Welcome To Music At UM-Flint!

As part of the regional comprehensive University of Michigan-Flint, the Department of Music offers students a personalized University of Michigan experience. For nearly 40 years, the experienced faculty have created an environment that develops the very best of student talent and creativity.  Students who graduate from music programs 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 make a foundation for your future. 

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the department is recognized for its performances, creative and collaborative students and faculty, and intellectually rigorous programs of study. Our programs are open to music majors and minors who wish to pursue undergraduate music degrees, as well as non-majors looking to participate in various performing ensembles that the Department of Music has to offer. 

 

Poster for MusiCollage! Concert Oct. 10 Thursday

MusiCollage! Thursday, Oct. 10

7:30 PM, UM-Flint Theatre

Featuring the UM-Flint Department of Music: Wind Symphony, University Chorale, University Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles, Chamber Singers, Soloists
$5 General Admission Free with Valid M-Card

Photo of the members of the Invitational Choir

43rd Annual Chamber Choir Invitational

The 43rd Chamber Choir Invitational will take place Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7 pm at the Court Street Methodist Church in Flint. Hosted by the UM-Flint Chamber Singers, Dr. Gabriela Hristova, conductor, this event brings together regional choirs. This year's participating choirs include: Carman-Ainsworth HS Chorale, Clarenceville Choraliers,Durand HS Madrigals, Flushing HS Madrigals, Grand Blanc HS Chorale, North Farmington Madrigal Choir, and Swartz Creek HS Madrigals.  The young singers will perform under the direction of guest conductor Erich Wangeman, Director of Choirs at Traverse City West Senior HS. Admission is $5 or free with a valid UM-ID card. 

Information about the faculty Chamber Music Recital "The Unmeasured Dectet."

Oct 24 - Special Faculty Performance "The Unmeasured Dectet"

The Unmeasured Dectet provides a rare evening of intermingling classical and jazz music. The program will include chamber selections from both genres, culminating in the feature piece Suite in F. Marrying Baroque French dances with jazz, this unique composition written by UM-Flint’s Assoc. Prof. Brian DiBlassio was first debuted in Limonest, France in 2018 as part of a collaborative performance of Conservatoire de Limonest, University of Michigan – Flint, and Flint Institute of Music musicians. Free performance at 7:30 pm in 164 FH. Musicians include: Jessica Cech – flute, Michele LaNoue – clarinet, Brad Phillips – violin, Alesia Johnson – violin/viola, Tracy Dunlop – violin/viola, Julie Edwards – cello, Jeff Price – saxophone, Brian DiBlassio – piano, Pat Prouty – bass, Pete Siers – drums.    

Poster for the Formosa Roadside Wedding Banquet

A Musical Extravaganza!

UM-Flint hosted the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan's "Formosa Roadside Wedding Banquet," October 6 in the UM-Flint Theatre.  Under the Ministry of Culture, the ensemble visited UM-Flint in an effort to preserve tradition and embrace contemporary Taiwanese culture. Professional artists performed traditional instruments in this orchestra, giving prominence to Taiwanese music on an international level.  
 

April 2019 UM-Flint Music Graduates

Congratulations 2019 Music Graduates!

Congratulations to our Music Graduates of 2019! From left: Jermaine Thompson B.A. (percussion), Peter Conigliaro B.M. clarinet performance, Kaitlyn Cook B.A. clarinet, Kaitlyn Maitland B.A. flute, and Amanda Rodman B.M. vocal performance.

Photo of the December 2018 UM-Flint Chamber Singers in Concert

The UM-Flint Chamber Singers performed for clean water in a concert with the Festival Choir of Madison, WI on March 16, 2019

The University of Michigan-Flint Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Gabriela Hristova traveled to Wisconsin for a joint concert with the Festival Choir of Madison, on March 16, 2019 presenting music that gives voice to the tragedies of the past and present, the promise of social equality and inclusion, and hope for the future of both our society and our planet. Flint, Michigan has become a symbol of how social and environmental justice (and injustice) are intertwined. The Flint water crisis brought the nation’s attention to the problem of lead in drinking water and now officials have acknowledged that Flint’s problem is Wisconsin’s, too.  Not just lead, but manure and fertilizer runoff has contaminated groundwater—the water that rural wells draw from—across the state of Wisconsin.  The musical selections of the concert connected the commonality of water to a vision of an inclusive society.  Dr. Gabriela Hristova, conductor said, “We can promote change and stand for justice, encourage environmental protection and initiate peace. With a voice of singing we can heal and transform, educate and motivate, and cultivate sensible citizens of our world. Our music teaches empathy and compassion, and creates an engaging culture of understanding and acceptance of all.”  

 

Brian DiBlassio and Jessica Cech in France

Um-Flint Faculty Premiere Composition in France

With funding awarded by the University of Michigan Flint Office of Research, Brian DiBlassio and Jessica Cech presented the 2018 premiere of Suite in F, in Limonest, France. The piece, written by DiBlassio for woodwinds, string quartet, and jazz trio, is a unique composition that blends 17th century French dances with modern-day jazz. Suite in F’s debut in France was a collaborative performance, combining music faculty from three different institutions – UM-Flint, the Flint Institute of Music and the Limonest Conservatoire.  Attended by members of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the piece’s debut occurred at the grand opening of Limonest’s new Agora cultural center, followed by interactive outreach performances at local school programs. Plans for local performances are currently underway.