Music

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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!

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The Music Department at Alma provides a curriculum designed to meet the needs of a broad range of students.

The faculty and resources of the Department are committed equally to the following:

  1.  providing courses and curricula for music majors so that they will acquire the necessary foundation to pursue graduate study, teaching, performing or music-related fields
  2. strengthening students’ musical skills by expanding proficiency in technique, heightening interpretive insight, and facilitating the understanding of pedagogical tools and methods
  3. providing courses designed to introduce non-music majors to a range of musical topics
  4. being an artistic presence within the Alma College community and beyond by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and community to share the experience of musical performance.

SUMMER FUN

Alma Students taught high schoolers at the annual percussion camp.

Alma students taught high schoolers at the annual percussion camp.

 

The Pipe Band placed 2nd in the US Championships. The pipe band placed second in the U.S. Championships.

SPRING PERFORMANCES

Members of the Percussion Ensemble (March 28, 2015) Members of the Percussion Ensemble.

 

 Alma Symphony Orchestra, Alma Choir, Glee Club, and Women’s Choir
Masterworks Concert (April 11, 2015)

Alma Symphony Orchestra, Alma Choir, Glee Club and Women's Choir? at the annual Masterworks Concert.

DECEMBER PERFORMANCES

The Percussion Ensemble’s concert included a performance of “Lover.” The Percussion Ensemble's concert included a performance of ?Lover.?

The Kiltie Marching Band Indoor Show pays homage to the 1980s band “Tower of Power.” The Kiltie Marching Band Indoor Show pays homage to the 1980s band ?Tower of Power.?

 Jazz Ensemble December concert. Jazz Ensemble at their December concert.

 The Alma Symphony Orchestra concert featured soprano Victoria Walker. The Alma Symphony Orchestra concert featured soprano Victoria Walker.

The Alma Choirs Christmas Concert was streamed live on the web. The Alma Choirs Christmas Concert was streamed live on the web.

Unique Opportunities

The Pipe Band competed at the 2014 Highland Games in St. Louis, MO, on September 27. The bass and tenor drummers won best midsection. The Pipe Band competed at the 2014 Highland Games in St. Louis, MO, on September 27. The bass and...