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

Artistic rendering of fenceline in a field with ray of light

Concert to Feature Oratorio about Matthew Shepard on Sunday, Dec. 9

The Grinnell Oratorio Society and the Grinnell Singers will present the Iowa premiere of the complete Considering Matthew Shepard oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, in Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.
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

Iowa Flute Festival 2019 Online Registration Is Now Open!

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.
Feb. 3

Alexander Technique Workshop

Bucksbaum 152 - Lawson Lecture Hall
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 1 – 5pm
Feb. 3

Violin/Piano Recital

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Sunday, February 3, 2019, 2 – 3:30pm
Feb. 14

Gabriel Espinosa in Concert

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:30 – 8:30pm
Feb. 16

James Dunham Masterclass

Bucksbaum 104 - Sebring-Lewis Hall, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda, Bucksbaum 100 - Rotunda
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12 – 7pm

Department Information

(641) 269-4420

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