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Western Michigan University School of Music

WMU concerto competition winners flutist Heidi Keener, bassoonist Mingyuan Yang and cellist Adriana Fernández will each perform virtuoso works with the Western Michigan University in a free concert that will bring the 2015-16 WMU season to a conclusion on Sunday. Dr. Bruce Uchimura, conductor of the WMU Symphony Orchestra, describes the works on the program, which include showpieces by Mozart, Bloch, and Doppler as well as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Soloist Adriana Fernandez, a graduate student from Ecuador, talks about her experience at Western's School of Music.


KALAMAZOO, MI -- Stephen Zegree, former Western Michigan University music professor and director of the vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company, died Saturday morning at his home in Bloomington, Indiana. Zegree, 61, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this fall. He began hospice care recently. Zegree taught at Western Michigan University for 34 years before leaving in 2012 to join the faculty at Indiana University. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Courtesy photo / Jeff Blumenkrantz

If you haven’t seen Jeff Blumenkrantz on Broadway, maybe you’ve caught him on the TV show 30 Rock.

Smith retired in 2011, but remained involved with School of Music as instructor and Composer in Residence

WMU University Relations

Western Michigan's School of Music has a new director. Bradley Wong replaced former director David Colson earlier this month.

Wong, who is a professor of music, joined Western's faculty 30 years ago as a professor of clarinet. Colson returns to the faculty after heading the School of Music for the last seven years.

Wong is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earlier attended the Interlochen First Arts Academy. He's also been a member of the Western Wind Quintet.