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Performance Ensembles

imageThe Music Department welcomes students from all majors to participate in our ensemble and applied music programs. Unless otherwise indicated, students should be able to perform at the intermediate level, preferably advanced. Some courses times are set, others are TBA. Interested students may be enrolled directly into the following ensembles. Courses designated TBA will set a mutually convenient time after conferring with all enrolled students. Ensembles receive 1 academic credit.

Washington College Symphonic Band

Instructor: Keith Wharton
MUS 277
Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30

This course is appropriate for the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, and percussion. Students should have played in concert band, jazz band, or in the brass, woodwind, or percussion sections of a full orchestra in high school.

Washington College Chorus

Instructor: Doug Byerly
MUS 283
Time: Mondays 6:30-8:00

The chorus is open to all Washington College students, and focuses on a mixture of classic choral repertoire, opera and operetta choruses, Broadway, pop, and World Music. Music reading ability is not required

Washington College Vocal Consort

Instructor: Doug Byerly
MUS 479
Time: Mondays 6:00-7:30

The Vocal Consort is an auditioned ensemble, focusing on on Grade V and VI collegiate/professional repertoire including styles ranging from Renaissance to Modern.

Washington College Jazz Ensemble

Instructor: Kenneth Schweitzer
MUS 281
Time: Thursdays 6:30-8:30

This course is appropriate for the following instruments: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set. Students should have played in concert band or jazz band in high school.

Washington College Jazz Combo

Instructor: Kenneth Schweitzer
MUS 475
Time: TBA

This course is appropriate for students interested in playing in a small, 4-6 piece jazz combo setting. The Washington College Jazz Combo allows advanced jazz students to perform various styles of jazz literature, including standards, original compositions and arrangements. Ample opportunity is given for improvisation. The Combo presents programs each semester and performs at various College functions throughout the year.

Washington College Early Music Consort

Instructor: Jon Kenzen (研禅) McCollum, Ph.D.
MUS 285
Time: TBA

This course is appropriate for any student interested in learning the music/repertoire of the medieval period. Various early instruments including: wood recorders (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass), sackbuts, crumhorns, shawms, and percussion are lent to students to learn and perform. The instructor provides instruction on these instruments. Students should be able to read music notation.

Woodwind Chamber Ensembles

Instructor: Phyllis Crossen-Richardson
MUS 487
Time: TBA

This course is appropriate for students wishing to perform in small ensembles. Students should play one of the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and saxophone.

Brass Chamber Ensembles

Instructor: Jon Kenzen (研禅) McCollum, Ph.D.
MUS 487
Time: TBA

This course is appropriate for students wishing to perform in small ensembles. Students should play one of the following instruments: trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, baritone, and tuba.

Washington College Saxophone Quartet

Instructor: Phyllis Crossen-Richardson
MUS 487
Time: TBA

This ensemble performs saxaphone quartet literature drawn from classical, jazz and popular repertoire.

Washington College String Ensemble

Instructor: Kimberly McCollum
MUS 291
Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8:30

The String Ensemble studies and performs orchestral music from various musical periods. This course is appropriate for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Washington College Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Instructor: Kenneth Schweitzer
MUS 295
Time: TBA

The ensemble focuses primarily on the Cuban drum and song traditions associated with rumba and Santeria. Musical literacy is not a requirement; instead, rhythms and melodies will be transmitted via the oral traditions that are prevalent in Cuba. Membership is open to all students.

Washington College Japanese Music Ensemble

Instructor: Jon Kenzen (研禅) McCollum, Ph.D.
MUS 295
Time: TBA

By the Edo period (1603-1868), three instruments had emerged from various directions to become popular among the Japanese people. The koto, a 13-string zither, the shamisen, a 3-string banjo-like instrument, and the shakuhachi, a Zen Buddhist bamboo flute. In this new ensemble, students will be introduced to these instruments, have the opportunity to research, write about, and learn how to perform on an instrument of the student’s choice. Students will also learn the unique notation systems of each instrument, as well as gain a deep understanding of Japanese traditional arts in relation to the social, ideological, and cultural development of Japanese traditional aesthetics.