IMD & Marygrove Dance Department Collaborate to Host African Dance Conference

IMD 1The Institute of Music & Dance and the Marygrove Dance Department worked together to facilitate and host an African Dance Conference, by the Rowe Niodior African Dance Company, who received funding from the Knight Foundation for the four day event.
Master classes were held September 24 – 27, 2015, in different styles of African dance, and a performance was featured in the Marygrove College Theatre on Saturday, September 26. IMD students, undergraduate dance IMD 2students as well as metropolitan Detroit and out-of-state dance communities attended. All were inspired and energized by the teachers, drummers and choreography.

Pictured: Marie Basse Instructing

Watch Marie Basse and students in Master Class:    3


IMD Receives Grant from James and Lynelle Holden Fund

The Institute of Music and Dance is pleased to announce that the James and Lynelle Holden Fund has awarded a $2,000.00 grant to IMD for its community outreach programming. The Holden Fund has been a stalwart supporter of the work of the Institute of Music and Dance. With this award the James and Lynelle Holden Fund confirms its
commitment to IMD.

Celebrate World Day of Peace – Mon., Sept. 21

8097950112_3330b49085_zAll are invited to join Campus Ministry is celebrating the World Day of Peace at 12:30 p.m., this Monday, in the Keenan Courtyard.  A little background on how the United Nations chose this day and what diverse faith traditions have to say about peace will be shared.  There will be opportunity to discuss how we can each be more of a peace builder as we share a simple lunch. 
And if you can’t join us Monday, choose a small way to express your dedication to peace.
Take a moment of silence at noon or another time to reflect on your desire to be a peace builder, respond with patience, try to understand another person’s point of view, and pause before escalating a conflict,
Have a peace-filled day!
For more information, contact Sister Barbara,,  or 313-927-1403.

New Chamber Opera with Marygrove Ties Continues Performances This Weekend

“New Chamber Opera with Marygrove Ties Continues Performances This Weekend”

Called “an inventive and provocative collaboration,” Pat & Emilia is a mixed media chamber opera is based on the lives of two artists: Marygrove alum (’52) and former professor, opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930-2005) and Windsor photographer Pat Sturn (1910-2011).

Act One, created by current Marygrove professor Tara Sievers-Hunt, features opera arias from Emilia’s repertoire alongside monologues inspired by newspaper interviews given by the singer from 1952-1978. Act Two showcases new music by Canadian composer Jeff Smallman, with text by Windsor Poet Laureate Marty Gervais.

Features performances by: Tara Sievers-Hunt, soprano; Jocelyn Zelasko, soprano; Mary Siciliano, piano; Velda Kelly, violin; Nadine Deleury, cello; and Brian Bowman, clarinet.

Upcoming Performances:

Friday, Sept 25th @ 8:00pm – Varner Hall at Oakland University [Tickets: $14 general/$8 students]

Sunday, Sept 27th @ 3:00pm – The Cloister at the Toledo Museum of Art [Free admission]

Link below to the “mash-up” scene from Pat & Emilia [American premiere at Marygrove College in March 2015]

Tomorrow: Celebrate Constitution Day with Marygrove’s Social Science Division


On September 17, 1787, after a long hot summer of debate and compromise, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document became our U.S. Constitution. In 2004, at the insistence of Senator Robert Byrd, a law was passed mandating that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day or within a week of Constitution Day.
This year, the Social Science Division will celebrate “Constitution Day” on September 23 at noon in LA 241 with a talk on the electoral process by Professor Ellis Ivory. You are cordially invited to attend.