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‘Bridging the Gaps’ to feature MCC Music prof’s original composition


Guitar students at MCC.
Guitar students at MCC.

Mott Community College Music faculty member Dr. Bill Withem will debut an original composition entitled “Mud” as part of the “Bridging the Gaps” guitar concert performed by Oakland University music students during two concerts in Flint. The first is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Flint Local 432, and the second is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Mott Memorial Building Auditorium on MCC’s main campus.

"Students at Oakland University have organized a series of touring concerts, titled 'Bridging the Gaps,' that addresses social issues through music and poetry,” said Withem. "The guitarists are dedicating each performance towards a specific cause, and for Flint, they'll be dedicated to the youth of Genesee County.,” he added.

“The concert features six premiere performances of compositions by Michigan composers, setting the words of various poets (some also Michiganders) to music,” Withem said. His composition 'Mud’ is based on the poetry of Oakland University professor Dr. Peter Markus.

The performers are all students from Oakland University. This is the first time they have attempted a touring project like this, said Withem. The student spearheading the project is MCC alumna Shea Socrates.

Withem also premiered another piece last November when his composition “Gradients” was performed by the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra in the Staples Family Concert Hall in the School of Music, on the CMU campus in Mt. Pleasant. “I love the idea of overlapping colors and textures, and wanted to explore that idea in a short piece for orchestra,” he said of the piece, “It's like being a chef, and blending flavors; which combinations work or sound good? which ones don't work as well?”

The Music Department at Mott Community College offers a comprehensive two-year collegiate music program designed to fulfill the freshman and sophomore requirements needed to transfer to four year colleges and universities. Unique to MCC among community colleges, the College has both a strong jazz studies and chamber ensemble program. Offering a broad musical curriculum from classical to jazz and commercial music, the music department serves a wide variety of students. Additionally, MCC has a partnership with Saginaw Valley State University, enabling MCC music students to continue their studies at SVSU in either music performance or music education. For more information about the Music Department at MCC call 810-762-0332 or visit

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October 9, 2018
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