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Prospective Students

The Hope College Department of Music is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music,
and is rated in The College Finder as one of the
best undergraduate music departments in the country.

The Hope College Music Department provides intensive training for students who have chosen music as their vocation. Because music enriches all of life, the department also seeks to provide for the student whose major field of study is one other than music an elective musical background, which will enhance the student's knowledge and understanding of music.

There are five programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts degree: a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music; and a Bachelor of Music program in vocal music education, instrumental music education, performance, or jazz studies.

Each year a number of awards are made to entering first-year students in the applied music fields of piano, voice, string and wind instruments, organ, and jazz.

The department has a full-time faculty of 13, plus 29 part-time instructors. Performing groups for vocalists include the Chapel Choir, Collegium Musicum, Women’s Chamber Choir and College Chorus. Instrumentalists participate in Orchestra, Symphonette, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Arts Collective, and various chamber ensembles.

Reasons to Study Music at Hope

Majors and Minors:

The Music Department numbers forty full and part-time instructors, ensuring that all students receive attention both inside and outside the classroom. 

The Department offers a multitude of ways to
experience music: twenty performing ensembles,
digital recording studios, world music exploration, internationally-renowned guest artist residencies,
and much more. 

All Hope music students are encouraged to explore international and domestic exchanges, off campus study programs, and music-related internships.

Upper level theory and history courses and the capstone seminar can be tailored to fit students' interests, better preparing them for future careers and graduate study.

Vespers choirs and orchestra

The department makes rich contributions to the college and West Michigan communities, sponsoring approximately one hundred public events each year which are strongly supported by the community. In addition to presenting numerous student and faculty, solo and ensemble concerts, the department frequently brings prominent guest artists to campus to make solo appearances and teach master classes to Hope students.

Areas of Study


Scholarship Auditions

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Admission and Participation

Acceptance to Hope College, like many liberal arts colleges, allows the entering student to begin work toward any major offered on campus. Therefore, no audition for acceptance as a music major or minor is required prior to matriculation.

Non-music majors are encouraged to participate in ensembles, applied lessons, and music classes. Many music courses fulfill the General Education requirements for the Fine Arts.

Whether you wish to pursue a degree in music or simply wish to
continue playing or learning about music,
the Hope College Music Department has a place for you.

For more information on the Hope College Music Department, please explore our website or contact:
Dr. Julia Randel , Department Chair
(616) 395-7989 

For more information about Hope College, please contact the Hope College Admissions Office.