A high school student conducts his fellow campers at GVSU's Servant Leadership in Music camp on June 20. 
Courtesy / Caitlin Cusack

New Servant Leadership in Music Camp creates inspiring, musical leaders

As young instrumentalists begin their musical education in school, the bulk of their learning involves understanding how to read and perform music. Once they approach a level where they want to become leaders in their band or ensemble, their education begins to incorporate inspiring musical leadership, the focus of Grand Valley’s Servant Leadership in Music Camp on Tuesday. 

Isaac Norris performs at the GRandJazzFest 2018 Lineup Reveal Party at The BOB in Grand Rapids.  Courtesy / GRand Jazz Fest Facebook 

GRandJazzFest reveals 2018 performer lineup

Jazz music is a widely enjoyed form of art, whether the person listening is a die-hard musician or a casual listener. For those interested in enjoying a weekend of jazz, the seventh annual GRandJazzFest will be taking place in downtown Grand Rapids on Aug. 18 and 19. The event is a free music festival for the entire family that includes variety of activities for all ages.  On April 30, festival organizers unveiled the lineup of performers for this year’s festival. The festival will include musicians such as keyboardist Oli Silk, Western Michigan University student band Lushh and headliner Euge Groove, an accomplished saxophonist with a distinct history in the jazz top 40 charts. A total of ten musicians will be performing across the weekend. 

Courtesy / Jeff Kilgour  Andrew W.K. parties hard in the music video for "Music is Worth Living For"

Andrew W.K. returns to Grand Rapids with new album

Riding on a string of shows that included a performance on CONAN, “party rock” artist Andrew W.K. is set to continue his U.S. tour at the Pyramid Scheme in Grand Rapids on Thursday. The tour follows the release of “You’re Not Alone,” W.K.’s newest album after more than a decade of musical silence.  W.K., an Ann Arbor native, said the upcoming show isn’t his first visit to Grand Rapids nor the Pyramid Scheme. Despite being familiar with the city, the one facet of performing there that always surprises him is the high turnout to his concerts.


Laker Life briefs 4/19/18

This year, the Grand Valley State University Saxophone Studio is set to launch the annual Michigan Saxophone Summit. The summit this year is set to take place on Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts. 


Piano majors set to showcase skills at recital

Grand Valley State University is continuing its trend of allowing students to showcase their talents in the upcoming piano major studio recital being held Saturday, April 21. The event will feature upper-level GVSU students majoring in piano and will allow each student to demonstrate their musical capabilities. The event is set to start at 3 p.m. in the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall in the Thomas. J and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts.


Arts briefs 4/16/18

The University Arts Chorale and the Cantate Chamber Ensemble will be performing in the Cook-DeWitt Center under the direction of professor Ellen Pool on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. 


Arts briefs 4/9/18

Plans for the 2018 season of the Grand Valley State University Shakespeare Festival are already underway. This year’s performances will be “King Lear” and “Bard to Go.” There are casting opportunities for all students regardless of major or minor. Backstage duties are also available.