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Academics & the Arts

Music Ensembles

Grand View Choir
The Grand View Choir performs for major university events, including Julefest, the annual Grand View Christmas celebration, Honors Convocation, and Baccalaureate, and tours each year during spring break.  In recent year the Choir has toured to Colorado, Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Minnesota, Wisconsin, Canada, Denmark, Germany, California, Oregon and Washington State.  It made its first overseas tour in 2005 and returned to Europe to tour in 2009, 2013, and 2017.  Membership in the choir is open to student of all majors by audition.

Grand View Wind Ensemble
The wind ensemble is comprised of music majors, music minors, and interested non majors.  We perform for the World Food Prize ceremony, Family Day and Julefest in the fall, a spring concert in March, along with playing at the Spring Soiree, Honors Convocation and Commencement.

Kantorei is a small vocal ensemble which sings a wide variety music and makes many off-campus appearances. Literature can consist of Christmas carols, madrigals, jazz standards, part songs, and a host of other styles. Membership is selected by the director from the students in the Grand View Choir.

Pep Band
The Pep Band is made up of people from the Grand View Band and plays at football and basketball games.
Jazz Combo
The combo performs at Family Day and Spring Concerts, as well as the Spring Soiree.

Music Lessons
All students in ensembles are strongly encouraged to further their individual musicianship by taking private lessons. Lessons on woodwind, brass, percussion, and stringed instruments, piano, and voice are available from knowledgeable and highly skilled instructors.

Private Lessons
Grand View seeks to help all students explore and develop their own musical talents. To that end, private lessons are offered affordably to all students in piano, voice, guitar, and all woodwind, brass, percussion, and stringed instruments. Lessons consist of one half-hour of private instruction each week. Advanced students may take a double lesson with permission from their instructor.


Pro Musica. Music scholarships in amounts up to $4,000 are available for majors and non-majors.  Please click here for information.

Lutheran Music Program Scholarship. $1000 available to alumni of the Lutheran Music Program (Lutheran Summer Music) for students majoring in music, music education, or church music. Recipients may also audition for an additional Pro Musica Scholarship.

All-State Music Scholarship. Awarded to full-time day students who have participated in a high school all-state festival for at least one year and demonstrate talent in piano, vocal and instrumental music regardless of major.  Scholarships range from $1,000-$2,000. The All-State Music Scholarship is renewable based on participation in both an ensemble and private lessons with continuous good standing in both areas

Sponsor:  Kathryn Duffy
Professor of Music/Director of Choral Activities

Mark Doerffel
Assistant Professor of Music/Director of Instrumental Activities