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!



The FSU Jazz Band
Matt Moresi, director
Thursday, December 8, 2016—8:00 p.m.
Williams Auditorium

The FSU Jazz Band will be performing their holiday concert on December 8 at 8:00 p.m. in Williams Auditorium. The concert will feature arrangements of holiday classics such as The Christmas Song and The Little Drummer Boy in a diversity of styles, including swing, mambo and rock. The concert is suitable for all ages and will last about an hour. We hope you can join us in celebrating the holiday season.  

Ferris State University


A Family Holiday Band and Orchestra Concert

Sunday, December 11—4:00 p.m.
***Free Admission!***
Williams Auditorium
Ferris State University


The FSU Symphony Band
The FSU West Central Concert Band
The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director and Conductor

with special assistance from:
Dale Skornia
Donna Smith
Holiday Chamber Ensembles

SANTA CLAUS and Dynamite the Clown
will also be there—with treats for the kids!

Our annual Holiday Concert is a lively presentation of holiday tunes, including Christmas music, Hanukkah songs, New Year’s tunes, music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and an audience Christmas sing-along. Plus the perennial holiday classic, “Sleigh Ride”!
Our 9th Annual Holiday Concert Charity Drive is being held this year in collaboration with the Big Rapids Rotary Club in support of Holton’s LP Gas 3rd Annual Food Drive to benefit area food pantries! Voluntary donations of the following items will be gratefully collected at the concert in the lobby:

• Canned Goods
• Other Non-perishable Food Items

For more information please call Holton’s LP Gas at (231) 796-9129.
Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must call (231) 591-3676 or e-mail at least 72 hours in advance of the event. Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit:
For additional information, please contact:
Scott Cohen
Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles
Ferris State University
Music Center 103
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI  49307
(231) 591-2484
Music at Ferris • Music for Life!
The FSU Symphony Band is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its Music for Life! initiative. The FSU Symphony Band presents a series of varied and diverse concerts throughout the year. It consists of primarily of Ferris State University students, with potential participation by community members and talented musicians from local high school programs. Ferris students can earn credit and scholarships for their participation in the FSU Symphony Band by enrolling in Music 160. Community members and qualified high school students recommended by their directors may participate free of charge. The band rehearses every Wednesday evening throughout the school year. Every summer, the band presents an outdoor concert series on Wednesday evenings as the FSU Community Summer Band, which holds rehearsals on Monday evenings in the Music Center on the University's main campus. We encourage and invite all experienced players of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments to join the band. Please contact Scott Cohen at (231) 591-2484 or to get signed up!

The FSU West Central Concert Band (the “WCCB”) is currently celebrating its 25th Concert Season. It comprises talented musicians from the area, including Ferris State University students, adult community members from throughout West Central Michigan, and talented musicians from area high school music programs. The WCCB is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” program, and presents a series of varied and diverse concerts throughout the concert season.


Ferris State University’s West Central Chamber Orchestra is in its 50th Concert Season. It comprises talented musicians from the area, including Ferris State University students and adult community members. The orchestra presents a series of diverse programs throughout the academic year, and is sponsored by Ferris State University as part of its “Music for Life!” program.

Free admission to all concerts! For assistance with attending these events, please contact at least 72 hours in advance of this event:

G. Mennen Williams Auditorium
Ferris State University
(231) 591-3676

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