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October 18 & 19



  • Special Event Series
  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: CFAC Recital Hall, Auditorium and Center Art Gallery

New this year, the “Spotlight” concert features student performances ranging from solo work to larger ensembles, from musical theatre to early music. The casual concert atmosphere allows you to create your own unique musical experience by enjoying performances in three different venues. Make your evening complete by staying for the Calvin Music Festival immediately following.

Tickets: Required, FREE of charge
Proceeds benefit Calvin College's music scholarship program. 
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office

October 18 & 19

Calvin Music Festival

Calvin Music Festival: Today is the Day

Welcome to the Calvin Music Festival: “Today is the Day.” At this year's collage style concert, the department of music brings together all eight music department ensembles to perform large masterworks, celebrating a multitude of blessings from God.

Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students
Proceeds benefit Calvin College's music scholarship program. 
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office


Spotlight is a new concert taking place one hour prior to the Calvin Music Festival. The concert will take place at 6:30pm and concert goers are encouraged to partake of performances in the Center Art Gallery, CFAC Recital Hall, and CFAC Auditorium. Tickets are free but required.

November 10

Alumni Choir & Women’s Chorale with guest artist Ola Gjeilo, composer-pianist             


Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) studied at the Juilliard School in New York City and is currently one of the most sought after pianist-composers in the world. Gjeilo's concert works are performed globally, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer—the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose—was released in 2007. Many of Gjeilo’s choral works are featured on Northern Lights (2012), which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. This unique Calvin performance will feature the world premiere of a captivating Gjeilo piece, sung by the Alumni Choir and Women’s Chorale.

TICKETS: $15 Adult, $5 Student/Child
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office


December 6 & 7

Oratorio MessiahOratorio Society presents Handel's Messiah

Joel Navarro, conductor
Awet Andemicael, soprano
Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano
Drake Dantzler, tenor
Benjamin Clements, bass

George Frideric Handel composed Messiah in 1741 and it was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742. This year marks the Oratorio Society’s 94th presentation of the work. The ensemble will be under the direction of Joel Navarro. Prof. Joel Navarro is professor of music at Calvin College and directs the Capella, Campus Choir and Oratorio Society.  Prior to his appointment at Calvin in May 2002, he was assistant professor and chair of the choral conducting department at the University of the Philippines College of Music for sixteen years.  This year marks his eleventh year as music director of the Calvin Oratorio Society. Joining the choir and orchestra will be soloists Joel Navarro, conductor Awet Andemicael, soprano; Martha Hart, mezzo-soprano; Drake Dantzler, tenor and Benjamin Clements, bass. 

Single Ticket: $20-30

All tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office (616-526-6282).

Student Rush Pass
Students of any age with a valid student ID can purchase a $5 Student Rush Pass one hour prior to the performance at the Calvin College Box Office located in the west lobby of the Covenant Fine Arts Center. This offer is subject to availability. Student ID must be presented. Limit one ticket per student.

December 8

Lessons and Carols

Lessons & Carols

  • Special Event Series
  • Time: 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church

Join the Calvin Women’s Chorale and the Campus Choir for a service intended to refocus your heart and mind during the rush of the holiday season. This year marks the 40th service of songs, hymns and scripture readings. “Peaceable Kingdom” was crafted in part by the late Dr. Bert Polman who served as a professor and chair of the music department. 

Admission is free; a free will offering will be collected.

December 14

Swingin' Sleigh Ride 

The Calvin College Wind Ensemble is ready to take you on a sleigh ride adventure once again! This year we’re putting the swing into the season with your holiday favorites mixed with the stylings of greats such as Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Swingin’ Sleigh Ride is a multimedia concert for the young and young at heart. 

Tickets: $5 individual, $25 family
Tickets are available at the Calvin College Box Office

April 5

Celebration Concert for Prof. Bert Polman

Dr. Bert Polman served as professor of music and chair of the music department at Calvin College from 2005 until his passing on July 1, 2013. A noted musicologist and hymnologist, he wrote and edited numerous hymn texts and harmonizations throughout his 36-year career. He was a much-loved mentor to many students of music and worship and his faithful stewardship, gentle humor, and overwhelming kindness where felt by all whom he came in contact. The Calvin College Capella and Campus Choir will lead the Celebration Concert on April 5.

Tickets: Tickets are not required.