Siril Endowment for the Musical Arts

 

At Northern Michigan University, we recognize that artists of all kinds make a unique contribution to our society through cultural enhancement and enrichment. We prepare our students not only as professionals but also as ambassadors for creativity, diversity and new perspectives in the workplace, in the community, in the classroom and in the day-to-day lives of all those who benefit from their skill and are touched by their talent. Future generations will be the ones to develop startling new concepts and voices that will help us better understand ourselves and the world around us. It is our responsibility to expose our students to a wide range of ideas, challenges and expectations from as many perspectives as possible. Music, in particular, through understanding and appreciation, offers unique opportunities to articulate deeper meanings and discoveries beyond the constraints of language and cultural traditions. That is why music as a discipline and expression has a long tradition at NMU.

That is also why it is incumbent upon NMU to sustain and expand its ability to bring new worlds of music to our campus for the edification, enlightenment and enjoyment of our students and the general public.

The Siril Endowment for the Music Arts is designed to do exactly that by providing funds to establish and maintain a visiting artist program directed by the NMU Music Department and the funds to import performances that expose students to a wide variety of music genres. Each of these new endeavors will be integrated into the curriculum for maximum impact.

2022-23 Series Schedule

 

These events are all brought to you by the Siril Endowment for the Musical Arts.

 

Scroll down to learn more about all of these artists!

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Adam Sadberry publicity photo

Adam Sadberry

  • Monday, October 17 @ 7:30pm
  • Reynolds Recital Hall

Tickets (www.nmu.edu/tickets)

  • General Admission $12
  • Youth (18 and under) - Free
  • NMU Students - Free

PLUS: Two additional events at NMU (both FREE and open to the public)!

  • Flute Masterclass on Friday, October 14 @ 1pm in Reynolds Recital Hall
  • Lecture/Presentation entitled Using Your Identity to Create a Relevant Voice in Music on Monday, October 17 at 11am in Reynolds Recital Hall

We are pleased to be collaborating with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra for Adam Sadberry's visit to Marquette (he will also be a featured guest soloist with the symphony while he is in town).  Please visit the MSO website for more information about his appearance with the orchestra on Saturday, October 15.


Memphis Symphony Orchestra acting principal flutist Adam Sadberry is known for his radiant, lyrical playing, and he is committed to expanding the Black diaspora in the classical music world through promoting equity, representation, music education, and commissioning music that tells stories of the Black diaspora - in other words, creating musical journalism. Adam is extremely motivated to continue the legacy of his late grandfather L. Alex Wilson, an important journalist and unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement.

Adam has performed with orchestras around the country including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with the Clear Lake Symphony, Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, and the Detroit Chamber Orchestra, and he has also made guest appearances at Oakland University, University of Memphis, University of South Florida, National Flute Association, and the New York Flute Club to give recitals, masterclasses, and presentations. Adam’s presentation Using Your Identity to Create a Relevant Voice in Music lays a foundation for using one’s experiences and perspectives as a catalyst for generating change through music.

Along with maintaining a private flute studio, Adam teaches and mentors through non-profit organizations that provide free private lessons and resources to underserved communities including The Key Change and Raise the Bar. He is proud to have taught through the Memphis Music Initiative, an organization that “invest[s] in youth through transformative music engagement, creating equitable opportunities for black and brown youth in Memphis”. He is also on the boards of the Umoja Flute Institute and the International Society of Black Musicians, organizations that provide resources to musicians of African descent.

Adam’s education includes receiving a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and being a fellow with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is indebted to all of his former teachers and mentors including Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Jennifer Keeney, Amanda Blaikie, Sharon Sparrow, and Jeff Zook. In his spare time, Adam enjoys roller skating, being in nature, and eating as much food as his body can handle.

Adam can be heard playing on the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King (2019).

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Mimmi Fulmer and Craig Randal Johnson

Mimmi Fulmer & Craig Randal Johnson

"Recital of Vocal Art Music Celebrating a Century of Finnish Independence"

  • Friday, November 11
  • 7:30pm
  • Reynolds Recital Hall

Tickets (www.nmu.edu/tickets)

  • General Admission $12
  • Youth (18 and under) - Free
  • NMU Students - Free

PLUS: Two additional events (both FREE and open to the public)!

  • Vocal Masterclass on Friday, November 11 @ 1pm in Reynolds Recital Hall
  • Lectures/Presentations on Friday, November 11 @ 10am and 11am in Reynolds Recital Hall) which will focus on Finnish history and music.

This event is being presented through a collaboration between the Siril Endowment for the Musical Arts and the The Finlandia Foundation National - Lake Superior Chapter.


Soprano Mimmi Fulmer performs repertoire ranging from early music to premieres of works written for her. Her distinguished career in new music includes premieres of nine roles in eight operas. An expert on Nordic repertoire, she is the editor of a three-volume anthology of songs from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Her discography includes six CDs of American music and a CD of songs from Finland, Sweden and Norway. 

The granddaughter of immigrants from Finland and Sweden, Ms. Fulmer is an advocate for bringing Nordic songs to American singers. She has presented programs of this repertoire throughout the United States, including Seattle, Portland, Tacoma, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Lincoln, Omaha, Charlotte, and Omaha, as well as at conferences in Stockholm, Brisbane, Honolulu, Indianapolis, and Tucson. Her CD, Voyage Home: Songs of Finland, Sweden and Norway, was released on Centaur Records, and her three-volume anthology of Nordic songs, Midnight Sun, including music, phonetics, translations, and recordings of the texts, was published by Subito Music.

Craig Randal Johnson has appeared as pianist, double bassist, or conductor in Marquette every year since 1996, and he has performed across the United States as the Finlandia Foundation "Performer of the Year.” He was recently decorated as Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the Ambassador of Finland to the United States in Washington, D.C, honored for his contributions to Finnish culture as conductor and pianist.

Mr. Johnson holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota, and has undertaken additional studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Aspen Music School, the Berlin Conducting Symposium, and at Dartmouth College. He is Artistic Director of the Minnehaha Repertory Orchestra in Minnesota, and he  has also conducted the Florida Symphony, Rome Festival Orchestra, Opera at the Pine Mountain Music Festival, and the Osnabrücker Sinfoniker amongst others. 

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Calmus - Award-winning German Vocal Ensemble

Calmus

  • Friday, April 21 @ 7:30pm
  • Reynolds Recital Hall

Tickets (www.nmu.edu/tickets)

  • General Admission $12
  • Youth (18 and under) - Free
  • NMU Students - Free

PLUS: A FREE Vocal Masterclass on Friday, April 21 @ 1pm in Reynolds Recital Hall (open to the public!)


A perfect blend of sound, precision, lightness and wit. These are the hallmarks of Calmus, now one of the most successful vocal groups in Germany. The ensemble has forged a refined sound which few groups achieve. The wide range of sound colors, the joy in performing that musicians convey on the concert platform, and their varied and imaginative programs are praised by the press time and time again. These five Leipzig musicians have won a whole string of international prizes and competitions, including the OPUS KLASSIK, the ECHO KLASSIK and Supersonic Award, and the reach of their activities is constantly expanding, taking them throughout Europe as well as to North and South America. In 2010 the quintet made its debut at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The musicians are tireless in their quest to discover new repertoire. Shaped by the centuries-old tradition of great German boys' choirs, they are naturally at home in the vocal music of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the Romantic. The music of our own time is also a real passion. In all their ventures, there are frequently interesting partnerships with musicians such as the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Hamburger Ratsmusik and the Frankfurt Radio Bigband. As this often means totally new repertoire in the area of contemporary music, over the years Calmus has commissioned numerous new works from composers including Bernd Franke, Steffen Schleiermacher, Wolfram Buchenberg, Mathew Rosenblum, Bill Dobbins, Michael Denhoff and Harald Banter, and the group has given many world premieres. It goes without saying that they revel in singing pop, folk and jazz, as well as chansons and golden oldies from the 1920s.

Part of their work is devoted to encouraging the up-and-coming generation, so teaching and workshops are part of their regular schedule, both at home in Leipzig and on their travels. It’s no wonder that Calmus is gaining more and more fans worldwide.

(Photo credit: Anne Hornemann)