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


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Dr. Jessica Cech, flute, and student Michael Abbasspour, guitar, played FIM recital

Dr. Jessica Cech, Applied Flute lecturer and Music Student Michael Abbasspour headlined a performance for the Flint Institute of Music's Chamber Series on Friday, June 12, 2015 .  The concert was titled "Music for Flute and Guitar" and was held in MacArthur Hall. For a sample of their performance program https://youtu.be/rBGdEM_Ao40

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Congratulations Music Graduates!

Join us in congratulating our newest Music Graduates who will soon be teaching or performing near you!

(From Left) Emily Carter, Owen Ananich, Elena Sobrino, Miranda Mooney and Desmond Sheppard.

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Help UM-F Music Help Two Flint Schools

Here's your chance to recycle an old wind instrument in the back of the closet or in the attic from your child’s band days or to donate $5 to make music in a child's life.

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.

Monetary support for this project can be made here:  http://gofundme.com/owfjvo. Just over $1,750 is needed to repair the instruments that have already been donated. Gently used instrument donations can include flutes, clarinets, oboes, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombones, baritones, or tubas......


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Dr. Lois Alexander Receives UM-Flint Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Lois Alexander's 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes her outstanding faculty performance at the University of Michigan-Flint.  As a recipient of the award, Dr. Alexander will become a member of the TCLT advisory committee for three years.  As a member of the Department of Music faculty, she has taught courses in applied low brass, brass pedagogy, music theory, music history, American music, African-American music, world music, Wind Symphony, chamber music, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Performance Class, and music education (TCP Coordinator 1987-2011).


Dr. Karen Salvador

Dr. Karen Salvador Receives Faculty Award

Dr. Karen Salvador has been named this year's Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Junior Women Faculty Award. The award is bestowed by the University of Michigan-Flint. Criteria for the award included evidence of scholarship or creative activities, conspicuous ability in teaching, service to the professional, university or general community and high potential for professional advancement and continued professional development at the University of Michigan-Flint. She will receive a stipend for her scholarly and pedagogical interests.

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Dr. Jessica Cech, Apppearing as Soloist

Dr. Jessica Cech, Lecturer, Applied Flute, will be a soloist with the Lapeer Symphony Orchestra's Spring Concert on April 25, 2015.  The Concert, free and open to the public, will be held in the Lapeer High School, 933 S. Saginaw and begins at 7:30 pm.  One of the selections will be Gordeli's Concertino for Flute and Orchestra.  Dr. Cech has been a featured artist in the Flint Institute of Music's Chamber Series Concerts for the last six years.  She was a guest artist in the St. Clair Shores Concert Series in 2012 and was a featured soloist in the Music at St. Paul's Series (Flint, MI) in 2011.

Photo of the UM-Flint Orchestra playing in Plymouth on April 19,2015

University of Michigan-Flint Orchestra plays in Plymouth

The University of Michigan-Flint Orchestra performed Sunday evening at St. Kenneth in Plymouth delighting an audience of more than 400 people.  It was a pops concert of music arranged for orchestra by Patirck Prouty, the UM-Flint Music Department String Lecturer and Orchestra Conductor . The university musicians were accompanied by staff singers from the parish. This was the string orchestra's third concert at St. Kenneth's and each concert proves better than the last.

Photos of Maize and Blue Scholars Desmond Sheppard and Elena Sobrino

Two Outstanding Music Majors Are Maize and Blue Recipients

Elena Sobrino and Desmond Sheppard are the recipients of the Maize and Blue Distinguished Scholar Award, the highest academic award bestowed upon the graduates of the University of Michigan-Flint.  These awards will be presented at the commencement program on May 3, 2015.  Please join us in congratulating these outstanding students!

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UM-Flint Chamber Singers Shine at Festival

On Sunday, March 22, our Chamber Singers were the shining stars at the annual Flint Festival of Choirs, hosted at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Grand Blanc. Choirs from the Flint area gather together for a weekend of rehearsals and a concert performance under the direction of a guest clinician. The Choirs perform individually and together in a mass choirs. The University of Michigan-Flint Choirs are invited to participate in the this significant community event of choral singing each year.

Karen Salvador meets with Michigan State Board of Education

Dr. Karen Salvador at State Board of Education

On Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Karen Salvador took part in Music Education Advocacy Day in Lansing. In her role as president-elect of the Michigan Music Education Association, she and colleagues from the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Michigan School Vocal Music Association spoke to the Michigan State Board of Education and met with state legislators, including Education Committee Chair Amanda Price [pictured]. The advocacy day also included a lunchtime concert in the capital rotunda featuring Hayes Middle School Select Men’s Choir, the Northwest Elementary School Orffestra and the Okemos High School Freshman String Quartet.

UM-Flint Music Student Elena Sobrino with Chancellor Borrego

Music Student Elena Sobrino an Angell Scholar

University of Michigan-Flint Music student Elena J. Sobrino was awarded the James  B. Angell Scholar designation, after seven semesters of all "A" grades.  Students who achieve an “A” record (all grades of A+, A, or A-) for two or more consecutive terms are recognized as James B. Angell Scholars. From the University of Michigan-Flint, 145 students were honored but only two students have been recognized for seven semesters of excellent grades.

“Having the opportunity to visit at lunch with Angell scholars Rebecca DeJonge and Elena Sobrino (both 7 term Angell Scholars) and their families was great. To hear them describe their experience working with faculty, traveling abroad to study, and of campus support for student achievement was such a powerful example of the Flint difference—small classes, excellent faculty, and student research opportunities,” said Chancellor Borrego.


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UM-Flint Vocal Students Win Awards

On March 7, 2015, UM-Flint voice students from the Department of Music studios of Dr. Joshua May and Ms. Julie Anne Carr sang at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Auditions in Anderson, Indiana. Among the winners of the auditions, we had three students from our music department receive awards. Paul Morton and Emily Carter won 1st place in their categories. Amanda Rodman was awarded 3rd place in the advanced division. The division winning students performed for the region in the "Concert of Promise.” Paul Morton and Emily Carter will move onto the national semi-final competition later this spring.

Photos from the Opera Workshop Event at UM-Flint

Opera Workshop Outreach

UM-Flint Music faculty members Joshua May, Julie Anne Carr and Frank Pitts, stand alongside the student cast after a performance of The Three Little Pigs for more than 50 children from University of Michigan-Flint's Early Childhood Development on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at the William S. White Building near downtown Flint. "Opera-tunities", a University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music outreach program aims to engage the community in music education and performance.  This opera outreach program will reach more than 3,000 students throughout Genesee County.

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Dr. Joshua May Presents Research at Voice Educator's Symposium in Indiana

Dr. Joshua May, applied voice faculty member in the Department of Music, was selected to present his research at the New Voice Educators’ Symposium at Indiana University-Bloomington on February 20-21, 2015.  He will present his research on the connection of historical bel canto technique development for training young tenor voices through the use of Mozart’s concert aria repertoire. These concert arias offer a variety of exciting challenges for the young tenor in recital to the professional artist on the concert stage. These beautiful concert arias offer valuable technical vocal training tools for studio teachers to help their students prepare for future operatic literature. This event will be digitally broadcast at the following link: http://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=New_Voice_Educators_Symposium

Dr. Karen Salvador

Faculty and Students attend Michigan Music Conference

The Department of Music was well-represented at the Tenth Annual Michigan Music Conference: An Inservice for Music Educators [MMC]. This event is attended by approximately 9,000 teachers, administrators, students, speakers, and guests, and includes sessions, workshops, clinics, and concerts. Dr. Chris Heidenreich served as stage manager for the Collage Concert that kicked off the conference. Then, he presented on "Finding Musical Expression in the Large Ensemble," using the Davison High School Band as a demonstration ensemble. When he wasn't presenting, Dr. Heidenreich designed and ran our booth in the exhibit hall.  Ten members of our Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAFME) assisted at our booth and attended workshops, concerts, and sessions at the conference, with financial assistance from the Department of Music and from a grant obtained by NAfME Collegiate President Nicole Miller. Dr. Karen Salvador, as President-Elect of the Michigan Music Education Association, served on the planning committee for the MMC. She also presented, with UM-Flint Alum Keith Corbett, a session entitled "But I never thought I'd teach the little kids," which was designed to help music teachers better understand the needs of early childhood music students.


Enrique Diemecke,  Flint Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor

Enrique Diemecke Lecture at UM-Flint

Enrique Diemecke,  Flint Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor, addressed UM-Flint music students Friday, January 16, 2015 during performance class in French Hall. Mr. Diemecke has shared his insights on the music for FSO concerts, expression in music, performing with passion, and tips on being better musicians. Thank you, Mr. Diemecke.

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UM Faculty Will Play at Jazz Conference in San Diego

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

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UM-Flint Student Taylor VonBrockdorff and Group "Building Birds" Signed With Recording Company

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.

UM-Flint Student Mariachi Band Photos

UM-Flint Music Students Perform Mariachi

Um-Flint Department of Music Students expand their repertoires by learning to play mariachi music.

Award Winning UM-Flint Music Students

UM-Flint Music Students Win National Award

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.