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MSU Music Prof Earns Grammy Nomination

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

An associate professor of composition at Michigan State University has become a Grammy nominee. Tian Zhou is one of the nominees in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category…

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Undergrad Takes Top Prize in National Trombone Competition

Monday, July 3, 2017
Drew Kilpela

A trombonist in the jazz studies program at Michigan State University has become the second trombone student from the College of Music to win the Trombone Symposium Michael…

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MSU Student Wins 2016 Opportunity Detroit People’s Choice Award

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MSU Jazz Studies senior Eric Smith, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Mich., won the 2016 Opportunity Detroit People’s Choice Award at the Detroit Music Awards in April 2016….

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MSU Opera Production Takes Top Honors in Nat’l Opera Association

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The MSU Opera Theatre, directed by Melanie Helton, staged the 2015 production of “A Room with a View” with the MSU Symphony Orchestra which earned the National Opera Association’s division IV first place award. - See more at: http://music.msu.edu/news/msu-vocal-arts-students-attain-high-honors?utm_campaign=room-view&utm_source=pride-point&utm_medium=social#sthash.ZiXldUt9.dpuf

Michigan State University’s 2015-16 production of A Room with a View was awarded first place in the Division IV production competition of the National Opera Association. Due to the…

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MSU’s Professor’s Saxophone Quartet Earns Composer High Honor

Friday, April 29, 2016
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Composer Carter Pann’s saxophone quartet work – The Mechanics: Six From the Shop Floor – was recently named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music. Commissioned…

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Spectrum Festival: A Celebration of Pianists on the Autism Spectrum

Friday, September 25, 2015

College of Music professors discuss their one-week piano summer camp, planned for July 24-31, 2016. It is targeted at advanced piano students with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are…

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MSU Students Premiere Work at Film Festival

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Michigan State University and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences premiered the first MSU student-produced feature film at the 2015 Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan (July…

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A Musician Never Rests — Rodney Whitaker

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rodney Whitaker, professor of jazz double bass and director of jazz studies at the Michigan State University College of Music, is one of the leading performers and teachers…

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MSU Research History: World Premiere of ‘The Gardens’

Saturday, January 1, 2000

2000 – The Michigan State University Symphony, Chorale and Children’s Choir perform the world premiere of Symphony No. 4, “The Gardens,” written in 1999 by Pulitzer Prize- winning…

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