Release Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2022

From studio to stage: a collaboration between HFC music and recording arts

An image of HFC Music students playing the saxophone and an HFC recording arts student.

HFC music maestro G. Kevin Dewey is inviting students to be part of a semester-long project by enrolling in either a music or recording arts class(es) at the College or joining an HFC Performing Ensemble.

Recording arts students and performing ensemble members will contribute to a professionally produced recording, which will be a CD and digital release. Other music students (Aural Music Skills, History of Rock ’n’ Roll, Music Appreciation, Music Literature, Music Theory, Piano) will study the repertoire for this semester-long project.

“They’ll be able to hear it on the recording and live in concert. Everyone will enjoy a sense of collaboration toward a common goal,” said Dewey, the HFC Director of Choral and Vocal Music.

In the Studio

Musical selections will be recorded, mixed, and mastered in the HFC Recording Arts Studio by HFC staff under the direction of HFC Recording Arts Manager Jeremy Palmer.

Recording arts students will assist with setup, recording, and mixing of performing groups. They will gain hands-on experience with a variety of music and configurations.

Performers will gain studio recording experience as part of the full ensemble and will be able to fine-tune their performances by listening to preliminary recordings during the rehearsal process. Performing ensembles include:

The completed recording will be available for purchase as a single-disc CD by the end of the Winter 2022 semester. It will also be available for digital download and/or streaming.

President’s Collage Concert

Students will also have the opportunity to perform this music live at the 27th Annual President’s Collage Concert on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Michael A. Guido Theater, located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. At this concert, there will be a special tribute to Rick Goward, the retired HFC Band Director and founder of the Henry Ford Big Band and the Metropolitan Symphony Band.

While classes for the Winter 2022 semester are under way. There are still some openings in various music and performing arts classes. Students need to enroll now, as those openings are filling up fast. Contact enroll@hfcc.edu.

If you are not a regular student, there is an $80, non-credit option for enrolling in the bands and choruses. Contact Dewey for the special form. For questions and more information about this semester-long music project, contact Dewey at kdewey@hfcc.edu.