Altius String Quartet

In residence at Northern Michigan University

March 31-April 4, 2015

The Music Department welcomes The Altius String Quartet to campus for a four-day residency, March 31-April 4.  The visit will culminate in a concert at Reynolds Recital Hall on Saturday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for NMU students and the general public.  

Since its formation in 2011, Altius Quartet has become one the most talked-about young ensembles in the United States. Winners of numerous prestigious awards, including the Silver Medal at the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Altius is the Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where they are mentored by Takács, one of the world’s pre-eminent string quartets. 

The Altius residence is sponsored by the Siril Endowment for the Music Arts, which has the goal of introducing NMU students to the exciting world of classical music through face-to-face, informal interaction with world-class musicians who have a passion to communicate their love of music. 

During the residency, Altius will visit academic classes, perform in dining and residence halls and other public spaces, give radio interviews, and participate in panel discussions.  Off-campus performances in local schools are also planned.

Complete listing of Altius appearances and activities 

The program for the Saturday, April 4 concert:

Opus 74 No.1 in C major by Joseph Haydn

Quartet No. 1 Metamorphoses Nocturnes by Gyorgy Ligeti

Quartet No 2 in A minor, Opus 13 by Felix Mendelssohn



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.

sax quartet

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:

  • Senior Recital:  Nathan Selfridge, saxophone - Saturday, April 4 @ 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
  • OM New Music Ensemble - Tuesday, April 7 @ 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

2015 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: