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Recital Hall and Rehearsal Rooms Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center has elevated Grinnell's musical performance tradition by providing an intimate, accessible, and acoustically responsive space. Well suited for student and faculty recitals and concerts, the recital hall...

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The Music Major at Grinnell College: What current majors & recent alumni have to say My brain was made to do mathematics.  But I do music theory instead because it is more fun for me, . . . and because the results of academic study [in music] can have an instantly tangible...
Joining a Music Department ensemble is an enjoyable, hands-on way of exploring music you might not encounter in any other way, guided by faculty who are experts in the field. It can provide you with an experience that is intellectually stimulating, aesthetically rewarding, and...
John Rommereim, director Visit For Audition Information Audition for Grinnell Singers The Grinnell Singers are a group of people who are highly diverse in terms of their backgrounds, interests, and talents, but who are united in their love of singing and their dedication to the...

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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....
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...
  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...
  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...
  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-...
  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 will perform a series of March concerts in Iowa and California as part of a spring break tour. The 40-voice ensemble will present an evening of distinctive choral music that includes the elevated sounds of English cathedral music by John Sheppard, the...
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...
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;...
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;...
  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...
Los Llaneros Concert: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Herrick Chapel (with Grinnell Singers and Grinnell High School Choir) Los Llaneros performs music rarely heard outside of Latin America, and is known for its energetic and haunting melodies of the Colombian-Venezuelan plains. Co-founder...
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...
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...
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...
  PipeScreams Spooktacular: 9-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Herrick Chapel. Looking for something scary and musical to go with your Halloween treats? How about some spooky organ music in a dimly lit church under the dark of an October night? On Halloween, join organists Carl...
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...
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...
The Grinnell Singers will present their spring concert under the direction of guest conductor Scott Jarrett on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. in Sebring-Lewis Hall.  Scott Jarrett is one of the country’s leading choral conductors.  He is Director of Choral Activities at Boston...
One class of Grinnell students is taking advantage of a unique opportunity: composing music for a Grammy-winning vocal ensemble. Roomful of Teeth will present a performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Sebring-Lewis Hall. It will be the premiere of several works by students of...
In one month over the summer, the average person might get through a novel or two. Joe Engleman ’14 (pictured) wrote one. Both he and Gavin Warnock ’14, a physics/studio art major, were accepted to the Emerging Artist Residency at Grin City Collective. Grin City sits on a 320-...
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...
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...

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...
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...

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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...
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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