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Welcome to The Department of Music at Calvin College. The ability to make music is one of God’s choicest gifts to His people. Music enriches our lives, rouses our emotions, and stimulates our intellect. At Calvin College, there are many opportunities for you to use your musical gifts to “make a joyful noise!"

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Handel's Messiah Performances Sold Out


MessiahOratorio Society's presentation of Handel's Messiah on December 5 & 6 is sold out, but you can here it rebroadcasted at 8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve on Blue Lake Public Radio (WBLU 88.9 Grand Rapids/WBLV 90.3 Muskegon). For the complete Messiah Radio Broadcast Schedule, please visit the Oratorio Society webpage.

Ninety-five years ago, the Calvin Oratorio Society made its debut
with the first of its now traditional Christmas season performances
of Handel’s Messiah. This season features the debut performance
of conductor Sean Ivory. Prof. Ivory is a highly respected conductor
and composer and is both locally and internationally recognized.

Pearl Shangkuan Receives Choral Award


Choral AwardCongratulations to Dr. Pearl Shangkuan as the 2014 recipient of the Maynard Klein Choral Award from the Michigan American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). The award is given in recognition of artistic excellence and a lifetime of leadership in the field of choral music. "Pearl's contributions to our art are enormous," noted Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choral Activities and Professor and Chair of Conducting at the University of Michigan School of Music. "For me, I treasure Pearl most for who she is, for her dedication to her family, her faith, her multitude of friends, and her art."  Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, also offered words of congratulations. "I hold her [Pearl] in the highest esteem for her work as a conductor, scholar, and music educator," Armstrong wrote. "As a former President of Michigan ACDA, I can attest that Dr. Shangkuan has been a wonderful ambassador and exemplar of the high standards of beautiful choral music that takes place throughout the great state of Michigan."

Dr. Pearl Shangkuan is a professor of Music at Calvin College where she directs Capella, Women's Chorale and Calvin Alumni Choir and teaches choral conducting and choral literature. She is also the chorus master (endowed Covenant Chair) of the Grammy-nominated Grand Rapids Symphony.

Apply for a Music Scholarship


Music Scholarship 2015The ability to make music is one of God’s choicest gifts to His people. Music enriches our lives, rouses our emotions, and stimulates our intellect. At Calvin College there are many opportunities for you to use your musical gifts to “make a joyful noise”!

Scholarships for first-year students are available for piano, organ, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion and composition.

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