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Department Chair

Nikki Malley

Associate Professor & Chair of Music

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.

Knox College Music Department Events (fall term 2019)

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


Saturday, October 12: Nova Singers, "The Spirit Sings" (7:30pm, First Lutheran Church Galesburg). $20/$17

Sunday, October 13: Nova Singers, "The Spirit Sings" (4pm, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport).  $20/$17

Saturday, October 19: Knox-Galesburg Symphony, "Dance, Dance Revolution" (7:30pm, Orpheum Theatre).  $20


Sunday, November 3: Knox College Choir (3pm, Kresge)
Monday, November 4: Alison Meuth Studio Class (6-7pm, CFA 209)
Monday, November 4-8: Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency featuring Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield
Thursday, November 7: Music Department Colloquium w/ Caroline Davis and Rob Clearfield (noon-1, Jay Rehearsal Hall)
Friday, November 8: Jerome Mirza Jazz Residency Concert (7:00pm, Orpheum Theatre)
Monday, November 11: Alison Meuth Studio Recital (6-7pm, Kresge)
Wednesday, November 13: Chamber Ensembles Concert (time/location TBA)
Sunday, November 17: Community Band concert (3pm, Lutheran Church)
Monday, November 18: General Student Recitals (4pm, Kresge)
Tuesday, November 19: General Student Recitals  (4pm, Kresge)
Tuesday, November 19: Piano Chamber Ensemble Fall Concert (6:00-7:00PM, Kresge)
Saturday, November 23: Knox-Galesburg Symphony, "Winds of Change" (7:30pm Orpheum Theatre). $20

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