The Music Center at Ferris State University

Music performance opportunities at Ferris State University are designed to supplement and enrich the lives of students by assisting them in making the transition from the high school musical setting to the world of adult amateur musical ensembles. Ferris students can continue to develop their musical skills and be prepared for a rewarding musical "life after college" by participating in Ferris musical ensembles that include both university students and members of the community—the format of the majority of community ensembles throughout the country. In this way, we aspire to inspire all Ferris students to continue to enrich their lives and the lives of others as active performers of music—for life!

For more information on music courses and performance opportunities, please contact:

The Music Center
Ferris State University
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2501

Spring Concert Information:

Ferris State University Annual Spring Band and Orchestra Concert
“My Favorite Things”
Sunday, April 23, 4:00 p.m.
Williams Auditorium
Free Admission

Music to be performed by:

The FSU Symphony Band
The FSU West Central Concert Band
The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director and Conductor
Dr. Dale E. Skornia, Guest Conductor
Dr. Donna Smith, Announcer

and featuring:

Patrick Billig, euphonium
Jake Davenport and Morgan Payne, cello
Cole Bazan, Sarah Massey and Dona’ Worthy, violin

Assistance:

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must contact (231) 591-3676 or williams_auditorium@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance of event.

About the concert:

Come join us for our 2016-17 season finale concert: “My Favorite Things.” This concert will feature Ferris State University’s Orchestra and its two Concert Bands performing musical favorites selected by its musicians and conductor. The concert will also include the annual FERRIS MUSIC STUDENTS RECOGNITION CEREMONY.

Musical selections will include:

“Merry-Go-Round of Life” from Howl’s Moving Castle
Fantasia for Euphonium and Band
Thunder and Blazes March
Boccherini’s Minuet in G
The Sound of Music
Panis Angelicus
Amparito Roca
Sinfonia in D
Star Wars
Czardas
Dusk

For additional information, please contact:

Scott Cohen
Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles
Professor of Music
Ferris State University
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2484
RichardScottCohen@ferris.edu

Recent Photos:

Conductor/composer Adrián Ronda-Sampayo of Spain visited Ferris State and Big Rapids the week of February 19. Ronda-Sampayo rehearsed with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21, and did a radio interview yesterday morning with Steve Masters on Sunny 97.3 FM on February 22. FSU Pep Band Director Dale Skornia (also pictured) and R. Scott Cohen, Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles, were also part of that interview. On February 23, Ronda-Sampayo presented the annual Robert C. Ferguson Foreign Lecture at Ferris. His presentation was titled "Old Meets New: Spain’s Symphonic Tradition Embraces a New World of Video Game Music."

  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo rehearsing with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21
  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo rehearsing with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21
  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo rehearsing with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21
  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo rehearsing with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21
  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo rehearsing with the FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra on February 21
  • Dale Skornia and Adrián Ronda-Sampayo with Steve Masters of Sunny 97.3 FM.
  • Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles R. Scott French, Adrián Ronda-Sampayo, and Ferris President David Eisler
  • Dr. Christine Vonder Haar of the Department of English, Literature, and World Languages at the annual Robert C. Ferguson Fulbright Foreign Lecture
  • Adrián Ronda-Sampayo delivers the annual Robert C. Ferguson Fulbright Foreign Lecture
  • A slide from Adrián Ronda-Sampayo's presentation at the annual Robert C. Ferguson Fulbright Foreign Lecture