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Performance Ensembles

Ensemble

Students are invited to participate in one or more of the performing ensembles in the Department of Music. Students who participate in the Chorale, Community Chorus, or Brass, Jazz, Classical Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Percussion, String, or Woodwind Ensemble receive one-half course credit per semester.

THE COLLEGES CHORALE

Robert Cowles, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale is a mixed ensemble comprising the finest student vocal talent on the campus. The 35-voice group performs a wide range of a cappella choral literature—repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day. The Colleges Chorale rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. In addition to a formal concert at the end of each term, the Colleges Chorale performs at a variety of campus events throughout the year. Each spring the group takes a four-day tour. Recent tour destinations have included Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York. Spring Tour 2014 will take the Colleges Chorale to Boston. In addition, members of the Chorale on occasion have the opportunity to travel on an international tour; recent tours have taken the group to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland, including performance at the Estonian National Song Festival.

THE COLLEGES CANTORI

Robert Cowles, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Cantori is a select chamber vocal ensemble comprising members from the larger Colleges Chorale; admission to the ensemble requires participation also in the Chorale. The 18-voice Cantori performs a wide range of a cappella choral literature, including each year a new work by a different distinguished American composer for the Cantori Commissioing Project. The group rehearses Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m. and has sung for numerous Colleges functions including Parents Weekend, Trustee Weekend, the Blackwell ceremony, and various out-of-town alum events, such as in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

THE COLLEGES COMMUNITY CHORUS

Nils Klykken, Director (students interested in auditioning should contact Prof. Robert Cowles)

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community Chorus comprises students, faculty and staff at the Colleges, and members of the surrounding community. The fifty-voice ensemble performs major works from the standard repertoire as well as lesser-known works deserving wider familiarity. Recent programs have included extended works by Henry Purcell, Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Benjamin Britten, and Randall Thompson.

The Colleges Community Chorus rehearses Monday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., performing two concerts a year, often with orchestral accompaniment.

THE COLLEGES BRASS ENSEMBLE

Jim Trowbridge, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Brass Ensemble is a student group providing a perfor-mance opportunity for talented student instrumentalists. In addition, effective arrangements are used on occasion to enable various combinations of instrumentation. The group rehearses Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

THE COLLEGES CLASSICAL GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Benjamin Ellis, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classical Guitar Ensemble is a student group providing a performance opportunity for talented student guitarists. The group rehearses arrangements for two, three, four, or more guitars at a time each semester to be determined.

THE COLLEGES JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Bob Barbuto, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Jazz Ensemble is a student group providing a performance opportunity for talented student jazzers. Arrangements are found to accommodate a variety of instrumental combinations. The group rehearses Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

THE COLLEGES JAZZ GUITAR ENSEMBLE

Greg Wachala, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Jazz Guitar Ensemble is a student group providing a performance opportunity for talented student jazz guitarists. The group rehearses arrangements for two, three, four, or more guitars on Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

THE COLLEGES PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Anthony Calabrese, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Percussion Ensemble is a student group providing a performance opportunity for talented student percussionists, although students with minimal experience are encouraged to audition. The group rehearses arrangements for two, three, four, or more percussionists on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

THE COLLEGES STRING ENSEMBLE

Andrew Zaplatynsky, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges String Ensemble is a student chamber group providing a performance opportunity for talented string players. The group rehearses Mondays, 6:45-8:30 p.m.

THE COLLEGES WOODWIND ENSEMBLE

Mark Olivieri, Director

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Woodwind Ensemble is a student chamber group providing a performance opportunity for talented woodwind players. The group rehearses Mondays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m.

 

More Info

For more information about opportunities for individual instruction in music, please contact the department.

Call - (315) 781-3347