Student playing instrument during Mark Laver, Assistant Professor of Music Rehearsal

Music Department

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 links to many other departments; with intense faculty mentoring, music majors develop strong career opportunities in these and many other fields. Come explore our world-class instrument collection, and sample some of the 100-plus events we host each year!

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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 complexity of the history and context of the music they play.

Department News

Brian Cavanagh-Strong ’09 on a beach

Symphony Concert to Feature World Premiere of Alumnus’s Orchestration

The Symphony Orchestra’s concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Sebring-Lewis Hall will feature the world premiere performance of the orchestral version of A Gardener, composed by Brian Cavanagh-Strong ’09.
Ian Clarke, featured 2019 Iowa Flute Festival artist

Announcing the 2019 Iowa Flute Festival to Be Hosted by the College's Music Department!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, when featured guest artist Ian Clarke will join flutists and flute lovers for the festival in Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.
Naxos Music Library World Logo with World Map

Naxos Music Library World Database

Naxos Music Library World offers a wide range of World music, from legendary historical musical performances…

Nov. 15

Fresh Flutes Performance

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm
Nov. 16

Voice Studio Recital

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Friday, November 16, 2018, 4:15 – 5:45pm
Nov. 17

Avalon String Quartet

Herrick Chapel
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 4 – 5pm
Nov. 18

Avalon Quartet Master Class

Bucksbaum 102 - Egan Early Music, Bucksbaum 103 - Staubitz Music Rehearsal, Bucksbaum 152 - Lawson Lecture Hall
Sunday, November 18, 2018, 8am – 12pm

Department Information

(641) 269-4420

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
1108 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States