July 16-23, 2017 • 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.
- July 17–20, Participant activities
- July 17, 6:00 p.m., Cook Recital Hall. Welcome Concert with College of Music faculty and students and remarks from MSU President Lou Anna Simon. Free and open to the public
- July 22, 4:00 p.m. Cook Recital Hall. Final Concert, Cook Recital Hall, post concert reception afterwards. Free and open to the public
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.
Video Recap from 2016 event
Also see news article: Celebrating the Spectrum Program and Concerts
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, Lauren Harris, Merritt and Candy Lutz, Jack and Karen Noonan, along with support from the Frances Baldwin Mulnix Endowment Fund at MSU. Special thanks to Dean Trailways for generously providing all transportation needs for festival participants.
Private support helped provide dollars to sponsor each student participant, enabling them to attend the festival tuition free. Funds also covered stipends for College of Music student mentors who buddied-up with the festival participants.