UM-Flint Student Volunteers at Haiti Music School

For two years, UM-transfer student David McEachern has traveled to Haiti as a volunteer teaching euphonium at the Ecole de Musique Trinité in Grand-Goâve hosted by Haiti Arise. David directed small group sectionals and taught lessons to students ranging from 8-to-18–years-old.  While in Haiti he performed with L’orchestra Philharmonique Sainte-Trinité, directed by Steven Huang, Associate Professor of Music at Ohio University and Janet Anthony of Lawrence University. Of his experiences David said, “It was inspiring to work alongside professional musicians from all over the world, performing music from many different cultures and musical styles.” 

David McEachern poses with Haiti musicians

UM-Flint Student Performs at Emory University

Summer was not lost on UM-Flint's student musician David McEachern who in June played at the International Euphonium Tuba Festival held at Emory University in an ensemble directed by James Gourlay of the River City Brass.  He attended recitals and master classes by world class performers such as Brian Bowman, Adam Frey, and Glenn Van Looy.  David said, “One of the highlights of the festival was a private lesson with Earle Louder, one of the greatest virtuosi of all time on euphonium.” 

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 August 10 - 14, 2016. 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.

 

Photos of the annual Faculty vs Students kickball game

2nd Annual Kickball Game - Students vs. Faculty

Students were victorious, 6-3, in the Second Annual Department of Music Faculty vs. Students Kickball Game held on the lawn of the White Building May 5.  The warm-up game pitted the Orchestra against the Wind Symphony and vocal students. Orchestra won 7-6. Both faculty and students are already looking forward to next years match with faculty vowing to research ball kicking techniques before the Winter arrives. Students were heard teasing the faculty with the words, "Practice, practice, practice!"  

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!

UM-Flint Students Zach Smith, Alesha Akins and Jacob Yencer

Three UM-Flint Music Students Selected for Intercollegiate Band

Three UM-Flint students will be headed 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 will be performing 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!

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!

Photo of Music Department April 2015 Graduates

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.

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.

 

The UM-Flint Chamber Singers photo

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.