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Jack and the Beanstalk Childrens Opera Photos

Children's Opera Performance Enthralls at Flint Farmers Market

Opera Outreach kicked off their season by performing "Jack and the Beanstalk" at the Flint Farmer's Market on November 14th for over one hundred families and community members! The UM-Flint opera outreach program enriches our community with music education and performance events that will excite future generations of students to make music.  Joshua May, director and vocal music instructor said, "We wanted to bring our fun filled operatic adventure into the heart of our city, where families can enjoy the experience with their children." Highlights of the event can be found here.  The Opera Outreach will be performing at several other area schools in the next six months so children and their families can join Jack on his magical adventure as climbs the beanstalk into the sky!  For more information, or to involve your school,  please contact Dr. Joshua May, at 810-762-3377 or

Frank Pitts performs

Music Faculty Frank Pitts Shines in Musicals

During the summer, Mr. Pitts took the stage in two very different productions.  He played Edna Turnblad in the Tony award winning musical Hairspray with the Athens Theatre Company in Troy.   He was seen performing the role of Pooh-Bah with the Kearsley Park Players here in Flint.  Mr. Pitts will be singing later this Fall in performances of Haydn’s Creation as Rafael and is performing as Bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah.  His Spring schedule includes performing with the Ann Arbor Comic Opera in their production of The Barber of Seville. 

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.

Photos of three music students performing in MusiCollage


About 150 students from across the University of Michigan-Flint campus came together for the Music Department's collaborative concert MusiCollage.

The concert, which took place at University of Michigan-Flint Theater on Thursday, Oct. 15 in front of an audience of about 100, featured a cross-section of talent from jazz ensembles to chorale groups and an orchestra.

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.


String Ensemble Performs in Lapeer

Lecturer Pat Prouty and his UM-Flint Chamber Strings Ensemble performed for the residents of Devonshire Village retirement community in Lapeer Nov. 25.

Photo of Music student Elena Sobrino in Scotland

Music Honors Student Elena Sobrino Speaks From Scotland

"This summer, through the Honors program, I traveled to the United Kingdom to attend the Association of Social Anthropologists Decennial Conference in Edinburgh. As a senior double majoring in music and anthropology, this trip was an exciting opportunity to make professional connections with other scholars with interests similar to my own. Throughout the conference, I was able to see firsthand how anthropologists from around the world integrate a wide variety of topics into their work, including music. ... I know I'll continue to be learning from these experiences of cultural immersion for a long time to come!"

Arts Education Policy Review magazine cover

Music Faculty Research in Journal

Music's Dr. Karen Salvador's article, "Access to Music Education with Regard to Race in two Urban Areas" co-authored with Kristen Allegood from Indiana University, has just been published in Arts Education Policy Review.  In the article, Dr. Salvador and Ms. Allegood examined the Detroit, MI, and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, and found significant differences in the provision of music instruction between schools with high and low proportions of non-White enrollment in categories including curricular offerings, extracurricular offerings, and resources. In the Detroit area, only 31-60% of schools with high percentages of non-White students offered any music instruction at all. The paper contrasts these findings to a National Center for Educational Statistics report and concludes with a discussion of policy implications.   


Dr. Karen Salvador named President-Elect of MMEA at Spring 2014 elections

Dr. Karen Salvador Voted President Elect of Michigan Music Education Association

Michigan Music Education Association (MMEA) is our state's affiliate of the National Association for Music Education. MMEA works to advance the quality of music education in MI, offering professional development and other services to music teachers and pk-12-collegiate students, supporting research, and advocating for music education in our state and nation. We believe a high-quality, comprehensive, inclusive music curriculum is a vital part of every student's education at all levels.

Flint Through its Arts

Dr. Jessica Cech Presentation on Flint Through its Arts

Dr. Jessica Cech presented "Experiencing the Vitality of Flint Through its Arts" at the University of Michigan - Flint's "Celebration of Teaching" on April 16, 2014.

UM-Flint Students win NAfME award

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.
Assistant professor of music Karen Salvador said the music students decided last spring that they wanted to be of service in the community. She suggested that they think of ways they could be of service while also developing skills that are directly related to their preparation as future k-12 music teachers, band/orchestra directors, or choir directors.
Salvador said it was a student who suggested asking Whaley Children’s Center if they had a need for music instruction. “With the help of University Outreach, contact was made with Whaley, and they took us up on the offer of a choir that met for 45 minutes once a week for 10 weeks. The semester culminated with the choir going Christmas caroling (at the suggestion of the Whaley students).”
This semester the students partnered with Durant-Tuuri Mott elementary in a similar way, except that the choir meets for two hours once a week and are younger. They held a concert in the first week of April.
“This NAfME Collegiate service project builds leadership, musicianship, and pedagogical skills in the UM-Flint students, and provides opportunities for kids in the area to make music together,” said Salvador. “We hope to sustain and further develop these partnerships, which benefit both our students and children in the community.”

UM-Flint Students who sang at NATS

UM-Flint Music Department Receives NATS Awards

On February, 22, 2014, voice students from the studios of Joshua May and Julie Anne Carr sang at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Great Lakes Regional Auditions. Among the winners of the auditions, we had three students from our music department receive awards. Zachary Wieber, tenor, won 1st place in his category. In addition, he won a special scholarship prize for his performance in the "Concert of Promise." Mr. Wieber will move onto the national semi-final competition later this spring. Desmond Sheppard, bass-baritone, and Sara Klosowski, mezzo-soprano, both received honorable mentions in their categories. 

Faculty member, Joshua May, has been selected as a national finalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program for 2014. During his residency at Ohio State University this summer, he will be paired with an international master clinician to teach promising young artists. 

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