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Kalamazoo College

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 

Kalamazoo Junior Symphony  Orchestra presents

Bon Voyage Concert - Andrew Koehler, director

Friday, June 22 at 7:30pmDalton Theater, Light Fine Arts Building at KCollege


Founders Trio - Featuring Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

Sponsored by Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop & The Arts Council of KalamzooTuesday, June 26 at 7pm
Dalton Theater in the Light Fine Arts Building at KCollege

Founders Trio featuring Brandon Ridenour

Merging the talents of five conservatory trained musicians from New York City, Founders is a virtuosic super-group captivating audiences everywhere. Combining classical, folk music, original compositions and pop arrangements, Founders is re-imagining the concert experience. As the New York Music Daily states, "Their excellent debut album, You & Who, is unlike anything else out there right now." Each musician has worked with acclaimed songwriters such as James TaylorSufjan Stevens, Sting, and Bj√∂rk, as well as with elite classical ensembles such as Canadian Brass, A Far Cry, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They have been featured on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Lincoln Center as well as on television broadcasts such as The Late Show, and SNL. With acoustic instruments and their unique musical vision, Founders is forging a new path for audiences around the world. 


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