Young musicians to work with GRCC faculty, students in first High School Music Fiesta



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


Dec. 18, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- High school students who are ready to take their music to the next level will learn about exciting career options and get college-level instruction this January at Grand Rapids Community College Music Department’s first music honors day.

At the High School Music Fiesta, students will work directly with GRCC Music Department faculty and student performing ensembles during a full day of activities on Jan. 25.

Master classes for winds, percussion, strings, voice and piano will be featured. Students interested in composition, accompaniment or recording technology will work with experts in those disciplines. A clinic on performance anxiety is also available to all Fiesta participants. The day will end with a Gala Concert at 5 p.m. that is open to the community.

“GRCC is excited to show off the area’s most talented high school musicians, and our students and staff can’t wait to work with them,” said Professor, Michael Gillan, GRCC’s director of bands.

To register, choral and instrumental students will submit a recommendation from their band/orchestra or choir director. Pianists and accompanists will submit recordings of a performance, while composition students will submit a recording of an original piece. Students interested in recording technology will submit a paragraph detailing their experience.

Visit the event Web page to learn more, or call Mike Gillan at (616) 234-3941.

GRCC encourages the entire campus community to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate a need for an accommodation or have questions about accessibility, please call the college’s Disability Support Services at (616) 234-4140 in advance of your visit or program participation.

 Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.