Exciting News

Musicians for MIchiana has received a generous grant of $4000 from 1st Source Foundation to assist with concert production! The check will be presented to MFM at our Downtown South Bend’s next First Friday event, February 6 at 5pm, at The Music Village.  At that time, we will present a little preview for our upcoming concert, featuring Jenni Brandon’s Spider Suite.

We are so grateful to 1st Source, and will be putting this funding to great use, starting right off with our first event on Sunday, February 8.

“New Day, New Music” will feature beautiful new works for woodwinds by Jenni Brandon, Alyssa Morris, John Steinmetz, and Paul Kwiecinski.  These pieces honor things in life that are real, tangible, and beloved – the pleasure of moving our bodies, the beauty of nature as seen through the life cycle of a spider, and South Bend’s own St Joseph River!

This concert will partner with Hello, Gorgeous, and all proceeds from the event will be given to that great organization.

The event will be at 2pm at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St in South Bend.  We cannot wait to see you there!

Thank You!

Thank you, Justin, for coming all the way to South Bend and giving an amazing performance!

Thank you, Mary and Stephen, for the perfect venue!

Thank you, Kellirae and Kate, for managing this process with us, and for all of the work you put in on the back end!

Thank you, Connie, Marjorie, and Libby for your help in preparing the food, programs, and space!

Thank you, Steve, for always being willing to step up to the plate with me!

Thank you, audience, for coming out on a beautiful warm fall day to share this time with us!

October 26 Fundraiser


We have a terrific season of music – new and old – planned and in the planning process.  But this month we are working to raise the money to put on our concerts.  The Music Village, our partner in this venture, is accepting tax-deductible donations on our behalf, right HERE – and of course we have some grant applications out, and we are also doing an event!

This month’s highlight will be an event at Merriman’s Playhouse, 1211 Mishawaka Ave, at 2:00 on Sunday, October 26, featuring Chicago’s beloved cabaret pianist, Justin Hayford, in a concert called “Things Are Looking Up: Unsung Gershwin.”

We are thrilled to have him – Justin is a charming performer, and Gershwin can’t be beat.  I’ll be playing at the event, too.  We are excited to be at Merriman’s – if you haven’t visited their performance venue you will be surprised and delighted at the intimate space and cozy environment. Space there is very limited – please arrive early!

We’ll have wine, and light food – you could volunteer to help us out with that, too, right HERE – and the afternoon should be splendid.  Please come, and enjoy!

Save the Date – October 26, 2014

Hello, Everyone! We are back at work, planning our new season, and there will be lots of new information, new non-profit partners, new dates, and new collaborations to share with you soon soon soon.


In the meantime, though, please let me introduce Justin Hayford!

Head shot Aug 14

Justin has performed in cabaret clubs around the country, reviving lost tunes from the Great American Songbook.  He’s released three CDs on the LML Music label.  He also contributes regularly to the Chicago Reader.

You may remember Justin’s appearance here in South Bend two years ago, on a recital with MFM founder Jennet Ingle.  He’s a friend of this series and has graciously agreed to return and give a full concert at Musicians for Michiana’s Fall Fundraiser event!

October 26, 2014, 2:00PM.  Location TBD.  Watch this space.

“Unsung Gershwin”

George and Ira Gershwin have earned an indelible place in the history of jazz and popular music, writing some of the best-known and best-loved songs in American history.  But the hits only scratch the surface of their extraordinary catalog.  Join Chicago cabaret performer Justin Hayford as he digs deep into the Gershwin archives and takes you on a guided tour of their rarely heard gems.  You’ll learn the stories behind their unlikely partnership, and hear the Gershwin treasures that have been largely – and inexplicably – forgotten.  


This will be an event not to miss.  Many many thanks to Justin for agreeing to appear!

Notes on Steve Ingle’s “Quiet, Please!” for flute, clarinet, bassoon, and sampler:

Quiet, Please was a radio fantasy and horror drama created by Wyllis Cooper and featuring narration by Ernest Chappell. It aired between June 8th, 1947, and June 20th, 1949, and is considered unique in its genre for its creativity and depth, providing the listener a nearly immersive surrealist experience.

This work, by contrast, was directly inspired by the presence of a four-year-old. Distraction is its central theme. With many usable ideas bouncing around inside my head, I sought to create a rather lengthy work, immersive in the same way as the original radio drama. However, a deluge of ideas can be as poisonous to the creative process as no ideas at all. What I had not anticipated was the fact that Ernest Chappell’s deadpan delivery would become my own voice of reason, the voice I heard to quiet my own mind, and what I ended up with was, rather, a brief mockery of the creative process itself. Ideas are, therefore, intentionally underdeveloped and largely unrelated, with only the original motive repeated to provide a fleeting sense of formal cohesion.

For more information on the original radio drama (including information on its current copyright status), I refer you to www.quietplease.org. The episodes are great with headphones on the proverbial dark and stormy night.

The audio samples you will hear on this program come from the episode “Northern Lights.”

 – Steve Ingle

Our Final Concert is coming up

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event.

And here is all the information you need.  Sunday, May 4, at 2pm, at The Music Village, 108 N. Main St, South Bend.

The Colors of Music

Even a small group of woodwinds can create a huge number of colors and textures. We feature these diverse instruments in an exciting event supporting Girls on the Run.  Composers will include Jenni Brandon and South Bend’s own Steve Ingle.

At its heart, Girls on the Run is about inspiring young girls to grow up as strong, empowered individuals, and to believe in themselves. In this interactive concert we will talk about principals of leadership and teamwork, and allow the audience to determine our program order.


As always, there is no set admission fee – you Pay What You Like, and all proceeds go to Girls on the Run Michiana.

We have great woodwind musicians in Martha Councell-Vargas, Jason Kramer, Trevor O’Riordan, and Jennet Ingle.

The concert will be FUN, INTERACTIVE, and SHORT.  There’s nothing not to love.  Please join us!

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere

I’m looking forward to performing this terrific work, by composer Jeremy Gill, on Sunday’s concert.  From my perspective, as an oboist, it’s got everything I like best to play – expressive, expansive solos, quick articulation and fancy technique, adorable little bird peeps in the high register – and this is perhaps unsurprising as I first knew Jeremy as an oboe minor at the Eastman School of Music while I was attending as an oboe major.  He’s not an oboist any more, though, but an impressive and accomplished composer, and I’m honored to present this smart and thoughtful work. 


Here are Jeremy Gill’s own program notes, to mull over and to admire. 


Soglie, Serenate, Sfere (2009), for oboe and two percussion

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere is a fantasy on the aria “Care soglie” from Alarico (1687) by Agostino Steffani, the first work in Western music to explicitly call for the oboe in its orchestration. “Soglie” (“thresholds”), the first movement of this three-movement work, and “Sfere” (“spheres”), the last, act as bookends to the much longer middle movement, “Serenate” (“songs”), thus recalling the da capo structure of the aria.

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere is also an exploration of the oboe’s pre-history, and reflects on, in “Serenate”, its past rolls in religious rituals (as the Arabic zurna, and paired with cymbals) and warfare (as the zurna, and the shawm in medieval Europe, paired with drums), as well as its bucolic associations (paired with the tambourine). In “Soglie” and “Sfere”, the evocation is again of the outdoors, but in these movements it is the wide open spaces of the outdoors that is of primary interest: the oboe begins at the back of the hall and ends at the front, while the percussion (playing wood blocks and claves, then chimes) begin at the front and end at the back. Heightening this effect is the imitation of bird calls in the oboe and insect sounds in the wood blocks and claves.

Soglie, Serenate, Sfere was premiered by ToniMarie Marchioni, Luke Rinderknecht, and Chihiro Shibayama at the Juilliard School on 31 October 2009.