Community Symphony

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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.


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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 department of music, 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 twice a year on Sundays in November and March. Each concert is also performed at a local community venue. Information about past concerts can be found in this list of the orchestra's concert literature.

Violin I
Mary Klooster Hillyard
Sarah VanWingerden Bratt
Mary Bardolph
Laurie Boomers
Ian Graham
Rich Huisman
Lori Plaisier
Maria Poppen
Ryan Pott
Katie Seifert
Marlae Sloothaak
Lisa Van Dyke

Violin II
Hannah Piedt
Anna Connelly
Amy Brasser
Courtney Busscher
Gene Fonger
Lynn Khadija
Angie K. Mast
Susan A. Stoddard
Amy Vis
Lisa Walhout

Debra Rienstra
Katie Hettinga
MaryEllen Bloem
Elizabeth Campbell
Pete Colburn
Sarah Hofman-Graham

Andrew Plaisier
Joshua Ruiter
Arda Cushman
Ellen Maddix
Sardis Soto
Hannah Vis

Ron Rienstra
Sally Northouse De Vries
Traci Montgomery

Laura Schipper
David Van Dyke
Marie Albers

Marjorie Hage Hoogeboom
Patricia Gordon

Nicholas J. Valenziano
Raymond Stakenas
Kristin Vander Linde McKay

Peggy Bentley Patrick
Carol Nutt

Cheryl Hoogewind
James Zwarensteyn
Natalie Henderson
Ann Reinhard
Susan Wygmans

Jonathan Karnes
Glenn Jarrell
Roger Griffioen

Ben Huisman
Robert DeWeerd
James Mollema

Paul Keen

Eric Stone

Justin Voogt
Ted Gerken
Marie Albers

Lois Nordling

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