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Prof. Bruce Rogers leading his ensemble, "Singcopation"

Mt. SAC's Chamber Singers on tour in Europe

Singcopation live in performance!

Mt. SAC's Chamber Singers during a concert performance

Ensembles at Mt. SAC


MUS 49: WIND ENSEMBLE

Director: Dr. Karen Marston (kmarston1@mtsac.edu)
Meets MW, 11:30am-2:05pm (plus arranged rehearsal hours)
The Wind Ensemble is the premiere classical wind and percussion ensemble on campus.  The group is comprised of music and non-music majors, performing challenging works from the standard and contemporary wind band repertoire.   Enrollment is open woodwind, brass, and percussion students with a background performing in band.  Instrument and mouthpiece rentals are available.  The Wind Ensemble performs both on and off-campus each semester.  Chair placement auditions take place during the first week of classes.  Students are encouraged to add the course to their schedule prior to the start of the semester, but late adds are also welcomed.   

MUS 27: CHAMBER MUSIC

Director: Dr. Karen Marston (kmarston1@mtsac.edu)
Meets Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:55pm (plus arranged rehearsal hours)
Select ensemble of winds, strings, guitar, and percussion instrumentalists specializing in the performance of chamber music from the medieval period to the present. The course may include brass quintets, woodwind quintets, saxophone quartets, and mixed instrumental ensembles of two through twenty performers. Students must have previous instrumental experience and pass an entrance audition during the first week of instruction. Public performances on campus and in the community are required. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice.

 

MUS 38: PERCUSSION, GUITAR, and STRING ENSEMBLES

Percussion - Director: Professor Ariel Campos (acampos84@mtsac.edu)
Meets Thursdays, 7:00PM-10:10PM

Guitar - Director: Professor David Adele (dadele@mtsac.edu)
Meets Wednesdays, 4:45pm - 7:55pm
The Mt. SAC Guitar Ensemble under the direction of David Adele showcases the extensive talent of the college‚Äôs guitar students.  Students are required to be able to read notes on the guitar in first position.  The group performs as a large ensemble as well as duos, trios, quartets, etc.  We will explore original music written specifically for guitar ensemble as well as popular works arranged in multiple parts.

Strings - Director: Professor Irene Shiao (ishiao@mtsac.edu)
Meets Mondays, 4:45pm - 7:55pm
Mt. San Antonio College's String Orchestra, directed by Professor Irene Shiao, is comprised of music majors and non-music majors.  The String Orchestra is open to all Mt SAC students with instrumental experience on a string instrument: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass.  Students enrolled in the ensemble will gain experience in practice, in performance skills, extend their levels in string techniques, music rhythms, and develop musicianship skills through individual, ensemble practice and performances.  The ensemble performs a wide variety of repertoire from standard orchestral literature to contemporary film music. The String Orchestra rehearses weekly and performs one concert each semester. 

MUS 39: LAB BAND

Director: Dr. Marcus Wilcher (mwilcher@mtsac.edu
Meets TTh, 1:15pm-3:50pm
Study and performance of improvisation, jazz, and pop music of all types. Open to all students with prior instrumental experience. Audition may be required.

MUS 47: JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Director: Professor Jeff Ellwood (jellwood@mtsac.edu
Meets MW, 2:15pm-4:20pm
Study and performance of jazz and big band music. Provides an opportunity to learn techniques applicable to the large jazz ensemble. Off-campus public performance required. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice. Admission by audition.

MUS 31: CONCERT CHOIR

Director: Professor John Tebay (JTebay@fullcoll.edu
Meets MW, 11:30am-12:55pm
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and performance of repertoire suited for a large mixed choral ensemble. The repertoire will draw from a variety of styles, time periods, and cultures and may include major choral works. Different literature will be studied each semester. Sight singing skills and proper vocal technique are emphasized. Voice placement auditions are held the first week of class. Attendance at all performances including those off-site is required. Students who repeat this course will improve skills through further instruction and practice. Auditions held first week of the semester.

MUS 45: CHAMBER SINGERS

Director: Professor Bruce Rogers (brogers@mtsac.edu)
Meets MW, 3:00-4:10pm; Fridays, 8:30am-11:20am (plus arranged rehearsal hours)
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of advanced choral repertoire with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform difficult and challenging choral pieces. A wide variety of choral literature is performed publicly several times each semester, and a performance tour occurs each spring semester. Emphasizes advanced musical skills and vocal techniques while focusing on the importance of blend, balance, and tone. Auditions for this course are held each May. This course is repeatable for credit the maximum times allowable by regulation. Off-campus performances are required.

MUS 50: JAZZ IMPROVISATION AND PERFORMANCE (Singcopation)

Director: Professor Bruce Rogers (brogers@mtsac.edu)
Meets MW, 4:45-6:35pm (with additional arranged rehearsals hours) 
This course is for the study, rehearsal, and public performance of advanced vocal jazz literature with an emphasis on improvisation and skills needed to perform within a highly select vocal jazz ensemble. This choir will perform vocal jazz arrangements, and students will study the historical, theoretical, and technical aspects of both instrumental and vocal jazz. Solo singing techniques and scat singing will be rehearsed, and the choir will perform at least one concert each semester at Mt. SAC along with attending and performing at a variety of musical venues. Work with guest artists and make CD recordings. Attendance is required at assigned public performances. The course is repeatable for credit the maximum number of times allowable by regulation. Admission by audition. Off-campus performances are required.

MUS 51: CONTEMPORARY A CAPPELLA ENSEMBLE (Nu Aria)

Director, Jeremy Fox (jfox30@mtsac.edu)
Meets TTh, 3:00pm-5:35pm (with additional arranged rehearsal hours) 
Study, rehearsal, and public performance of contemporary a cappella music with an emphasis on the development of skills needed to perform using microphones in a small a cappella setting. Different literature studied each semester. Ensemble specializing in a cappella performances of current rock, pop, jazz, and country hits. Topics include instrumental emulation, vocal percussion microphone techniques, choreography, pop and jazz solo techniques, and arranging. Off campus performances may be required.