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Jazz great kicks off 34th annual festival
March 6, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO— International jazz composer and saxophonist Billy Drewes will join the Western Jazz Quartet in the kickoff concert for the 34th annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Annual festival brings over 800 high school singers to campus
March 5, 2014 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO—The 76th annual Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival will be held on the Western Michigan University campus Thursday, March 13. One of the largest, oldest and most successful high school choral festivals in the United States, this year’s festival will draw participants from 16 southwest Michigan high schools.

Faculty and guests to perform arrangements of contemporary poets
January 10, 2014 | WMU News
Jazz studies faculty will perform with jazz vocalist Christine Correa, composer and pianist Frank Carlberg, and bassist Jay Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Brass Celebration of Christmas is an annual favorite

November 26, 2013 | WMU News
The Western Brass Quintet will present its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Miller Auditorium. Tickets are available at online or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Choral Christmas concert features more than 160 voices raised in song
November 20, 2013 | WMU News
The annual holiday favorite, "A Choral Christmas," will feature all three of WMU's traditional choral ensembles Saturday, Dec. 7. Concerts begin at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 W. South St., in Kalamazoo.

WMU's Wolfinbarger named Michigan Professor of Year
November 20, 2013 | WMU News
Dr. Stephen M. Wolfinbarger, professor of music, has been named the 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year. Wolfinbarger has been a WMU faculty member since 1986.

Western Michigan University music professor named 2013 Michigan Professor of the Year
November 19, 2013 | mLive.com

Interview: Jazz Masters at WMU
November 16, 2013 | WWMT Newschannel 3

Accomplished violinist returns to WMU for Distinguished Alumni Series
November 15, 2013 | WMU News
WMU alumna and violinist Katarzyna Sokol-Borup will perform as part of the School of Music's Distinguished Alumni Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

University bands highlight music from around the world
November 15, 2013 | WMU News
The WMU Symphonic and Concert Bands join forces for a concert of "World Journeys" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Miller Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saxophonist headlines Jazz Masters Series
November 13, 2013 | WMU News
Saxophone legend Joe Lovano will perform as part of WMU's Jazz Masters Series at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Lovano will perform with the University Jazz Orchestra and the Western Jazz Quartet.

School of Music presents 'The Poor Sailor' and 'Amelia Goes to the Ball'
November 7, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's School of Music will present two short operas at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are available online or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.

Bronco Marching Band presents annual Season in Review concert
November 6, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's Bronco Marching Band will present its annual Season in Review concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for seniors and students.

Western Brass Quintet performs newly commissioned work
November 5, 2013 | WMU News
The Western Brass Quintet, a faculty ensemble from Western Michigan University's School of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall as part of the concert series presented by the Bullock Performance Institute.

Top 5 things to do in Kalamazoo this weekend
October 30, 2013 | mLive.com
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Gold Company presents annual Sneak Preview concert
October 28, 2013 | WMU News
Gold Company, WMU's internationally recognized vocal jazz ensemble, will present its 36th annual Sneak Preview concert Thursday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Two new music ensembles team up for concert
October 24, 2013 | WMU News
Birds on a Wire, WMU's new music ensemble conducted by School of Music Director David Colson, and KLOrk, the Kalamazoo Laptop Orchestra, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

WMU School of Music to perform 'An American Requiem' as part of centennial festival finale
October 23, 2013 | mLive.com

Interview: School of Music remembering 9/11 in concert
October 19, 2013 | WWMT Newschannel 3

Western Winds and Graduate quintets to give performance
October 17, 2013 | WMU News
Western Winds, a WMU ensemble comprised primarily of students in the graduate winds program and their studio faculty mentors in the School of Music, will perform Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

School of Music centennial festival finale features three ensembles
October 14, 2013 | WMU News
The finale concert of the School of Music's centennial festival, featuring the University Symphony Orchestra, Grand Chorus and Western Winds, will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Miller Auditorium.

Faculty celebrate School of Music anniversary with concert
October 14, 2013 | WMU News
Several faculty members of the WMU School of Music will perform a recital of chamber music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Faculty composers present an evening of new works
October 14, 2013 | WMU News
Faculty composers from WMU's School of Music will present an evening of their works at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. A discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson will precede the show.

Vocal jazz alumna performs with University Jazz Orchestra
October 11, 2013 | WMU News
The University Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

WMU School of Music to celebrate 'All-Steinway' status with concert
October 10, 2013 | mLive.com

University Symphonic Band celebrates the music school's centennial
October 8, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's Symphonic Band will present its first concert of the 2013–14 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in Miller Auditorium. The concert will pay homage to the School of Music's 100th anniversary.

Keyboard faculty celebrate All-Steinway designation with concert
October 8, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's School of Music will celebrate its official designation as an All-Steinway School with a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Composer and visual artist explores the nature of place
October 8, 2013 | WMU News
Composer and visual artist Betsey Biggs will perform a concert of her works at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Jazz violinist Regina Carter and other minds will explore 'Music, Mind and Medicine' at WMU
October 6, 2013 | mLive.com

WMU hosts first Music, Mind, Medicine Conference in downtown Kalamazoo
October 3, 2013 | mLive.com

Acclaimed jazz violinist to perform with WMU alumnus
October 2, 2013 | WMU News
Violinist Regina Carter will appear in concert with her quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson.

Stulberg Competition silver medalist solos with WMU Orchestra
October 2, 2013 | WMU News
The University Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Stulberg International String Competition, will present its first concert of the 2013–14 season at Chenery Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6.

Western Michigan University Chorale takes second place in 2013 American Prize
September 26, 2013 | mLive.com

Chorale earns second place in national competition
September 26, 2013 | WMU News
The WMU Chorale is runner-up in the 2013 American Prize competition's college and university choral division. The prize is a national contest that annually recognizes the best performing artists in the United States.

Sphinx Competition alums to perform at WMU
September 19, 2013 | WMU News
The Sphinx Virtuosi and The Catalyst Quartet, laureates and top alumni of the acclaimed Sphinx Competition for Young Black and Latino String Players, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

School of Music presents annual scholarship benefit spectacular
September 19, 2013 | WMU News
The School of Music will present its fourth annual WMUsic Showcase Spectacular at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in Miller Auditorium. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward music student scholarships.

Johnny Rodgers Band headlines School of Music’s centennial Gala
September 19, 2013 | WMU News
The Johnny Rodgers Band will headline the School of Music's Centennial Gala at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Greg Jasperse takes helm of WMU's Gold Company after successful L.A. career
September 19, 2013 | mLive.com

Science of creativity focus of two-day conference
September 17, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's School of Music will hold the conference "Music, Mind and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care" Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 9-10, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo.

Acclaimed cellist performs at WMU
September 13, 2013 | WMU News
WMU's School of Music and the Bullock Performance Institute present cellist Matt Haimovitz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Faculty composer celebrates School of Music centennial anniversary
September 13, 2013 | WMU News
Christopher Biggs, assistant professor of electronic composition, will premiere a new multimedia composition at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. on the Kohrman Hall lawn.

Faculty celebrate School of Music anniversary with concert
September 13, 2013 | WMU News
Several faculty members in WMU’s School of Music will perform a recital of chamber music at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall in celebration of the music school's 100th anniversary.

Meditative duo present afternoon concert
September 12, 2013 | WMU News
Minimalist performance duo skewed and such will perform a recital of their original compositions at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Husband and wife faculty duo present recital
September 11, 2013 | WMU News
School of Music faculty members Bruce Uchimura, cello, and Susan Wiersma-Uchimura, piano, will present a recital at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Jazz professor celebrates latest CD release with concert
September 10, 2013 | WMU News
A renowned jazz trio featuring a School of Music assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies will celebrate the release of its latest CD at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

Alumna to perform with the Western Jazz Quartet
September 5, 2013 | WMU News
The Western Jazz Quartet, featuring alumna Johnaye Kendrick, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The show will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson.

Merling Trio kicks off interactive concert series
September 4, 2013 | WMU News
The Merling Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, kicking off the 2013–14 season of the Bullock Performance Institute.

For WMU marching band, not a minute to spare before Friday's show at Michigan State
August 28, 2013 | mLive.com

WMU horn player places highly in international competition
August 9, 2013 | WMU News

WMU grad Paul Clifton wins second prize at international horn competition
August 6, 2013 | mLive.com

Broncos in Russia
July 2, 2013 | MyWMU

WMU horn player selected for premiere competition
June 30, 2013 | Newschannel 3

Western Michigan University horn player named 1 of 5 finalists in international competition
June 28, 2013 | mLive.com

Bassoon student takes top prize in prestigious competition
June 27, 2013 | WMU News
Freshman Mingyuan Yang has taken first place in International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition. Yang was one of three finalists chosen by an international panel of judges.

Horn student 1 of 5 finalists in international competition
June 11, 1013 | WMU News
Paul Clifton will compete Wednesday, July 31, at the University of Memphis in Tennessee as one of five finalists in the International Horn Society Premier Soloist Competition.

Western Michigan University's College of Fine Arts creates a distinctive brand as an all-Steinway school
May 2013 | The Steinway Chronicle

WMU jazz students win 6 DownBeat music awards
May 22, 2013 | mLive.com

Bassoon student one of three finalists in international competitionMingyuan Yang, Student Bassoonist
May 8, 2013 | WMU News
Freshman Mingyuan Yang will compete June 27 as one of three finalists in the International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition for young bassoon players.

Arts Patrons for the 21st Century
May 6, 2013 | The Chronicle of Higher Education

WMU student Chelsea Helm, winner of Opera Grand Rapids competition, to perform with Kalamazoo Singers Sunday
May 1, 2013 | mLive.com

Western Michigan University student wins Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Vocal Competition
April 15, 2013 | mLive.com

Western Michigan University becomes first All-Steinway Music School in Michigan
March 26, 2013 | mLive.com

University Percussion Ensemble closes concert series
March 23, 2013 | WMU News
The Western Michigan University Percussion Ensemble will perform in the final concert of the 2012–13 Bullock Performance Institute concert series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Western Invitational Jazz Festival to feature Tim Hagans, The New Western Jazz Quartet, and young players
March 13, 2013 | mLive.com

Photo of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE.).International Contemporary Ensemble to perform on campus
March 12, 2013 | WMU News
Renowned new music collective International Contemporary Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall as part of the New Sounds Festival.

Electronic Music Midwest to make sounds, beautiful to 'granulated and anxious' at the Dalton Center
March 12, 2013 | mLive.com

Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival at WMU offers harmony of voices from Kalamazoo-area high schoolers
March 10, 2013 | mLive.com

Photo of guest conductor Simon Carrington.Festival brings more than 900 high school singers to campus
March 4, 2013 | WMU News
The 75th anniversary Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival, one of the largest, oldest and most successful high school choral festivals in the United States, will be held on campus Wednesday, March 13.

Photo of electric guitar quartet Dither.Electric guitar quartet kicks off contemporary music festival
March 3, 2013 | WMU News
Dither, a New York-based electric guitar quartet, will kick off the School of Music’s New Sounds Festival 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Photo of the Western Wind Quintet.Western Wind Quintet premieres new composition
March 3, 2013 | WMU News
School of Music faculty ensemble Western Wind Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Dr. Dan Jacobson will host a 7 p.m. discussion ahead of the performance.

Photo of jazz trumpeter Tim Hagans.Trumpeter kicks off annual jazz festival
March 3, 2013 | WMU News
Grammy-nominated composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans will join the Western Jazz Quartet at the Western Invitational Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Photo of the Merling Trio.Merling Trio premieres new work by Peter Scott Lewis
March 1, 2013 | WMU News
Renowned faculty ensemble the Merling Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson.

Photo of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).New Sounds Festival highlights contemporary music
February 28, 2013 | WMU News
The New Sounds Festival, which highlights some of the best contemporary music in the world, kicks off Thursday, March 14, and runs through Friday, April 5.

Photo of Les Rowsey, Pioneer Symposium honoree.School of Music hosts biennial music education symposium
February 28, 2013 | WMU News
The 2013 Pioneer Music Educator and Visiting Scholar Symposium, hosted by the School of Music, features several events that are free and open to the public March 12.

Opera students perform act two of 'Die Fledermaus'
February 13, 2013 | WMU News
School of Music students will perform the second act of "Die Fledermaus" as part of an opera workshop planned for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, and 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Popular local band to perform on campus
February 13, 2013 | WMU News
Genre-bending band the Red Sea Pedestrians will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. A discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson will precede the show.