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Music Department

In the tradition of a nationally recognized liberal arts college that awards the BA degree in Music, 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

The Academy Street Winds

Magic, Myths, and Legends

ASW WI2017 

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 8pm

Dalton Theater - Light Fine Arts Building

All over the world there are extraordinary stories—stories that once upon a time were believed to be true. The Academy Street Winds will explore several of these magical moments and ancient stories through an exciting musical program. Selections include: Overture to La Cenerentoloa (“Cinderella”) by Rossini, Incantation and Dance by Chance, Triumph of the Argonauts by Sheldon, and much more.  Don’t miss this exciting program by Kalamazoo’s newest concert ensemble.


Burdick-Thorne String Quartet Performance

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11am

Recital Hall - Light Fine Arts Building

Burdick Thorne

A 45-minute performance featuring 20th century composers, such as Hovhaness, Shostakovich, Bartok, Terry Riley, and Betsy Start.


Jazz Band

"We're Outta Here!"

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm

Dalton Theater - Light Fine Arts Building

For the first time ever, the band will present a programmatically themed concert called “We’re Outta Here!” Join the band on this musical journey from Kalamazoo to the Big Apple where the band hops a flight to Africa.  After enjoying their time in Tunisia and visiting an oasis the band returns to the U.S. and drives back to Kalamazoo in a fast car.  Come here what tunes are played to paint this sonic adventure! It’s all fun and games until the tunes run out. 


Kalamazoo Philharmonia

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8pm

Dalton Theater - Light Fine Arts Building


College Singers & Women's Ensemble

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 3pm

Stetson Chapel


                        Guest Artists

Sunday Afternoon Jazz


Amina Figarova - Jazz Piano 

Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan -moved to America in 2010


Bart Plateau, Flute

Husband / Band mate

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Sunday, April 23rd - 4pm
Dalton Theatre, Light Fine Arts Building


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