The Calvin Music Department, as a teaching and learning community, aims for the development of a Christian mind with which to understand, create, and teach music. To accomplish this, the faculty addresses itself to developing musical skills, knowledge, understanding, and discernment, to the end that the richness of musical and pedagogical practices will be shaped by a Christian perspective for lives of service. Recognizing that music is a matter for Christian stewardship, service, and critique, the Music Department is committed to preparing both music majors and non-majors as listeners, performers, composers, worship leaders, scholars, and educators to serve as agents of redemption throughout the Kingdom of God.
Calvin College and all the programs it offers are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Calvin is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for its music programs.
The college owns pianos in the Fine Arts Center and around campus in dorm lobbies, the Field House, the Commons, Gezon Auditorium, Spoelhof Center, Knollcrest Dining Hall, the Manor House, and the Seminary. Housed in the Auditorium are two Steinway concert grands and a Bosendorfer concert grand. Practice rooms, studios and classrooms are supplied with Steinway, Yamaha, and Boston upright pianos and Kawai electronic pianos for faculty and student use.
The Bernard D. Zondervan Memorial Organ, housed in the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium, was built by Schlicker in 1966. The organ has 39 ranks, 32 stops, and tracker action. Click here for a full list of organ stops.
Click here for a full listing of organ stops on the DeWitt Family Organ.
Located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center 206. Click here for a full listing of specifications.
Located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, rooms 203 & 204 (rooms specifically reserved for organ practice).
The college owns 2 harpsichords made by Keith Hill. The two-manual “French” harpsichord made in 1981 has three sources of strings, 8’, 8’, and 4’. The single-manual “Italian” harpsichord made in 1988, has four 8’ of strings, a buff stop and a transposing keyboard. To use the harpsichords for practice or recitals, students must get permission from Professor Tim Steele. As these instruments require more frequent tuning, studnets should inform the Events Manager as early as possible if a harpsichord will be needed in a recital.
Students who are members of a Calvin ensemble or take private lessons and do not own their own instruments may rent from the large supply of string instruments owned by the Music Department. There is no rental charge for the use of college-owned instruments although the student is responsibile for standard maintenance caused by daily wear and tear. Contact the Music Department for information on instrument loan.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo L. Cayvan were long-time supporters of the Calvin Music Department. In addition to funding several music scholarships, Mr. and Mrs. Cayvan donated an excellent collection of stringed instruments to Calvin. This collection includes a small number of professional-quality instruments that are made available to students as non-monetary scholarship awards. Incoming and returning students are eligible for these awards, which are based on achievement and need. The awards are renewable, pending review by a music faculty committee. Students who are awarded these [non-monetary] Llewellyn L. Cayvan Violin, Viola, Cello or String Bass Scholarships are expected to perform with the Calvin Orchestra and take private lessons. Click here for more information about Calvin's string program. The application form for this award can be found here or you may request a copy from the Music Department.
Students who are members of a Calvin ensemble or take private lessons and do not own their own instruments may rent from the large supply of wind, brass, and percussion instruments owned by the Music Department. There is no rental charge for the use of college-owned instruments although the student is responsibile for standard maintenance caused by daily wear and tear. Contact the Music Department for information on instrument loan.
Calvin owns a five-octave set of Malmark handbells and three octaves of choirchimes.