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Music Department

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.


Upcoming Events

Hannah Shaughnessy-Mogill, soprano / Senior Recital

Hannah Shaughnessy-Mogill 

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 3pm - Recital Hall

Featuring works by Handel, Mozart, Gounod, Puccini, Donaudy and Gershwin! 


KPHIL & Bach Festival

"Heaven & Earth"

Brahm's A German Requiem

Brahms Requiem 

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Andrew Koehler, conductor
Bach Festival Chorus, James Turner, director
Rhea Olivaccé, soprano; Anthony Clark Evans, baritone

Wagner - Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring of the Nibelung
Brahms - A German Requiem

At the tender age of 20, Johannes Brahms was hailed by Robert Schumann as a genius. When Brahms completed A German Requiem in 1869, critics considered it the fulfillment of Schumann’s prophecy. The Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus and Kalamazoo Philharmonia join forces to present this unequaled choral masterpiece by Brahms. The concert will also include Siegfried's Funeral March from The Ring of the Nibelung by Wagner.

For more information and tickets, visit

K-Students are FREE -- Bus to Chenery is available by contacting the music department and getting a ticket for the concert -


Kalamazoo College Singers - New Horizons

Choral SP2015 

For more information, please call the music office at (269)337-7070 or email