Arts Entrepreneurship

The Greater Evil Book Cover & Blurb

Hello Everyone,

So, my new book cover is here! I’m excited about how it turned out. I set the book in my old stomping grounds, the great city of Detroit! I hope you enjoy it! Get caught up on my first two stories (The Vampire Conspiracy [book 1] and Shadows & Nightmares [book 1.5]).

Here’s the blurb (the info on the back cover):

It’s just Corinne’s luck. The Hunters Council has summoned her family to Detroit for judgment, a relentless assassin is stalking them, the Chief Assessor is out to get them, and an evil sorceress plans to awaken a dark horror from the beyond. What’s a girl to do?

Meanwhile, John’s life is getting complicated. His secretive father is researching his Gift, and terrifying dreams are haunting him, ones where he’s the monster! Could this be related to his best-friend-turned-evil-vampire Donovan? What sinister plan could Donovan and his girlfriend Emilee be plotting?

The stakes are raised in this exciting new entry of The Giftless Chronicles!

The #1 Rule for Making Art, Part 1

The time has come. My  2nd, full-length novel is soon to be published. I’m currently waiting on some last-minute fixes to my cover. Formatting is not always my friend, alas…Anyway, if you want to get caught up before the next one drops, just click on these links and buy my first two stories (The Vampire Conspiracy [Book 1]; Shadows & Nightmares [book 1.5]). I highly recommend it as my books are part of a series, The Giftless Chronicles.

As I approach publishing this story, I’ve been pondering what makes art meaningful and enjoyable. What principle can I apply to my art, regardless of what it is, that will make it profound and moving? Is there even a unifying principle?

I believe that there is, at least for me. I use this principle when I sing, conduct, write, and teach. Abandoning this principle creates boring, insipid art. Following this principle will create, at least for them, meaningful art.

Are you ready? Here it is:

Say something interesting, or say something interestingly.

Now, you might say that this is too simple or a pedantic playing on words. I say that you’re wrong. Let me explain by breaking the principle into its two parts.

#1 Say something interesting.

By this, I mean that the artist should tell me something I haven’t heard before, something original. This might be a new idea, or a new twist on an art form, or a new blending of an art form. Something that makes me pause and consider and say, “Wow, I’ve never thought of that before.” Whether it’s synthesizing information in a new way or forging a completely new path, this kind of creation is exhilarating.

Out of the two parts of my rule, many creators want this one the most. It’s flashier to be Debussy, Tesla, Steve Jobs, or Picasso rather than Mendelssohn, Edison, Bill Gates, or Rubens. That’s pride. We want to think of ourselves as our own people. There’s also more forgiveness for mistakes. We forgive someone’s clunky writing or sloppy artistic execution if they’re charting a new path.

Unfortunately, saying something interesting is the harder one to do.  So often people try to be original and come off sounding like they are trying too hard. There are only so many original ideas that people come up with at any given time. Even brilliant, original thinkers only come up with a handful of truly revolutionary ideas.

It is a dangerous thing to pursue originality too much. Too many people obsess over it as if it’s the be-all end-all. Instead, obsessive pursuit of originality can freeze an artist, creating the dreaded artist’s block. They’ll throw away a perfectly good piece of art because it’s not “original enough.”

And, sometimes people think that they’re saying something original when they’re not. They think that they’re profound when they’re actually spouting nonsense. All too often, writers mask lack of profundity with excessive verbosity. To quote the great philosopher Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, “Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated.” Blathering on and on doesn’t mean that you are smart or creative. It means that you can’t communicate clearly and concisely.

All of this leads me into the 2nd half of my rule. Unfortunately, we’re out of space for today, so I will continue this thought in my next post.

Life Update June 2020

Hello Everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these, but I blame 2020. It has certainly made things “interesting.” Most of us would prefer this year end now, but that is not the case. When life becomes difficult, we must rise and adapt to meet it. Bruce Lee once said that we need to be like water—formless, adaptive, unpredictable, etc.

That’s what I’ve been trying to do. Like most musicians, the pandemic knocked out all my music gigs and my voice studio suffered. (Seriously, if anyone wants to take some online voice lessons over Zoom, I am available for a reasonable price 🙂 ; just contact me). I’ve got a 4 lesson package for beginning singers that is popular!

Anyway, I adapted by going back to work on other projects that I’d been interested in starting or finishing. Here are some of them:

#1—My 2nd, Full-length Novel in The Giftless Chronicles Series

I’d long been wanting to finish my second novel in my young adult series, but life had gotten very busy with music stuff. Once all of that disappeared, I had the opportunity to work on it. I cranked it out, and currently I’m in my 2nd round of editing. It turned out to be a fun to book to write. The characters are developed from my first book and the sequel novella, and the plot THICKENS. (dum dum dum!) Click on the links above to get caught up before the novel comes out!

#2—Songwriting

The secret to a good collaboration is this: Find a talented person who says “yes” to your crazy ideas and  follows through, then you do the same. Over the past couple years, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of working with Evgeniya “Jane” Kozhevnikova on musical projects. She’s the Celebris Ensemble’s composer-in-residence. She and I have been working on a musical (or lyric opera, whatever you want to call it) on the book of Ruth from the Bible. It has been an awesome collaboration. So far, we’ve written 7 songs together! Here is one song that is sung by Ruth to Naomi, Ask Me Not to Leave You.

#3—Celebris Ensemble

Like most ensembles, our season was cut short. We even had a really cool collaboration planned with WMU that was canceled. But we’ve been able to post some recordings from our February (Valentine’s Day Concert).

Follow us on Facebook for updates on what this next year looks like and how the pandemic affects our concerts.

#4—West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts Received a First Rating at MSVMA

Three years ago, I started WMHFA’s secondary choir in Kalamazoo from scratch. I’m pleased to say that they received a first rating at MSVMA’s choral festival! So proud of them! Unfortunately, COVID-19 shut down all of the schools here in MI, and so we didn’t get a chance to go on to the state level. We sang Ave Verum Corpus (W. A. Mozart) and Hine ma tov (arr. Neil Ginsberg).

I’m sure that there are other things that I am forgetting, but these are things I am currently working on!

Five Struggles of the INTJ Musician

Understanding yourself can go a long way towards your success.  When I first started out as a musician, I definitely didn’t understand myself. This had a direct impact on my initial effectiveness, because what works for many other personality types didn’t work for me. But, if you can play to your strengths and work around/strengthen your weaknesses, then you can succeed.

As an INTJ-A (Enneagram 5w4), here are five struggles that have presented themselves.

#1—Being visible in your industry.

As INTJs, we sometimes think that being seen is a bad thing. Moreover, the introvert within us doesn’t really want to be seen. We often wait until other people fail to lead before we step up to take the reins.

This mentality may not suit you well. Unless all the doors open for you in your career (which sometimes happens), then you are going to need to step out in front of others. You must not only be excellent, competent, and collegial, but people must see you as being those things. Once this happens enough times, word of mouth spreads, and more work comes your way.

When I first started out, I failed to grasp the importance of promotion and marketing. My assumption was that success happened magically after working hard enough. That wasn’t the case. I realized that I needed to treat my music career like a business, and part of any good business is visibility.

#2—Letting people in on your plans and ideas.

As an INTJ, you keep much of your life private. You do not like to show much of your inner thoughts. This is often because what is going on inside your head is very individualized, and you’ve found that people have a hard time following the connections that you’ve made.

When I was a young person, I would make observations or come up with ideas that I thought were perfectly obvious. I remember being shocked that people would stare at me as if I’d said something they’d never heard before. This wasn’t because what I’d said was weird (I would turn out to be correct). It was because my brain operated differently than others.

You are an idea and thought factory. Own that creativity. It is a valuable way that you can contribute and excel in your craft.  Additionally, people need to sign on to your artistic plans for them to come to fruition.

#3—Realizing that, sometimes, conventional is best.

INTJs like to do things their own way. This works well when they are working by themselves, but more difficult when working with others. INTJs might think that rules are made to be broken, but most people do not like to stray out of their comfort zone. And traditions/conventions often exist for one major reason: they’ve been proven to work.

I remember feeling liberated when I understood that I was free to operate inside or outside the conventional. Now, I work with long-established organizations and I do my own stuff. It’s so much more enjoyable. Although, I will say that there are few things more fun than collaborating with a dynamic, motivated group of outside-the-box thinkers!

#4—Giving positive feedback.

INTJs don’t need a lot of praise.  We are a very independent group. This can be a strength, as it can enable us to doggedly move forward with an idea when others might give up. Unfortunately, this mindset doesn’t work when dealing with others. Many people desire a significant amount of encouragement. It is good to give it.

#5—Smiling more.

As I am writing this, the world is locked in the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicians and others have been forced to move online via video conferencing. I’ve noticed that, particularly in large group video chats, I don’t show much emotion on my face. In fact, I can look downright scary! This is known as the INTJ death stare.

INTJs are not known for their effusive faces, and this can come back to haunt us. Your students and collaborators need encouragement, and your face is an effective tool to do it. In my last master’s program, my conducting professor would tell me to smile more because the singers in the choir rehearsal would respond. It was true.

Well, that sums up a few of the things that INTJs struggle with. There are many others, but these came to my mind. If you think that I missed some, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to speak with you!

3 Tips for Saving Money as a Musician

The prudent see danger and take refuge,

but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.—Prov. 22:3 (NIV)

As I write this post, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has placed much of the world on lockdown. Schools have shuttered, concerts have been cancelled, and folks have been told to go out only for essentials. This came at one of the busiest times for musicians. For classical musicians, this is the build-up to Easter, with its plethora of cantatas and oratorios. Those of us going from gig to gig were especially hard hit. I personally have lost the majority of my performing gigs for the next few months. Even some of my voice lessons cannot be made up.
Why am I not freaking out, you may ask? I have learned through trial and error how to save up during the times of plenty for the times of scarcity. The past few months have been good ones for me economically, and I’ve been scrimping and saving. I want to share with you 3 steps that I’ve taken in this post. Please bear in mind that I am not a money professional nor a superb mathematician. If you’re like me and have a non-STEM brain, this might be the post for you.

#1—Make sure you have multiple streams of income.

This might seem obvious for some, but it is usually a bad idea to put all of your eggs in one basket. I like to have as many ways to make income as I can reasonably do. In my case, I not only sing for gigs but I conduct, teach voice lessons, write, and even work a part-time job at one of the hospitals in town. This hospital job allows me to increase shifts or decrease shifts as my musical life gets busy or less busy. In this way, I can maintain a certain amount of income stability while I make my musician life a priority.  You don’t have to work at hospital, but it might be a good idea to find a flexible yet consistent job that you can fall back on when the unforeseen happens.

#2—Make sure your housing situation is secure.

There are few things more terrifying than not knowing where you are going to sleep. Paying rent, utilities, and the like can be daunting. Obviously, you should create a budget and stick to it. You should also think about having a roommate—someone who can share expenses.

#3—Have a system for saving money.

I think of this as different than a budget. A budget tells you how to spend your money. A savings plan tells you how to save the money left over. Much could be said about budgets, but we’re going to only touch on one aspect of it today. Don’t spend money that you don’t have. Avoid debt like the Coronavirus. There, I said it.
The following system is one I learned from a wonderful book, The Money Book for Part-Timers, Freelancers, and the Self-Employed by Denise Kiernan. It was very helpful for me, and it’s one of the only books dedicated to this subject that I have found. You can buy it by clicking on the link below. (Full disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate, so if you buy the book through this link I will receive a little bit of money as well!).
the money book
First, you need to determine how much you can save during the times of plenty and still pay your bills. This includes everything from debt to utilities to rent to food to taxes. You should figure out about how much from your paychecks you can take out. Your income varies from month to month, so you’ll need to ballpark it. Make sure you have that money in your checking account when you need to pay your bills.
Second, you need to divvy up a percentage of every deposit (it doesn’t matter if it is $20, $200, or $2000, you take out the same percentage) then transfer those percentages into separate funds/accounts in an online bank that will pay you interest for your savings. I use Ally Bank. I have made accounts for the following:
Social Life: 2%
Emergency: Currently at 3% (it was at 7% when I was building it up. I lowered it recently).
Taxes: 12% (Some of my gigs take taxes out, but with some I need to reserve for myself so that I can pay the tax-man. You will need to determine what tax bracket you are in.)
Vehicle: 3%
Business Growth: 2%
Offering/Donation to Church: 10%
Necessities: 2%
Gift/Charity: 1%
Vacation: 1%
Debt: 7% (I recently ramped this one up because my emergency fund is built up. I want to start paying down all my debts, including school.)
I also have a 403b (the nonprofit version of a 401k) retirement account with my hospital job. They match up to a certain amount that I put in, so it’s a good idea for retirement.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Needless to say, I am still working on perfecting and honing my budgeting and saving skills, and life likes to throw curve balls.

Why Music Schools Must Change or Die: A Call for a Practical Music School that Prepares Musicians for Success

I’ve recently heard that many colleges in general and music schools in particular are struggling. They’re struggling with decreased enrollment, higher costs, and decreased interest. Unfortunately, the response to these troubles has been reactive rather than constructive. For instance, some higher ed professionals blame parents who don’t wish to spend a gazillion dollars for their kid to get a degree that won’t lead to financial stability or success. They blame the skyrocketing costs of tuition which forces students to take out unreasonable loans that will take a large portion of their lives to pay off. In short, they blame everyone but themselves.

While there is much to be said about parental priorities and the financial cost of Higher Ed, addressing those concerns won’t change things in the short run and won’t lead to stability in the long run. The education industry is contracting. A storm is already upon the education sector. Ignoring the storm won’t help. Furthermore, it’s easier to blame other people for the problems in your industry rather than face the difficult proposition that you might be part of the problem. If you want to change the world, you need to start with the man in the mirror, to paraphrase a famous song. I firmly believe that schools can at least halt (perhaps alter is a better word) the trend of attrition, but they must change.

The following is my own opinion. Please do with it what you will. If you have questions or concerns, please send me a private message. I would be happy to speak with you.

Since I graduated in 2017 with a master’s in conducting, I decided to take the hard road of being a gigging musician and a creative entrepreneur. This has not been easy. I started with nothing; I pay college loans every month. On top of this, I discovered that a lot of the skills I needed for success were not taught to me. I’ve endeavored to rectify this through self-education through a fancy institution known as the library.

The path for musical success is doable. I’ve become convinced of this through study and through experience. However, in order to succeed, a lot of things need to happen. The musician needs to learn a lot of skills, and not just the skills of musicianship (accurate performance, flexibility, and improvisation) and musicality (artistry, beauty of tone, phrasing, the It Factor, etc.). No, the musician also needs to be skilled in business (money management for self-employment, taxes, incorporation, setting up a studio, etc.), marketing (social media, websites, promoting concerts, contacting other musicians and teachers, etc.), professionalism (the fine art of showing up on time, knowing your music, communicating in a timely fashion, etc.), as well as many others.

Musicians should also have the correct mentality for entrepreneurial success. Namely, that to start your own business is really, stinkin’ hard. You will fail more than you succeed, and you will often not pass the audition (rejection!). You will have months of financial feast and famine. Success takes grit, ingenuity, and hard work.

Schools fail to prepare their students for this in several ways ways: 1) While many music schools touch on these skills, they often do not do so in an organized fashion. Adding a class or two is not going to solve this problem. 2) The faculty they hire to teach skills have no real world experience. They’ve been in the ivory tower for most of their lives, and so they’ve not learned in the school of hard knocks. 3) Faculty teach classes that functionally assume the students already know what is being taught. If half of your class if failing, it doesn’t mean that they are stupid or lazy; it means you are teaching the material incorrectly. 4) Faculty are teaching classes that are in no way applicable to the real world.

Does this mean that faculty should never teach a class on the history of Bach’s violin concertos or on the correlation of philosophy and music aesthetics? As an avid reader and learner, I firmly believe that those have their place (i.e. learning for its own sake). Moreover, these types of classes have helped me create more informed musical performances, so there is a practical advantage. Sometimes I’ve even applied these types of classes to something completely unrelated. However, there is a pedagogical order to things. Kids need to learn to crawl before they can run.

The world has drastically changed, and musicians must change with it. This includes music schools. No longer can they assume that students will come “just cuz.” Those days are gone. Higher Ed types need to assume that they must work hard to attract students with practical, helpful classes that enable students to succeed.

Perhaps some changes are in order.

Celebris Concert Program Sept 27 & 29, 2019

This year, we will be performing this beautiful concert twice, so if you miss the first one, you can make it to the second! Or, you could come to both. 🙂 The first concert is on Sept 27th (7:00 pm) @ Bethany Reformed Church in Kalamazoo; the second concert will be on Sept 29th (6:00 pm) @ Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Allegan. You can find our event on Facebook here.There will be no charge for these concerts, but we will be taking up a collection. This helps pay for our musicians and funds future projects (of which I always have a few up my sleeve) with our ensemble. The best part of all is that we are now a 501c3! This means you can donate and take it off your taxes.

The Celebris Ensemble invites you to an evening of stunning, uplifting music featuring works by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, Elizabeth Poston, and Craig Courtney, as well as world premieres of several pieces by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova. Entitled “Exaltation & Resolution,” the program deals with pivotal moments in our lives: moments of love and death, heartache and hope, and—above all—taking joy and strength in moments that may never come again.

I

Magnificat octavi toni (Orlandus Lassus) 

Jesus Christ the Apple Tree (Elizabeth Poston)

II

Abendlich schon rauscht der Wald (Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel) 

Blue Moon (arr. Jonny Priano)

III

Four Love Songs (World Premieres by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova)

A Birthday (Poem by Christina Rossetti)
Pity Me Not (Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Departure (Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay)
Remember (Poem by Christina Rossetti)

IV

Abschied vom Walde (Felix Mendelssohn)

V

I Will Rise (arr. Craig Courtney)

Jesus, Our Friend Indeed (J. Aaron Greene)

Program for Celebris Concert on June 1, 2019

Hello Everyone,

I’m excited to share our program with you. We will be performing at First Congregational Church in Kalamazoo on June 1, 2019 (7:00 pm). We have some amazing, professional singers and some very moving music. As with many of my concerts, some of the music is very old, some is very new. I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of ancient and modern.

The theme for this concert is Remember Me: Songs of Hope, Love, and Longing from America and the British Isles. We’ll be looking at songs (folk, pop, and classical) that have American and British composers/poets. Some songs are British songs arranged by Americans, and vice versa. Through looking at songs from both countries, I’m hoping that the songs will speak to the universality  of the human condition. All humans hope, all humans love, and all humans long.

We’ll be premiering a piece by Evgeniya Kozhevnikova, a recent graduate of Western Michigan University’s school of music and winner of a 2019 Downbeat award! She plays the piano beautifully, and her piece reflects that sensitivity and creativity.  She will also be gracing us with some solo piano pieces.

Cost is $10/person at the door. Follow us on Facebook.

Come. You’ll enjoy it!

I

My Sweetheart’s Like Venus (Gustav Holst)

The Turtle Dove (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

Danny Boy (Arr. Ryan Block)

II

And So It Goes (Billy Joel, Arr. Bob Chilcott)

Fix You (Coldplay, Arr. Philip Lawson)

III

A solis ortus cardine (Gilles Binchois)

Easter Anthem (William Billings)

IV

Remember (Evgenia Kozhevnikova)

My Lord, What a Morning (Arr. Harry T. Burleigh)

Will the Circle Be Unbroken (Arr. J. David Moore)

V

Jesus, Our Friend Indeed (J. Aaron Greene)

On Fighting Old Mistakes and Welcoming New Ones

I am finally at the point in my life where I can look back with some objectivity. I’ve done things that I’m immensely proud of.  I’ve created events and institutions that are still running even after I’ve left that position.

I’ve also made mistakes. Plenty of them. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve fallen down. But the trick is to get up, wipe the metaphorical (or literal) blood from your nose and the dust from your pants, and then keep moving forward.

One quote that I tell my private voice students and my choirs is this: Never make old mistakes; only make new ones.

Now, on the face of it, this truism might seem simplistic. And it is. But it assumes a few things.

1) It assumes that you will make mistakes.

Making mistakes is inevitable. You will mess up. You will hurt friends and fail them in ways that you didn’t know that you could. You will get fired from that job, and it might even be your fault. You will bomb that test, show up late to that interview, and waste that money on what you thought was a sure thing. This will happen. I know that it will because it happens to everybody. You aren’t special.

2) It assumes that you often keep making the same mistakes.

This, for me, is the most frustrating part of the whole bit. It’s one thing to make a mistake. It is another thing to make the same mistake multiple times. How many times can you be late for work because you overslept? How many times can you double-book yourself for a gig? How many times can you selfishly choose to spend time and money on yourself when your friend is in need?

These are our blind spots—the problems in our lives that are of our own making, our sins and foibles. And yet we repeat them ad nauseum.

3) It assumes that we can stop making these mistakes.

This is the difficult part of this statement. It forces us to attack those sins and habits that continually rear their ugly heads. We must take proactive steps to ensure that we don’t repeat and repeat and repeat them. In lessons and rehearsals, I tell my singers to mark the mistake with a pencil. Double/triple/quadruple underline it. Circle it. Whatever it takes. Write reminders to not miss that note or rhythm.

Lasting change and personal growth must be intentional.

4) It assumes that we will make new mistakes in the future.

This, too, is inevitable, and we must not fear it. Fear of failure is debilitating. It stops us from taking chances. It hamstrings us from achieving the things that we will only accomplish with persistent trial and error (read: everything new thing that we attempt to do).

So when you fall flat on your face, get back up. Own it. When you fail your friend, do whatever it takes to make it right. When you fail that interview, make sure you are more prepared for the next one. If you are always late for work, get up 10 minutes earlier or buy a second alarm clock. Learn from your mistakes, change yourself, and move on.

Life Update March 2019

Yes, it’s that time again! Much has happened since January, and much more will happen in the coming months.

Singing

Sounding Light

This week, I’ll be singing my first gig with Sounding Light, a talented professional choir based in Oakland County, MI. We’ll be singing Muehleisen’s Pieta, a massive work reflecting on the pain and sorrow of war. Here are the performances. Come to one of them, Detroit-area, Flint, Frankenmuth, and Cleveland friends!

Friday, March 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Stoney Creek High School Choir
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
1007 Superior Avenue E
Cleveland, OH 44114

Sunday, March 17 – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring Stoney Creek High School Choir
First Presbyterian Church
746 S. Saginaw St.
Flint, MI 48502

Saturday, March 16 – 7:00 p.m.

Featuring Stoney Creek High School Choir
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
2225 East Fourteen Mile Rd.
Birmingham, MI 48009

Monday, March 18 – 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Stoney Creek High School Choir
St. Lorenz Church
140 Churchgrove Rd.
Frankenmuth, MI 48734

Battle Creek Master Singers

I’ll also be singing with the Battle Creek Master Singer’s Cabaret on March 23 & 24 featuring the wonderful voice of Rhea Olivacce as the guest artist.

I highly recommend coming! People who come enjoy the music, the food, the beverages, and the fun!

Writing

I’ve been quite happy with the positive reception of The Giftless Chronicles. I’ve had people who don’t even read the YA Fantasy genre say that they had to know what happened next in the story.

Shadows and Nightmares: A Story of the Giftless Chronicles (available on Amazon), is the follow-up to my first novel. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. My characters grew, the world I created was further developed in mythology and history, and there was some great humor and action.  Ultimately, the story is about trauma and healing, but with some awesome monster-killing action in between. My story has been out for a month, and people really seem to like it!

I’m currently working on my second full-length novel set in this universe. It will set up the final struggle with the big bad in book 3. Can they stop The Return, and what will it cost them?

Conducting

As always, I’m conducting a lot. My singers in West Michigan Homeschool Fine Arts will be putting on their final concert of the year on April 9, and then I’ll be working with another homeschool ensemble until early June. I wrote a new music-reading curriculum for my singers that has been quite effective, and we’re advancing to nerdier stuff like asymmetrical meters and intervals.

My Branch United Youth Choir in Coldwater, MI will host its annual choir camp (dates to be announced soon!). It’s always a great four days! If you know of anyone in the south-central MI/Northern Indiana area with kids, this would be a great opportunity to learn about singing and reading music. Best of all, the kids have fun with music and make new friends.

Celebris Ensemble performed our first Christmas concert in December! I’m happy with the group and very excited for our next concert (soon to be announced). Stay tuned!