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In July, the Music Department runs an annual Percussion Workshop for 26 budding musicians. Eight Alma College students serve as instructors and mentors.
Percussion Ensemble Impresses
The Alma College Percussion Ensemble performed on February 25 at the 59th annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. The ensemble received a Division I score from all five judges. Awards for “Outstanding Soloist” were given to Shanley Dorn and Zavien Stickler.
ENDING THE TERM WITH GREAT MUSIC
The Alma Choir, Chorale and Alma Acapella performed the annual Festival of Carols.
The Alma Symphony Orchestra
The Percussion Ensemble
Alma Choir Places First in Ireland
The Alma Choir won two first place awards at the Navan Choral Festival in Ireland this past May. The Choir’s 17-day Ireland tour included performances in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. At the Navan Festival, the Alma Choir was named winner of the Mixed Choir competition and winner of the Popular Music Choir competition, and was awarded 2nd place in the National Choir of the Year competition.
Alma College is a great place for musicians.
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.
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!
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.
Annual indoor show includes performances by the marching band, pipe band, drumline and color guard.
“I like to program pieces that provide variety and are engaging for the audience. The pieces also must provide a musical challenge and growth for my students. These selections do this.” — Dave Zerbe
Concert program features Mozart’s timeless “Solemn Vespers” and Dvorak’s joyful Eighth Symphony.