A time for the arts

Posted by College of Fine Arts Dean's Office on Aug 17, 2017 4:56:14 PM

 

The College of Fine Arts is beginning the 2017-18 academic year with a simple message: Now is a time for the arts.

The arts have long been a vital part of the human experience. Whether watching the Kabuki of Japan or classic ballet of France, taking in works showcased at MoMA, or absorbing the distinctive sounds of jazz, the act of engaging with the arts provides us an opportunity to examine our lived experiences and encourages us to be more creative, more observant and more aware.

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Topics: Department of Dance, School of Music, Frostic School of Art, Department of Theatre

Broncos in the Baltics

Posted by Savannah Gonsoulin on Jun 15, 2017 12:14:10 PM

 

It’s been about two weeks since the University Chorale returned from our ten-day competition and concert tour of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Chorale is made up of singers from all different backgrounds and walks of life, but I think it’s safe to say that this tour was the adventure of a lifetime for every single one. We all set out on this adventure wanting the same things: to forge new connections with singers from around the world, to experience a set of cultures with deep roots in the choral tradition, and to better ourselves as musicians through exposure through these cultures. But I don’t think that any of us could have anticipated the life-changing experiences that waited for us there in the Baltics, or just how far beyond our own expectations this trip would take us. 

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience, Globally Engaged, CFA Students in Summer, Going places - Summer 2017

A day in the life of a music student

Posted by Courtney Clancy on May 4, 2017 12:32:00 PM

 

2 majors, 18 credit hours, 10 classes, 2 part-time jobs and countless clubs and extracurricular activities. We don't envy Caitlin Borke's schedule this semester, but the passion she maintains throughout it all is music to our ears.

With aspirations of someday merging her passions of language and music as the director a refugee choir, Caitlin is truly using her voice to make a difference. Accompany Caitlin through a day in her life in the video below to hear and feel her passion:

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, The Student Experience

2016-17 year in review: WMU School of Music

Posted by Dannielle Sturgeon on Apr 24, 2017 2:03:09 PM

 

As the 2016-17 academic year decrescendos to a close, we’re reflecting on the milestones and memories from these melodious months. As of April 20, the 2016–17 year has brought about 600 total events including approximately 140 solo student performances, 60 master classes with guest artists, 125 guest artist performances, 65 off-campus performances by faculty and students, and many more!

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Topics: School of Music

A tale of two artists: Living in the Fine Arts House

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Feb 8, 2017 9:13:00 AM

 

From the Valley to Western Heights, the Student Ghetto to Fraternity Village, there are endless options when it comes to housing at Western Michigan University. Each residence hall boasts its own perks, and each neighborhood offers its own quirks.

College of Fine Arts students have yet another housing option available to them: the Fine Arts House. If for you, home is where the art is, then this Living Learning Community might be a perfect fit. Located in Draper/Siedschlag Hall, the Fine Arts House offers a great opportunity for those with a love of visual and performing arts to live together.

Meet Jules and Tracey, two current College of Fine Arts students. Though their artistic interests and pursuits couldn't be more different, they both found home in the Fine Arts House at Draper/Siedschlag. Get a sense for the Fine Arts House experience through their memories and accounts.

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Topics: Insider, School of Music, Student Experience, Frostic School of Art, Kalamazoo, A Tale of Two Artists

How to turn your passion into your profession

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Dec 20, 2016 10:42:19 AM

 

As the saying goes, if you choose a job you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. Julie Guy, an alumna of WMU's music therapy master's program, will attest that this is indeed the case.

After discovering music therapy and finding it to be the perfect marriage of her two passions, music and service, Julie has gone on to achieve great success and fulfillment.

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Topics: School of Music, Careers in the Arts

A day in the life of a Bronco Marching Band member

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Dec 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

It's been an incredible year for the Western Michigan University football team. Not only are the Broncos a ranked team with a perfect 12-0 season, but ESPN College GameDay even made a trip to campus this Fall, shining a national spotlight on our hometown team. And on top of that, the Broncos are headed to the MAC championship game tonight at Ford Field.

We know that PJ Fleck's undefeated team has put in countless hours of practice and preparation this season, but they're not the only ones with a rigorous schedule. The Bronco Marching Band, who will also be taking the field in Detroit this evening, have attended daily rehearsals, endured long hours, memorized scores of music, and mastered fast-paced drill movements for a number of half-time shows, all to support the team and delight Bronco fans with the Sound of Western.

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Topics: School of Music, Student Organizations, The Student Experience, Kalamazoo

Forever brown and gold: Dennis DeSantis

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Sep 16, 2016 10:28:30 AM

 

 The WMU School of Music has been producing leaders in electronic music long before the multimedia arts technology program ever existed. Case in point: Dennis DeSantis.

Since Graduating from WMU in 1997 with a Bachelors of Music degree in music composition and music theory, 2016 School of Music distinguished alumnus honoree Dennis DeSantis has gone on to do big things in electronic music.

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Topics: School of Music, Careers in the Arts, Alumni, Forever brown and gold

The Life of a Professional Opera Performer: Q&A with Clare Regan

Posted by Courtney Clancy on Jul 22, 2016 6:12:00 PM

What do beer and opera have in common?

As it turns out, they’re both key parts of Opera Grand Rapids' recent production of “The Student Prince.” Set in a Heidelberg biergarten, “The Student Prince” follows the tale of a torn prince who must decide between his obligation to marry Princess Margaret and his new love: a barmaid on his college campus.

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Topics: School of Music, Student Experience, Careers in the Arts, CFA Students in Summer

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