Music at NMU

training the music professional of tomorrow

Creating and participating in music are important keys to a rich and fruitful life, whatever your future holds.  Whether you're a music major or music lover, at Northern, every student can be immersed in performing, learning and listening.



News and Information


NMU Jazz Festival

It's almost that time again!  The 2015 NMU Jazz Festival is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 16-17.  This year's event will feature performances by 25+ high school and middle school ensembles, free educational clinics, and a final concert featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Regina Carter with the NMU Jazz Band and the NMU Jazz Combo.  Read more here.

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Student Performance Competition Contestants

On Tuesday, March 18, nine NMU music majors participated in the department's Performance Scholarship Competition at Reynolds Recital Hall. The entire music faculty served as the judging panel for the competition, which awarded a prize of a $1000 scholarship. Read more here | Watch performances.

Scholarship Saxophone Quartet

Four NMU saxophone majors are tackling the challenges of chamber music performance with a wide range of repertoire for saxophone quartet. The group was formed to highlight student talent through on-campus performances as well as outreach to UP schools. Learn more about the members, view their performance schedule and repertoire, and view video clips at


The Music Department is proud to designate Sara C. Parks as its Outstanding Graduating Senior for 2014. The faculty is looking forward to watching her successful teaching career. Read more about her accomplishment here.

Upcoming Live Internet Broadcasts!

The following Reynolds Recital Hall performances will be streamed live on the internet.  Click HERE at concert time to view live internet broadcasts:

  • Guest Artist Recital - Brian Carter, Horn Friday, March 27 @ 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • OM New Music Ensemble 
    Tuesday, April 7 @ 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Percussive Attack Camp


Registration is now open for Northern Michigan University Department of Music's Percussive Attack Camp which runs Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7.

A five-day percussion workshop for musicians aged junior high, high school, and adults, PAC is an exhilarating immersion in the world of sound and rhythm.  Musicianship and ensemble disciplines are developed in a context of experimental and improvisatory percussion performance.  Percussion classes include traditional chamber ensemble, experimental, improvisation, rudimental and la poubelle. The week concludes on Friday evening with an exhilarating public performance in Reynolds Recital Hall.

Tuition of $150 covers the cost of camp, one pair of Vic Firth drum sticks, and a really cool PAC t-shirt. Registration forms are available for download PAC Registration Form

Register by mail or in the NMU Music Department office, TFA102, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information call 227-1041 or email



Community Calendars
saxophone The  NMU Music Department works closely with many arts and culture organizations in the thriving Upper Peninsula arts community. Check out some of the following: