Summer Academy

Continuing a thirty-year tradition, the University of Michigan-Flint Summer Academy offers instruction in music and fine arts to middle and high school students.  Emphasis is placed on vocal music, for students who are interested in developing their singing skills and musical potential.  Academy students experience a curriculum of classes designed to nurture their abilities, while expanding and deepening their understanding of music as an art.  Students learn, create, and perform on stage under the direction of experienced University of Michigan-Flint Department of Music professors, alumni, and guest faculty. The Academy offers two consecutive camps, Junior Academy and Senior Academy, each closing with a public concert featuring all students. Classes are held in the safe and friendly environment of the university campus everyday, except weekends, 8:00 am – 2:30 pm for the duration of each program.

Academy Participation Fee: $175


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Chamber Clinic

The Department of Music is excited to present a summer program for high school students, designed to promote an extended, focused study of wind, percussion & piano instruments in a professional setting.

The Wind, Percussion and Piano Chamber Music Clinic occurs five consecutive days in June (June 22-26, 2015) on the UM-Flint campus and is available to students currently in grades 8-12, as well as graduated seniors wishing to improve their skills and musicianship.

Students will experience a performance-intensive curriculum, taught by Department of Music faculty and studio professionals, and receive focused instruction on their respective instruments in both a chamber and a soloist setting.
Classes are held Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.. – 3:30 p.m.  In addition to specific instruction and daily rehearsals, students will also attend ancillary courses, such as music theory, improvisation, conducting, music history, composition, and hand drumming, all designed to foster a high understanding and foster a deeper understanding of several facets of music.

Each session will begin with a faculty led discussion of relevant topics such as preparing for an audition, dealing with performance anxiety, or being a better musician. A final public concert will be performed at the end of the clinic.

Cost for the program is $175, and scholarships are available!  Students interested in participating must receive a recommendation by their respective music directors. Registration deadline is June 1, 2015.

For more information contact Chris Heidenreich, or call the Department of Music at 810-762-3377.

To download the 2015 Application form for the Chamber Clinic, select here.



Honor Band

The Department of Music of the University of Michigan – Flint hosts the High School Honor Band Weekend each year, culminating in a performance by the student musicians. The band will be selected on the basis of nominations by respective band directors from area mid-Michigan schools.  Any student currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12 who is in good standing with their high school band or orchestra may be nominated for participation.  UM-Flint Assistant Professor of Music Chris Heidenreich will conduct the band.

In addition, prospective members may choose to audition to be the one student selected to perform as soloist with the Honor Band in a concerto or other featured work for wind band and soloist.

Nomination does not automatically ensure selection; however, all participating schools will be guaranteed representation.

Directors are asked to submit nominee names by November 1, via email or U.S. Mail utilizing the Nomination Form. Selected students will be notified before Friday, November 6. Music will be made available to students prior to the first rehearsal.

Acceptance letter, registration and $30 fee are due at the chair audition/placement night, however, students with electronic access may have music sent to their email as soon as registration is received (which means students could receive music as soon as mid-October!)

There is no limit to the number of qualified students who can be nominated (but please remember, many schools will nominate flutes, alto and tenor saxophones).

Contact Chris Heindenreich for more information at for more information or call at 810-424-5315.