In addition to individual lessons and recitals there are many opportunities for students to participate in music ensembles, large and small.
The brass choir is a chamber ensemble open to all students, whether they are music majors or not. The LBC meets once a week, and maintains an active on and off campus performance schedule. Members gain valuable ensemble, musical, and technical advancement through the study, rehearsal, and performance of standard low brass choir repertoire, arrangements, and new works by living composers. The choir is open to tubists, trombonists, and euphonium players, as well as members of the Nazareth community.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Chamber Winds is a chamber ensemble open to all woodwind students, whether they are music majors or not. Music majors may take this as chamber ensemble/minor ensemble credit. Members gain valuable ensemble, musical, and technical advancement through the study, rehearsal, and performance of standard chamber winds repertoire, arrangements, and new works by living composers.
The chamber singers is an elite mixed ensemble consisting of approximately 20 to 25 singers. The choir is open to all majors, but an audition is required. The ensemble performs four to five times per semester and participates in an international tour at least once every other year during the spring semester.
Rehearsal Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.; Wilmot Recital Hall A3
The concert choir is a community mixed choirs consisting of approximately 70 to 80 singers and are open to all majors without an audition. The choir sings a variety of choral literature spanning all eras, styles, and genres. They perform two to three times per semester and participate in international tours.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.; Linehan Chapel
Yunn-Shan Ma, conductor
The jazz combo, "Loose Change," is an auditioned small ensemble that presents a formal concert each semester, and performs for other events as well, both on and off campus. Rehearsing twice weekly, the ensemble explores the standard jazz repertory, and frequently focuses on one or two composers or styles each semester. Student compositions are encouraged. Members will normally have had some experience with jazz improvisation, since much of the music is improvised. Private jazz improvisation lessons are also available.
Rehearsal Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.; Wilmot Recital Hall A3
The jazz ensemble, while based on the standard saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm instrumentation, welcomes all students who are interested in learning about and performing jazz. Repertoire consists of standard (and not-so-standard) works from the libraries of professional big bands, and also original compositions and arrangements from students, the director, and others. Time is spent on learning about improvisation and how to approach it, and also on how to interpret notation in the various styles of swing, Latin, and funk. Performances are given both on and off campus each semester. Private jazz improvisation lessons are also available.
Rehearsal Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Wilmot Recital Hall A3
The opera workshop is devoted to the performance of opera, operetta, and all kinds of music theatre. Students involved in the workshop benefit from rehearsals and master classes focusing on musical preparation, character development, stage movement, communication and artistry.
Cast members are chosen by audition. Students rehearse in the fall semester, and present a fully-staged performance early in the spring. The students in the program also participate in a recruitment/educational tour following the performances.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The percussion ensemble is open to all students with percussion training and experience. We present concerts on and off campus each semester. The repertoire includes a broad range from classic literature to contemporary and minimalistic music, world music, marimba ensemble, jazz, rock, and found object "Stomp" style pieces. Students are encouraged to compose and arrange their own pieces for performance by the group. The ensemble gives students a chance to develop their musicianship, ensemble and technical skills, and have fun in the process.
Piano Chamber Players provides opportunities for pianists to participate in piano quartets, trios, duos and duets, vocal accompanying, and mixed chamber ensembles. Students meet weekly to explore literature, and prepare for performances on and off campus. While all piano primaries participate, the ensembles are open to other qualified students upon audition.
Learn standard rock tunes with faculty and students.
Rehearsal time: Friday 12:30 – 2:30 pm; Founders 120
Kyle Vock, director
The saxophone quartet/ensemble is open to anyone who is interested in performing in the ensemble. Saxophone quartet usually consists of a soprano, alto, tenor and bari saxophones. The saxophone ensemble is formed when students register a group of six or more. The repertoire for the ensemble consists of transcriptions and original saxophone quartet pieces. Performances are given each semester. The group meets with the director once a week in addition to the students' own rehearsals.