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 who are interested in developing their singing skills and musical potential.  Emphasis is placed on vocal music. 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: $185


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Honor Band

The Department of Music of the University of Michigan-Flint is pleased to announce a FREE virtual High School Honor Band, featuring composer Julie Giroux in a Zoom session with students on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Students will be asked to practice two of her Holiday selections and upload them for the creation of a virtual ‘performance.’

The band will be selected on the basis of the nominationof their respective band director. Each school may nominate up to five qualified students. Any student currently enrolled in grades 10-12 who is in good standing with their high school band or orchestra may be nominated. Students enrolled in grade 10 will only be considered to fill out instrumentation. 

On Tuesday, December 8 from 7-8 PM, participants will take part in a Zoom interview with Ms. Giroux to talk about her music. From 8-9 PM, students will attend a master class with our music faculty addressing general playing issues such as good practice habits, tone production, technique, and some individual coaching on the two selections of music by Ms. Giroux.

The final part of the honor band would be to ask the students to individually record and upload their performance of each of the two selections (tentatively Three Wise Guys and Silent Night in Gotham) for a compilation video. Music will be made available electronically to students. 


Important Dates

Nomination Deadline              Monday, November 23, 2020

Zoom Session                        Tuesday, December 8, from 7-8 PM with Ms. Giroux; 

                                                And, 8-9 PM coaching session with UM-Flint Music Faculty

Upload Video                          Due on Monday, December 14 at 12 midnight           

Nomination Procedure

Nomination does not automatically ensure selection; however, all participating schools will be guaranteed representation (please remember that many schools will nominate flutes and alto saxophones).

Directors will be asked to submit up to five student names by November 23, via email or US Mail utilizing the attached form. Selected students will be notified before Monday, November 30.

Students will have electronic access to music sent to their email upon acceptance.

Forms are available on-line at, and may be submitted electronically attached to an email to, FAXed (810) 762-3326, or mailed to Dept. of Music, Attn: C. Heidenreich, 303 N. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48502 

Contact Chris Heidenreich for more information at or (810) 424-5315.