College of Arts and Sciences Advising

O'Dowd Hall, Room 130
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-4567

College of Arts and Sciences
Dean's Office

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2140
Fax: (248) 370-4280

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Judd Family Endowed Fund

The Judd Family Endowed Fund award was established in 2008 by the Judd family and the Lyon Foundation to provide Oakland University and the College of Arts and Sciences with the opportunity to sponsor programs in the humanities and arts, a passion of the Judd Family.

2021-22 Judd Family Endowed Fund Awarded Programs 

Classical Cabaret Series: Krysty Swann, mezzo-soprano

Tuesday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
Free admission, but an advance ticket is required –

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Krysty Swann has been hailed for her beautiful and rich voice, as well as her captivating presence on stage.

Saxophone Masterclass with Steven Banks

Saturday, September 18 at 2:30 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
Free admission. RSVP to

The OU Saxophone Studio holds an open masterclass with Steven Banks.

Steven Banks, guest artist saxophone recital

Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
Free admission, but an advance ticket is required –

Steven Banks, assistant professor of saxophone at Ithaca College, presents works by Creston, Decruck, and Banks. I-Chen Yeh, piano.

Kevin Locke and Spirits Rising — International Peace Day Concert 

Sunday, September 19 at 4 p.m.
Varner Hall Courtyard Stage
Free admission, but an advance ticket is required –

Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace provides a “globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.” Celebrate Peace Day, Native American culture and Indigenous knowledge systems at Oakland University with Kevin Locke and Spirits Rising. Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation “First to Rise”) is a world-famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Spirits Rising is led by the dynamic musical duo of singer/songwriters Alice Sun and Joe Reilly. Drawing on their Native American heritage (Powhatan and Cherokee respectively), their songs include traditional indigenous musical elements as well as notes of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop and rock. The concert will also include Oakland University faculty members Marion Hayden, Gayelynn McKinney and Mark Stone.

Classical Cabaret Series: Leah Crocetto, soprano

Thursday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
Free admission, but an advance ticket is required –

American soprano Leah Crocetto continues to astonish audiences with her moving portrayals of opera’s greatest heroines.

Vocal Masterclass with Leah Crocetto, soprano

Friday, October 1 at 10 a.m.
Varner Recital Hall
Free admission. RSVP to

OU voice students perform in an open masterclass with soprano Leah Crocetto.

Aftermath or Awakening: Media & The City After Covid

Tuesday, September 28
Tent located behind Kresge Library

Voices Heard: Dr. Johnetta Brazzell and the Pontiac Oral Histories Project

February 2022

Choral Commissioning Project

Friday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
University Presbyterian Church

An African American Ballerina Trains the Next Generation of Dancers
Elizabeth Kattner

Seraph Brass Virtual Residency

Friday, February 4
Virtual Event

2020-21 Judd Family Endowed Fund Awarded Programs (postponed events):

Cleopatra Boy
Kerro Knox

Elaine Hagenberg Residency
Melissa Hoag

Women and Gender Studies Poetry Slam
Alison Powell

Program Requirements
  • Focus upon the arts or humanities
  • Highlight the University's College of Arts and Sciences' commitment to the arts and humanities
  • Programs must be open to students, faculty, alumni and the community
  • Programs highlighting the research or creative activity to a specific faculty member are not eligible for Humanities Awards.
Past Judd Awardees
  • Trans and Film Media in the 21st Century (2020-21)
  • The Oakland University Piano Pedagogy Workshop (2020-21)
  • An Exploration of Beethoven’s Music, Life and Legacy through 32 Piano Sonatas (2019-20)
  • Haruna Walusimbi, East African Music and Dance (2019-20)
  • Bing Liu: Masterclass, Filmmaker Roundtable and Community Screening  (2019-20)
  • JooHee Yoon, Illustrator: Upside Down Inside Out (2019-20)
  • The Art of Communication: Storytelling to Save the Planet (2019-20)
  • Envisioning Marche Funèbre: A Study in the Early Choreography of George Balanchine (2018-19)
  • Exploring the Video Essay: Creative and Critical Practice, keynote speaker Kevin B. Lee (2018-19)
  • Eula Biss Nonfiction Reading and Craft Talk (2018-19)
  • Andy Narell residency and concerts (2018-19)
  • Collaboration Behind the Curtain with composer Tom Cipullo: Residency and Performance (2018-19)
  • World Without Ice (2017-18)
  • Volunteer Work in Germany: The Refugee Crisis from an American Perspective (2017-18)
  • Lucille Tanazas lecture (2017-18)
  • Lorna Goodison Poetry reading and craft talk (2017-18)
  • Stuart Dybek reading and craft talk (2016-17)
  • The Ben Wendel Quartet (2016-17)
  • The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design, Nation and Empire in Modern Japan (2016-17)
  • Two Cases of Surviving Racial Discrimination During WWII: A Jewish boy in Shanghai and a Japanese girl in a California concentration camp (2016-17)
  • Choreographers for German Contemporary Dance (2015-16)
  • Literacy: Enhancing Reading Through Community Partnership (2015-16)
  • OU National Spoken Word Showcase (2015-16)
  • Jazz Vibraphonist Joe Locke (2015-16)
  • Ngoma: Music and Dance Uganda (2014)
  • Filming Shakespeare Behind Bars (2013)
  • App as Art (2013)