July 24-31, 2016 • Cook Recital Hall
Join us for a week long festival, Celebrating the Spectrum, at the College of Music’s newly renovated Cook Recital Hall on the beautiful Michigan State University campus. The festival is designed to give qualified advanced pre-College students on the Autism Spectrum a preview of a life in music.
- Bios for Teachers and Speakers
- Why You Should Attend
- Participant Biographies
- Participant Activities
- Program Assistants
- MSU's ASD Resources
- Link to MSU’s RAIND Program
The daily schedule will reflect the life of a music major in a university or conservatory setting culminating in two live performances. The first, a “house concert”, gives the students an intimate setting to try out their performances prior to the Grand Finale Concert in Cook Recital Hall. This open to the public concert will be livestreamed and will feature performances from all participants including faculty and MSU student interns.
All students perform daily in master classes conducted by College of Music piano faculty Professor Deborah Moriarty and Dr. Derek Polischuk. The classes will be devoted to solo repertoire as well as piano four hand repertoire with faculty and student interns.
Lectures from Dr. Lauren Harris, Dr. Michael Thaut, and Randall Faber are designed to give particpants a feel for the academic class component of a college education. A daily Pilates class, taught by renowned Pilates instructor, Rosanna (Nahnie) Barberio, introduces students to a “body awareness” approach to playing the piano. For more information, see participant activities.
Celebrating the Spectrum: A Festival of Music and Life is sponsored by Michigan State University as part of the RAIND Program, with generous support provided by the MSU Office of the Provost, and the following corporate sponsors and donors: Sparrow Health System and the MSU Federal Credit Union, as well as generous support from MSU alumni and friends: April Clobes and Glen Brough, Merritt and Candy Lutz, Bill and Sandy Mason, Jack and Karen Noonan, along with support from the Frances Baldwin Mulnix Endowment Fund at MSU. Special thanks to Dean Transportation for generously providing all transportation needs for festival participants.
Private support will provide dollars to sponsor each student participant, enabling them to attend the festival tuition free. Funds will also cover stipends for College of Music student mentors who will be buddied-up with the festival participants.