The Andrews University Department of Music offers many opportunities to participate in a variety of instrumental experiences, including choirs, string ensembles, and the Wind Symphony, performing sacred music and secular music in classical concerts or light programs. Acceptance into all organizations is by audition. Performance scholarships totaling $20,000 are available yearly to Wind Symphony members.
The Wind Symphony maintains a significant travel schedule throughout the Great Lakes area, and seeks to provide high quality music programs and concerts representative of Adventist education and Andrews University. In addition, the Wind Symphony periodically undertakes major tours out of the Great Lakes region. The Wind Symphony has performed in England, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, and throughout the United States.
Title: Assistant Professor of Music; Wind Symphony; Music Education Area Coordinator
Office Location: Hamel Hall 205
BMus: Music Education/Clarinet Performance, Andrews University
MMus: Instrumental Conducting, Central Michigan University
DMA Candidate: Music Education, Boston University
Byron Graves conducts the Andrews University Wind Symphony and is responsible for teaching music education courses for the music teacher certification program. Prior to coming to Andrews University, he held K-12 teaching positions in band, handbells, and general music at Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Cedar Lake Elementary School, and Union Springs Academy. His ensembles have traveled extensively around the United States, and have won awards for their outstanding performances. He has also served as a clinician and guest conductor for band and handbell festivals around the country.
Mr. Graves obtained his masters degree in instrumental conducting from Central Michigan University, and undergraduate degrees in clarinet performance and music education from Andrews University. He has completed doctoral coursework at Boston University and is currently working on his dissertation research on the topic of student belonging in high school band. He also has professional memberships with the National Association for Music Education, Michigan Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, International Clarinet Association, and International Adventist Musicians Association. He firmly believes that music brings you closer to God in a way nothing else can, and he is passionate about helping mentor the next generation of Adventist music educators.
In addition to music, Mr. Graves also enjoys an active lifestyle of backpacking, mountaineering, mountain biking, running, and canoeing. He is married to his beautiful wife, Jenni (a school psychologist at the Berrien RESA), and together they chase around their very active son, Asher.