EAST LANSING, Mich. (10/3/14)--For the second year in a row, a generous endowment from the MSU FCU, with $2.6 billion in assets, East Lansing, Mich., will help the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Music present a stellar lineup of the jazz studies artist-in-residence program.
The credit union's $1 million endowment to the MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program represents the largest-ever investment in the college's curriculum and provides one-on-one instruction, collaboration and performance opportunities with some of the world's most renowned jazz musicians.
"Integrating arts and culture along with economic development helps to create an enriched community," said Patrick McPharlin, MSU FCU president/CEO. "This gift will also provide opportunities for students and the community to experience world-renowned jazz artists close to home."
Jazz bassist Christian McBride, the first of five scheduled artists for residencies this academic year, will teach College of Music students and perform next week. McBride is a jazz bassist, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator.
Trombonist Robin Eubanks and guitarist Peter Berstein follow in the lineup of international jazz artists in residence at MSU in December and March, respectively. Two Michigan jazz icons--drummer Tim Froncek and saxophonist George Benson--will also visit campus in mid-February as a new component of the program showcasing Michigan artists.
"Because of the generous gift from the MSU FCU, we can provide unforgettable musical and educational experiences for our students and for thousands of people across Michigan," said James Forger, dean of the MSU College of Music. "The effect of this generous investment in our curriculum will be profoundly felt for generations."