Grand Valley’s Orchestra performing February 19 in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of Henry Duitman.  GVL / Andrew Nyhof

GV professors showcased in faculty concert

While Grand Valley State University music students often undergo juries and recitals, professors got to take their turn on Feb. 19 with the Faculty with Strings concert. The performance featured music faculty with the GVSU Chamber Orchestra, directed by conducting professor Henry Duitman. Three professors were showcased as soloists: voice professors Alexander Hahn and Jennifer Sung and clarinet professor Gary June.

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Blackbear to perform at GVSU for Spring Conert

Matthew Musto, better known by his stage name “blackbear”, has been booked to perform at Grand Valley State University’s spring concert on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Fieldhouse Arena.  The R&B artist/rapper received the most votes in a survey sent out in fall 2018 by the Campus Activities Board regarding who students would like to see this April. Kalie Tomlinson, who was in charge of planning the show, cited this as making him the clear top-choice for both the community and the board.

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GV piano students challenged with 'Carnival of the Animals'

While most Grand Valley State University students spent their time studying for midterms and preparing for spring break, students in piano professor Sookkyung Cho’s Piano Studio rehearsed for their Feb. 25 performance of “Carnival of the Animals.” Composed by Camille Saint-Saens in 1886, “Carnival of the Animals” is a popular, playful piece that uses music to encapsulate various animals, from the tortoise to the kangaroo.

Junior trombonist, Johnathon Tesner. Courtesy / GVSU Trombone Studio

GV Symphonic Band features student trombone soloist

Junior trombonist John Tesner earned the opportunity to perform a solo in the concert, which was conducted by Kevin Tutt. After winning GVSU’s 2018 Concerto Competition in which student pianists, vocalists, string and wind instrumentalists competed, Tesner was granted the honor of performing a solo, which was accompanied by the band in the performance of Bert Appermont’s "Colors." Tesner said his director refers to the piece as “Epcot music,” suggesting the happy and fun tone of the music. 

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GV ensembles showcased at choral concert

On Feb. 20, Grand Valley State University’s University Arts Chorale and Cantate Chamber Ensemble performed several vocal arrangements as part of a choral concert. Associate Professor of Music Ellen Pool directed the ensembles on Wednesday night.  With 40 years of experience directing GVSU’s University Arts Chorale, Pool stated that this performance was “a very successful concert.” 

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'The Voice' contestant Jordy Searcy performs at GV

No matter the time of year, Grand Valley State University is constantly hosting a variety of events that are free for anyone to attend and enjoy. In particular, live music is everywhere at GVSU and concert plans are always in the works. To beat the winter blues, GVSU hosted guitarist and singer-songwriter Jordy Searcy, who played at a coffee house-themed event in Kirkhof Center.

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GV professors perform duets for viola, piano

On Tuesday, Jan. 22, Grand Valley State University professors Paul Swantek and Robert Byrens performed a concert comprised of works from 20th century American and British composers. The concert took place at the Sherman Van Solkema Hall in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. This is one of many faculty showcases that GVSU’s Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance have organized throughout the year.