Homecoming at Albion College is about reconnecting with old friends, sharing memories of the “good old days,” and most importantly – it’s about Alumni Band! Every year at Homecoming, past members of the British Eighth Marching Band return for another chance to step onto the football field and making music with the greatest marching band in the MIAA.
The High School Honor Band provides talented student musicians with the opportunity to rehearse and perform some of the best in wind band literature (both new and old) within a traditional symphonic band setting comprised of other high school students from across the state of Michigan.
The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is designed to provide small liberal arts colleges and select high school jazz bands a unique educational opporunity to perform for a group of jazz professionals serving as guest clinicians in a positive and supportive environment. The clinicians then spend time rehearsing each participating jazz ensemble and helping them to grow as musicians. The event culminates in an evening performance by the clinicians. The Liberal Arts Jazz Festival is co-hosted by Albion College and Hillsdale College, with each school taking turns as host. Albion College hosts on even years - 2014, 2016, etc.
The Albion College Piano Festival began in the fall of 2008. It was inspired by the memory of Vera Reed, an Albion resident and piano teacher who taught into her nineties and played even later in her life. While there is a competition element, and students can compete for cash prizes, it is our hope that students will find this festival to be more about performing, meeting and hearing other students, and taking lessons/master classes from Albion Faculty and guest artists. In other words, we view this festival as educational first and foremost.
The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes “Lessons and Carols”, a holiday festival featuring the Albion College Concert Choir and Briton Singers. Come celebrate the season on Sunday, December 3, at 7 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel!
The Annual Albion College Choralfest brings together a number of High School choirs to meet and sing for a selected distinguished guest clinician. Choirs will perform for each other and receive feedback from the clinician and Dr. Clayton Parr, Director of Choral Activities at Albion College. Throughout the day, you will also hear performances from Albion’s Concert Choir and Briton Singers. To end the day, all of the choirs will combine onstage for the closing piece, which is rehearsed during the day. This is the exciting climax to the festival with over 200 choral members on stage!