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 professors Diego Rivera and Randy Napolean, 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 Lauren Harris, Scott Price and Shannon de l’Etoile.

July 17–20 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
    • 7/17 Dr. Lauren Harris
    • 7/18 Dr. Lauren Harris
    • 7/19 Dr. Scott Price
    • 7/20 Dr. Shannon de l’Etoile
  • 2:00 p.m. Chamber Music Class
  • 3:00 p.m. Jazz Improvisation Class
  • 4:00 p.m. Rehearsals and Practicing

July 17 Welcome Concert

Participants are welcomed by MSU President Lou Anna K Simon and treated to a concert featuring College of Music faculty and students.

July 21 Cowles House Dinner and Concert

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

July 22 Public Concert

The festival culminates with a final concert free and open to the public on Saturday, July 22, featuring students, faculty and student mentors in Cook Recital Hall of the Music Building.