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Excellence in the art of music

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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Meet our majors: Rachael Hoekwater

Rachael Hoekwater Meet Rachael Hoekwater, a music major in her junior year at Calvin. Inspired by her dad's piano playing abilities, Rachael began studying piano in the second grade. She chose Calvin because she wanted to attend a school that challenged her to think critically about her career path as it connects with God’s call for her life as a musician, daughter, friend, worshipper, and teacher.

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NATS award winners

NATS award winnersEach year, over 250 high school and college students come together to compete in a variety of categories at the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Students and faculty members who participated from Calvin College included: Nathaniel Kazmierczak, Gina Crumb, Kathryn Kubicek, Annelise Folkema, Aaron Polet, Ashley Meyers, Dr. Mark Webb, and Dr. Roger Scanlan. The vocal participants were Aaron Polet, Ashley Meyers, Jana Dykhuis, Raeanna, Hudnell, Annelise Folkema, and Jenny Baldwin. Special congratulations two winners in their divisions: Aaron Polet (1st prize upper college men division) and Ashey Meyers (2nd place lower college women division).

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Making a difference: Charsie Sawyer

Charsie SawyerMusic professor Charsie Randolph Sawyer recently released her new book and CD set, Gospel Vocalises & Warm Ups: Engaging Mind, Body & Spirit. She hopes her book and CD will help gospel singers, worship leaders, psalmists and choirs—especially those without a lot of knowledge or training on gospel music—grow in the ability to lead congregations in worship.

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Discover Cantus and the Guest Artists Series


CantusCome and experience Cantus on February 19 as they present a program entitled "The Four Loves."

Explore other captivating artists are featured on the 2015-16 Guest Artists Series. This series is designed to feature the most robust vocal ensembles and electrifying soloists on the music scene. The world-renowned artists presented on this series will leave you musically renewed in mind and spirit. So, make sure you have your tickets because you will not want to miss one moment of The Guest Artist Series.

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Composing a life of faith and discovery

Meet Calvin College music major Kelvyn Koning. Kelvyn is a music composition major and will be a senior this coming year. We are thrilled to welcome Kelvyn and all new and returning students to campus!

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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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October 2015


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