Author Brings Story of Ugandan School to Albion College Common Reading Experience
The author of a heartwarming story about a school for Ugandan orphans visits Albion College on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Goodrich Chapel. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, author of A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka, speaks to the community as Albion College’s 2012-13 Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience lecturer.
Born and raised in a rural village, Kaguri was an undergraduate at Uganda’s Makerere University when he co-founded Human Rights Concerns to help victims and raise public awareness. In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, which provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two schools, it also operates a library, a farm and nutrition program, a medical clinic, a clean-water system, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.
In 2010, Kaguri resigned as interim senior director of development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University to focus full-time on The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Kaguri has been named a Heifer International Hero and recognized in Time magazine's "Power of One' series. He has also spoken to the United Nations about his work.
This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Assistant Dean of Students Connie Smith at 517/629-0750 or
Albion College Jazz Ensemble Begins Season at Cascarelli's
The Albion College Jazz Ensemble offers its first performance of the academic year on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. at Cascarelli's in downtown Albion. The Jazz Ensemble will perform their familiar set of jazz standards.
Later this month, the Jazz Ensemble will spend the weekend of Sept. 28-30 at Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, performing at the fourth annual Grand Getaway alumni event.
The Jazz Ensemble's Cascarelli's performance is free, and the public is encouraged to enjoy some good food and free music. For more information, please contact the Albion College Music Department at 517/629-0481 or
Van Cliburn Medalist Performs at Albion College Progressive Piano Concert
Great music supports a good cause as Albion College's Music Department presents the fourth annual Progressive Piano concert on Saturday, September 8, beginning at 5 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. The progressive concert will move to several neighborhood locations, ending at approximately 6:45 p.m. at the home of Rob and Gail Reed on Allen Place.
Eastman School of Music faculty member Barry Snyder will be featured during the progressive concert. A Van Cliburn silver medalist in 1966, Snyder has won numerous performance and teaching awards, and pursues an active concert and recording career. Kenneth Drake, faculty emeritus from the University of Illinois, will bring and play a fortepiano, the 18th-century forerunner to the modern piano. Past competition winners Naomi Yamaguchi, Geoffrey Kocks and Moshe Benson will perform, as well as David Abbott and Lia Jensen-Abbott, piano faculty at Albion College.
The event supports the Albion College Piano Festival, a unique learning and performance opportunity for young musicians. Albion College's piano festival features competitions and workshops conducted by professional pianists and specifically designed for pianists from elementary to high school ages. This rare opportunity for young musicians to to prepare for formal competition, receive professional feedback and win prizes is supported in part by funds from the Progressive Piano concert.
Albion College's 2012 Piano Competition takes place November 1-4, 2012, with competitors coming from throughout the state and from Albion's sister cities in Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, France.
The Progressive Piano concert is open to the public and free, although donations to the competition are requested. For more information on times and locations, contact the Albion College Music Department, 517/629-0481, or organizer David Abbott at
Albion College Orchestra, Women's Chorus Open Up to Community Musicians
The Albion College Music Department is calling interested musicians to join the Symphony Orchestra and the Women’s Chorus this fall.
The Albion College Symphony Orchestra rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7-10 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. All string instruments are welcome, and wind, brass, and percussion will be accepted based on needs of the orchestra. Adult community players and accomplished high school musicians are encouraged to become members. The orchestra plays several concerts throughout the school year. Past repertoire has included pieces by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Dvorak.
Albion College’s Women’s Chorus is open to high school girls as well as women of all ages. The group meets Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the basement of Goodrich Chapel, room 127. The group performs a variety of choral music, including classical, jazz, and folk. In the fall, the Women’s Chorus performs during the Albion College choral concert and at Lessons and Carols in December.
Those interested or seeking additional information may contact Symphony Orchestra Director James Ball at
or 5/17/629-0256. or Women’s Chorus Director Karen TenBrink at