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The Calvin Community Symphony, formerly known as the Calvin Alumni Orchestra, was founded in 1994 by former members of Calvin’s student ensembles to allow adult musicians to continue to serve the community by sharing performances of classical orchestral literature.

The orchestra’s membership is open to both Calvin alumni and community musicians who embrace the orchestra’s goals and the university’s mission.

To learn more about and keep up with the Calvin Community Symphony, visit their website.

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2023-2024 Concerts

  • Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:00pm in the CFAC Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 2:00pm in the CFAC Auditorium

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The Calvin Alumni Orchestra was founded in 1994 by former members of Calvin's student ensembles to allow adult musicians to continue to serve the community by sharing performances of classical orchestral literature. In 2010, the name was changed to the Calvin Community Symphony to better reflect who we are and who we serve through our music.

The orchestra is made up of a variety of musicians from the greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan community who share a love of performing classical orchestral literature. We hope to broaden our audience and increase our orchestra size by widening the door for community players and students to join us.

The orchestra is governed by a self-elected board and is supported by the alumni association, the music program, and its own membership. The orchestra's members, who give freely of their time and talent, come from all walks of life. All share a common love of performing great orchestral literature from composers past and present, and an abiding respect for Calvin's educational mission and performing arts tradition.

The orchestra performs in the Calvin Covenant Fine Arts Center, typically once in the fall and once in the spring.


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