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!"
If you are an incoming student (first-year or transfer student) and are interested in performing with one of Calvin's eight music ensembles, you will want to make sure to register for a music audition during your PASSPORT orientation session this summer.
Congratulations to Chan Gyu Jang who received a $1,000 first place award at the AnnaMae Rotman Young Organist Competition. Held by the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the Annamae Rotman Young Organist Competition was founded in 2013 by Dr. Richard Rotman in honor of his mother and is an annual competition.
Chan Gyu Jang came to Calvin College in 2011 as the first child in his entire family to study in the United States. Growing up in South Korea and China, he had been simply unaware of the existence of pipe organs until his sophomore year in college. When he first heard the chapel organ being played, he fell in love with the instrument, and began to explore it in the guidance of his teacher Norma de Waal Malefyt. Now playing the organ is an irreplaceable part of his life.
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”!
Scholarships for first-year students are available for piano, organ, voice, brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion and composition.
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