Ensemble Requirements for Performance Major

The Music Department regards continuous experience in active music-making to be an essential part of college music study.

To provide this experience, the department offers a wide range of ensembles both vocal and instrumental.

• All music majors (performance, jazz studies, liberal arts, and music education) must declare a major performance medium (instrument or voice) upon entering their program of study.

• Every music major is required to be in two major or minor performing ensembles during each semester of residence in which he or she plays his or her declared performance medium (instrument or voice). Students may be invited to play in additonal major ensembles.

• Students may substitute a minor ensemble for a major ensemble no more than twice.

Additional Ensemble for music students in all majors and concentrations:

Vocalists must participate in an instrumental ensemble (Brass Ensemble, Chamber Music, Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble, Rock Collegium, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Jazz Ensembles, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra) at least one semester.

Instrumentalists must participate in choral ensemble (Symphonic Chorus, Chamber Singers) at least one semester.

Specific ensemble requirements for students in the B.M. in Performance concentration

(B.M. in Performance ensemble requirements pending final faculty governance approval).

Every music major is required to be in twomajor or minorperforming ensembles (see specific requirement below) during each semester of residence in which he or she plays his or her declared performance medium (instrument or voice), according to their track, vocal or instrumental.

BM Performance Majors Vocal Track must take a choral and music theatre ensemble each semester in residence for a total of 16 units.

BM Performance Majors Instrumental Track must take 12 Major Ensembles and 4 Minor Ensembles or Chamber Music and be in 2 ensembles each semester in residence for a total of 16 units.

The major ensembles for vocalists in performance are the following:

  • MUS 325 Symphonic Chorus                  
  • MUS 323 Concert Choir
  • MUS 330 Musical Theatre Production
  • MUS 340 Musical Theatre Scenes Workshop
 

Vocal performance majors are required to take one choral and one musical theatre ensemble each semester in residence, the placement of which will be determined by audition.

The major ensembles for for strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion in performance are the following:

  • MUS 328 Symphony Orchestra (required for strings)
  • MUS 227 Concert Band
  • MUS 327 Symphonic Wind Ensemble
  • MUS 390 Jazz Orchestra
  • MUS 326 Guitar Ensemble (guitar majors only)
 

Instrumental performance majors are required to take 12 units of a major ensemble (the placement of which will be determined by audition) and 4 units of chamber music or minor ensembles.

The major ensembles for pianists will be determined in consultation with the department chair and the area coordinator and must include at least four semesters of:

  • MUS 329 Chamber Music Ensembles

In semesters where students’ production/performances are completed prior to mid-semester, they are required to participate in one of the major ensembles above.

The Minor Ensembles for vocalists are:

  • MUS 329 Chamber Music
  • MUS 481 Rock Collegium
  • MUS 391 Concert Jazz Ensembles
  • MUS 379 Latin Jazz Ensemble
  • MUS 390 Jazz Orchestra
  • MUS 329 Brass Ensemble
  • MUS 329 Percussion Ensemble

Instrumental Performance majors are required to enroll in a chamber music/minor ensemble for at least two4 semesters on their declared major instrument.  The Chamber Music/Minor Ensembles for instrumentalists in the Performance concentration are:

  • MUS 329 Brass Ensemble
  • MUS 329 Chamber Music
  • MUS 329 Percussion Ensemble
  • MUS 481 Rock Collegium
  • MUS 391 Concert Jazz Ensembles
  • MUS 379 Latin Jazz Ensembles
  • MUS 390 Jazz Orchestra