Student Ensembles and Performance Groups

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.

 

Big Band - Joey Sellers, Director

The Saddleback Big Band is a standard size big band that explores wide stylistic territory. From the great Swing Era music of Earl Fatha Hines, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson through the exotic voyages of Sun Ra, the rich textures of Gil Evans to music penned moments prior to performance, this engaging ensemble always thrills. Most concerts feature a world premier combined with music of swinging historical importance. Guest artists have included Ron Stout, James Moody, Jerry Pinter, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, and Roberta Piket among others.

Though the Big Band enjoys playing at its home in the beautiful McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College, they are also frequently the featured ensemble at jazz festivals and jazz venues throughout the Southland.

MUS 47 SADDLEBACK COLLEGE BIG BAND*
Limitation: Enrollment by audition only
Performance of big band music by members of the community above high-school sophomore level. Very high standards of individual and ensemble performance are expected. The student can expect to be exposed to the very best and most demanding of the literature available in the jazz idiom. Members of this band will perform several times during the term at events both on and off campus. Offered as open-entry/open-exit.

 

Combos - Joey Sellers and other jazz faculty

The most important aspect of any jazz studies program is the combo program. This is where the true nature of jazz music is addressed. Style, improvising skills, interplay among members and composition are all addressed in a focused chamber music environment.

MUS 240 IMPROVISED MUSIC IN A JAZZ COMBO
Recommended Preparation: Previous instrumental training and demonstrated proficiency.
Technical, historical and cultural approaches to jazz improvisation.

 

Concert Choir and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble - Scott Farthing, Director

Saddleback Master Chorale

MUS 31 BAROQUE SOCIETY*
Limitation: Audition with college staff
This ensemble will perform major works for chorus and orchestra from the 17th and early 18th centuries, primarily the mass and cantata repertoire of Western Europe. Emphasis is placed on recent research in authentic performance practices and use of early instruments when available. Study of the historical perspective of the role of the Reformation and the rise of the middle class in Europe in the development of these genres is included. Different literature will be performed each semester.

MUS 32 ORATORIO SOCIETY*
Limitation: Audition with college staff
Choral/orchestral performance of the oratorio repertoire of the late 18th and 19th centuries is offered. The repertoire includes oratorios of Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and other composers of the period. Rehearsals include study of historical perspective of the oratorio society as a social phenomenon of the Industrial Revolution, and the changing role of the composer, conductor and music critic in the 19th century society.

MUS 33 MODERN MASTERWORKS: CHORALE*
Limitation: Audition with college staff
Students will perform choral repertoire of the 20th century, with special emphasis on larger choral/orchestral works by English and American composers in contemporary society, commissioning and performance of new works, and study of the 20th century harmonic and textural vocabulary as seen in this repertoire.

Concert Singers

MUS 34 EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE*
Limitation: Audition with college staff
Students will perform sacred and secular repertoire suitable for chamber ensemble from the 15th to 18th centuries. Unaccompanied works and music with instrumental accompaniment are included. Emphasizes a cultivation of skills needed to sing music from a variety styles within the Renaissance and early Baroque era.

MUS 35 CONTEMPORARY VOCAL ENSEMBLE*
Limitation: Audition with college staff
Study and performance of sacred and secular repertoire suitable for vocal chamber ensemble from the 19th and 20th centuries. Unaccompanied works and music with instruments or keyboard accompaniment are included. Singers will develop skills required for performance of 19th- and 20th-century chamber choir music.

 

Jazz Lab Ensemble - Joey Sellers, Director

The Jazz Lab Ensemble is an improvisatory based group whose size is malleable. The ensemble ranges from 7 to 20 members, depending on instrumentation and the nature of the music featured in each concert. Previous performances have featured the music of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker, and original compositions by band members.

MUS 148 JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Studies historically important and current large ensemble jazz music. Provides practical experience in organizing a variety of instrumental combinations. Practice in standard jazz ensemble phrasing and improvisation. The jazz ensemble will perform at different functions and may perform with nationally-known guest artists. Offered as open-entry/openexit.

 

Keyboard - Kirill Gliadkovsky, Director

MUS 64 PIANO ENSEMBLE*
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated proficiency
The ensemble study of the literature of duo-piano including four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation, techniques of ensemble playing and sight-reading.

MUS 65 PIANO ACCOMPANYING*
Recommended Preparation: MUS 55 or demonstrated keyboard proficiency
Ensemble experience in the performance of duo-piano literature, four and eight hands, both original and transcribed. Particular emphasis will be given to style, interpretation and techniques of ensemble playing and sight- reading.

MUS 66 CHAMBER MUSIC*
Recommended Preparation: Two years of instrumental training
Chamber music is designed for pianists, string, woodwind and brass players to study chamber-music works from the standard repertoire. Emphasis will be given to student performances in concerts and recitals.

 

Symphony Orchestra

The Saddleback Symphony specializes in a POPS series, which features "An Evening of Lerner & Loewe," "The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein," and "A George Gershwin Spectacular." Many of the Symphony's concerts have involved full chorus and guest artists. The Orchestra also has a wide repertoire of Broadway and Hollywood favorites, and 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.

MUS 42 SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA*
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.

MUS 43 STRING ORCHESTRA
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. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building. New members are always welcome to the ensemble.

MUS 40 WIND 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.

MUS 41 SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE*
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 nwelch@saddleback.edu