Instrumental Music Student Ensembles

The following courses fulfill the major performance group requirement for the AA Degree. The Performance Groups with ( * ) are those accepted for credit for students in the Applied Music Program. Acceptance into these Groups or Ensembles is by audition and consent of the instructor. See the Schedule of Classes or contact the instructor for the audition dates.

It is recommended that all Music Majors considering transfer be enrolled in a performing ensemble every semester. Music Majors who are pianists may perform in an ensemble each semester through participation in one of the approved department ensembles or through assigned chamber music, accompanying, and activities administered by the piano Ensemble class.

Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra performs some of the most challenging pieces of the orchestral repertory such as Verdi's Requiem (with nationally known soloists), Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Brahm's Symphony #2, Brahm's German Requiem, Schubert's Symphony #8, Dvorak's Symphony #8, Dvorak's Symphony #9, and the sold-out performances of A Feast of Lights concerts every year. Many of the Symphony's concerts have involved full chorus and guest artists. The Orchestra has been in the forefront technologically, staging laser-light and multi-media concerts which combine music with film.

The Saddleback Symphony is also dedicated to nurturing the careers of talented young musicians. Each year, the Orchestra co-sponsors a concerto competition for instrumentalists and vocalists studying with members of the Music Teachers' Association of California or the American String Teachers' Association. In addition to cash prizes and trophies, the winners receive an invitation to perform as guest soloists with the Symphony in a special concert presentation.

Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in an instrumental group
Studies and performance of standard orchestral literature. Public performance required for credit. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.

Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in performing groups
Designed to read, study, and perform orchestral literature written especially for strings. Offered as open-entry/openexit.


Wind Ensemble

The Saddleback College Wind Ensemble is dedicated to the promotion and performance of quality symphonic wind ensemble literature. The ensemble is made up of college students, community members, professional musicians and select high school students. The Wind Ensemble performs some of the most challenging pieces of the Wind Ensemble repertory such as Bernstein's Westside Story and Candide Overture, Copland's Outdoor Overture, Ives Variations on America, Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, and Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. New members are always welcome to the ensemble.

Recommended Preparation: Previous experience in an instrumental group
Emphasizes rehearsal and performance of standard band literature. Public performances are required for course credit. Performances include athletic games, assemblies, and concerts. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.

Recommended Preparation: Previous instrumental training and demonstrated proficiency
An elite concert band, playing the finest traditional and contemporary band literature available. Emphasis is on a high degree of individual musicianship and fine ensemble playing. Formal concert to be given with outstanding guest soloist and/or conductors. This course is offered as open-entry/open-exit.


Questions or comments about the Fine Arts and Media Technology Division may be sent to:
Nina Welch