Department of Music faculty Brian DiBlassio, Pat Prouty, Joe Wright, Jeff Price and James Coviak were recognized by Provost Dr. Douglas G. Knerr at the Fall 2017 Convocation for their jazz number "Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie. Listen here.
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.
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
Kisma Jordan, UM-Flint Music Vocal Lecturer will be continuing her Detroit work in Opera fusion thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation. Jordan's been fusing opera and music of different genres for years and lately has focused on Soul (Detroits contribution to Music) and Opera. The funds will allow Jordan to create a world-class concert experience that seamlessly fuses operatic vocals with various music styles in order to expand the scope of and audience for classical voice performances. Congratulate Ms. Jordan on her project, funding and find time to see her work. You will not be disappointed.
UM-Flint Faculty Genadi Zagor in Concert, Nov. 16
The Lansing Absolute Music Chamber Series is hosting a concert featuring Genadi Zagor, UM-Flint Music's Lecturer, Applied Piano on Nov. 16, at Urban Beat, 1213 Turner Street, Lansing at 7:30 pm. Genadi Zagor has performed at concert venues in Russia, Israel, Japan, the United Kingdom and America. Reactions to his performances typically include such key words and phrases as “sensational”, “nimble-fingered”, “a lively and imaginative player”, “triumph” and “an electrifying performance.” Also performing is Ilya Kaler, one of the most distinguished personalities of the violin today. Tickets are available at: http://www.absolutemusiclansing.org/
41st Chamber Choir Invitational Standing Room Only
Dedicated to all affected by the Flint Water Crisis, nine Mid-Michigan High School choirs sang individually and together with the UM-Flint Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Andrea Ramsey, guest conductor and composer. The concert, held October 23 at the Court Street United Methodist Church featured the new composition by Dr. Ramsey expounding on the Flint Water Crisis. The concert was standing room only to an audience of more than 350.
Joshua May Presents Research at National Opera Association Conference
Music faculty Dr. Joshua May, presented his research on the evolution of style in French operetta from 1825-1925 at the National Opera Association conference at Clayton State University. As part of his presentation, undergraduate and graduate students from University of West Georgia, Clayton State University, Samford University, and Georgia State University performed selections from a variety of operettas and composers, in French and English languages to demonstrate the accessibility of this repertoire for collegiate singers. The live performances featured lesser known works by Offenbach, Cuvillier, Lecocq, Bizet, Hahn, and Hervé. Conference attendees were provided resources on programming for various voice types to help assist in preparing for diverse recitals or opera scenes. Dr. May was also a guest artist at the University of West Georgia, where he presented a masterclass for the undergraduate students studying voice and opera.
UM-Flint Music Students Play Taps at Great Lakes National Cemetery
Five UM-Flint Music students and Christopher Heidenreich, chair of the music department, spent a day at the Great Lakes National Military Cemetery on Sep 11th to play taps at nine commital services honoring deceased veterans. Heidenreich has been playing taps for military funerals since high school and has passed the honor to the UM-Flint students. Jocelyn Himes, a music senior from Flushing said, "Just being at the Great Lakes Cemetery, I can feel the weight of what all these men and women have done for us and our country." Engineering student Dean King said the honor of playing taps for the burials at the cemetery gave him a new appreciation for those who give all in service to their country. The cemetery averages 11 burials a day. "Performing the small taps service seemed especially appropriate on September 11," said Heidenreich, who wanted his students to put their talents to work on at least one of the commital services for the veterans buried that day.
Annual Faculty and Student Kickball Game Winners
The Department of Music's annual kickball game, played in September this year, saw the team members of Lecturer Pat Prouty the confirmed winners of this years event. No time to celebrate their win, after the game, faculty and students ran back to French Hall to their classes. The exercise in fresh air allowed the brass and wind instruments to warm up.
UM-Flint Music Faculty Perform at Convocation
UM-Flint faculty members Stephanie Dean and Joshua May are conducting a joint research project on improvisation in the classroom. Dean, an associate professor of theatre, and May, a voice lecturer in the music department, will present on the topic in October at the higher education-based Lilly Conference in Traverse City. Dean and May discussed the benefits and dynamics of improvisation in the classroom in this Q&A with University Relations. The entire story can be read here: https://news.umflint.edu/2017/08/29/um-flint-faculty-members-research-improvisation-classroom/
Jr. Summer Academy of Music Percussion Students Rock!
Jr. and Sr. Summer Academy of Music Great Success!
The closing concert of the Summer Academy of Music on Friday, July 28 at 6 pm in the UM-Flint Theater was the culmination of a successful summer music program administered by Gabriela Hristova, Assoc. Professor of Musicand Choral Conductor. The more than 30 year Academy program offers a two weeks of enhanced and intense musical study for middle school and high school students. Students participated in a variety of choral music, vocal solos, musical-theatre selections, and popular mash-ups. The staff of the program are current faculty and current and former studentsand graduates of UM-Flint Music programs.
The UM-Flint Jazz Ensemble provided the music to soothe the soul at the Flint Art Institute, as it hosted the Michigan Radio's show Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Saturday, April 22. Some of the hot topics covered included Flint Water, Education and the Arts. The segments will be aired over Michigan Public Radio over the next week. For more information go to: http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-hold-live-show-flint-saturday-april-22 or, a recap of the event can be found at: http://www.eastvillagemagazine.org/2017/04/23/michigan-radio-comes-to-flint-good-bad-hopeful-and-angry-narratives-emerge/ .
Wind Symphony Concert performed in the Genesys-Pace Gazebo
It was the best possible weather for an outdoor concert. The sun was shining and the outdoor chairs on the lawn at the Genesys-Pace in Flint were full of concert attendees enjoying a delightful afternoon listening to the UM-Flint Department of Music Wind Symphony perform in the Grand Gazebo. Wind Symphony Director Christopher Heidenreich said, "I wanted to perform a concert at this Gazebo since I first moved to Flint" (about seven years ago). The audience, mostly Pace participants, expressed their appreciation over and over again. The free afternoon concert was so successful, it could become an annual event.
Chamber Singers Perform for Scholarship Donors
The UM-Flint Department of Music Chamber Singers spent their evening on March 31 performing for the 14th Annual Scholarship Dinner. The annual event honors the donors of UM-Flint student scholarships. It was the Chamber Singers pleasure to give back to donors who have given generously to students to make their dreams come true. Thank you again to scholarship donors!
UM-Flint Orchestra entertained "full house" in Plymouth
The University of Michigan-Flint Orchestra (UMFO) performed to a packed house of over 800 people at St. Kenneth Catholic Church in Plymouth, MI in March. UMFO presented the music of George Gershwin with guest soprano, Paula Steele and pianist, Amy Suave.
Benjy Jones, UM-Flint Music's alumnus in Music Education, and now Band Director at Carman-Ainsworth High School, took his students to the district and state band competitions this year. Public television's WKAR, TV23, followed them and created a short program about Flint students releasing and redirecting their stress levels over the Flint water crisis into the focused stress of performing as musicians at the highest level of state competition. The entire program can be found here. We are pround of you, Benjy Jones, and your students!
With a successful band playing throughout Michigan, Jenn McMillan said she credits UM-Flint for helping her reach her success as a performer/musician.
Read about Jenn's story: https://news.umflint.edu/2017/03/09/um-flint-music-alumna-takes-center-stage/
UM Flint NAfME Collegiate Attends Michigan Music Conference
After much hard work in planning and fund raising, 16 students from the University of Michigan Flint Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education attended the Michigan Music Conference (MMC). The MMC is a 3-day professional development event for music educators and includes concerts, conducting clinics, workshops, all-state ensembles, and more. In addition, over 1,800 professional music educators attend the event, making it a valuable networking opportunity. UM Flint NAfME students report learning a ton and feeling inspired as they continue their education. Plans are already underway to begin fundraising for next year's event. (Pictured: Current UM Flint Student Teachers Alesha Akins and Zachary Smith at the NAfME Collegiate Reception).
Lecturer Frank Pitts concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
UM-Flint Music Department Lecturer Frank Pitts delighted audiences at St. Pauls Episcopal Church January 29 with a solo concert.
Photo includes Music students who attended the event. From left, Benjamin Cunningham, Hannah Wikaryasz, Frank Pitts, Jhane Perdue, Jordan Pavlica, and Heather Smith.
Pre-schoolers from the Early Childhood Development Center and UM-Flint Music Students together in a circle for thier last Music in Early Childhood Practicum class. The students sang songs together with the children, alternating dynamics from soft to loud, wiggling and marching to the rhythms, and smiling as they each took turns leaning into the microphone to lead the next verse with their own interesting choice of words and sounds.
The course is MUS 185/ECE 120, an early childhood practicum and general education class where students from multiple disciplines gain first-hand experience with music-making and teaching methods during the first part of the semester and then spend five weeks applying their knowledge by working directly with the children in a dynamic group setting.
Voice Faculty Kisma Jordan sang "The 12 Days of Christmas" with the Flint Symphony Orchestra's annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint Dec. 17 and 18.
Opera Outreach at Hurley Hospital
On Friday, October 28, 2016, the UM-Flint Opera Workshop kicked off National Opera Week by presenting a program of opera arias, art songs, and musical theater at Hurley Hospital as part of the Culture Shock Program with Communities First, Inc. of Flint. These students will provide an introduction to the world of vocal classical music through their performances in the community. Culture Shock, as its name suggests, provides cultural experiences that provoke, surprise and stimulate. By altering and enhancing perceptions of arts and culture--in partnership with other community groups and businesses--individuals and families can expand their horizons, broaden their tastes and deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Dr. Joshua May Presenter at Lilly Conference
Dr. Joshua May was a selected presenter at the national Lilly Conference in Traverse City, MI on October 20-22, 2016. He presented his development and course design on service based learning in higher education for arts based performance classes.
Dr. Hristova Leads First State Community College Honor Choir
UM-Flint Department of Music choral faculty, Assoc. Proffesor Dr. Gabriela Hristova, led the first Michigan Community College Honor Choir in rehearsals and performance October 29, 2016. The 230-voice choir was featured at the Michigan State Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Kalamazoo, MI. Singers came from across the state and included, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Macomb, Mott, Muskegon, Northwestern Michigan, and Southwestern Michigan Community Colleges.
"I Sing Because I Am Happy" - 40th Chamber Choir Invitational
162 high school students from mid-Michigan area gathered on the UM-Flint campus for the annual Chamber Choir Invitational. The event, hosted by the University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers, gave the young singers an opportunity to join voices together and experience the power of singing, music making, and performing in a large choral setting. The day culminated in an evening performance at the Court Street United Methodist Church. The choirs (Flushing, Carman-Ainsworth, Powers Catholic, Grand Blanc, Clarenceville, Mt. Morris, and Durand High School) worked under the direction of guest clinician Dr. Erin Colwitz, Director of Choral Activities at Northern Michigan University.
Voice Faculty Kisma Jordan Performance Highlight of Women's Conference
UM-Flint Vocal Faculty Kisma Jordan performed Oct. 28-30, 2016 as a guest vocalist at the United Conference for Women held at the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. Her voice has been described by the New York Times as a "shimmering soprano voice" and the Baltimore Sun said "...there's a good chance we all could be hearing more from this singer in time."
Alumnus Colton Sayre Returns To Teach Master Class
UM-Flint alumnus Colton Sayre presented a master class to the Department of Music's Performance Class students on September 16. After graduating from UM-Flint in 2012 (Bachelor of Science, Music Performance), Colton completed the Master of Music degree in flute performance at Michigan State University in 2014. He is now completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance, also at MSU. Since 2013, he has been a member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Steven Osmond, Music Director). He is a founding member of Aura Duo, and actively commissions new works for the flute.
Colton's master class presentation included his exquisite performance of Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse. Dr. Jessica Cech, Colton's Applied Flute instructor while he was a UM-Flint student, introduced Colton and encouraged Performance Class students to keep focused on their goals and dreams as future professional musicians.
In October 2016, he won the audition for the utility flute position with the Oregon Symphony, the sixth oldest major orchestra in the United States. He plans to add the Oregon Symphony to his performance schedule, when called upon, and continue with the Jackson Symphony here in Michigan.
Music Faculty Dr. Chris Heidenreich Interviews Michigan Composer David Biedenbender
UM-Flint Music Faculty Assoc. Professor Dr. Chris Heidenreich recently interviewed Michigan composer David Biedenbender for the College Band Directors Association Conducting Masterclass. The video interview can be seen at: http://www.conductingmasterclass.com/filter/index