Music Department Day, February 3, 2017

During Fridays at Calvin-Music Department Day, you and your family can visit classes, go to chapel, attend an ensemble rehearsal, hear a short recital by current majors, participate in an informative breakout session and meet with Calvin music faculty. We will also be hosting lessons for any prospective music major who would like to be heard by a faculty member. This lesson will not take the place of your recorded audition.

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Statement of purpose

The Calvin Music Department, as a teaching and learning community, aims for the development of a Christian mind with which to understand, create, and teach music. To accomplish this, the faculty addresses itself to developing musical skills, knowledge, understanding, and discernment, to the end that the richness of musical and pedagogical practices will be shaped by a Christian perspective for lives of service. Recognizing that music is a matter for Christian stewardship, service, and critique, the Music Department is committed to preparing both music majors and non-majors as listeners, performers, composers, worship leaders, scholars, and educators to serve as agents of redemption throughout the Kingdom of God.

Accreditation and membership

Calvin College and all the programs it offers are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Calvin is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for its music programs.

Explore the Music Deaprtment
History
Facilities
Instruments

Ensemble History

  • Orchestra – December 9, 1908 (10 people in the group)
  • Band – 1920-21 (maybe earlier)
  • Oratorio – October 25, 1920 (First performance was March 22, 1921)
  • Men’s Glee Club – November 1917
  • A Capella (Capella) – 1935
  • Women’s Chorale – 1945-47, 1965
  • Meistersingers – 1953
  • Gospel Choir – 1980's

Covenant Fine Arts Center

  • 1966-Fine Arts Center is opened and dedicated.
  • 1985- Calvin Music Department becomes a member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • 2009-Fine Arts Center closed for renovations.
  • 2010-Covenant Fine Arts Center reopens with added space and upgrades to the Auditorium and Recital Hall.
  • 2011-Currently 7 Full-Time Faculty, 23 Part-Time Faculty, and 8 Staff Members.

Covenant Fine Arts Center

Exterior

  • Opened in 1966
  • Renovated in Fall 2010
  • 124,000 sq. feet in size

Auditorium

Auditorium

  • Seats 1,065
  • Original "Ceiling of Stars"
  • Handicap accessible stage and seating area

Recital Hall

CFAC Recital Hall

  • Seats 240
  • 1,000 sq. feet stage
  • Accousticsdesigned and built for music and speech applications
  • Handicap accessible stage and seating area

Practice Rooms

  • 21 practice rooms (including rooms with organs)
  • All equipped with upright or electronic pianos
  • Variety of sizes to accommodate all instruments
  • Located near music professor offices
  • Instrument storage area available

Music Theory Computer Lab

  • 14 work stations
  • 88-key electronic keyboards for every station
  • Industry standard music sequencing and notation software
  • Music theory-drill fundamentals
  • Composition capabilities

Composer Station

  • Vienna symphonic library and high power sequencing tools
  • Film scoring capabilities
  • Set up for advanced composing and film scoring

Pianos

The college owns pianos in the Fine Arts Center and around campus in dorm lobbies, the Field House, the Commons, Gezon Auditorium, Spoelhof Center, Knollcrest Dining Hall, the Manor House, and the Seminary. Housed in the Auditorium are two Steinway concert grands and a Bosendorfer concert grand. Practice rooms, studios and classrooms are supplied with Steinway, Yamaha, and Boston upright pianos and Kawai electronic pianos for faculty and student use.

Organs

The Bernard D. Zondervan Memorial Organ

The Bernard D. Zondervan Memorial Organ, housed in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium, was built by Schlicker in 1966. The organ has 39 ranks, 32 stops, and tracker action. Click here for a full list of organ stops.

The DeWitt Family Organ

Click here for a full listing of organ stops on the DeWitt Family Organ.

The Studio Organ

Located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center 206.  Click here for a full listing of specifications.

Practice Organs

Located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, rooms 203 & 204 (rooms specifically reserved for organ practice).

The Becker Positiv Organ

Harpsichords

The college owns 2 harpsichords made by Keith Hill. The two-manual “French” harpsichord made in 1981 has three sources of strings, 8’, 8’, and 4’. The single-manual “Italian” harpsichord made in 1988, has four 8’ of strings, a buff stop and a transposing keyboard. To use the harpsichords for practice or recitals, students must get permission from Professor Tim Steele. As these instruments require more frequent tuning, studnets should inform the Events Manager as early as possible if a harpsichord will be needed in a recital.

String Instruments

Students who are members of a Calvin ensemble or take private lessons and do not own their own instruments may rent from the large supply of string instruments owned by the Music Department. There is no rental charge for the use of college-owned instruments although the student is responsibile for standard maintenance caused by daily wear and tear. Contact the Music Department for information on instrument loan.

Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship:

Mr. and Mrs. Leo L. Cayvan were long-time supporters of the Calvin Music Department. In addition to funding several music scholarships, Mr. and Mrs. Cayvan donated an excellent collection of stringed instruments to Calvin. This collection includes a small number of professional-quality instruments that are made available to students as non-monetary scholarship awards. Incoming and returning students are eligible for these awards, which are based on achievement and need. The awards are renewable, pending review by a music faculty committee. Students who are awarded these [non-monetary] Llewellyn L. Cayvan Violin, Viola, Cello or String Bass Scholarships are expected to perform with the Calvin Orchestra and take private lessons. Click here for more information about Calvin's string program. The application form for this award can be found here or you may request a copy from the Music Department.

Wind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments

Students who are members of a Calvin ensemble or take private lessons and do not own their own instruments may rent from the large supply of wind, brass, and percussion instruments owned by the Music Department. There is no rental charge for the use of college-owned instruments although the student is responsibile for standard maintenance caused by daily wear and tear. Contact the Music Department for information on instrument loan.

Handbells

Calvin owns a five-octave set of Malmark handbells and three octaves of choirchimes.