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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

Anton Baranov - Guitar Foundation of America 2013 Winner!

Anton Baranov

Please join us Thursday, October 30, 2014 to welcome Anton Baranov to K's campus! Anton is making a special stop at Kalamazoo College, following his Carnegie Hall performance, as part of his 50 city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil.

He will be performing a masterclass at 11:30am in the Recital Hall of the Light Fine Arts Building. Attendance is FREE for all students and community members. Performing for Anton is FREE for K students, and is $35 for community members.

Anton will be performing at 8:00pm in Stetson Chapel.  Attendance is $10 for general admission, $5 for students & seniors, and FREE for K students. CD's will also be sold at the door for $15.

About Anton Baranov

Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.

Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”

Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.

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