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Jan. 13, 2020

MSU choral residency includes new music with Dublin Guitar Quartet and Roomful of Teeth

Mid-Michigan will explore the boundaries of the human voice when Roomful of Teeth visits the MSU campus Jan. 27-28 through the MSU College of Music Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence program funded by the MSU Federal Credit Union.

After leading sing-alongs, workshops and discussions, the eight-member choral ensemble will share the stage with Dublin Guitar Quartet at 7:30 Tuesday, Jan. 28 at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Showcase Series.

Roomful of Teeth and the Dublin Guitar Quartet are among this year’s line-up of cutting-edge groups and musicians coming to campus through the MSU Federal Credit Union Entrepreneurial Musical Artist in Residence, or EMAR, program.

Established in 2017, the signature artist-in-residence program focuses on entrepreneurship in the musical arts, and provides students and community alike the opportunity to learn from and network with successful, progressive artists.

Formed in 2009, the Roomful of Teeth vocal project gathers annually in Massachusetts to study a wide variety of singing styles including yodeling, Broadway belting, Georgian singing and even occasional death metal.

Exploring vocal traditions from all over the world, The Grammy winning group continually expands its vocabulary of techniques, and regularly commissions composers to create new repertoire without borders.

During their two-day residency, Roomful of Teeth will engage students and the public through a community sing, student composition reading, entrepreneurial and vocal workshops, and a panel discussion exploring the issue of cultural appropriation. Roomful of Teeth will also share the stage with the Dublin Guitar Quartet for an evening of mesmerizing music.

The Dublin Guitar Quartet has been described by the Irish times as a “quartet with a difference,” and is the first classical guitar quartet entirely devoted to new music.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone (517) 353-5340 or in person from the main office, Music Building, 333 West Circle Drive, East Lansing.

By: Michael Sundermann