Joseph Galema Music Scholarship

Dr. Galema, a 1976 graduate of Calvin, established this scholarship to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the outstanding education, especially from the Music Department, which he received at Calvin. In the fall of 1976, he went to the University of Michigan where he completed requirements for the Master of Music in organ performance degree in 1978 and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1982. In September 1982, he joined the staff of the US Air Force Academy, where he served as Cadet Chapel Music Director and Academy Organist for 32 years. Following his employment with the US Air Force Academy, Dr. Galema took a position with First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs where he serves as the Principal Organist. With gratitude for the influence of music in his life, Dr. Galema desires to encourage Calvin students who will use music to glorify God and enrich the lives of others.

Basic criteria:

  • entering sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • interested in music
  • financial need is considered
  • first preference will be given to students dedicated to organ performance as indicated by current enrollment in private organ lessons
  • second preference will be given to students pursuing a major or minor in music with a focus on choral music (as shown by participating in a Calvin choral ensemble) and/or choral conducting

Renewal criteria: Students who wish to be considered for renewal must file a new application each year and will be given equal consideration with other candidates.

Joseph Galema