officials have acknowledged that Flint’s problem is Wisconsin’s, too.  Not just lead, but manure and fertilizer runoff has contaminated groundwater—the water that rural wells draw from—across the state of Wisconsin.  The musical selections of the concert connected the commonality of water to a vision of an inclusive society.  Dr. Gabriela Hristova, conductor said, “We can promote change and stand for justice, encourage environmental protection and initiate peace. With a voice of singing we can heal and transform, educate and motivate, and cultivate sensible citizens of our world. Our music teaches empathy and compassion, and creates an engaging culture of understanding and acceptance of all.”  


UM-Flint Jazz Combo Photo

UM-Flint Jazz Combo Played at Yo-Yo Ma Concert in Berston Field House in February

Yo-Yo Ma, preeminent world cellist and activist is orchestrated a Day of Action event in Flint on Thursday, February 28. The UM-Flint Jazz Combo were asked to perform with other performance and visual artists that highlighted Flint's diversity and artistry while starting a dialogue to create a deeper connection between cultures. Hopes are that the power generated by the diverse connections will stimulate the creation of a healthier community, locally and as part of the world at large. The UM-Flint Jazz Combo is comprised of music students: Brandon Sexton (trumpet), Jordan Pavlica (trombone), Austin Tripp (saxophone), Warren Lissner (string bass), Andrew Cramer (piano), Russ Sauter (drums) and singer Precious Williamson-Murray. Sponsers included the Chancellor and Provost of UM-Flint, The Charles Stewart Mott, The Ruth Mott and The Hagerman foundations.

Photo of the members of the Invitational Choir

42nd Choir Invitational a Huge Success

The 42nd Chamber Choir Invitational gathered close to 200 high school singers from the Flint area and beyond for a day of choral singing and performing on Monday, October 22, 2018.  This annual event is hosted by the Department of Music Chamber singers at the Court Street Methodist Church in Flint.  This year the young singers sang under the direction of guest conductor and renown American composer Stacey Gibbs.   

Brian DiBlassio and Jessica Cech in France

Um-Flint Faculty Premiere Composition in France

With funding awarded by the University of Michigan Flint Office of Research, Brian DiBlassio and Jessica Cech presented the 2018 premiere of Suite in F, in Limonest, France. The piece, written by DiBlassio for woodwinds, string quartet, and jazz trio, is a unique composition that blends 17th century French dances with modern-day jazz. Suite in F’s debut in France was a collaborative performance, combining music faculty from three different institutions – UM-Flint, the Flint Institute of Music and the Limonest Conservatoire.  Attended by members of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the piece’s debut occurred at the grand opening of Limonest’s new Agora cultural center, followed by interactive outreach performances at local school programs. Plans for local performances are currently underway.

UM-Flint Faculty Karen Salvador accepts award from National Association for Music Educators

National Music Award of Excellence to Michigan Music Educators

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) recently awarded the Michigan Music Educators Association (MMEA) the 2018 Excellence in Advocacy Award in recognition of their efforts advocating for music education. MMEA President Lisa Furman, along with Executive Director Cory Micheel-Mays and Immediate Past-President Karen Salvador, accepted the award on behalf of MMEA during NAfME's June Hill Day activities. MMEA has been a key player in several public policy discussions at the state level, including the writing and implementation of Michigan's state ESSA plan. MMEA's efforts led to a state ESSA plan that includes music and arts in their state accountability reporting system, as well as identifying music and arts as potential uses for federal Title IV-A funds. The MMEA was instrumental in removing a state education clause allowing music to be taught by a non-music certified instructor.

"We are grateful for this recognition of our work on behalf of music students and music educators, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure access to ongoing, sequential music instruction, provided by a certified music educator, for all students PK-12 in Michigan." - MMEA Immediate Past-President, Karen Salvador

Photo of Dr. Gabriela Hristova

Dr. Gabriela Hristova, Winner of the Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Gabriela Hristova, Associate Professor of Music, Choral Conductor at UM-Flint, is the 2018 Distinguished Service Award Winner.   Although not awarded every year, recipients of this award are considered based on their professional service in the university, within the community and in professional organizations.  Dr. Hristova is a recent past President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and recently completed a  concert tour of Western Michigan with the UM-Flint Chamber Singers. Congratulations to Dr. Hristova for recognition of her work by her peers. 

UM-Flint Water Crisis Remembered in Song

Composer Andrea Ramsey conducted the UM-Flint Choir Invitational singers in the premiere of her new composition called "But A Flint Has Fire" a choral work dedicated to and about the continuing Flint Water Crisis. This video is from the concert in November 2017.