Our program has been available to home school students since 2000. We work in conjunction with the music department at Spring Arbor University in a mutually beneficial program. The Spring Arbor University music students benefit by gaining valuable hands-on experience teaching in both a whole group setting and individually during private lessons. The home school students benefit by having access to group, classroom, and private music lessons.
The students also have an opportunity to perform two concerts a year at the SAU music auditorium as well as the Solo & Ensemble judged event that is offered to band and private music students in the area.
Dr. Douglas, Director of Bands, and Dr. Livesay, Director of Choirs, and the SAU music students devote a good deal of volunteer time to the program through teaching, meetings, private lessons, and performances. The J.A.H.E. Board provides siritual and financial oversight for the program.
Meet the Directors
Mark Douglass - Band Director email: email@example.com
Director of Bands Mark Douglass has enjoyed a diverse career as a composer, conductor, drummer, percussionist, and educator. His performances span from Detroit’s Jazz Festival to the renowned Bourbon Jazz Festival in Paraty, Brazil to America’s own Carnegie Hall. Equally comfortable with jazz and classical music, Mr. Douglass’ compositions have been performed in recitals and concerts on every continent. Mr. Douglass specializes in the music of West Africa, Northern India and Persia. He currently lives in Spring Arbor with his wife (lyric soprano Emily Douglass), their sons Lincoln and Beau, and their dog Bella.
Dr. Charles Livesay - Choir Director Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Charles Livesay has served SAU’s choral faculty for over 32 years (26 as director of choral activities) and he has maintained a life-long interest in choral music and choral conducting. He received his bachelor’s in music education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Michigan and doctor of musical arts in choral conducting from Michigan State University. He founded the SAU Chamber Singers when joining the music faculty in 1975 and has conducted them ever since. He also conducts the SAU Concert Choir and has been coordinator of the voice department since 1981.
Chorally active outside of the SAU campus, Dr. Livesay has been a long-time member of the American Choral Directors Association, serving on its Michigan board of directors from 1985-95 and 2005-present, and was elected Michigan president from 1990-93. He has been an adjudicator of Michigan high school choral and solo/ensemble festivals from 1982-2002. In addition, he has served as a choir director for churches in the Lansing area for the past 24 years, currently serving Trinity United Methodist Church on the city’s west side.
Private instruction information will be posted on our private Facebook group page at the start of each semester.