Participant Activities


“Celebrating the Spectrum: A Festival of Music and Life” immerses students in a daily schedule that emulates a week-in-the-life of a music major in a college setting.

The eight-day festival will include daily master classes on piano repertoire taught by Moriarty and Polischuk, hour-long lectures by national and international educators, guided Pilates for R&R, and lunch, dinner and evening activities on the MSU campus. Guest lecturers include Randall Faber, master teacher for the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and co-author of bestselling book Piano Adventurers; Lauren Harris, MSU professor of psychology presenting childhood influences in “Music Matters;” and Michael Thaut, a National Research Award recipient and University of Toronto music professor sharing neurologic research about music and brain function. 

July 25–28 Daily Activities

  • 9:00 a.m. Master Classes, Cook Recital Hall, Music Building
  • 11:00 a.m. Pilates Class, taught by Rosanna (Nahnie) Barberio, introduces students to a “body awareness” approach to playing the piano. Hart Recital Hall, Music Building
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Lectures
    • 7/25 Dr. Lauren Harris
    • 7/26 Dr. Lauren Harris
    • 7/27 Randall Faber. Product and process in music teaching.
    • 7/28 Dr. Michael Thaut. The brain that engages in music, is changed by engaging in music: What research has found about how music can strengthen our brain functions.
  • 2:00 p.m. Chamber Music Class
  • 4:00 p.m. Rehearsals

July 29 House Concert and Dinner

Participants first concert gives students an intimate setting to try out their performances at a private dinner in their honor.

July 30 Public Concert

The festival culminates with a final concert free and open to the public on Saturday, July 30, featuring students, faculty and student mentors in Cook Recital Hall of the Music Building.