Excellence in the art of music

Welcome to The Department of Music at Calvin College. The ability to make music is one of God’s choicest gifts to His people. Music enriches our lives, rouses our emotions, and stimulates our intellect. At Calvin College, there are many opportunities for you to use your musical gifts to “make a joyful noise!"

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2016-17 Season Preview

For a sneak peek of the upcoming music department season, please see the 2016-17 Music Calendar. Please check back soon for more detailed information.

PASSPORT Music Auditions

Solo PianoIf you are an incoming student (first-year or transfer student) and are interested in performing with one of Calvin's eight music ensembles, you will want to make sure to register for a music audition during your PASSPORT orientation session this summer.

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Thou Art My Love, I Think

Thou Art My Love, I ThinkDavid Fuentes, Professor of Music (Composition and Theory), has written a rock opera! It uses Shakespeare’s text from Act V of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the part where some hack actors perform a sappy play at a wedding reception. The play and its opera were performed at Calvin in 2014, and the opera has recently been professionally recorded so that other theater companies might consider staging it as well.

You can hear the music at While you are there, you can also read about a surprising connection that Shakespeare draws between faith and the arts in this apparently raucous play within a play. Caution: Several of the tunes are quite catchy, and you might not be able to get them out of your head for several days. Listen at your own risk!

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Meet our majors: Andrew Plaisier

Andrew PlaisierMeet Andrew Plaisier, a senior graduating this month with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Applied Music! In the fall, Andrew will be starting the Cello Performance Master's program at the University of Michigan in the studio of Anthony Elliott.

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Composing a life of faith and discovery

Meet Calvin College music major Kelvyn Koning. Kelvyn is a music composition major and will be a senior this coming year. We are thrilled to welcome Kelvyn and all new and returning students to campus!

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