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 six-day festival will include daily master classes on piano repertoire taught by MSU piano professors Moriarty and Polischuk, Jazz improvisation classes taught by MSU Jazz Studies graduate students Nathan Borton and Chris Glassman, hour-long lectures by musicologits Dr. Michael Largey and music theorist Dr. Patrick Johnson and neuropsychologist Dr. Lauren Harris, guided Pilates for R&R, and lunch, dinner and evening activities on the MSU campus.

July 16–21 Daily Activities

  • 9:00 a.m. Master Classes, Cook Recital Hall
  • 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 at Brody Square
  • 1:00 p.m. Lectures
    • 7/16 & 7/17 Dr. Lauren Harris
    • 7/18 Dr. Patrick Johnson
    • 7/19 Dr. Michael Largey
  • 2:00 p.m. Chamber Music Class, Cook Recital Hall
  • 3:00 p.m. Jazz Improvisation Class
  • 4:00 p.m. Rehearsals and Practicing

July 16 Mentor Concert

Participants are welcomed and treated to a concert featuring College of Music faculty and students. Cook Recital Hall, Music Building.

July 20 Donor Concert and Dinner

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

July 21 Public Concert

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