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​Ensembles    

The Department of Music offers opportunities for every student who is interested in music.  Whether through performing in an ensemble, band, or choral concert or attending one, we want to involve everyone.

Music Ensembles ~ 1 semester, .5 credit

 
MSC 142 PC PEP BAND
This group performs for athletic and college events and community service performances.  Rehearsals are required and focus on ensemble musicianship.  Music to be performed comes from a variety of sources: school songs, rock and popular music and other styles appropriate to each situation.  All students with an instrumental background are welcome; new members who do not already play a brass or rhythm section instrument will need to sign one out and learn to play it.

MSC 240 ORCHESTRA
This ensemble incorporates musicians who play an orchestral instrument. Previous experience with a string instrument is required. The ensemble will explore a wide range of repertoire for orchestra from Baroque to contemporary music. The orchestra will also perform in concerts sponsored by the Music Department during each semester of the academic year.

MSC 242 SYMPHONIC WINDS
This band performs serious concert music for winds and percussion including works of the great British and American band composers of the Modern period as well as orchestral transcriptions from the earlier style periods of music. Students will rehearse regularly and perform in concert each semester. Rehearsals will include ensemble development and stylistic performance appropriate to the pieces being performed. Open to all students with a prior instrumental background; placement by director.

MSC 245 GUITAR ENSEMBLE
An ensemble designed to enhance the reading development and performance of guitar and electric bass players.  Styles of music covered will be dependent on students’ declared concentrations.  Required for all music majors and minors for whom guitar or electric bass is the major instrument.  Open to all guitarists and electric bassists by audition or permission of instructor.

MSC 247 THE ORIANA WOMEN'S CHOIR
The Oriana Women's Choir is a non-audition choir that provides the female vocalist with a unique singing experience in performing the rich repertoire of music composed especially for treble voices, from the Middle Ages to the present.

MSC 248 OPERA WORKSHOP
Opera Workshop will introduce students to the complete process of preparation for the performance of musical drama.  Thr ough work on scenes from serious and light operas, students will gain experience in musical preparation, development of dramatic characterization, stage movement and blocking, ensemble, and performance.  Scenes will be presented in a final public performance at the end of the term.

MSC 342 JAZZ BAND
This group performs jazz from the modern jazz period, swing era, bebop era, and other style periods of jazz. Students will be given experiences in stylistic performance of large and small group jazz. Instrumentalists interested in jazz who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, or a rhythm section instrument are encouraged to enroll. Other instrumentalists and singers should consult the instructor before enrolling. Students will rehearse regularly and perform each semester. Placement by group audition.

MSC 347 CONCERT CHORALE
The Concert Chorale is a non-audition large mixed ensemble open to all students interested in singing at Providence College. this group reflects the diverse interests and talents represented here on campus. The repertoire for this ensemble provides an excellent opportunity to study and perform the widest possible range of a capella and accompanied choral music. In addition, each year the choir will combine with other PC Choirs to perform a major work. 

MSC 440 CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Groups of 3-12 players, can include string quartet, woodwind quartet, brass quintet, flute quartet, piano trios, contemporary music ensemble, and other combinations of players.  Audition and permission of appropriate instructor required.

MSC 441 JAZZ CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Small group jazz and jazz-rock for rhythm section and winds- Groups may cover music of any jazz style period; New Orleans, swing, bebop, cool school, hard bop, modal, fusion or modern.  New for fall 2010: Funk Ensemble; music of Tower of Power, Brecker Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire et al.; Audition and permission of instructor required.

MSC 445 EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
In this ensemble, vocal and instrumental students will have the opportunity to explore and perform a wide variety of repertoire from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods.  Compositions will be chosen based on the instruments and voices of the students who register for the ensemble.  Audition or permission of the instructor required.

MSC 447 I CANTORI
I Cantori is the premier choral ensemble of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. The singers in I Cantori are full-time, undergraduate music and non-music major students committed to innovative and quality performances and community outreach through choral music. Repertoire of the choir includes both a capella and accompanied music from Western and Non-Western vocal traditions. Prerequisite: Audition first week in September

Contact these faculty members for further information:


Pep Band, John Allmark, ARCM; jazzbully@verizon.net
Orchestra, Alexey Shabalin; Alexey_shabalin@hotmail.com
Symphonic Winds, Jennifer Bill, DMA; jbill28@yahoo.com
Early Music Ensemble, Catherine Gordon-Seifert, PhD., cgordon@providence.edu
Opera Workshop, David Harper; dharper@providence.edu
All Choral Activities, T.J. Harper, DMA; tharper@providence.edu
Jazz, All Instrumental Activities, Christopher Kelton, D.M.; ckelton@providence.edu
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