Wayne State department of music welcomed new and returning students back to campus at their annual convocation Aug. 30 at the Schaver Music Recital Hall.  

The department of music celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2018. A Centennial Concert is taking place on Oct. 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Norah Duncan, professor and chair of the department of music, said.

“A celebration like this comes every 100 years so if you miss this one — you’re out of luck,” Duncan said.

Jazz studies celebrates 40 years this year, Duncan said. The jazz studies program is on display Labor Day weekend where students will participate in the 40th year of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. 

Chris Collins, director of jazz studies and president and artistic director of Jazz Fest, said 325,000 people will take part in the festival this year.

 “Many of WSU jazz students are involved in the festival inside and out,” Collins said. “Being our 40th anniversary — it is a reunion year.

WSU Big Band, a jazz ensemble in the department of music, is performing Aug. 31 and faculty members such as Rob Pipho Quintet and Ron Kischuk will be featured in Jazz Fest, according to the department of music.

Leah Celebi, academic services officer, said there are different ways students could further their music education outside of the classroom — including the music department’s two collage concerts, taking place on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the Schaver Music Recital Hall.

These collage concerts give students the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and professors, Celebi said. 

Students are also encouraged to join student organizations while at WSU.

“As a musician it’s really important to involve yourself in different organizations as you create your brand,” Celebi said.

Collins said so much of what you learn and the friendships you create will “feed you the rest of your life.”

Anna George, a music business major said she is looking forward to working on the things she cares about the most while at WSU.

George recently transferred from The Young Americans College of The Performing Arts.

“It’s been a great transition,” she said. “Everyone seems like they’ve known each other for 10 years and they treat me like they’ve known me for 10 years.”


Jack Filbrandt is the A&E editor of The South End. He can be reached at Jackfilbrandt31@gmail.com

Cover photo by Jack Filbrandt

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