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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- Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 at 3:00pm in the CFAC Auditorium
- Sat., March 7, 2020 at 3:00pm in the CFAC Auditorium
Explore Community Symphony
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 twice a year on Sundays in November and March. Information about past concerts can be found in this list of the orchestra's concert literature.
Mary Klooster Hillyard
Sarah VanWingerden Bratt
Gene E. Fonger
Angie K. Mast
Susan A. Stoddard
Mary Ellen Bloem
Patricia N. Tergerson
Kyoungah (Sara) White
Sally Northouse deVries
David H. Van Dyke
Peggy Bentley Patrick
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