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Soprano and researcher Randye Jones, accompanied by pianist Marlys Grimm, will present two free public performances in April: “Interpreting the Negro Spiritual in Classical Vocal Performance,” 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Lawson Lecture Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts...
IOWA FLUTE FESTIVAL 2013: Saturday February 23 FLUTE OUT OF THE BOX: New Paths for the 21st-Century Flutist Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, Grinnell College If you want to put an exact address into your GPS, Bucksbaum Fine Arts Center is located at 1108 Park St. in Grinnell....
If you’ve got a few minutes, you can take a whirlwind tour of the world’s musical instruments by visiting Grinnell’s World Music Instrument Collection in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. There, you’ll find instruments as diverse as the tarka flute from the Andes, the djembe...
Nicole Mitchell — a leading flutist, composer, and improviser — will present a lecture recital, “Ancient to the Future," at 4:15 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015 in Herrick Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Mitchell lives at the intersection of improvisation,...
In conjunction with the world premiere of Cynthia Folio's "Winds for Change: Concerto for Two Flutes, Strings, and Percussion," to be performed with the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra on November 15, a panel of artists and scientists will discuss the critical challenge that...
Chris Bulbulia ’10 came to Grinnell College as a Posse Foundation scholar interested in theatre. He wanted to become a professional actor, but a wealth of support and experience combined with intellectual flexibility honed at Grinnell opened up an even richer path of discovery....
  Music majors and non-majors can take advantage of music scholarships for free or discounted private music lessons. The Music Department offers beginning to advanced lessons in voice and more than two dozen instruments. Students learn from professional musicians, including...
Grinnell’s own Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music, was the fortepiano soloist for the Des Moines Symphony's Beyond the Score performances of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.   The performance recieved critical praise from critic Michael Morain, who offered a "High Five for...
  On Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. the Grinnell Oratorio Society will join the Grinnell Singers in performing a concert titled “As We Remember Them,” a selection of choral works accompanied by string orchestra. The program, which will take place in the Bucksbaum Center's Sebring-...
*/ The Grinnell Singers, the premier choir of Grinnell College in Iowa, will perform in six Midwest cities during a spring concert tour that runs from March 14-20. All of the concerts are open to the public. Each concert will include a repertoire of music spanning five...
Linda Pereksta joined the faculty of The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as Assistant Professor of Flute in 2009. Prior to coming here, she taught at The University of Mississippi and Tulane University. She currently holds the position of Piccolo with the Madison Symphony...
Internationally acclaimed flutist Nina Assimakopouloshas been hailed as "...a marvel!" (Münchner Merkur), and a versatile virtuoso with a "dramatic sense of pacing" who demonstrates "not just perfect technique and total breath control but supreme intelligent, elegant phrasing;...
The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, a professional period-instrument ensemble from Minneapolis, will join forces with the Grinnell Singers to perform Handel’s Esther. The Performance The concert will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in Sebring-Lewis Hall. Although the concert is free...
  John Christian Rommereim Professor of Music Blanche Johnson Professor of Music The professorship was established in 1997 by Harold B. Johnson Jr. in memory of his aunt, Blanche Johnson, who was a small town piano teacher, educated at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was...
First meeting will be Monday, August 31, 2015, 7 p.m., Sebring Lewis Hall at Grinnell College's Bucksbaum Center for the Arts RSVP to join the Oratorio Society The Oratorio Society is open to all – students, faculty, staff, and community members - to get together on Mondays and...
Grinnell Singers meet Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. and Fridays 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Grinnell Singers Auditions Incoming Freshmen and New Singers Monday 24th: 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  Tuesday, August 25, 3:30–5 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 7–8 p.m. Individual auditions in...
Join the Grinnell College Symphonic Band and Frank Battisti in an free public open rehearsal and seminar beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. The seminar begins at 8 p.m. Frank Leon Battisti is director emeritus of the New...
You know that to play, study, and love music requires more than just a passing interest. For Vincent Kelley ’16 and Omri Benami ’16, making music is about engaging with many different disciplines. The Grinnell approach to music allows them to meaningfully dive into the...
Making Music Happen Symposium: Working in the Music Industry Post-GrinnellThursday-Friday, March 6-7, 2014A Grinnellink Event About the Symposium More than perhaps any other in recent history, the music industry has engaged in the act of reshaping and redesigning itself. The...
Grinnell community members and college students will join forces to sing Mozart's "Requiem" in a free public performance by the Grinnell Oratorio Society, Grinnell Singers, and Grinnell Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Herrick Chapel. The program will begin with...
Anthony Perman asks his first-year students to question music and beauty: What does it mean to say music is beautiful? Can Chinese opera, American country music, and Zimbabwean spirit possession drumming all be beautiful? Does musical beauty thus vary from one society to the...
Pacifica String Quartet will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in Bucksbaum Sebring-Lewis Hall. The quartet offered a master class at Grinnell College earlier in the week. The group regularly performs in the world’s major concert halls and was the...
Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music, will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin: A Memorial to Friends Killed in the Great War” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. This free concert will take place in the Faulconer Gallery. Ravel, a 20th century French composer,...
Listen to the Marsh Chapel Choir perform music professor John Rommereim’s new piece for mixed choir, “And Glory Shone Around.” The choir premiered the work on Dec. 13. Their Dec. 16 performance was broadcast live on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, and is available on the...
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. — Victor Hugo Want to improve your ability to speak with the “universal language?”  Grinnell offers music scholarships for free or discounted private music lessons. About the Lessons Each...
Craig Quintero, associate professor of theatre and dance, has been named the Frank and Roberta Furbush Faculty Scholar for the 2015-16 academic year. Quintero has also received a Fulbright Scholar Award and an Academic Enterprise Leave grant, funded by a grant made to the...
The Russian department invites the Grinnell community to our annual Slavic Coffeehouse at 5:30–7 p.m. Saturday, February 21, in Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center Room 101. A wide variety of sweet and savory Slavic foods prepared by Russian department faculty and students will be...
Each Topics in Music and Culture course — also known as Music 201 — provides a detailed study of the relationship between music and a particular aspect of culture, such as ritual, language, technology, politics, gender, or mythology.  This fall, the topics include: Music and...
Curious about the new group of first-years? Here are a few facts about the class of 2019: 81 percent graduated in the top 10 percent of their secondary school class. 40 percent were varsity athletes. 54 percent participated in the fine arts (music, theater, dance, visual art)....
Grinnell College is sponsoring a workshop featuring listening meditations of the prairie and a lecture on soundscape studies at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Faulconer Gallery. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop, titled “Prairie Listening and the...
The Metropolitan Opera’s production of Jacques Offenbach's "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" will be streamed live in high-definition at noon Saturday, Jan. 31, in Harris Center Cinema. In this wild, kaleidoscopic production, tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of Hoffmann in...

News Release

Grinnell College has partnered with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera to offer the final three shows of the 2011-12 season “Live in HD” at the Harris Center Cinema on the Grinnell campus. Each show will be preceded by a half-hour opera talk by Jennifer Williams Brown, associate...
World-renowned opera star and Iowa native Simon Estes will present and perform at Grinnell College during a two-day residency, Nov. 2-3. The internationally known bass-baritone will perform on Wed., Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The Grinnell...
World-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at Grinnell College, Thurs., Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on the Grinnell campus. The New Orleans jazz band—tuba, trombone, drums, trumpet, piano, clarinet and saxophone—derives its name from the venerable music...
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 30-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 20-25, in churches in Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas-Ft. Worth, as part of a spring break tour. The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir,...
The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, a 32-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will present concerts, March 18-24, in churches in Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, and Houston, Tex., as part of a spring break tour. The Young, Gifted and Black Gospel Choir, open to...
GRINNELL, IA.—Grinnell College’s Young, Gifted, and Black Gospel Choir will present public concerts, March 20-23, in St. Paul and Milwaukee as part of a spring break tour. The choir’s concert repertoire, directed by Barry Jones, will include traditional gospel and contemporary...

Venue

Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the...

Group Info

Do you love music? The Music Department offers lessons, ensembles, and courses for beginners and experienced musicians alike, in styles ranging from Gregorian chant to Gospel. Courses in theory, history, ethnomusicology, jazz, composition, and performance have interdisciplinary...

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