Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra


Tuesday, June 4 
10 – 11 a.m. 
McGinley Pavilion

Grammy-nominated musician Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra thrives as a social justice activist, improvisation expert, award-winning composer, concert artist, conductor, and pedagogue. As founding Artistic Director and composer for Healing Bells, she works with international journalists and filmmakers to tell underreported stories of social injustices and agency via music and film. In witnessing the catharsis people experience when their voices are finally heard and represented through musical storytelling, Ruiter-Feenstra advocates for Healing Arts Centers and collective healing workshops that can reach people who have been marginalized. In 2020, Ruiter-Feenstra & Dutch journalist Jet Schouten co-created “Healing Bells,” a community-building pandemic, anti-racist response that concurrently premiered in 14 countries. Her explorations as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center in Sweden culminated in her acclaimed books, Bach and the Art of Improvisation (2 vols). She applies her improvisation expertise to global styles, most recently with Global Rings and Global Rings Improv, two pedagogical, performance, and publication initiatives Ruiter-Feenstra led in collaboration with University of Michigan carillon students to diversify carillon repertoire and engage new and seasoned audiences.


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