/ Music Department

Special Programs and Opportunities

Our students serve in local churches, receive awards in regional competitions and actively engage with national organizations. 

Scholarships & Awards

  • Several music scholarships are available based on auditions which take place in the fall and spring prior to enrollment at Hope. Music department scholarships are given based on musical performance, academic achievement and leadership potential in the department.
  • The Distinguished Artist Award honors talented artists in the area of musical performance. 
  • At the end of each year, a number of awards are given to our students, celebrating their musical achievement and scholarship.

Collaborative Research

Ever wondered if you could combine music with another field? We invite you to explore studies across disciplines! Learn about research opportunities.


As the arts continue to thrive in Holland, a number of paid internships are available to our students through non-profit organizations and churches. These are not sponsored by the department; however, students may apply for them independently.

  • Awakening Institute
  • Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck
  • Christ Memorial Church
  • Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
  • Holland Area Arts Council
  • Holland Symphony Orchestra
  • Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
  • Saugatuck Center for the Arts
  • Second Reformed Church of Zeeland
  • Third Reformed Church of Holland

If you are interested in an internship, please contact the chair of the music department. 

Great Performance Series

The Great Performance Series brings in artists from around the world who have made significant contributions in exploring the arts, whether through visual art, theater or music.

Musical Showcase

Each year, the Hope College Department of Music presents a gala concert of student ensemble and solo performances. Originally held in the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, the concert is now held in the Concert Hall of the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts on the campus of Hope College in February or March.

Audition Requirements

  • All large performing ensembles in the department participate in this showcase performance
  • Soloists and small ensembles are selected by competitive audition near the end of Fall Semester
  • All works performed at the competition must be memorized and accompanied

Concerto & Aria Competition

The annual Concerto/Aria Competition at Hope College gives students who are studying applied music an opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Hope College Orchestra or Symphonette. The competition is held in November and the performance is scheduled for late January.

Audition Requirements

  • You must be enrolled in applied study with a Hope College music professor and apply through their lesson instructor
  • You do not need to be a music major to enter the competition, but you must be endorsed by the applied teacher
  • All works performed at the competition must be memorized and accompanied
  • Winners from the previous competition are ineligible to compete the following year

Student Organizations

Our students participate in several professional organizations in the department, whether through competitions, conferences or chapter events.

Resident Musicians

Each year, we host a variety of guest artists who commit to bringing their perspectives to our own classrooms.