• Ian Gray, MSU’s former Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, speaks to recital attendees. image

    Ian Gray, MSU’s former Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, speaks to recital attendees.

  • Celebrating the Spectrum participants, faculty, and student mentors applaud the final concert. image

    Celebrating the Spectrum participants, faculty, and student mentors applaud the final concert.

  • Celebrating the Spectrum. A Festival of Music and Life. image

    Celebrating the Spectrum. A Festival of Music and Life.

  • Celebrating the Spectrum participants observe Derek Polischuk as he works with Kalil Olsen in a master class image

    Celebrating the Spectrum participants observe Derek Polischuk as he works with Kalil Olsen in a master class

  • Celebrating the Spectrum pianists Kalil Olsen and his mother Ann after the final concert. image

    Celebrating the Spectrum pianists Kalil Olsen and his mother Ann after the final concert.

  • Deborah Moriarty works with Joey Tan during a master class. image

    Deborah Moriarty works with Joey Tan during a master class.

Celebrating the Spectrum: 
A Festival of Music and Life.

An annual week-long festival in July, Celebrating the Spectrum, is held at the College of Music 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. 

The student’s daily schedule reflects 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.

All students perform daily in master classes conducted by College of Music piano faculty Professor Deborah Moriarty and Dr. Derek Polischuk. Classes are devoted to solo repertoire as well as piano four hand repertoire.

2018 Celebrating the Spectrum Dates

  • July 15, Sunday, Student Welcome and Arrival
  • July 16, Monday, 6:00 p.m. Mentor Concert, featuring performances by program assistants
  • July 20, Friday, 5:30 p.m. Donor Concert and Dinner, private event, Cowles House
  • July 21, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. Public Concert, Cook Recital Hall (followed by participants attendace at the The Lion King, Wharton Center) 

Recap of past programs

Article: 2017 Celebrating the Spectrum Program and Concerts

Article: 2016 Celebrating the Spectrum Program and Concerts

Video: 2016 Celebrating the Spectrum

 

Please visit the Celebrating the Spectrum Giving page to learn more about how you can help support this program.


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: The MSU Federal Credit Union, as well as generous support from MSU alumni and friends: Lauren Harris, Deborah L. Harrison, Dr. Rafael Javier & Dr. Mary P. Sharp, and Rick Wendorf, along with support from the Frances Baldwin Mulnix Endowment Fund at MSU and the Music Teachers National Association. Special thanks, once again, to Dean Trailways for generously providing all transportation needs for festival participants.
 
Private support helps provide dollars to sponsor each student participant, enabling them to attend the festival tuition free. Funds also cover stipends for College of Music student mentors who buddied-up with the festival participants. To make a contribution to support this unique and powerful music festival, see our Celebrating the Spectrum giving opportunities.