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New Music Ensemble performs Music in their Words project

Music and words seem to go well together but for the composers commissioned for the "Music in their Words" project, combining the two presented a unique challenge. Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble recently commissioned six composers to write a piece of music and include spoken words of a composer they admire.

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Music Education major, Ashley Kooistra, practices playing her viola in a practice room in the Performing Arts Center on Jan. 29.

PAC addition could relieve packed spaces

The students are rehearsing in faculty offices, the equipment is being stored wherever space is found and the schedule for classrooms and performance halls is booked solid; the Performing Arts Center is packed. A new addition to the building is in the planning stages to help relieve some of these tight spaces.

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Abrazos film brings new perspective on immigration

As the presidential election continues to heat up, there will doubtlessly be much debate about immigration issues, with the most controversial being illegal immigration. A recent Latin American cultural event at Grand Valley State University aimed to broaden student perspectives on immigration by putting faces, names and stories to a topic that is often viewed in a vacuum.

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Andrew Uhe, former Grand Valley student, performs in the Louis Armstrong Theatre Jan. 14, 2016. Uhe, a native of West Michigan, currently lives in Texas where he performs with the symphony orchestras located in Victoria and Corpus Christi.

Alumnus Andrew Uhe: Life After Graduation

From classes to late night studying, university life may sometimes feel like living in a bubble that’s disconnected from reality. But after his recent return to Grand Valley State University, a violinist and GVSU alumnus said he hopes that students will see, hear and feel how their intentions, perspectives and achievements can influence the future.