Christopher Biggs

WMU School of Music

Dr. Keith Kothman (pronounced KOHTH-mun) left his position as director of the Montana State University School of Music to join the Western Michigan School of Music in late June under extraordinary circumstances: the COVID-19 pandemic and a reckoning of racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd. 


Keith Kirchoff

Keith Kirchoff is a classically-trained pianist at the forefront of artists who combine the piano with electronics. He visited Western Michigan University in February while touring with his latest solo recital, "The Electroacoustic Piano: Acoustic Attacks and Sonic Refuge."  It is a continuation of a project that has so far resulted in three albums of new music.

Spice Institute

SPLICE -  Summer institute for Performance, Listening, Interpretation, and Creation of Electroacoustic music - is a weeklong, intensive program for performers and composers who work with instruments and electronics. Held at Western Michigan University's School of Music, over 60 musicians and composers from across the US will participate in workshops, masterclasses, private lessons, and public performances of new works. The public is invited to free concerts each weeknight at 7:30 pm in the Dalton Center Recital Hall, and a full day of performances from 10:30 am - 8:00 pm, on Saturday, June 30. 

Co-founders Christopher Biggs and Keith Kirchoff, performer/composer Sam Wells, and composer/participant Carolyn Borcherding joined Cara Lieurance to talk about the variety of public concerts offered during SPLICE week, and how electroacoustic music festivals and workshops foster community and growth within the new music world.


Western Michigan University

Andrew Rathbun, director of the Advanced Jazz Ensemble, and composer/programmer Christopher Biggs, both School of Music faculty at Western Michigan University, talk about their first-time collaboration. It has resulted in a concert of works for the Advanced Jazz Ensemble plus digital process and live electronics, played by Christopher Biggs. They describe just how the electronic sounds and processing dovetails with the music, in an interview with Cara Lieurance.  

via john-lane.com

Jeff Herriott, who teaches composition at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, recently visited Western Michigan University to hear his work, The Stone Tapestry, performed by guest artists Due East and student musicians.

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