About this issue:
Celebrating 'a human manifestation of the divine creative impulse'
In a year when we are celebrating the opening of the new Goshen
College Music Center, it is only fitting that the Bulletin also
take its turn to share music at GC with a worldwide audience, all
of whom cannot experience the highly praised acoustics in the Sauder
Concert Hall, join in the hymn singing and sharing during Sunday's
Morning Song in Rieth Recital Hall or attend a convocation on our
general education community theme, "The Wisdom of Music."
Many colleges and universities, not to mention conservatories,
would celebrate a new music facility with a plethora of offerings.
But this year's activities - from the inaugural concert in November
to department programs throughout the year to the Performing Arts
Series to the Bach's "St. John's Passion" in April -
and the general nature of musical expression and scholarship at
GC could not take place on just any campus.
Why the difference? The answer begins with the mission of the
Then we can consider the participation of campus in music activities:
in any given year, around one-fourth of the student body is engaged
in music department-sponsored choirs, orchestral ensembles, courses
and/or private lessons. More than 90 percent of first-year students
who arrived on campus in the fall of this academic year participated
in music activities while in high school. Hymn-sings are very
well attended - in fact have become genially competitive in terms
of having one's favorite song selected. This year, the music and
theater departments are collaborating on the musical "Into
the Woods," with two faculty members and two students providing
direction. Student coffeehouses and Hour After performances are
filled with original songs. Student conductors will step to the
podium to direct orchestral works this spring.
In this issue, we explore individual stories of the impact of
music preparation - performance, pedagogy and scholarship - at
Goshen College. Through the lives of current and former students
and faculty, we see how each is seeking harmony, in the ways they
make music, make a living, make connections in the church or with
students or with other musicians.
This has been a wonderful year of music at Goshen - building
on decades of excellence in teaching, learning and performance
that have bridged sacred and secular, campus and church and community,
faculty to students to alumni to audience. Whether experienced
in a performance hall, the community music school, our church-chapel
or in a practice room, the years to come can only bring us more
divinely inspired music.