Local Music

Hear interviews with guests on music programs produced here at WMUK, as well as program news.

When the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra presents "The World of Prokofiev," violinist Lisa Williams will be heading up the second violin section, as she has done in her role as principal second violin for the last 17 seasons. 


Fourteen year-old violinist Liya Jin and seventeen year-old violist Maisie Snyder have been playing in the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony for four and five years, respectively.

Although both mix their passion for music with other pursuits, such as science and swimming, Maisie and Liya are accomplished performers as soloists, orchestra members, and as members of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony String Quartet. 

Jon Boyd's latest featured composer is a nineteenth-century Cuban violinist who became one of the top-ranked violinists in Europe.

Joseph White's story begins in Cuba, where his quick musical development astonished his teachers. With help from a prominent pianist of the day, he raised enough funds to continue his education in Europe. It was the beginning of an illustrious and productive career. 

The Western Brass Quintet welcomed a new member this fall. Robert White, a former student of Western's trumpet professor Scott Thornburg, went on to earn a doctorate from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He returned to campus as a faculty member in September.


Singer-songwriter Joel Mabus' musical career, encompassing 25 albums, includes two Christmas releases (How Like The Holly, 1999, and A Parlor Guitar Christmas, 2012). Over time, the folk artist has also compiled a selection of seasonal stories and poems he likes to share with audiences.