In the tradition of a nationally recognized liberal arts college, student musicians at Kalamazoo College enjoy the highest standards of teaching and learning combined with the special opportunities for individual study and growth unique to the "K" plan.
The music department seeks to cultivate an understanding of the language and history of music and to nurture artistic skill and musicianship. Music performance opportunities (both solo and ensemble) combine with academic coursework (in music theory and history) to form the core of our curriculum. In the spirit of a liberal arts education, all performance activity and the vast majority of our academic courses are open to majors and non-majors alike.
The major or minor in music intensifies this integrated approach to create highly creative, analytical thinkers with a great amount of self-discipline, independent organizational skills, and confidence in stage presence. They are welcomed by graduate schools and employers alike.
Jazz Band Concert - "Red Bull Without a Cause"!
The Kalamazoo College Music Department will present “Red Bull Without a Cause” performed on Friday, March 7, at 8pm in Dalton Theatre of the Light Fine Arts Building. The ensemble features students from K College and Western Michigan University and is directed by Dr. Thomas Evans. Admission is free for students and faculty of Kalamazoo College, and is free for the public as well! This concert includes the pieces Satin Doll by Duke Ellington, Walk, Don’t Run by Johnny Smith, Bolivia by Cedar Walton, and many more jazz favorites. Come join them for an evening of live entertainment and fun tunes!
KPHIL Concert - "Revolutionary Fates"!
KPHIL's “Revolutionary Fates” concert will be performed on Saturday evening, March 8, at 8pm in Dalton Theatre of the Light Fine Arts Building. The ensemble features Kalamazoo College students along community members of the Kalamazoo region and is conducted by Dr. Andrew Koehler. Guest artist Weiyin Chen will be featured on piano during “Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2“! The ensemble will also be performing Mosolov’s “Iron Foundry”, Martinu’s “Memorial to Lidice”, and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances”. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults, $2 for students and children, and free for all Kalamazoo College students and faculty. Following the concert will be a reception held in the lobby, offering free snacks and refreshments, along with CDs from previous KPhil concerts to be purchased.
Kalamazoo College Singers concert - "Through the Dark"!
Kalamazoo College Singers “Through the Dark” concert will be performed on Sunday, March 9, at 3pm in Stetson Chapel. The concert will feature both the College Singers ensemble, and the Women's Ensemble (both conducted by Jim Turner). The concert is completely free and features songs such as "Through the Dark" by Andrea Ramsey (adapted from the writings of Helen Keller), "Heart, We Will Forget Him!" by James Quitman Mulholland (text by Emily Dickinson), and many more!