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Annual Student Composer Compeition

GVSU New Music Ensemble to host eighth annual Student Composer Competition

What would life be like without music? Imagine it for a moment. No listening to music on the radio on a long drive. No music to dance to. Many people do not realize it, but music has a bigger effect on their lives than they may think. The New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University, an undergraduate ensemble that promotes modern-day music through different events, will be facilitating the eighth annual Student Composer Competition for GVSU music students.

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Gregory Maytan

GVSU violin professor nominated for Grammis Award

The music department at Grand Valley State University is home to many influential and talented faculty members who have gained recognition in their areas of expertise, including Sweden-born associate professor of violin, Gregory Maytan. Recently, Maytan has received a nomination for a Grammis Award in the “Classical CD of the Year” category for his CD “Amanda Maier Volume 1.”

Choral concert

GVSU hosts first chorale concert

The music and dance department at Grand Valley State University presented the final choral concert of the year with the Cantate Chamber Ensemble, Select Women’s Ensemble and University Singers Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cook-DeWitt Center on the Allendale Campus. Cantate Chamber Ensemble is under the direction of Ellen Pool, while the Select Women’s Ensemble and University Singers are directed by Shirley Lemon.

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - The Cook Carillon Tower offers free tours while university carillonneur Julianne Vanden Wyngaard plays the instrument on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 in Allendale.

GVSU carillonist to perform Christmas Eve concert

As the holidays draw near, sounds of the season will be spread throughout the streets of downtown Grand Rapids with a special Christmas Eve performance by Grand Valley State University carillonist Julianne Vanden Wyngaard. The Christmas Eve carillon concert will be held at the Carillon Tower on the Pew Campus Saturday, Dec. 24, beginning at 9:30 p.m. and concluding at 10:15 p.m.

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Opera Grand Rapids

GVSU student wins first place at vocal competition

Grand Valley State University vocal music students Kristina Papas and Hannah Tripp competed in the 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition hosted by Opera Grand Rapids Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20. GVSU faculty member Kathryn Stieler founded the competition as a way for students to have an opportunity to gain experience performing where they could receive feedback.