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The Madonna University Chorale is an ensemble of passionate vocalists with varied interests, academic majors, and abilities. Under the direction of Kevin Cushman, adjunct associate professor of music, Chorale members perform at local charity events, international dinners, and campus ceremonies, in addition to their scheduled performances during each term. While mastering a repertoire of classical works, the Chorale also performs contemporary pieces, spirituals, folk songs, multicultural music and original arrangements. Participants develop a deeper appreciation for music and refine their individual skills as musicians. Prospective members are asked to arrange a brief interview and audition with the director. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Madonna University Rhythm Crusaders Drumline is the core and heartbeat of the marching band. It is the percussion section of the band which usually consists of a snare line, a tenor line, a bass line, and a cymbal line. Drumline is a performance-based ensemble with a focus on stationary and marching percussion. Members of the line will learn traditional drum cadences and also perform selections to include; hip-hop, street, military style, and original drumline pieces. The goal is to develop strong, rudimental and musical knowledge and skills in a traditional setting. Students interested in auditioning for snare, tenor or quint/quads should have previous experience playing those particular drums. It is highly recommended that bass drum and cymbal players have musical experience on any instrument. The ability to read music is essential for all auditionees. The final decision regarding placement and/or positioning will be made by the Director of Instrumental Music, Kevin Del Pup. The Rhythm Crusaders will rehearse with the full ensemble during marching season and separately throughout the remainder of the academic year. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. To schedule an interview or for more information regarding the drumline, please contact email@example.com.
The Madonna University Jazz ensemble is a performance based instrumental music group designed for students who have prior experience playing an instrument and reading music. The ensemble can fluctuate from 4-20 musicians and features piano/keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, brass instruments and saxophones. Performance opportunities include University concerts, various off-campus venues and fund raising events throughout the academic year. Music selections range from traditional big band charts to small ensemble improvisations. Participants will learn the jazz idiom, expand their musical ability and experience the joy of American jazz music while providing quality musical entertainment. Auditions for membership are scheduled individually at a mutually convenient appointment with the Director of Instrumental Music, Kevin Del Pup. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Madonna University Lyric Theatre is open to all Madonna students, regardless of major, experience or skill level. Each academic year, the Lyric Theatre performs two varied productions, under the music/stage direction of associate professor Barbara Wiltsie. A great opportunity to continue your love of performing on stage, Lyric Theatre productions appeal to students who enjoy opera/operetta or musical theatre, and who want to gain confidence, poise and leadership skills – while they have fun learning dance styles and dressing in fabulous costumes. Our productions rehearse throughout the semester, culminating in a weekend of public performances; and offer all Madonna students opportunities for major roles, smaller roles, chorus and/or stage crew. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at email@example.com.
The Madonna University Pep Band is performance-based and open to all students. Prior experience of playing a band instrument and the ability to read music at a fundamental-intermediate level is required, but marching skills are not necessary. If you play keyboard, bass, percussion, woodwind, or brass, and want to be part of a fresh, new, lively band, this is the ensemble for you! Most of the performances are at home (men’s/women’s) basketball games, various school functions and other athletic spirit-focused events. Selections will include a combination of traditional and modern music to present a popular, entertaining sound. It is recommended everyone has his/her own instrument; however, the university does have some instruments that can be utilized for the duration of the season. The director can also assist in locating the necessary instruments. Auditions for membership are scheduled individually at a mutually convenient appointment with the Director of Instrumental Music, Kevin Del Pup. Active members will receive a performing arts scholarship to help lower their out-of-pocket expenses to attend Madonna. For more information, please contact Performing Arts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Madonna University String Ensemble is a small performance-based group for musicians who have prior experience playing a string instrument and possess the ability to read music at an intermediate level. Participation is open to all Madonna students that are interested in actively playing and performing in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. You do not have to be a music major to become a member of the ensemble; however, a brief interview/audition is required, and an appointment will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time with the Director of Instrumental Music, Kevin Del Pup. Rehearsals are once a week with the opportunity to perform throughout the academic year. The repertoire will include selections from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras. It is preferred that you provide your own instrument, but it is not a requirement for membership. If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting co-curricular program and would like to earn a $3,000 renewable scholarship, please contact Performing Arts at email@example.com.
M.Mus University of Toledo
Brad Lieto, tenor; spends most of his life being singer, pianist, educator, and conductor. He is an honors graduate of Central Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education and was a choral scholar. He also holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Toledo, where he was appointed teaching assistant. His teaching years have been spent in both the public and private sector. He has been staff and faculty member of many organizations and he is currently Musical Director of St. Owen in Bloomfield Hills. In addition to his life as an educator, he is an artist of many sorts. He is well versed in opera and musical theater having sung internationally on many stages in various roles from leading tenor, to chorister, and even pit conductor. Brad serves the University as an Adjunct Instructor, Applied Voice, Director of the Madonna Chorale, and Lyric Theatre pianist.
Kevin Del Pup serves the University as Director of Instrumental Music, working with both the Jazz Ensemble and Pep Band. Kevin has had an interest in music his whole life. In high school he developed his skills on the drum set under the direction of well-known Detroit jazz artists, Jim Ryan and Dave Taylor. He continued to play semi-professionally while attending college and attained his degree in Music Education from Wayne State. Kevin comes to us with years of experience as a full-time teacher in the Redford Union School District.
Traditionally he works with middle and high school bands, but he has also directed a variety of performing groups to include jazz bands, pep bands, pit ensembles, and percussion ensembles. After fifteen years of teaching he continues to enjoy sharing his expertise and passion for music with such a wide array of students. He is always on the lookout for talented musicians to perform with while educating local young artists during the day.
M.Mus., Manhattan School of Music
B.Mus., Eastern Michigan University
Barbara Wiltsie, mezzo-soprano, has soloed with numerous symphonies, chorale groups and opera companies throughout the Midwest; including the DSO, Southwestern Michigan Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Bach Festival of Kalamazoo, Mendelssohn Chorale of Pittsburgh, The Singers Club of Cleveland, Opera!Lenawee, Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, and Toledo Opera. A former long-time Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Artist, she has garnered many awards—such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions as a two-time Regional finalist, winner of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize and a winner in the NOA Artist Awards. A recipient of the 2004 Teaching of Excellence Adjunct Faculty award, her full-time duties since 2006 include Director (and founder) of Lyric Theatre and vocal-related classes.
In addition to her university duties, Ms. Wiltsie is the Founder & Managing Director for the Madonna University Summer Music Theater Intensive for high school students, as well as a sought-after adjudicator for MSVMA, NATS and other musical organizations. She is Co-Director of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions - Michigan Committee. For more information about the Summer MT Intensive program, please visit http://madonnauniversitysummermt.weebly.com/.