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The Siena Heights Music Program has a new and revitalized music major! Music at SHU is experiencing new and exciting growth, including:
• A thriving and growing mixed choir
• A marching band

Also:
• Scholarships are available! Check out our Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship Days below!


FAST FACT – Siena Heights students who participate in mixed chorus, the Acapelicans, chamber groups, jazz group, band or the SHU Youth Symphony provide cultural enrichment for the community.

  • About the Program
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • The Arts Scholarship Days

Learn more about the Music program at Siena Heights.

Mission
The mission of the Music Department at Siena Heights University is to help students to reach their potential by educating them to create, perform, and understand music.

Goals
1. The Department is dedicated to the idea that music is an integral part of a liberal arts education.
2. The Department’s approach to music education is based on the idea that music is an important part of all students’ lives, creating more balanced, tolerant and ethical human beings.
3. The Department focuses on the integration of performance, creation, listening and the understanding of music.
4. The Department involves, serves, educates and enriches the residents and the entire community through performances, education and collaboration with schools and community organizations.
5. The Department presents creative, innovative and exciting performances, while providing educational opportunities of the highest quality.

Important points:

  • SHU has outstanding and experienced faculty
  • SHU offers exceptional programs in instrumental and vocal music
  • SHU offers private lessons on every instrument by highly trained and experienced professionals
  • Scholarships are available for performing in the choir or band
  • Larger scholarships are available for incoming music majors

Ensembles:

·         Acapelicans, directed by Michael Yuen

·         Concert Band, directed by Wes King

·         Jazz Band

·         Marching Band, directed by Wes King

·         Men’s Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs

·         Mixed Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs

·         Orchestra, directed by Linda Deatrick

·         Wind Ensemble

·         Women’s Chorus, directed by Beth Tibbs

Here are some of the directions you can go with Music at Siena Heights:

  • The Acapelicans
  • Choir
  • Band
  • Audio recording and production
  • Create a movie
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Guitar classes
  • Men’s and Women’s Chorus
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Music Lessons
  • Music Business
  • Piano Lessons
  • Songwriting
  • Voice classes
  • SHU Youth Symphony

Meet the faculty of the Music Department

Tibbs, Elizabeth

Tibbs, Elizabeth

Associate Professor of Music, Program Director517-264-7896
King, James Wes

King, James Wes

Instructor of Music, Director of Bands517-264-7898

Learn about the career opportunities you can have in Music.

Here are just a sampling of careers in the music field:

  • Audio engineering
  • Church musician
  • Conducting
  • Film scoring
  • Music arranging
  • Music composition
  • Music industry
  • Music software development
  • Music therapist
  • Performance
  • Production/engineering
  • Recording editing
  • Songwriting
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Teaching
  • Video game sound

Learn more about Music clubs on campus.

Music

SHU Youth Symphony
Directed by Linda Deatrick, the SHU Youth Symphony is in its 21st year. The orchestra has expanded to include many students from ages 11-22 from Hillsdale, Washtenaw and Lucas (Ohio) counties, in addition to Lenawee County. It performs several times throughout the year.

SHU Acapelicans
Starting in the spring of 2007, the Siena Heights Acapelicans are dedicated to quality a cappella and the performance of a cappella. They are directed by Michael Yuen.

SHU Choir
Started in the fall 2011 by new music program director Beth Tibbs, the choir is open to SHU students, faculty and staff, as well as the community. The group plans to perform at the Vatican in the winter of 2012.

SHU Ensemble


Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University will conduct Arts Scholarship Days for the 2014-15 academic year on the following dates:

  • Nov. 14, 2014
  • Dec. 5, 2014
  • Jan. 16, 2015
  • Feb. 13, 2015

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Art Portfolio Reviews begin @ 10:30 a.m.
Theater & Musical Theater Auditions  begin @ 11 a.m.
Vocal Musical Auditions begin @ 11 a.m.
Instrumental Music Auditions begin @ 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Please register by filling out the online form to request a date or contact the Admissions Office at bhale@sienaheights.edu or 517-264-7181 for more information. 

For a detailed list of things to prepare for before your audition/portfolio review, please click on the icon below:


Earn a scholarship from Siena Heights University!


Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Visual and Performing Arts and Education

Meet Siena

Students

Paul Jacobs

Paul Jacobs

Education, Adrian Campus

Faculty & Staff

Wes King

Wes King

Director of Bands; Instructor of Music

Alumni

Jacob Chi, '85

Jacob Chi, '85

Music Graduate; Conductor; Professor of Music, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.