Music is a language that communicates to everyone — on the stage, in the classroom and beyond. Our mission is to foster a passion for music that speaks to the world.

Our program is recognized for its emphasis on training well-rounded musicians who will make a difference in their communities, whether they are performers, educators or people who simply want to share music with the world.

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With a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, students receive personal attention in their studies, a characteristic unique to a department of this caliber.

Music Theory Class InteractionSCHOLARSHIPS

We offer scholarships for incoming students based on auditions which take place in the fall and spring prior to your enrollment at Hope. Music department scholarships are given based on musical performance, academic achievement and leadership potential in the department. Recipients will be notified by mail in March. These awards range from $10,000–40,000 (over 4 years) and can be paired with merit scholarships.

Areas of study

Every area of study has distinct strengths and exceptional opportunities that allow you to experience various aspects of being a musician. 

Voice
From the stage to the choir room, the Voice area serves a diverse and creative student population. Local and regional performance opportunities emphasize our commitment to growing experienced musicians.
Keyboard
The Keyboard area is composed of world-class teacher-performers along with some of the best facilities in West Michigan. We offer courses in piano, organ and harpsichord for all students, both beginners and experts.
Winds, Brass and Percussion

Vigorous studio instruction matches our professional ensembles to create a strong Winds, Brass and Percussion area. Instruments of study in this area include:

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
Jazz
The Jazz studies area is built on creativity and performance. We offer jazz combo groups for all experience levels.
Music Education
The Music Education area provides experiential learning in the classroom with outstanding musical training. We are active participants in conferences, clinics and local school districts.
Recording Arts
Our state-of-the-art facilities allow for you to unleash your creativity in the studio and on the stage. Learn more.
Folk

A broad array of instrumental studies allow for exploration and collaborative study of Folk music. Instruments of study in this area include:

  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Folk guitar
Music History, Theory and Composition
Research, scholarship and applied studies are integrated in order to produce graduates that are prepared to study music in the world. Learn more about music history, theory and composition.
Strings

Our Strings area provides powerhouse studio instruction and chamber music opportunities. Instruments of study in this area include:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • String bass
  • Guitar
  • Harp

 

Hope by the Numbers

  • 6Hands-on Experiences

    Our music education students have at least 6 hands-on experiential learning experiences before graduation.

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  • 130Number of Events

    During the 2015-2016 school year, the music department has hosted more than 130 events, ranging from concerts to masterclasses and clinics.

  • 224Ensemble Participation

    More than 200 students actively participated in our departmental ensembles during the 2015–2016 school year.

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  • 7.2Million pounds of Concrete

    The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts contains 7.2 million pounds of pre-cast concrete in its structure.

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Upcoming

  1. College Chorus Practice

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    College Chorus Practice
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    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    College Chorus Practice 7:30 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, 140
  2. Department Student Recital

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    Department Student Recital
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    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Department Student Recital 11:00 am - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Howard Recital Hall
  3. Cello Studio Class

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    Cello Studio Class
    Date
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    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Cello Studio Class 5:00 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, John and Dede Howard Recital Hall
  4. Guest Artist - John Mortensen, piano

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    Guest Artist - John Mortensen, piano
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    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Guest Artist - John Mortensen, piano 7:30 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Concert Hall
  5. Faculty Recital

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    Adam Briggs, Saxophone

    Faculty Recital
    Date
    Location
    Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts
    Faculty Recital 7:30 pm - Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Howard Recital Hall