Additional Ensembles

402 Jazz Ensemble


The Jazz Ensemble is the standard "Big Band" instrumentation. This ensemble is chosen through auditon in the first week of classes.  The audition requires sight reading in various jazz styles.  This ensemble is open to all students with requesite performance skill.  The Jazz Ensemble performs three major concerts on campus and performs off campus at numerous high school jazz festivals and other events.  This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, Kevin McManus.

Chamber Winds


The Chamber Winds was recently formed (2008) to offer orchestral-sized wind sections to enjoy the wide range of outstanding repertoire available from esteemed composers such as: Mozart, Gonoud, Strauss and more.  This ensemble is an outgrowth of the Woodwind Masterclass and utilizes a typical orchestral wind secion.

403 Flute Choir


Opportunities for participation in flute chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, David Tessmer.

404 Woodwind Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in woodwind chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Private flute teacher David Tessmer is the coach for the Woodwind Quintet, which performs several concerts each year.

405 Brass Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in brass chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, Dr. Tad Greig.

405 C Horn Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in Horn chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

406 Percussion Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in percussion chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, Perry Gatch.



407 Wind Ensemble


The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble of approximately 35 woodwind, brass and percussion players, all of whom also play in the Symphonic Band. This ensemble, which is basically one on a part, is dedicated to performing the very best in modern Wind Ensemble literature. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: membership in the Symphonic Band and permission of the instructor. The Wind Ensemble has been a Guest Performing ensemble at the Pennsylvania Music Educators State Conference in both 2004 and 2009.

422 Chamber Singers


A select, mixed ensemble which sings small ensemble music such as madrigals, chansons, motets, vocal jazz, etc. Performances are both on and off campus. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor, Dr. Samuel Barbara.

      

425 Opera Workshop


Study and performance of oratorio and opera scenes. Emphasis is on vocal production and acting. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor, Dr. Anne Bentz.

442 String Chamber Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in string chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

443 Handbell Choir


A 15- to 20-member group of handbell ringers, performing on and off campus throughout the year. An audition is required for membership. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, Anne Bruening.

444 Keyboard Ensemble


Opportunities for participation in keyboard chamber ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.), as student enrollment dictates. This course does not fulfill the large ensemble requirement for Music majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor, Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo.