Community Engagement Music Project

Community Engagement Music Project (CEMP) is a project that aims to highlight and explore the ways in which the elements of communication can be maximized in musical concerts through working with community organizations and presenting various types of interactive concerts at those organizations. Participating students will be at the forefront of communicating with community organization staff members and creating interactive concert programs.

Students will learn to create effective and meaningful programs that are tailored for the audience at each organization through reading, observing, rehearsing, and attending lectures/workshops and present these concerts maximizing the level of communication.  

Project Objectives

By participating in the project, students will be able to:

Communicate effectively with community organization staff and with fellow students

Communicate effectively with the audience through the interactive portion of the concert

Communicate effectively with the audience through music

What We Offer

Partnering Organizations

As part of Community Engagement Project, students have contacted and reached out to civic, social service, and arts organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area, such as:

Homeless shelter:

  • Mel Trotter 


  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • DeVos Children's Hospital


  • Bellamy Creek Prison

Assisted Living/Nursing Homes:

  • Mission Point of Nursing & Physical Rehabilitation Center
  • Christian Care Assisted Living
  • The Laurels of Hudsonville Nursing Home
  • Green Acres Retirement Home


  • Veterans' Home 


  • Grand Rapids Public Library


  • Living Stones Academy
  • Elementary Schools in the Kentwood School District
  • Elementary Schools in the Grandville School District
  • Elementary Schools in the Grand Rapids Public School District
  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

Non-profit organizations:

  • New City Kids
  • Greater Hopes - Michigan Adoption Center

Guest Artist Lecture Series

Students involved in the Community Engagement Project participate in interactive talks with guest speakers and musicians who have created and established impactful community engagement initiatives. Through these lectures, students gain access to invaluable insights drawn from the speakers’ extensive experiences on how to form meaningful and successful partnerships with local organizations. The interactive talks not only serve to broaden students’ perspectives on the intersection of art and community, but also serve as source of inspiration for fostering positive change through the arts.

2023-2024 Guest Speakers


David Ying, Professor of Cello at the Eastman School of Music, cellist of Ying Quartet

October 5, 2023, 1:00-2:00pm, SVS Recital Hall

Jihae Hong-Park, Associate Professor of Piano at Brigham Young University

November 16, 2024, 5:00-6:00pm, SVS Recital Hall

Charles Burke, President and CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

January 19, 2024, 12:00-12:50pm, Cook-deWitt Center

Tanya Maggi, Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies at New England Conservatory

February 8, 2024, 6:00-7:00pm, SVS Recital Hall

Will Fedkenheuer, Associate Professor of Practice in Violin and Chamber Music, violinist of Miro String Quartet

February 22, 2024, 7:30-8:30pm, SVS Recital Hall

Lecture with Guest Speaker, David Ying, cellist of Ying String Quartet

Lecture with Guest Speaker, Jihae Hong-Park, Professor at Brigham Young University

2023-2024 Guest Artist Workshops

Students participate in workshops with guest artists to refine their communication skills with the audience. Through focused and private sessions, these guest artists collaborate intensively with each student's chamber group, imparting the art of clear and effective presentation. This hands-on experience equips students with valuable techniques for confidently engaging with their audience.

2023-2024 Workshops

Guest Artists


Tanya Maggi, Dean of Community Engagement and Professional Studies at New England Conservatory

February 9, 2024

Will Fedkenheuer, Associate Professor of Practice in Violin and Chamber Music, violinist of Miro String Quartet

February 23, 2024

Sookkyung Cho

Associate Professor of Piano

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Letitia Jap

Affiliate Faculty of Violin

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Abigail Walsh

Visiting Professor of Flute

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