Most people would expect Olivet College music majors to be fully immersed in the department, and they are. But what may surprise you is that non-music majors also choose to make music their home away from home at Olivet.
“Music is an outlet, a mental break in your studies,” said Jeremy Duby, M.M., Olivet’s director of bands. “Over half of our instrumental musicians are not music majors; they are studying to be insurance agents, biologists and teachers."
Levi Armstrong is a junior majoring in music at Olivet College. As a gifted saxophonist, he plays significant roles in Olivet College’s jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and athletic band. He also sat in the pit band for two musical productions at Olivet College.
Oh, and he sings in the choir.
About the Performing Arts Department
Students who pursue a major within the Performing Arts Department at Olivet College have the opportunity to study in an intimate environment with constant access to faculty, both in- and outside the classroom. As a member of this department, you will have opportunities to perform at all levels – as soloists and possibly even conductors in major departmental music performances. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of ensembles, both instrumental and choral.
Our Performing Arts Department boasts 100 percent employment and graduate school acceptance rates for our music education majors. Our graduates work as music educators in Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico and South Carolina. They have also pursued graduate work across the world, including the London School of Drama and Speech, Michigan State University and Bowling Green State University, for example. Olivet music graduates have also been accepted at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Longy School of Music at Bard College.
If you would like to major in music, you must have considerable background in music and audition for the music faculty.
"The love is real. Olivet faculty will help you graduate as long as you are willing to help yourself first. Olivet is small, which means small classes and more opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty. You aren’t just a number."