Jazz Artist in Residence

$1 million endowment rings in new era for jazz program

Thanks to the MSU Federal Credit Union, the jazz studies program will benefit from hands-on instruction, collaboration, and performance opportunities with nationally and internationally known jazz artists.

The College of Music will launch a new jazz studies artist in residence program than

ks to a $1 million gift from MSU Federal Credit Union, the largest-ever investment in the college’s curriculum.

Programming is expected to start next year, said Rodney Whitaker, director of jazz studies. “This financial gift from MSUFCU is a true game changer,” he said. “It will elevate our discipline to a higher level educationally, creatively, and musically and it will provide our students and the community access to world-class cultural experiences.”

"National and international jazz artists will visit campus for a week to teach College of Music students and publicly perform," Whitaker said. They’ll also work with local high school and middle school jazz students.

“This generous gift from MSUFCU will further strengthen one of America’s great jazz programs and will provide unforgettable musical and educational experiences not only for our students, but also for thousands of people across Michigan,” said James Forger, dean of the College of Music. Click here to watch a video of concert and presentation highlights.

Pictured above, President Lou Anna K. Simon accepts a check for $1 million from Jack Brick, chair of the MSU Federal Credit Union Board, during the Jazz: Spirituals, Prayer and Protest concert on January 20 at Wharton Center for Performing Arts on the MSU campus. This gift will fund the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence Endowment.

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