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


UM-Flint Jazz Ensemble Provides Music for MPR

Jazz Ensemble Provides Music for Michigan Public Radio

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 in Genesys Pace Gazebo Wednesday, April 26 at 1:30 pm.

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. 

Photo of the UM-Flint Chamber Singers who performed at the 14th annual dinner to honor scholarship donors.

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 during performance in Plymouth, MI

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.

UM-Flint Music Alumnus takes the Carman-Ainsworth Band to the State Finals Competition.

UM-Flint Music Alumnus Takes Carman-Ainsworth Band to the State Competition

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!

UM-Flint Music Alumna Takes Center Stage

UM-Flint Music Alumna Takes Center Stage

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/


Photo of UM-Flint Student Teachers Alesha Akins and Zachary Smith at the NAfME Collegiate Reception

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).

Photo of UM-Flint Music students with Lecturer Frank Pitts at concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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.  

UM-Flint Music Education Course Emphasizes Hands-on Teaching and Learning Methods


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.

Photo of Kisma Jordan

Voice Faculty Kisma Jordan Sang With The Flint Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops Concert!

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.  

Photo of UM-Flint vocal sophomore Jhane Perdue with accompanist Daniel Steenson

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.  


Photo of Dr. Josua May Presenter at Lilly Conference

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. 

Photo of First Michigan Community College Honor Choir

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. 

Invitational Choral Concert with 150 senior high school students from lower Michigan

"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. 

UM-Flint Vocal Faculty Kisma Jordan photo

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."  

Jessica Cech and Colton Sayre

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.

Photo of Composer David Biedenbender with Assoc. Professor Chris Heidenreich

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