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The Judd Family Endowed Fund

Judd Family Endowed Fund

The Judd Family Endowed Fund award was established in 2008 by the Judd family 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.

2019-20 Judd Family Endowed Fund Awarded programs include:

An Exploration of Beethoven’s Music, Life and Legacy through 32 Piano Sonatas 

Concert No. 1
Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall 
In the opening concert of this series, OU piano faculty will play representative works from each of Beethoven’s three major periods: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, “Pathetique” (I-Chen Yeh); Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein” (Tian Tian); and Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 (Rebecca Happel).
Free admission

Concert No. 2
Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall 
In the second concert of this series, OU piano students will perform Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10, No. 2 (Caleb Wayman); Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una
fantasia,” Op. 27, No. 2, “Moonlight Sonata” (Elizabeth Heilig); and Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata” (Bryce Dudal).
Free admission

Saturday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Guest Concert - Jerry Wong, piano
Monday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall
Steinway artist Jerry Wong will perform Piano Sonata No. 18 in Eb major, Op. 31, No. 3 and other works.
Free admission

Concert No. 5
Sunday, March 22 at 3 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall
In the fifth concert of this series, OU piano alumni will perform Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major, Op. 2 (Joe Walters); Piano Sonata No. 22 in F major, Op. 54 (Josh Kolpak); and Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101 (Alex Kopitz.)
Free admission

Sunday, March 29
Location: Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church

Concert No. 6
Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall 
This lecture/recital will feature the simpler Beethoven works such as Piano Sonata No. 20 in G major, Op. 49, No. 2 and Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14, No. 1.
Free admission

Pedagogy Workshop
Tuesday, May 5
Location: Oakland University

Haruna Walusimbi, East African Music and Dance

Sunday, October 20 at 3 p.m.
Location: Varner Recital Hall 
In his work as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor and educator, Haruna Walusimbi embodies the holistic nature of East African Music and Dance and has achieved international renown.
$14 general, $8 students

Bing Liu: Masterclass, Filmmaker Roundtable and Community Screening  

February 4, 2020

Master Class
9–11:45 a.m.
Varner Hall Studio, Room 112

Filmmaker Roundtable & Networking Event
3–5 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B

Screening of Minding the Gap with Introduction and Q&A by Bing Liu
6:30 p.m.
North Foundation Hall, Room 156

JooHee Yoon, Illustrator: Upside Down Inside Out

Tuesday, February 18 at noon
Location: Wilson Hall – Art Gallery

The Art of Communication: Storytelling to Save the Planet 

Environmental Vignettes
Thursday, March 5, 1 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B

Photojournalist and filmmaker, Morgan Heim, will present vignettes of projects addressing wildlife conservation, climate change, and socio-ecological impacts of the US-Mexico border wall construction. Open to students, faculty and the public. No RSVP required.

Q&A; Panel Discussion with Morgan Heim 
Thursday, March 5t, 2 p.m.
Oakland Center, Banquet Room B

Visual Storytelling Workshop
Friday, March 6 (two one-hour sessions)

  • 2–3 p.m. Building Collaborations: Science + Art + Media
  • 3–4 p.m. Communicating a Message

This is a hands-on learning opportunity for students, staff, faculty and community to come together to discuss the process of collaboration. Space is limited. If you are interested in attending one or both workshops, please contact Mary Jamieson at

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
  • 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)