NMU Percussive Attack Camp 2014



A five-day percussion workshop for junior high and high school students (adults may also participate).  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. The week concludes with public performances.

Participants must be able to read music.


Registration form available by clicking here!   Please bring the completed form to the Music Department Office at 102 Thomas Fine Arts between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays.  No cash or credit payments, please.  Make check or money order payable to NMU Music Department.


For further information call (906) 227-2563 or email music@nmu.edu


Date:           Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1

Time:           9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Location:     102 Thomas Fine Arts Building



Public Performances:

PAC Faculty Concert

Reynolds Recital Hall

Tuesday, July 29

7:30 p.m.


NMU Percussive Attack Camp

Reynolds Recital Hall

Thursday, July 31

7:30 p.m.


Improvisation Event

NMU Campus (TBA)

Friday, August 1

12:00 p.m.


News and Information

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.

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 www.nmu.edu/music/sax-quartet.

Listening Walk Performed On Campus

The department welcomes Carrie Biolo as percussion instructor for the 2013-2014 school year as sabbatical replacement for Dr. James A. Strain. Ms. Biolo recently led two Music in Society classes on a Listening Walk based on the theories of composer Pauline Oliveros and acoustic soundscape artist R. Murray Schaefer. For more information,click here.

Dr. Elda Tate Retires


The music department announces the retirement of Dr. Elda Tate, professor of flute and music theory, after a distinguished NMU teaching career spanning an incredible 46 years. In addition to flute, theory, sight-singing, and other classes, Dr.Tate’s popular World Music class exposed students to her extensive scholarship in both Native American music and Japanese shakuhachi performance.  Her devotion to contemporary and avant-garde music influenced her flute students and faculty recitals throughout her career, and the OM Chamber Ensemble, an experimental music group she formed in 2012, will continue this legacy. As department head from 1981 to 1995, Dr. Tate provided strong leadership that continues to benefit the department today. “Dr Tate has been synonymous with NMU music for generations of students and faculty. It is hard to imagine the department without her,” said department head Robert Engelhart. “She has truly set the standard for musicianship, integrity, and commitment to excellence in teaching. The entire university community wishes her well in her retirement.”  Former students and colleagues wishing to commemorate Dr. Tate’s career are encouraged to send reminiscences to music@nmu.edu.

2014-15 Scholarship Audition Dates
  • Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
  • 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: