Music

Get To Know Us

Music at Alma offers fulfilling creative outlets regardless of your major. Twenty percent of Alma students perform in one of eight music ensembles, for which they receive academic credit toward graduation. We’re serious about making music, but we also have fun doing so!

Recent Highlights

  • On October 13, the Alma Symphony Orchestra performed an All-American Tribute, with music by Copland, Zare, and Hanson. It featured faculty member Randy Westmoreland playing the Broughton Tuba Concerto.

  • In October, a select group of Alma Choir students sang backup for Josh Groban at his Grand Rapids (Van Andel Arena) and Detroit (Palace of Auburn Hills) concerts.
  • On Hallowe’en, singers led a packed student audience in a complete performance of the music from Nightmare before Christmas.
  • On November 2 and 3, the Kiltie Marching Band indoor concert featured selections from Star Wars, complete with members in costume. Alumni Justin Rito and Jake Finkbeiner provided special arrangements of the 2013 halftime production, “Redemption.”
  • The end of the term saw the usual plethora of performances by the Percussion Ensemble (November 22), Alma Symphony Orchestra (November 24), Jazz Ensemble (November 25), and the Alma Choir’s Festival of Carols (December 6, 7, 8) as well as November 26 senior Jay Angus’s senior percussion recital followed by the brass ensembles concert.
  • March is well stocked with recitals by faculty (Ray Riley, piano, and Takashi Abo, violin) and students (Branden Listh, trombone; Brendan Lodge (voice), Kamryn Kurtzner (French horn), Chelsie Myers (voice), Adam Ferrara (organ and piano), and chamber ensembles.

Unique Opportunities

Alma students have an abundance of choices for Spring Term 2014.

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Cameron Tahaney, Helen Bess, and Joseph Kennedy recently competed in the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Compeition.