Ochestra at Williams Auditorium
The Music Center at Ferris State University!

Music performance opportunities at Ferris State University are designed to supplement and enrich the lives of students by assisting them in making the transition from the high school musical setting to the world of adult amateur musical ensembles. FSU students can continue to develop their musical skills and be prepared for a rewarding musical "life after college" by participating in Ferris musical ensembles that include both university students and members of the community - the format of the majority of community ensembles throughout the country. In this way, we aspire to inspire all FSU students to continue to enrich their lives and the lives of others as active performers of music - for life!

Ferris State University
in conjunction with the
2016 Festival of the Arts
Presents the annual
Winter Band & Orchestra Concert:
“Music is in the Air”
A Valentine’s Day Concert
4:00 p.m.Sunday, February 14 • Free Admission
G. Mennen Williams Auditorium @ Ferris State University
The FSU Symphony Band
The FSU West Central Concert Band
The FSU West Central Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Richard Scott Cohen, Musical Director & Conductor
with featured guests
Sarah Massey, violin soloist
Dr. Dale Skornia, alto saxophone soloist
and assisted by
Donna Smith, announcer
Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this program must contact
(231) 591-3676 or williams_auditorium@ferris.edu
at least 72 hours in advance of event.  
Ferris State University is an equal opportunity institution.  For information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit ferris.edu/non-discrimination.  


Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with our musical tribute, “Love is in the Air!”  We have 3 centuries worth of rhythmic romance to touch your heart, ranging from the Romantic era composers Dvorak and Wagner, to Disney’s 21st Century classic “Enchanted.”  We’ll also have music from the opera and Broadway stages, a classic jazz standard, music from Spain and France and Germany, music with an Arabian flair from “Aladdin,” and a light classic by Leroy Anderson.
Joining Ferris’ two concert bands and string orchestra as featured soloists are Sarah Massey and Dr. Dale Skornia.  Sarah is a freshman student at Ferris and will be performing the beautiful “Meditation” violin solo from the French opera, Thaïs, by Jules Massenet.  Dale Skornia is the Faculty Director of the Ferris Athletic Pep Band.  He will be performing a saxophone solo version of the sublime French impressionist classic, “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair,” by Claude Debussy.  Ferris communications professor Donna Smith will once again serve as emcee for the concert.
The Girl in Satin
My Funny Valentine
“Romance” by Dvorak
Music from “Aladdin”
Meditation from “Thaïs”
Music from “Enchanted”
A Gershwin Tribute to Love
Fantasia on “Lady of Spain”
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair
Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Music from “Phantom of the Opera”
For additional information, please contact:
 Richard Scott Cohen, D.M.
Professor of Music
Director of Instrumental Concert Ensembles
Ferris State University
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI  49307
(231) 591-2484

For more information on music courses and performance opportunities, please contact:


Ferris State University
1030 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2501

On Main Campus next to FLITE and the Carillon Bell Tower