Some Music Department performances free for GRCC, GRPS students

Aug. 13, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Saying they want to make it easier for students to attend -- and be inspired by -- high-quality performances, Grand Rapids Community College Music Department leaders are making some events free for GRCC and Grand Rapids Public School students.

Starting this fall, GRCC and GRPS students will have free admission to all Music Department ensemble concerts and recitals. GRCC students also will have free admission to all Kent Philharmonic concerts, with others offered admission with a $6 student ticket price.

"The Music Department faculty understand that most of our students are on a budget, making it difficult for them to afford high-quality performances," said professor Kevin Dobreff, music program director. "We want to make certain that all GRCC students are able to take advantage of attending all Music Department-sponsored performances without having to make a financial sacrifice.”

All GRCC International Guitar Series concerts will have a $5 admission fee for GRCC and GRPS students.

The department's 2018-19 season kicks off Sept. 6 with a faculty recital. The first Kent Philharmonic concert -- featuring the Michigan Ballet Academy and Concerto Competition winners -- is Oct. 16. 

GRCC students must show their RaiderCard for free admission. While nominal admission fees will be charged to the public for some music events, many are also free to the community. GRPS students must show current school ID. 

"We are excited to share concerts by so many talented musicians with the entire GRCC student body," Dobreff said. "The free admission will be especially helpful for students enrolled in our music general education and appreciation classes."

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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