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Department News and Events

2018 Grand Valley Wind Band Commission Competition Announced

One composer will be commissioned to compose a work for the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The world premier will be given by the ensemble during the 2018-2019 concert season, during a residency of the winning composer. Learn more here.


A message from our Department Chair:

Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends:

2017-18 is an exciting year for our department.  I am delighted to welcome you to our newly integrated Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance; a vibrant group of intellectually curious and creative students, faculty, and staff that now merges Theatre with our Music and Dance programs. Over the coming months you will see numerous new and exciting collaborative opportunities and performances, but most important, by joining with our Theatre colleagues, our close-knit Departmental faculty community of exceptionally talented and committed performing artists and educators will bring ever more stellar programs of study to West Michigan. This innovative website is just one of many positive changes. In the coming weeks, check back often for updates concerning our newly renovated and expanded Performing Arts Center. We hope that very soon you will find opportunities to visit our new facilities and join us for the many exciting events taking place this year!

Dr. Danny Phipps


Performing Arts Center gets new name and increased support!

The Grand Valley community celebrated the formal dedication of the newly renovated and expanded Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts on August 25 on the Allendale Campus.

The two-story, 47,000-square-foot, $20-million addition includes the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, an expanded theater costume shop, additional prop storage, new dressing rooms, two theater classrooms for costume design and fabrication, four music ensemble rooms and additional rehearsal spaces. The Haas Center also includes a classroom for students studying music education, an enlarged study space in the main lobby and multiple faculty offices.

Read more in the GVNow article.

Dedication cutting of ribbon

Read the remarks given at the Dedication and Naming Ceremony from Department Chair, Dr. Danny Phipps, and current music student, Anna Petrenko here.


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