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Laura Lane

Professor and Chair of Music, Director of Choirs

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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How we work:

1. We come together to make great things happen. The Knox Jazz Ensemble tours internationally, records regularly, and hosts the annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival. Our Cherry Street Combo performs in town every Thursday night. Both groups recently won top awards at the national Elmhurst College Jazz Festival.

2. We work at the frontier. Every year our students and faculty premiere new works, produce new scholarship, and collaborate on inspiring, unexpected new projects. For example, senior Michelle Orr collaborated with fellow student and choreographer Evelyn Langley to create a composition for dance, percussion, strings, and voice, inspired by a Knox-sponsored trip to Ghana.  And John Cusimano combined his interests in music and neuroscience to conduct a case study on music intervention in hospice settings.

3. We play out. The Knox College Choir has performed in Carnegie Hall and tours nationally and internationally. The Knox-Galesburg Symphony is a three-time winner of the Illinois Orchestra of the Year award; it performs six concerts every year in Galesburg's historic (and lovingly renovated) Orpheum Theater, three blocks from campus. 

4. We play in. Our music department is found in the Eleanor Abbott Ford Center for the Fine Arts, which features the acoustically superb, 325-seat Kresge Recital Hall, a MIDI/digital music lab, Jay Rehearsal Hall, and 16 practice rooms (each with a Kawai piano) available to students seven days a week. 

5. We play different. The Knox New Music Ensemble re-constitutes itself every term. It's open to anyone, so the roster of instruments is radically variable. The director (an award-winning composer) writes or commissions work specifically for the make-up of the ensemble, which they perform at the end of the term. 

6. We invite the world in. The department hosts world-class artists, year-round--from Tuvan throat singers to Taiko drumming groups, from members of the renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4, to Concertmaster of the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras Mikhail Tsinman, to Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. Our Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency brings renowned performers to campus, where they teach master classes and individual tutorials, participate in intensive workshops, present to the Knox community and produce a concert with the Knox student jazz musicians.  

7. We create the future. This is a music program for tomorrow's musicians -- the performers and composers, the scholars, the teachers, the innovators.

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Knox College Music Department Events (spring term 2016)

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted!


  • April 28, 8 p.m. - Jazz Night...Fat Fish Pub on North Broad St
  • April 30, 7:30 p.m. - Faculty and Guest Recital: Eric Ginsberg, clarinet and Ashlee Mack, piano...Kresge Recital Hall


  • May 4, 7:30 p.m. - Galesburg Regional Concert Band Concert...Jay Rehearsal Hall
  • May 5, 8 p.m. - Jazz Night...Fat Fish Pub on North Broad St
  • May 6, 7:30 p.m. - Knox College Choir Spring Concert...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 7, 7:30 p.m. - Galesburg Community Chorus Concert: Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and John Corigliano's Fern Hill...First Lutheran Church
  • May 8, 3 p.m. - Enharmonic Fire Mother's Day Concert...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 11, 7:30 p.m. - Cherry St Combo at the Blessings in a Backpack event...Iron Spike Brewpub
  • May 12, 8 p.m. - Jazz Night...Fat Fish Pub on North Broad St
  • May 13, 7:30 p.m. - Rosie Castle and Tommy Hintz Senior Voice Recital...Jay Rehearsal Hall
  • May 14, 1 p.m. - Madeline Pape and Haley Richter Voice Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 14, 7:30 p.m. - Knox-Galesburg Symphony Pops Concert: "An Evening with Leroy Anderson"...Orpheum Theatre (Tickets call: for students with ID)
  • May 15, 1 p.m. - Mara Lana and Emma Frey Voice Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 17, 7:30 p.m. - String Ensemble Concert...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 18, 6 p.m. - Chamber Ensembles Concert...Jay Rehearsal Hall
  • May 19, 8 p.m. - Jazz Night...Fat Fish Pub on North Broad St
  • May 21, 7 p.m. - Kyle Kunkler Piano Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 22, 3 p.m. - Knox Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert...Gizmo Patio (rain location: Kresge Recital Hall)
  • May 22, 7 p.m. - Flute Choir Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 23, 4 p.m. - General Student Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 23, 7:30 p.m. - Knox New Music Ensemble Concert...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 24, 4 p.m. - General Student Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 25, 7 p.m. - Mary Harlan Piano Studio Recital...Kresge Recital Hall
  • May 26, 8 p.m. - Jazz Night...Fat Fish Pub on North Broad St
  • May 27, 7 p.m. - Rachel Chen and Nyan Win, Junior and Senior Piano Recital...Kresge Recital Hall


  • June 4, 5 p.m. - Knox-Galesburg Symphony on the Lawn...Old Main
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