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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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  • Sat., Nov. 9, 2019 at 3:00pm in the CFAC Auditorium
  • Sat., March 7, 2020 at 3:00pm 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 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.

Violin I
Mary Klooster Hillyard
Sarah VanWingerden Bratt
Sarah Griffioen
Mary Bardolph
Joe Dever
Lis Hatfield
Lori Plaisier
Maria Poppen
Ryan Pott
Karisa Sprite
Lisa VanDyke

Violin II
Hannah Piedt
Julie Bowden
Gene E. Fonger
Leslie Hulst
Lynn Khadija
Angie K. Mast
Jodi Nesbitt
Susan A. Stoddard

Debra Rienstra
Claire Schaar
Mary Ellen Bloem
Elizabeth Campbell
Pete Colburn
Helen Glaza
Dot Hekman
Donna Lachniet
Faith O'Brien
Kati Poler
Kate Snow

Luke Tilma
Patricia N. Tergerson
Heather Alexander
Arda Cushman
Ellen Maddix
Corrin Meyer
James Newton
Kristin Vanderwall
Kyoungah (Sara) White

Ron Rienstra
Sally Northouse deVries
Traci Montgomery

Laura Schipper
David H. Van Dyke
Marie Albers

Marie Albers

Marjorie Hoogeboom
Alanna Rynders
Patricia Gordon

English Horn
Patricia Gordon

Raymond Stakenas
Susan Hanline

Peggy Bentley Patrick
Lynze Price

Cheryl Hoogewind
Susan Wygmans
Elizabeth Tuininga
Jim Zwarenstyn

Jonathan Karnes
Glenn Jarrell

Ben Huisman
Robert DeWeerd
Craig Bierenga

Phil VandenBerge

Eric Stone


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