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.

Live Internet Broadcasts!

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

  • NMU Jazz Combos                                       Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:30 p.m. (EST).
  • Student Performance Competition Recital Tuesday, March 17 @ 7:30 p.m. (EST).
2014-15 Scholarship Audition Dates
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

For more information click here

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: