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Performing Arts Department: Music, Theatre and Dance
Students interested in the performing arts while at Olivet can choose from one of the many majors or minors in these areas of study or they can participate as non-majors in music ensembles, theatrical productions, and dance events and classes.  The performing arts are inextricably linked to the college’s core mission of a true liberal arts education with emphasis on education for individual and social responsibility.  Students will be able to integrate experiences in the performing arts with their major and/or minor, working in a pan-discipline fashion to design a comprehensive arts experience linking music, theatre and dance with other programs.  Committed to offering exceptional educational opportunities and experiences in the performing arts, it is the intention of the Performing Arts Department to enable students to participate fully in music, theatre and dance.

GEAR Recital Series sponsored by the Olivet College Performing Arts Department
Recitals are made possible by a grant from John '70 and Penny (Lehman) '69 Gear.

Merling Trio
March 30, 2014, 3 p.m.

Olivet College Upton Recital Hall
The Merling Trio playing Haydn's "Gypsy" Piano Trio, Hungarian Dances by
Brahms, and Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, Op.15, Renata Artman Knific, violin,
Bruce Uchimura, cello, Susan Wiersma Uchimura, piano

For more information, call 269-749-7660. All concerts are free and open to the public.


About the Music Program
The Olivet College music program offers several degrees including a bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in vocal or instrumental music; bachelor of arts in music education; bachelor of arts with elective studies in business; and a bachelor of arts in sacred music. Each of these educational experiences has been designed to help prepare students for specific careers in music or to continue graduate level studies, and each will require intensive study in either vocal or instrumental music. 

The Margaret Upton Conservatory of Music is home to the music program and contains a state-of-the-art electronic music studio, Smart Classrooms to enhance the delivery of instruction, a dozen individual practice rooms with upright and grand pianos, a music listening center, large ensemble rehearsal rooms and an intimate  123-seat recital hall. 

During the course of study at Olivet, all music students are required to participate in performing ensembles, take private music lessons, participate in the music major seminar, and pass a piano proficiency examination, as outlined in the Music Student Handbook. Specific requirements for the various music degree programs are listed below. 

In order to major or minor in music, students must successfully complete an audition for the music faculty. Auditions are normally held twice a year; for further details regarding dates, times and appropriate repertory, please contact Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., Chair, Performing Arts Department, music program director and assistant professor of music at (269) 749-7660.

About Theatre and Dance
Students who are interested in theatre and dance are encouraged to pursue the numerous courses offered in these disciplines.  Students may choose from various courses which are designed to support performance in theatre productions and dance.  Also available are courses which explore acting, theatre and culture, and others which will prepare students to participate as actors and technical assistants in productions. 

50 Ways to use your Music degree:
Music degree (PDF file)

Department Chair                                    

Timothy Flynn, Ph.D.
Chair, Performing Arts Department, Music Program Director and Assistant Professor of Music
(269) 749-7660

(faculty bio)

Faculty Members  

Ramona Kime
Associate Professor of Music
(269) 749-7692

(faculty bio)

Jeremy Duby
Director of Bands
(269) 749-7158


Julia DeRosa
Adjunct Instructor of Voice

Ty Forquer
Adjunct Instructor of Percussion

Jonathon Gewirtz
Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz

Bill Henson
Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Music Education


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