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


Dan Tolly demonstrates gourd instrument

Meet New Music Faculty Member Dan Tolly

New Music faculty Dan Tolly demonstrates the Adenkum gourd from Ghana to African-American Music Class, MUS/AFA 313.

New Vocal Faculty Kisma Jordan

Welcome New Vocal Faculty Kisma Jordan

A Michigan native, Kisma Jordan is a recipient of the 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Music. Recognized by the New York Times for her soul-stirring communicative ability and "Shimmering soprano voice" Kisma returned to the opera stage in 2014-2015 season to cover the role of Clara with Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. She has appeared as a solist with the Hilton Head Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and debuted her highly anticipated project Beyond Classical during Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience and ended the summer with an appearance at Chene Park with electronic music legend Derrick May.  She holds degrees in Music from Bowling Green State University, Kentucky State University and  Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. We are fortunate she has chosen to offer her talents with the University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music.

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 at SMTE

Dr. Karen Salvador leads at the Symposium for Music Teacher Education

From September 19-21, Dr. Karen Salvador attended the Symposium for Music Teacher Education in Greensboro, North Carolina. This semi-annual meeting brings together faculty from institutions all over the US and Canada to present research and best practices as well as to coordinate regarding research, pedagogy, and policy. Dr. Salvador led three work meetings of the Area for Strategic Planning and Action related to Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. Working groups from this meeting planned several research studies, a book project, and two ongoing social media/toolkit projects directed at practicing teachers.

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.

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!

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.

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.


Photo of WInning Students and Dr. Joshua May

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.

Photo of "Building Birds"

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.