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 to 5:30 p.m.; Fridays, 4 to 5 p.m.; Wilmot Recital Hall A3
The concert choir is a community mixed choir of approximately 70 to 80 singers and is open to all majors without an audition. The choir sings a variety of choral literature spanning all eras, styles, and genres. The choir performs two to three times per semester and participates in international tours.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Linehan Chapel; Fridays, 4 to 5 p.m., A183
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 typically 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 to 8 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. The group performs 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.
Opera Triple Bill: La Canterina by Haydn, Captain Lovelock by John Duke and The Impresario by Mozart
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.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Wilmot Recital Hall A4
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.