Musical Ensemble

Musical Ensemble Courses

Prerequisite for all ensembles: audition with ensemble's director. Auditions are open to all students.

Choral Ensembles (MSEN)

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  • MSEN 100 Music Performance Laboratory

    Units: .5

    Description

    Performance workshop for learning about innovative modes of expression and developing skills in music creation, performance, and production. Ensemble is open to any level of musician, but is geared to students who do not read standard Western notation. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 190 Women's Chorale

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Women's chorus; study and perform choral literature appropriate to the group from a variety of style periods and origins. Two rehearsals weekly. Regular performances on and off campus. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 196 Schola Cantorum

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Small mixed chorus; study and perform choral literature appropriate to the group from variety of style periods and origins; emphasis on a cappella repertoire. Three rehearsals weekly. Regular performances on and off campus; biannual tour. May be repeated.

Instrumental Ensembles (MSEN)

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  • MSEN 100 Music Performance Laboratory

    Units: .5

    Description

    Performance workshop for learning about innovative modes of expression and developing skills in music creation, performance, and production. Ensemble is open to any level of musician, but is geared to students who do not read standard Western notation. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 191 University Orchestra

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Study and performance of works for symphony orchestra. One rehearsal and one sectional weekly. Regular performances on and off campus. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 192 Jazz Ensemble

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Study and performance of Big Band repertoire from swing era to present. One rehearsal and two sectionals weekly with two or more concerts each year. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 193 University Band

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Study and performance of wind band literature. Wind Ensemble of 50-60 members. One on-campus concert per semester. One rehearsal and one sectional weekly. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 195 Jazz Combo

    Units: .25

    Description

    Small jazz ensemble: Swing, Brazilian, bluegrass, American roots, samba. Regular performances on and off campus. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 195 Brazilian Combo

    Units: .25

    Description

    Small jazz ensemble: Swing, Brazilian, bluegrass, American roots, samba. Regular performances on and off campus. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 195 Swing Combo

    Units: .25

    Description

    Small jazz ensemble: Swing, Brazilian, bluegrass, American roots, samba. Regular performances on and off campus. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 201 Chamber Music

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Study and performance of chamber music. Coaching by various members of the Department of Music. One rehearsal and one coaching weekly. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 202 Guitar Ensemble

    Units: .25

    Description

    Study and performance of guitar ensemble literature. One rehearsal weekly. May be repeated.

  • MSEN 203 Global Music Ensemble

    Units: .25

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Hands-on exploration of traditional musical repertoires from around the world. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Asia and Africa and join with expert native musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. Focuses primarily on Balinese gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and Ghanaian Ewe drumming ensemble music. Occasional workshops on Javanese and Brazilian musics. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary. One rehearsal weekly.

  • MSEN 203 Japanese Taiko Drumming

    Units: .25

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Hands-on exploration of traditional musical repertoires from around the world. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Asia and Africa and join with expert native musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. Focuses primarily on Balinese gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and Ghanaian Ewe drumming ensemble music. Occasional workshops on Javanese and Brazilian musics. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary. One rehearsal weekly.

  • MSEN 203 West African Drumming

    Units: .25

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Hands-on exploration of traditional musical repertoires from around the world. Students will perform on hand-made instruments from Asia and Africa and join with expert native musicians and dancers in an end-of-semester concert. Focuses primarily on Balinese gamelan (percussion orchestra) music and Ghanaian Ewe drumming ensemble music. Occasional workshops on Javanese and Brazilian musics. No previous musical experience is necessary. Traditions learned aurally/orally; no prior experience with notation is necessary. One rehearsal weekly.

  • MSEN 204 Little Big Band

    Units: .5

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSVP - must complete 1 unit in same ensemble before FSVP credit is awarded.

    Description

    Large jazz combo; study and perform chamber jazz literature from many different jazz and contemporary styles, including swing, be bop, Latin jazz and jazz rock. Emphasis on performance and improvisation. Two 1.5-hour rehearsals weekly with regular performances on and off campus.