The Music @ Wayne State Experience Series

The Music @ Wayne State Experience Series of events provides prospective high school, transfer and graduate students and their families the opportunity to experience life as a music major at Wayne State University. Students can meet Wayne State faculty and students, hear performances, participate in masterclasses and virtually attend classes. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will be holding this event virtually. 

The Music @ Wayne State Experience Virtual Open House will be held on February 27, 2021. Students and their families are welcome to attend. Click the button below to register:


Info Session Schedule, February 27th

Zoom links will be added to our event page for each of the sessions below. You must register in advance to have access to the event page and Zoom links.

Opening Session: 10:00am - 10:30am

  • Welcome from the Dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
  • Introduction and welcome from the Chair of the Department of Music.  
  • Learn about our majors
  • Learn about our ensembles
  • Auditions Process
  • Admissions information

Session 2 - 10:45am - 11:15am: Performance Areas

Breakout sessions during this session will provide the opportunity to meet faculty and discuss the following performance areas: 

  • Voice
  • Strings, Classical Guitar, Harp
  • Woodwind, Brass, Percussion
  • Piano and Organ
  • Jazz

Session 3 - 11:30am - 12:00pm:  Degree Program Areas

Breakout sessions during this session will provide the opportunity to meet with faculty and discuss the following degree areas: 

  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Business
  • Music Technology
  • Composition/Theory
  • Master of Arts and Graduate Program Q & A

Music @ Wayne State Experience Series Bonus Activities

Visit a class! Registrants will have the opportunity to choose from a list of classes that will be available for virtual visits. You will have the chance to sit in on an actual Music class and get a feel of what being a Music Major is all about. 

Take a private lesson or participate in a masterclass! Select program areas and instructors will be offering private lessons and masterclasses as part of the Music @ Wayne State Experience Days Series.  See below for the schedule of  masterclasses and the opportunity to register.

Schedule of Workshops and Masterclasses:

Monday, February 22

Flute Studio Class
Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm
Faculty: Sharon Sparrow, flute
Description: Prospective student flute participants will have the opportunity to observe Wayne State students with instructor Sharon Sparrow, as she leads Flute Performance majors through performance and discussions of repertoire, practice techniques and performance practices.
 

Monday, March 1

Fundamentals of Horn Practice and Performance 
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Faculty: Johanna Yarborough, horn
Description: Get horn practice and performance tips from Johanna Yarborough, WSU instructor and member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's horn section. Please register early if you would like to be considered to perform in the master class.
 

Wednesday, March 3

Jazz Drumming-Essentials and Beyond 
Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Faculty: David Taylor, jazz percussion
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the best jazz percussionist you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 
 

Saturday, March 6

Violin Masterclass
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Faculty: Hai Xin Wu, violin
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the violinist you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 
 
Viola Masterclass
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Faculty: John Madison, violin
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the violist you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 
 
Classical Guitar Masterclass
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Faculty: Brian Roberts, classical guitar
Description: In this session classical guitarists will work on technical skills that enhance your overall musical sound and musicianship.
 
Cello Masterclass
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Faculty: Úna O'Riordan, cello
Description: Join WSU cello instructor and DSO cellist, Una O'riordan, for an opportunity to learn practice strategies for next level cello playing as well as how to breathe better for a healthier body, a bigger sound, and a better phrase. 
 
String Bass Masterclass
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Faculty: Nicholas Myers, bass
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the violinist you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 
 
Jazz Improvisation from a Rhythmic Point of View
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Faculty: Chuck Newsome, jazz guitar
Description: Join WSU jazz guitar instructor, Chuck Newsome as he guides interested musicians in exploring jazz improvisation in masterclass designed for all instruments and experience levels.
 

Sunday, March 7

Voice Masterclass
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Faculty: Caitlin Lynch, voice
Description: Prof. Caitlin Lynch will lead singers through a vocal masterclass which focuses on celebrating our strengths and confronting our weaknesses. Caitlin will work with singers on on finding the important balance of strength and vulnerability in singing and performing. 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Questions or for more information please reach out to Leah Celebi, Academic Services Officer II at leah.celebi@wayne.edu