School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
[email protected]

Director's Circle

The EMU School of School of Music and Dance cares about our students and giving them the best edcuation and college experience possible.

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Every year, the School of Music and Dance presents over 100 music events, but these performances and our students' education require private resources beyond what institutional dollars can provide. We humbly ask for your help to enhance what the EMU School of Music and Dance does for its students and the community.

All donors who contribute to the campaign will be considered part of the Director’s Circle. Members of the Director’s Circle will receive updates from the School of Music & Dance and invitations to special events (pre-concert talks, post-

performance receptions, etc.)and will have opportunities to meet and interact music and dance students, faculty, and the school director.


Make a Gift to the Director's Circle


 What your gift supports

  • Scholarships for EMU music and dance students
  • Travel assistance for students to perform and compete
  • Equipment and instruments to be used in the classroom by EMU music and dance students
  • Faculty performances and research presentations that share what they are discovering and creating at EMU with the greater academic community
  • Future opportunities in the EMU School of Music & Dance

Director's Circle Giving Levels

$50 = Take A Bow

$100 = Curtain Call

$250 = Rave Reviews

$500 = First Chair

$1,000 = Encore Ensemble

$2,000+ = Eagle’s Nest

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Fund 02685 - Director's Circle School of Music & Dance


Scholarship Recipient Testimonials

Yejin Choi

"I am truly grateful for being awarded the Gurt-Kaslow Scholarship Award for 2021-2022 academic year. Receiving this scholarship is motivating me to work hard in my studies and do my best to be a successful musician with pride and confidence as an honorable recipient. I also take great pride in all that I do here at Eastern which is the great place to enlarge my musical experiences and make my journey. Thanks to this award, I will be able to focus on my studies. Also, I will strive for success with passion at Eastern. Thank you for your support and generous contribution that helps me achieve my goals!"


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"I am sincerely honored to have received the Jeannine Galetti Endowed scholarship. Moving away from my close-knit family posed a great challenge for me my first semester here at Eastern. However, EMU’s dance program provided me with a place of encouragement, growth, and understanding. Being encouraged by the dance program through financial means has shown me how much my dance professors care for me. Having EMU’s dance program as a home, means I can continue my dancing career, which is something I never imagined I would be able to do. I am grateful for both the scholarship and Eastern’s dance program for giving me the knowledge I need to create safe and healthy spaces for the next generation of dancers. Because of this scholarship I am able to move forward in the dance program here, gaining educational and personal growth. Thank you for financially supporting my dance education."

- Raleigh Shimrack


Danielson headshot"EMU is a special place in that it offers many opportunities to its students that would be nearly impossible at other institutions. I have been so lucky to be on the receiving end of many of these opportunities. Receiving scholarships such as the Muriel L Gilbert Award have allowed me to attend EMU at no cost, and have opened up so many doors for me both personally and professionally. Music students have many extra costs that other majors do not have such as pianist fees and instrument repair costs, and the scholarships offered by the School of Music & Dance allow students to pursue their musical pursuits without worries about these extra costs. I am so grateful for the incredible opportunities that EMU has offered me, and even more thankful for the financial support I have been given to pursue my musical career."

- Joshua Danielson

Director's Circle Members

We are so very grateful for the donors below who joined the Director's Circle in its inaugurual 2021-2022 academic year.  2022-2023 donors will be updated soon.

Founding Members
  • Dr. Christopher Barrick
  • Ms. Sara Bostley
  • Ms. Alexa Cooley
  • Mr. John Dorsey
  • Mr. Michael Ferens
  • Dr. Chad Hutchinson
  • Prof. Sandra and David Jackson
  • Dr. Brandon Johnson
  • Ms. Kristen LaMay
  • Dr. Anderson Romero
  • Mr. Richard Rinke III and Ms. Marsha Rinke
  • Mrs. Amy Rogers
  • Dr. Joel Schoenhals
  • Dr. Heather Shouldice
  • Mr. Thomas Torrento


For More Information

  • Dr. Christopher Barrick, director
    School of Music and Dance
    734.487.0244 | [email protected]
  • Jill Hunsberger, associate vice president for advancement
    EMU Foundation
    734.487.0336 | [email protected]

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