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Employment Opportunities

There are no open positions in the Music Department.

Music Building Hours

Fall and spring semester:
Monday–Thursday: 7:00 AM –11:30 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM

Academic breaks:
Limited and posted on the doors to the Music Department wing of Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center.

Mailing Address

Macalester College Music Department
1600 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Street Address of Music Department, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

130 Macalester Street
Saint Paul, MN 55105


Music News

Music Major Receives an Arts Fulbright to Brazil

JonahLazarus.jpgJonah Lazarus ’17, a Music major from Oak Park, Ill., with minors in Physics and Portuguese, received an Arts Fulbright to Brazil.  He will live in Salvador da Bahia where he will continue his study of the music of Candomblé, a religion, under the tutelage of Iuri Passos, of the Rum Alagbe Music School, and Dr. Angela Luhnig, an ethnomusicologist, at the Universidade Federal de Bahia. Lazarus said receiving the Fulbright means he can return to Brazil to continue to explore the music of Candomblé that has already influenced him so much. “I want to be surprised and challenged, as it is often these experiences that are most valuable,” Lazarus said. Although he can’t begin to predict everything he will learn, he hopes to find new ways to become inspired and engaged in music and life. When his Fulbright is complete, Lazarus plans to continue to travel and perform, compose, teach, and share his love of music, connecting with people and communities.

Honors Projects

Every year seniors do extended original work in their area of interest. Below are is a sampling of projects from our students. Get more information about each project in Digital Commons.

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