Veha Chamichian Provides Endless Opportunities for CMU's School of Music

For decades, through Dr. Souren Chamichian and Mrs. Veha Chamichian's generosity and love of music, students, faculty, and staff of CMU's School of Music, as well as the Mt. Pleasant community at large, have had the opportunity to hear the very finest examples of classical music performed by superb artists affiliated with some of the most respected symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the United States.

Veha Chamichian studied piano as a young girl, but her true appreciation of music came years later when she met her late husband, Dr. Souren Chamichian.  A distinguished and widely respected eye doctor in Mt. Pleasant, Dr. Chamichian was also a talented violinist whose musical abilities were developed through violin lessons he began as a young boy in Syria.  While at university in Lebanon, he became a part of the orchestral program and, during concerts, would make sure the orchestra performed compositions requested by his future wife, Veha.  This serenading led to the start of a wonderful music-filled life together that included attending numerous CMU music events throughout the years and hosting many receptions in their home.

When Dr. Chamichian passed away in 1986, Veha was passionate about keeping his memory and devotion to music alive.  And that she did.  The state-of-the-art Chamichian Recital Hall in CMU's School of Music Building symbolizes that devotion to music and music education, and for decades has been a venue for many musical performances.

Since 1993, student musicians have benefited from The Chamichian Masters Series, a program which brings professional musicians to campus to work one-on-one with music students.  In 2010, the Veha Chamichian Endowment for Orchestral Studies was created and benefits the entire CMU Orchestra Program.

Veha often points out that musicians need an audience to help them mature as musicians and urges everyone to attend the many music events offered on CMU's campus.   When you do attend, keep in mind that it was Veha's generosity and vision that helped make those performances possible.


Guest Artists David Finckel, cello & Wu Han, piano

Cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han are among the most esteemed and influential musicians in the classical world today and are recipients of Musical America's Musicians of the Year award, one of the music industry's highest honors.    

In high demand among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared at prestigious venues and concert series across the United States, Mexico, Canada, the Far East, and Europe to unanimous critical acclaim.

Finckel and Hans' wide-ranging musical activities include the launch of ArtistLed (, classical music's first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company.  Finckel and Han have also overseen the establishment and design of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's acclaimed CMS Studio and CMS Live labels, as well as the Society's recording partnership with Deutsche Grammophon; and the much lauded Music@Menlo LIVE label.

Through their work as Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, their leadership with the LG Chamber Music School in Korea and their chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Finckel and Han have achieved universal renown for their passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists. David Finckel further serves as Professor of Cello at The Juilliard School, as well as Artist-in-Residence at Stony Brook University.


Chamichian Master Concert Series 25th Anniversary Celebration Concert and Reception

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, a series of free events open to the public will take place in the Chamichian Recital Hall on Central Michigan University's campus. A masterclass for CMU music students will run from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A concert is slated for 7:30 p.m. immediately followed by a meet the artist reception.