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Music

Program Information

Professors: Bothwell, Evans, Koehler (Chair), Pixley, Schumaker, Turner

The music department seeks to cultivate an understanding of the language and history of music and to nurture artistic skill and musicianship. All music performance opportunities, both solo and ensemble, are available to majors and non-majors alike. Academic courses in music theory, music history, and practical musicianship combine with music performance to provide an integrated approach to the discipline.

The major or minor in music intensifies this integrated approach to create highly creative, analytical thinkers with self-discipline and independent organizational skills. They are welcomed by graduate schools and employers alike.

Music Department News

Intercultural Conference and Hip Hop Collective

Book club flyer Kalamazoo College’s Intercultural Student Life group presents the “Intercultural Conference and Hip Hop Collective,” a two-day event on April 29 and 30 featuring guest speakers, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, panels, discussions and a performance featuring five Hip Hop … Continue reading

Scores Make Waves

anThumb Answer this question, “What’s the best movie you ever saw?” and chances are your answer will be accurate  for a slightly different question: “What’s the best movie you ever heard?” Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan, a leading figure in the … Continue reading

Sweet Music in North Georgia

alvertJohnson If you happen to be in the Atlanta area this weekend you might want to make your way to Jasper, where the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family presents internationally acclaimed organist Calvert Johnson ’71 in an organ concert of … Continue reading

Does Good Need Memorable?

anThumb BuzzFeed’s Reggie Ugwu wrote an explication of a new vocal phenomenon he calls “Indie Pop Voice” (“Selena Gomez’s ’Good for You’ and the Rise of the ’Indie Pop Voice’”). The trend refers to many singers’ creative reshaping of vowel sounds. … Continue reading

Beyond the Blood

arrieThumb The outside gaze that condemns is the subject of Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College’s spring term production of CARRIE the musical. “Almost the very first lyrics concern the horror of going to high school every day and the pain of … Continue reading

Sunday Concert

atlinSpencer Soprano Katelin Spencer will do a concert at Kalamazoo College on Sunday, January 25. The Brighton (Mich.) native received her bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in opera performance and literature from … Continue reading

First Language: Music!

anThumb Our first “language” is music, according to the latest Psychology Today blog post of Kalamazoo College Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan. Or, more accurately, our first language is the interaction of our bodies with music, which begins as young as … Continue reading

Holiday Greetings from Kalamazoo College

Holidaycard2014 Dear Friends: Happy holidays and warm wishes for 2015. This is a very exciting time at K. We welcomed an outstanding class of 2018: 362 students from 30 states and 17 countries. The class is one of the most diverse … Continue reading

Baby Tears and Dancing Twins

iuLanTan Thumbnail Psychology Press has launched a new social media campaign called “Ask Dr. Tan.” And, yes, it’s “our” Dr. Tan–Professor of Psychology Siu-Lan Tan. Psychology Press is one of her publishers. Their Twitter account has many followers (among the highest number … Continue reading

Philharmonia Director Wins Music Award

oehlerthumb Associate Professor of Music Andrew Koehler, who also serves as music director of the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, is the 2014 winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Programming—Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award—in the community division. Andrew was selected from applications reviewed this … Continue reading