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Band and Instrumental Music

​​Eric Melley, D.M.A, Director of Instrumental Activities

Smith Center G15  ~ 401.865.2607 ~ ​

MSC 142 PC PEP BAND

Jeff Hoyer, B.S. Director - jhoyer@providence.edu

This group performs for athletic and college and community events. 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 should audit MSC 333 in order to acquire the necessary proficiency.

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MSC 240 ORCHESTRA

Sang Woo Kang,  D.M.A. Director - skang1@providence.edu​

This ensemble incorporates musicians who play an orchestral instrument. Previous experience with a string instrument is required. The ensemble rehearses one-and-a-half hours twice a week and 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.

Group rehearses 2 1/2 hours/wk.

MSC 242 SYMPHONIC WINDS​​​

Eric Melley, D.M.A Director - 

This band performs serious concert music for wind and percussion including works of the great British and American band composers of the Twentieth Century 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. Group rehearses 2 1/2 hours/wk.

MSC 342 JAZZ BAND

Eric Melley, D.M.A Director - 

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 the 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. Group rehearses 2 1/2 hours/wk. 

MSC 440 CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Chamber ensembles are made up of between 3-8 players including string quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, flute quartet, piano and other trios, or any combination of players.  Audition or permission of instructor required.

MSC 441 JAZZ CHAMBER ENSEMBLE 

Eric Melley, D.M.A Director -

Small group jazz 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.  Audition or permission of instructor required.

MSC 445 EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

​​Catherine Gordon, Ph.D. cgordon@providence.edu

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 instructor required​