Music at Aquinas College
  • man directing large band


  • students playing instruments in a concert


  • conductor conducting a concert


  • Art and Music center building



Graduates are: teachers in K-12 and higher ed; composers; church musicians; choir conductors; opera, classical, jazz, folk, musical theatre, and pop performing artists; private teachers; directors of arts programs; consultants; and recording artists


Faculty members have received numerous honors and awards including: Fullbright Award, Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Director's Excellence Award, Young Artist Finalist, Silver Medalist at the American Traditions Singing Competition, New World Symphony Fellow, International Touring Artist, Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Artist, and multiple Grand Awards for musical theatre roles in West Michigan.


Aquinas is home to a Laucks pipe organ and a 2017 three-manual Allen Bravura L333 organ, the 210-seat Kretschmer Recital Hall with two 9-foot concert grand pianos- Steinway and Baldwin- on stage, a recording studio, the 418-seat Performing Arts Center, and 27 additional grand, upright and electronic pianos from top makers.


Most current music majors at Aquinas College receive scholarships from the department's endowments which totaled approximately $100K this year. Prospective music majors, minors, and ensemble performers must audition (live, virtual, or recorded) for music scholarship consideration.

Aquinas College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)