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High school musicians to learn and perform on campus this summertwo high school students playing oboes
June 22, 2018 | WMU News
The Seminar summer music camp, which runs from Sunday, July 8, through Saturday, July 21, will bring music students from five states to Kalamazoo to learn and perform.

Jazz students continue winning streak in DownBeat competitionimage of DownBeat magazine cover
June 1, 2018 | WMU News
In what is regarded as the most comprehensive competition for collegiate jazz programs, WMU students earned two awards, placing among the top 10 finishers in the international music competition.

Wind and percussion musicians featured at 50th annual festivalheadshot photograph of composer Michael Markowski against a white background. He is wearing black glasses
April 16, 2018 | WMU News
WMU's School of Music will present the 50th annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. The event is free and is open to the public.

Concerto competition winners perform at Miller AuditoriumConcerto winners Will Ford, Evan Leffert, and Andrew Keating pictured against a white wall
April 10, 2018 | WMU News
The University Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Concerto Concert, featuring the winners of the 2018 Concerto Competition, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in Miller Auditorium.

Music therapy students will perform alongside families and caregiversstock photo of tree with music notes as leaves
April 9, 2018 | WMU News
The Department of Music Therapy will host its 38th annual Music Therapy Clinic Concert, free and open to the public, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Gold Company qualifies to perform at prestigious fall festivalphotograph of 2018 Gold Company vocal jazz ensemble wearing black and gold in a loading dock of a building
March 28, 2018 | WMU News
WMU's internationally regarded and award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, will perform at the 61st annual Monterey Jazz Festival this fall.

WMU Concert Band to perform with Portage Central High School Symphonic Bandheadshot photograph of WMU professor David Montgomery wearing a suit with blue tie against a gray background
March 27, 2018 | WMU News
The WMU Concert Band will perform with the Portage Central High School Symphonic Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Portage Central High School.

Spektral Quartet and Mark DeChiazza present new worksphoto of Spektral Quartet with two men and two women sitting in leather chairs in a library
March 27, 2018 | WMU News
The Spektral Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

Area Latvians to celebrate centennial with arts celebration at WMUphoto of portion of Latvian national flag which is all red with a single white, horizontal stripe through the middle
March 22, 2018 | WMU News
The Latvian Centennial Arts Weekend Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25, at WMU will feature lectures on Latvian art, literature and music, as well as concerts and exhibits.

Boundary-breaking percussion ensemble Clocks in Motion comes to campusphoto of Clocks in Motion with percussion instruments wearing red shirts against a light gray background
March 20, 2018 | WMU News
Clocks in Motion will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

WMU ensembles perform for Latvian Association's Centennial Arts Weekendphotograph of WMU symphony orchestra on stage with teal back lighting
March 7, 2018 | WMU News
WMU's Symphony Orchestra and University Chorale will present a free concert in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Latvian Association and the Latvian Ministry of Culture at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25.

Japanese musician to perform on campus during second U.S. tourheadshot photograph of Japanese musician Sato Michiyoshi wearing all black with small black sunglasses holding a shamisen
March 5, 2018 | WMU News
On his second U.S. tour, Sato Michiyoshi will perform a unique blend of traditional and modern styles on the "shamisen," a Japanese three-stringed banjo, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

Annual festival brings 900 high school singers to campuspublicity photo of conductor Eph Ehly wearing a gray suit with a black shirt agains a gray background
February 20, 2018 | WMU News
The 80th annual Southwestern Michigan Vocal Festival will draw participants from 19 southwest Michigan high schools and culminate in a 7 p.m. performance Thursday, March 15, in Miller Auditorium.

WMU to host regional College Band Directors National Association conferencephoto of University Symphonic Band on Miller Auditorium's stage with orange back lighting
February 14, 2018 | WMU News
The University Symphonic Band will perform a free preview concert for the upcoming College Band Directors National Association North Central Division Conference at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in Miller Auditorium.

Grammy winner to perform with jazz and symphony orchestrasheadshot photo of Vince Mendoza holding Grammy award wearing a tuxedo against a dark gray background
February 14, 2018 | WMU News
Six-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza will perform with WMU music students at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion.

New music ensemble, Birds on a Wire, presents 'A Strange Magic'headshot photograph of music professor David Colson wearing all black agains a gray background
February 14, 2018 | WMU News
Music ensemble Birds on a Wire will perform, free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Annual concert showcases student talent, benefits scholarshipsthree photo collage of students performing music on Miller Auditorium's stage and in a sound recording studio
February 7, 2018 | WMU News
The music scholarship benefit concert is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and $5 for students with a valid ID.

University Jazz Lab Band performs with guest artistsblack silhouettes of a small jazz group agains a red backgroudn with multi-colored lights
January 26, 2018 | WMU news
The University Jazz Lab Band will perform in a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Trombone alumnus returns for solo recitalEvan Clifton sitting on a bench wearing a blazer and jeans holding his trombone in front of him
January 29, 2018 | WMU News
Bass trombonist Evan Clifton will be presenting a guest solo recital, free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Alumnus Matt Giraud joins Gold Company's 40th-anniversary showGold Company pictured wearing black and gold in front of the Dalton Center
January 24, 2018 | WMU News
Prominent guest artists and past directors will join WMU's award-winning vocal jazz group, Gold Company, on stage for its 40th-anniversary concert Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Horn Day open to anyone who wants to learn more about the hornUp close image of a french horn
January 23, 2018 | WMU news
The Horn Day closing concert, featuring guest artist Aaron Brant, the WMU Horn Choir and festival participants, is open to the public free of charge. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Critically acclaimed jazz and world music all-star band comes to Dalton CenterUnder One Sun to performing with multi colored lights. Percussionist and bass player picuterd up close
January 23, 2018 | WMU News
Under One Sun will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Students and faculty join forces to offer varied musical programWestern Winds pictured on stage wearing all black.
January 23, 2018 | WMU News
WMU ensembles composed of faculty and graduate students will perform in a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

'Fantasies for the Piano' presented by new faculty memberPianist Yu-Lien The pictured wearing a red shirt with a black sweater on top of it.
January 22, 2018 | WMU News
Yu-Lien The will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

Chicago-based Kontras Quartet returns for free performanceKontras Quartet waering coordinating light blue shirts. Three men and one women are posing outside with trees behind them
January 22, 2018 | WMU News
The Kontras Quartet will perform in a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

Jazz performance will feature digital processing and live electronics Close up image of four men from the Advanced Jazz Ensemble in front of brick and ivy
January, 2018 | WMU News
WMU's Advanced Jazz Ensemble and composition professor Christopher Biggs will incorporate digital processing and live electronics in real time during a Wednesday, Jan. 24, performance in the Dalton Center.

Distinguished alumnus joins free University Symphony Orchestra concert Alex Jokipii picutred in a tuxedo with is trumpet against a white background
January 16, 2018 | WMU News
The University Symphony Orchestra will be joined by 2017 School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Alex Jokipii for a free winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, in Miller Auditorium.

Tom Rainey Trio to entertain audiences in free recital at WMU Tom Rainey Trio pictured. One man and two women posin in a hallway with cordinating red, white, and black clothes.
January 18, 2018 | WMU News
The Tom Rainey Trio will give a free, public recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at WMU's Dalton Center Lecture Hall.

Oboist joins percussion duo in free concert Two male percussionists posing behind a marimba wearing all black
January 18, 2018 | WMU News
Guest oboist Andreas Oeste and percussionists Brant Blackard and Connor Stevens of Duo Tierra Fria will perform in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Award-winning jazz faculty member to perform his arrangementsA picture of trumpet player Scott Cowan wearing a suit in a dark performance space
November 22, 2017 | WMU News
Dr. Scott Cowan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

University Percussion Ensemble offers free fall concertAn upclose image of percussionists performing on drums and marimba on the Dalton Recital Hall Stage
November 22, 2017 | WMU News
The University Percussion Ensemble fall concert, free and open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Vocalists performing in a church with Christmas trees lit beside them'A Choral Christmas' comes to Kalamazoo
 November 8, 2017 | WMU News
"A Choral Christmas," an annual concert featuring six WMU choirs, is coming to Kalamazoo for two performances at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

Evening concert features music inspired by whale songsAn image of a single black, embellished mask against a white background
November 8, 2017 | WMU News
WMU faculty, students and guest cellist Alexa Muhly will perform music inspired by whale songs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. A 7 p.m. discussion will precede the performance.

Symphony Orchestra performs works by Beethoven and RavelUniversity Symphony Orchestra pictured on Miller Auditorium's stage with teal back lighting
October21, 2017 | WMU News
The orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Bronco Marching Band comes to Miller Auditorium Bronco Marching Band filling the entire Miller Auditorium stage with a bright orange background
October 21, 2017 | WMU News
The band will give one performance of "Season in Review" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Tickets can be purchased online.

Students and faculty perform side-by-side for an exciting concert Western Winds pictured on stage wearing all black.
October 21, 2017 | WMU News
Western Winds will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

Wisconsin Brass Quintet to perform Bach, Schuller and EtlerBrass quintet comprised of all men wearing suits in front of a blue printed background
October 12, 2017 | WMU News
A guest artist recital by the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, free and open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Guest artist recital features southern California jazz pianistJazz Pianist Josh Nelson pictured sitting at a piano starring to the left
October 17, 2017 | WMU News
Southern California jazz pianist Josh Nelson will be joined by WMU faculty for a recital, free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Alumna Ema Katrovas combines storytelling and song in recital of Czech composersFemale vocalist wearing a teal dress against a floral print wall paper
October 16, 2017 | WMU News
School of Music alumna and soprano Ema Katrovas will perform a recital of songs by Czech composers, free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

MacArthur Genius Fellow brings Cuban jazz to campusDafnis Prieto looking up at the camera from sitting at his drumset
October 16, 2017 | WMU News
Drummer and 2011 MacArthur Genius Fellow Dafnis Prieto will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Electric guitarists take the Dalton Center Recital Hall stageElectric Guitar Ensemble on stage sitting in a single row
October 9, 2017 | WMU News
The Oakland University Guitar Ensemble guest artist recital, free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

WMU Symphonic Band and Prism Quartet to perform at Miller
September 27, 2017 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's Symphonic Band and the Prism Quartet are coming to Miller Auditorium for one performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

Trio performs with WMU emerita in free concertPicture of a violin on top of a piano keyboard
September 27, 2017 | WMU News
Soprano Dr. Karen Wicklund, WMU associate professor emerita of music, will join the Hofeldt-Phillips Trio in a free, public recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Vocal supergroup MOSS to perform with WMU jazz ensemblesVocal supergroup MOSS wearing all black. Two male vocalists and two female vocalists dressed in all black
September 22, 2017 | WMU News
Vocal ensemble MOSS will share the stage with WMU's finest jazz students and faculty in its first appearance in nearly 10 years at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Accomplished trombonist Brad Edwards to perform in free recital at WMUTrombonist Brad Edwards holding his instrument against a maroon background
September 22, 2017 | WMU News
Guest artist Brad Edwards, trombone professor at Arizona State University, will perform in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Picture of female accordian player and composer on a multi-colored background

Technology-based music performance featured at WMU
September 18, 2017 | WMU News
Digital Music Ensemble, a technology-based interdisciplinary performance troupe, will hold a free show at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. 

Capitol Quartet to perform standard works, new music and jazzFour male saxophonists standing a in a hallway holding their instruments
September 15, 2017 | WMU News
The Capitol Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.

WMU baritone presents free recital of operatic excerptsBaritone Carl Ratner in a suit against a white background
September 11, 2017 | WMU News
WMU faculty baritone and opera director Carl Ratner will present a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Stulberg silver medalist to perform with University Symphony OrchestraStulberg medalist to pictured in black and white
September 12, 2017 | WMU News
The University Symphony Orchestra will perform in a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Miller Auditorium. Violinist Qing Yu Chen, 2017 Stulberg silver medalist, will be the featured soloist.

Renowned trombonist to perform at WMUPicture of trombonist in front of a brick wall
September 11, 2017 | WMU News
Jeremy Wilson will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion.

PEN Trio to present new works for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and electronicsPicture of PEN Trio. Female oboist with male clarinetist and bassoonist
September 7, 2017 | WMU News
The PEN Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Robert White.