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

Upcoming Events:

Festival of the Arts Closing Reception and Winter Band and Orchestra Concert: “Video Games, Olé!”

Sunday, February 26, 4:00 p.m., G. Mennen Williams Auditorium, Ferris State University
Free and open to the public!

The 2017 Festival of the Arts will celebrate its final event of the season with the annual Festival of the Arts Winter Band & Orchestra Concert, presented by Ferris State University’s West Central Concert Band, Symphony Band and West Central Chamber Orchestra, all under the direction of Dr. Richard Scott Cohen.  This year’s concert IS “Video Games, Olé!” and will feature the participation of special guest conductor from Spain, Adrián Ronda-Sampayo.  The concert will feature a unique and entertaining selection of video game music and music from Spain – including some music composed by Maestro Ronda-Sampayo himself! 

Maestro Ronda-Sampayo is a rising conductor/composer who recently directed the first live video game music concert in Spain. He is a featured master teacher, lecturer and conductor for the week leading up to the concert.

Musical Selections:

Video Game Music:

Advent Rising: “Bounty Hunter Theme”
Civilization IV: “Baba Yetu”
Pokémon GO
Skyrim: “The Elder Scrolls V”
Super Mario Galaxy
World of Warcraft

Music from Spain:

Tango in D, by Isaac Albéniz
Minuet and Trio, by J. C. Arriaga
Entre Cassoles, pasodoble/march, by Adrián Ronda-Sampayo
Records Orientals, by Adrián Ronda-Sampayo, featuring Ferris Student Soloist: Tommy Andrews

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.

Adrián Ronda-Sampayo

Adrián Ronda-Sampayo

Adrián Ronda-Sampayo

Adrián Ronda-Sampayo

 Adrián Ronda-Sampayo

Adrián Ronda-Sampayo and Dale Skornia