MUSIC

Overview

Concert Choir CDs

Concert Choir has released two outstanding recordings, each with more than 70 minutes of music.

Prepare the Way is a Christmas CD featuring favorites performed by the Dordt College Concert Choirs from 2001 to 2013. Songs include Prepare the Way, O Zion by Kenneth Dake, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre, Betelehemu by Babtunde Olatunji and Wendell Whalum, and “Gloria” from Messe de Minnuit pour Noel by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

Anchored in the Lord is a compilation of the choir’s favorites songs performed from 2003 to the present. Selections include Let the People Praise Thee, O God by William Mathais, “Hallelujah” from Christ On the Mount of Olives by Beethoven, “Credo” from Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, and My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord by Moses Hogan.

CDs are $15 each and the proceeds will be used to assist students with the expense of the upcoming performance tour to the Netherlands in May 2014.

Please order by mail using the order form. You can also purchase the CDs at Dordt’s concerts throughout the year or from any Concert Choir member. Call (712) 722-6222 for more information.

About the music program

The music department at Dordt College seeks to train young musicians for lives of God-glorifying service as competent and insightful performers, educators, and church musicians.

Of the 1,400 students that attend Dordt College, close to 300 are members of music ensembles and take private music lessons, while approximately 30 students choose music as a major.

Graduates from Dordt have distinguished themselves as graduate students in the finest conservatories and universities and as successful music educators and church musicians.

Indeed, the Dordt College music department provides an outstanding music education in a Christian liberal arts environment.

Outstanding Resources

Organ and Piano

An exceptional faculty of three full-time and 20 adjunct professors provide instruction to both majors and non-majors.

The instrumental and vocal ensembles at Dordt College have built a reputation for exciting and innovative performances with yearly tours throughout the United States and Canada.

Three organs—including one of the largest Casavant organs in the Midwest—provide organists with instruments that are second to none, while a large collection of pianos, including a Disklavier and a Clavinova piano lab, serve piano students.

The Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra also provides advanced students with a valuable ensemble experience with their pre-professional training. Many of Dordt’s adjunct faculty perform as principal players in the orchestra.

Outstanding Opportunities

Flute Player

Music majors and non-majors participate in a wide variety of small ensemble, community, and church performances in addition to those ensembles provided by Dordt. Many Dordt students provide area school children with private lessons, and several churches rely on the professional services of Dordt College organ students and choir directors.

If you are a gifted high school student and are serious about putting your musical talents to work in college, be sure to check out Dordt’s scholarship possibilities.

An internal site containing additional updated information and links is available for Dordt College music students, and you can also find out more on the department's Facebook page.