Browse Majors & Minors
Hit your highest notes with us!
Alma College is a great place for musicians.
Concerto Competition Winners
These students will be soloists with the Alma Symphony Orchestra on February 21: Rachel Dobyns (2018, McBride, MI), Eric Ferrara (2019, Livonia, MI), Luke Bent (2017, Marysville, PA), and Shanley Dorn (2017, Grayling, MI).
Whether you have professional ambitions or you just love to play and sing, there is a spot for you in one of Alma’s fine ensembles.
You have opportunities to perform on campus and to tour across Michigan, the United States and around the world. You can study with experienced professors who are professional performers and respected scholars.
The top of this page shows the Masterworks Concert featuring the Alma Symphony Orchestra and combined Choirs, all conducted by Murray Gross, April 11–12.
Joy of the Season
The Alma Choir, joined by student instrumentalist gave its annual Christmas concert in December. The Chorale and Women’s Glee Club were also featured performers.
Congratulations to the Alma College Pipe Band, winning its fourth consecutive United States Pipe Band Championship at the Highland Games in Alma on May 31!
The Alma College Percussion Ensemble performed on February 28 at the 57th annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. The ensemble received a Division I score from all five judges. Awards for “Outstanding Soloist” were given to Kegan Ball, Chelsea Bertagnoli, Elliot Bates, Shanley Dorn, Aaron Krause, and Rachel Nemeth.
Musicians here practice on Steinway pianos, work with the most current audio technology, give concerts and recitals in the Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, and rehearse and practice in the Eddy Music Building (below).
Facade of the new Eddy Music Building Lobby
May 15, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.:
Senior Guitar Recital by Austin Rodriguez
Austin will be giving his senior guitar recitial on May 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm in fulfillment of his B.A. in music. All are welcome.
July 30, 2016
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.:
Alma College String Day Camp Final Concert
Dr Takeshi Abo’s String Day Camp Final Concert. All are welcome.
Congratulations to Luke Bent, a double major in music and mathematics, whose team won the 21st MATH Challenge, at which 74 other teams from 28 different colleges and universities competed.
Congratulations to Joseph Kennedy (right, 1st place) and Cameron Tahaney (left, 3rd place) for awards at the state NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competition on November 7.
A pre-student teaching internship in Rwanda helped Rachel Nemeth solidify her music education career goals. “I was able to see what a band director will do and have that glimpse of what my future might look like,” she says.
“Both Joe and Cameron received high scores for their performances and positive comments from the judges.” — Barbara Burdick
Music faculty member Murray Gross has composed a new piece for the Alma College Choirs. “One by One” highlights the observance of Hanukkah.