Music Ensembles and Courses
There are many music opportunities at the University providing opportunities for vocalists and instrumentalists.
The University offers several performance courses in which students may enroll for academic credit. Both Royal Chorale (MUSI 1231/1232) and Concert Band (MUSI 1221/1222) meet weekly to explore a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through popular music. Each ensemble performs for the University community at the end of each semester.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in these ensembles—no audition necessary. Students also receive two Liberal Arts Convocation credits for each semester in which they participate and priority lab registration in order to facilitate scheduling.
Early Music Ensemble
The University's Early Music Ensemble primarily focuses on the performance of Renaissance music, with occasional repertoire from the Baroque era and popular idioms. Period instruments are used, including recorders of various sizes, zink cornetto and cornamuse. Participation in this ensemble is by audition only and is open to students, faculty and staff musicians who play string, woodwind, brass or percussion instruments, or who sing solo or small-ensemble repertoire.
Every spring, the University prepares a musical production, for which students can audition to be part of the cast. Instrumental musicians may be interested in performing with the Pit Orchestra, an integral part of the musical production. An audition is required, as the music tends to be quite challenging. Recent musicals include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Into the Woods and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Students, faculty and staff who are interested in jazz performance can find like-minded individuals in Jazz Club. This student organization has weekly jam sessions where members work together to improve improvisation skills, while collaboratively making musical decisions on the tunes of the day. It is a very casual and supportive music-making environment where everyone can learn and express themselves. The Jazz Club gigs at various events throughout the year.
For more information about music activities, contact Tristan Frampton, Ph.D., assistant professor of music and director of music activities, at email@example.com.