Dordt's music program offers the best of two worlds. The department is large enough to offer those with professional interests courses and lessons taught by specialists, yet small enough to accommodate non-majors who want to participate because they love music. Our faculty includes 23 full-time and adjunct professors, all of whom are excellent musicians.
Any student can find many opportunities to make music at Dordt. In fact, more than 20 percent of all Dordt students choose to participate in a musical group. Large groups include Concert Band, Campus Band, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Choir, Bella Voce Women's Chorus, and Chorale. There are also individual and small-group opportunities available including taking private lessons, performing in recitals, playing and/or singing in chapel and area church services, and teaching lessons to local students. You can also consider joining the smaller ensembles Jazz Band or Kantorei, or even organizing your own band or small ensemble.
At Dordt, we encourage you to develop your musical interests because we see music an important part of creation. Good music is the shaping of sounds and words in response to God's command to develop his world. Vocal and instrumental music are enjoyed as part of a life obedient to God, both speaking of our relationship to him and addressing other aspects of life in his good world. We want you to use your gifts in music to serve the body of believers and to enjoy music in community, whether music is just a special interest or if it is your chosen profession.
If you are considering majoring in music, you can best prepare yourself by acquiring as much experience as you can in band, orchestra, choir, general music, and private instruction in keyboard, instruments, or voice.