Welcome to The Department of Music at Calvin College. Our department is comprised of more than 500 students, 40 faculty and six staff members who are committed to excellence in the art of music. We believe that music is a gift from God and deserves no less than our best.
The Department of Music at Calvin College is pleased to announce Mr. Sean Ivory as the new Principal Conductor of the Calvin Oratorio Society and adjunct professor of music. Mr. Ivory will assume the role of Principal Conductor in June 2014 when current director, Prof. Joel Navarro, vacates the position. Prof. Navarro will be leaving Calvin College in June after serving as the director and conductor of the Calvin Oratorio Society for eleven years. Prof. Navarro has accepted an invitation to teach fulltime at Singapore Bible College and will begin teaching and administering the Master of Church Music program and Choral Conducting major beginning in July 2014.
Mr. Sean Ivory is a highly respected conductor and composer both locally and internationally and is the desired choice for a music department known for its choral tradition. Ivory is a 1992 graduate of Calvin with a graduate degree from Michigan State University. He has been the vocal music instructor at the Forest Hills Central High School since 1992 and is the director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus. His choral works in collaboration with Paul Caldwell are well known and performed by choirs all over the world. His choirs have performed at both state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, and have toured Ireland, the Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, and Ghana.
Mr. Ivory will join Calvin’s choral department, which currently includes Prof. Pearl Shangkuan and Prof. Charsie Sawyer. In addition to his work with the Calvin Oratorio choir, Ivory will also conduct the Campus Choir, a mixed choral ensemble with student membership from across all disciplines of the college.
Register online today for Senior Week (August 4-8, 2014) or Junior Week (August 11-14, 2014) through the Knollcrest Music Camp webpage.