Band Day with the Chippewa Marching Band 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Because it’s proved successful we’ll again form an ALL-STAR MASSED BAND to perform at halftime. We invite you to bring wind players in multiples of eight – if possible, and as many drummers as may reasonably be expected to balance with the winds. It’s up to each director to consider ensemble balance when selecting performers. It is still necessary to limit visiting percussion AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE so that balance and pulse can be maintained. Please do what you can to help with balance while bringing as many students as possible.  We hope you and your students can join us for a day of musical pageantry and Chippewa Football!

Honor Strings

Friday, October 11, 2019

We are proud to announce the annual Honors String Orchestra designed for talented Michigan string students. Recommendations are required form your private teacher and/or your public-school teacher to participate. The program will primarily consist of rehearsals lead and coached by the CMU string faculty and a concert at the end of the day. The School of Music will provide lunch to program participants.

Choral/Vocal Day 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Please join us for a day of wonderful choral music, work with a professional clinician, solo voice master classes, and connecting with other participating schools and students, including students from CMU! This event has more than doubled in size, so we have moved it to a Tuesday. Our clinician this year is Dr. Greg Fuller from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Fuller is a wonderful musician and your students will love working with him.

Honor Band

Saturday-Sunday, November 9-10, 2019

This weekend event kicks off with our free PRISM band concert the evening of Friday, November 8th. Interested students must send in a recording as their audition (cd, MP3, or video). The entire schedule of activities will take place in our state-of-the-art music building culminating in a performance in the Staples Family Concert Hall at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 10.

Instrumental Workshop

Friday, November 22, 2019

Spend a day working with our talented faculty and students in the School of Music! This event is designed for advanced string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and piano students grades 10-12. High School Directors and parents are also encouraged to attend any of the day's masterclasses, free of charge.

Double Reed Day 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Join double reed professors Lindabeth Binkley (oboe) and MaryBeth Minnis (bassoon) for Double Reed Day 2020! Play in master classes and get feedback on your college audition or solo and ensemble music. Gain hands-on experience with reed adjustment and play in a double reed ensemble.  Take a walk on the wild side with us and explore extreme oboe or amplified bassoon. The day will conclude with a special concert by our double reed faculty, "Rebels & Rule-breakers," in Staples Family Concert Hall. 

Jazz Weekend XLVII

Friday, February 7, 2020

Jazz Weekend XLVI brings together outstanding guest artists, clinicians, and over 1,200 high school and junior high school students from nearly 70 big bands and jazz combos. Top clinicians and adjudicators from around the Midwest provide commentary and suggestions throughout the day as High School and Junior High School groups perform for ratings and awards. To enter, please fill out our online application to ensure your students' place in this year's festival.

String Day

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The CMU School of Music invites all high school and middle school violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists with a passion for chamber music to join us for the CMU String Day. A fun day of learning and performing led by the CMU string faculty, this day event will feature a masterclass with the Elias String Quartet. Participants will be involved with technical sessions, special topic workshops, and reading sessions. The day will conclude with the Elias String Quartet concert in the CMU Staples Family Concert Hall.

Brass Day

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Spend a day with our Brass Area students and faculty! Attendees will attend a special masterclass and concert featuring the critically acclaimed Saint Louis Brass. All brass instruments are welcome! 

Did you know group seating for our Guest Artist Concert Series and other School of Music events can also be arranged? If interested in bringing your students to any of the concerts or events listed below, please contact our Director of Music Events, Kristin Pagels at or 989-774-3738.