*Enrollments in these courses are open to all students, regardless of major. Many opportunities to perform on campus and in the community exist through the courses.
An audition is normally required for placement and/or acceptance into the majority of the courses. Information on audition times and course availability is available in the music department Office.
Chamber Singers (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Chamber Singers is a select mixed chorus of 12 to 20 voices specializing in music composed expressly for a small choir. Their activities normally include several formal concerts on campus and in the area, sometimes with orchestra, and a two-day tour.
Concert Choir (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Students participating in the Concert Choir are provided an intensive choral experience through the performance of a widely varied repertoire of major choral music from early medieval period up to the present day, often accompanied by full orchestra.
Concert Band (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Concert Band is open to qualified instrumental performers who are selected by audition. Emphasizes the development of musicianship and expanding knowledge of music literature. This group presents a number of public concerts during the year.
Catskill Symphony Orchestra (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
The 65-80 Members of this college –community orchestra include college students and area residents. Works from the standard orchestral repertoire are performed in the four or more major concerts the orchestra presents each year.
Chamber Orchestra (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
The group's focus in on developing a broad musical experience by providing students an opportunity to perform and interpret classical as well as popular repertoire culminating in an on-campus performance at the end of each semester.
Brass Ensemble (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
The Brass Ensemble provides experience for both small and large chamber groups in the performance of traditional and contemporary music for brass instruments. Much emphasis is placed upon developing basic musicianship through systematic work on intonation, phrasing, balance, and interpretation.
Guitar Ensemble (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Small group ensemble which explores the music from the Renaissance to the present day through numerous opportunities to perform both on and off campus.
Woodwind Ensemble (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Small woodwind ensembles are organized for the instrumentation available to study and perform music chosen from the wide repertoire available for various small ensembles.
Percussion Ensemble (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
The primary objective of the Classical Percussion Ensemble is to supplement skills developed in private lessons through standard percussion ensemble literature. this type of ensemble provides teh opportunity to address musical, technical and performing issues while preparing for performance in a chamber settting. In percussion ensemble, students will be challenged to expand their views of ensemble communication and interaction.
String Ensemble (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Small string ensemble organized for the instrumentation available to study and performed music chosen from the wide repertoire available for trios, quartets, quintets, etc.
Classical Guitar (Musc 280) - 3 s.h.
Guitar techniques and fundamentals through a diverse repertoire that emphasizes classical styles, but also includes jazz, folk and popular styles.
World Percussion Esnemble (MUSC 280) - 3 s.h.
This course consists of hands-on practice and performance of various world percussion instruments. Specific musical styles vary each semester, but may include West African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan and/or Brazilian Samba. All music is taught by ear and no prior musical performing experience required.