Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I Did Last Summer: Mike Christianson

Our VPA Faculty are always up to something great!  Find out what they did with their summer vacations in our What I Did Last Summer series.

We are excited to welcome Michael Christianson as Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Bands to the VPA this year.  Judging from his summer activities, he will be a fabulous asset to our department.

This summer, Mike
  • Created and led (playing sousaphone) a New-Orleans style jazz marching band for the May Day March in New York City.
  • Walked in the Rutgers University commencement with his oldest son!  (Mike received his DMA,  his son received his BM.)
  • Conducted the Brass Ensemble for the 15th consecutive year for the Commencement Ceremony at the Cooper Union School in NYC.
  • Got the Director of Bands job at MTU!!!!
  • Moved to the UP.
  • Performed in Denver with the Pittsburgh Collective, a jazz band led by composer David Sanford.
  • Played on and conducted for a new recording for singer Ray Hoffman in NYC.