Classical Ensembles

Chamber Music

Chamber Music is offered as a minor to experienced instrumentalists (winds, strings, brass, piano) who seek the challenge of playing regularly with other musicians and rehearsing/performing works scored for chamber ensemble. All class members are soloists, with one musician per part. Self-directed rehearsal techniques and ensemble coaching are included, as well as Harkness discussions about the interpretation and progression of the works studied. Performance participation is required and includes performances in December and April as well as a fall performance for Family Weekend (combining with Symphonic Winds and String Ensemble) and possible off-campus performance opportunities.

  • .5 credits – year-long minor – by audition

String Ensemble

String Ensemble is offered as a large ensemble rehearsal/performance experience for players of violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Repertoire is selected to challenge and match the skill levels of the ensemble members, and includes diverse offerings from various historical periods as well as current 21st-century academic works. Strong rehearsal and ensemble techniques are stressed, as well as good individual practice habits. Participation in performances is required, including a fall performance for Family Weekend (combining with Symphonic Winds and Chamber Music), a winter performance in December, and a spring performance in April.

  • .5 credits – year-long minor – by audition

Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds is offered as a large ensemble rehearsal/performance experience for players of woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments. Repertoire is selected to challenge and match the skill levels of the ensemble members, and includes diverse offerings from various historical periods as well as current 21st-century academic works. Strong rehearsal and ensemble techniques are stressed, as well as good individual practice habits. Participation in performances is required, including a fall performance for Family Weekend (combining with String Ensemble and Chamber Music), Winterlight Concert, and Spring Instrumental Concert.

  • .5 credits – year-long minor – by audition