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Band of Blue

Band of Blue The marching band at MTSU, the Band of Blue, is directed by Associate Director of Bands, Craig Cornish, and presents original halftime shows at all home football games and selected out-of-town games. Membership is open to any university student who can display good marching techniques and a fundamental proficiency on an instrument used in the marching band. Guard, majorettes, and dance team members are accepted by audition. Two semesters of marching band may be substituted for two courses of General Studies physical activity credit, but this substitution does not meet teacher licensure requirements.

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Brass Ensemble

The MTSU Brass Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Michael Arndt and Dr. Reed Thomas, is an ensemble that includes trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, and percussion. Membership is open to any university brass player via audition and instructor approval. Seating is rotated from piece-to-piece, and instrumentation varies, giving each composition a realization best representing each composer's intent. The group meets every semester and presents 1-3 concerts each semester.

Brass Choir

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MTSU Chamber Winds

The Middle Tennessee State University Chamber Winds, conducted by Dr. Reed Thomas, is a highly select group of musicians within the School of Music dedicated to the study and performance of wind literature from the Renaissance to the latest compositions. The ensemble was founded in 2003 as an outgrowth of The MTSU Wind Ensemble and performs 3-5 concerts each semester. Seating is rotated from piece-to-piece, and instrumentation varies, giving each composition a realization best representing each composer's intent. Membership is open to all MTSU students and is based upon successful audition.

Clarinet Choir

Clarinet Choir The MTSU Clarinet Choir performs a wide variety of original compositions and transcriptions written for the ensemble's full complement of clarinets: soprano, alto, bass and contra clarinet. The Choir presents several concerts on campus each year and travels to selected Tennessee high schools. The Clarinet Choir has also been selected as a featured performing group at the 2000 Tennessee Music Educators Association Convention in Nashville. Dr. Todd Waldecker directs the ensemble Clarinet Studio Website

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Commercial Music Ensemble


The Commercial Music Ensemble provides students with the experience of choosing songs, working with arrangements, rehearsing with the band, and bringing it all together as a cohesive performance. The ensemble draws its material from any style of music that has achieved popularity in the music industry as well as students' original songs. The group contains a small section of vocalists who perform lead and background vocals, and a rhythm section with drum set, electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and keyboard. Horn players are often recruited for the performances as well. The CME performs at the School of Music, in various on-campus venues, and has produced recordings in collaboration with the Recording Industry Department. This ensemble is formed by auditions taking place at the beginning of each semester. For more information please contact Matt Lund at mattlundmusic.comcast.net

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Double Reed Ensemble

Double Reed Ensemble A uniquely fashioned student ensemble designed to explore music of different kinds that is intended for this austere combination of double reeds and music that is unusual for this instrumentation. The ensemble consists of oboes, oboe d'amore, English horn, and bassoons. The students have performed music from the Baroque and Classical periods written by such greats as Bach and Haydn; light classical works written by composers from the different style periods; and jazz ballads written by some of the leading jazz artists in the country. The ensemble is open to all interested double reed players. 



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Flute Choir

Flute Choir

The MTSU Flute Choir is an enthusiastic group of flutists that perform a variety of musical styles ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, Popular and Jazz. The MTSU Flute Choir currently consist of sixteen members and showcase all four members of the flute family: piccolo, C flute, alto flute and bass flute.

Flute Studio Website

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Guitar Ensembles

Guitar Ensemble Practice Performing some of the greatest literature written for this ensemble, the MTSU Guitar Ensembles give students valuable chamber experience. Students interested in joining an ensemble should contact Dr. William Yelverton, coordinator of the MTSU Guitar Department.

" Listen to the MTSU Guitar Ensembles"







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Horn Ensemble

Horn Ensemble The MTSU Horn Ensemble is open to all MTSU horn players with the instructor's approval. The Horn Ensemble rehearses once a week, playing a variety of standard literature ranging stylistically from the popular "Fripperies" to the more classically oriented horn literature. Additionally, they rehearse and play standard selections from orchestral literature, with an emphasis on style and ear training. The Horn Ensemble usually meets in the early evening when most students are available for rehearsal. The ensemble performs in recital at least once every semester.


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Jazz Combos

Jazz Combo Directed by jazz faculty and graduate jazz teaching assistants, these small ensembles provide students the opportunity to develop jazz performing skills, master standard literature, strengthen improvisational ability, and explore original compositions and arrangements. Placement in combos is by audition and the groups range from beginning to advanced. The combos perform both on and off campus. For audition information email James.Simmons@mtsu.edu

Jazz Studies home page

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MTSU Jazz Ensemble I

jazz Ensemble MTSU Jazz Ensemble I is the top performing large ensemble in the jazz studies program. It features the most experienced student players and concentrates on cutting-edge literature and master works from the big band repertoire. This ensemble has toured throughout the region recruiting and performing at collegiate festivals. A highlight is the ensemble's annual performance at the MTSU Jazz Festival where the group performs with an internationally acclaimed jazz artist. Past guests have included Phil Woods, Rufus Reid, Benny Golson, Lee Konitz, Bob Mintzer, Arturo Sandoval, Bobby Shew and Peter Erskine. Directed by Jamey Simmons (James.Simmons@mtsu.edu)

Real Audio: MTSU Jazz Ensemble I

  1. The Man from Tanganyika - McCoy Tyner/arr. Jamey Simmons

  2. The Eternal Triangle - Sonny Stitt/ arr. Clayton

MTSU Jazz Ensemble II

MTSU Jazz Ensemble II focuses on providing students with performance experience in the big band jazz idiom. Performing a variety of styles, this ensemble focuses on the basics of improvisation. Directed by Don Aliquo (Don.Aliquo@mtsu.edu)

Jazz Ensemble II

Jazz Studies home page

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MTSU Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra is the premiere orchestral ensemble of the MTSU School of Music. Repertoire is selected from masterpieces of the standard orchestral literature and outstanding contemporary compositions. The Symphony is open to all MTSU students by audition (regardless of major). Music Scholarships are available to highly qualified music majors and non-majors by audition. [Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director- Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu]    Visit this link for more information on the MTSU Orchestra  Department, audition requirements and the 2014 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra.

 

MTSU Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is composed of the leading members of the Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire is selected from all periods of the Chamber Orchestra literature. The Chamber Orchestra is open to all MTSU students by audition (regardless of major).

MTSU Chamber Orchestra

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MTSU Concert Orchestra

The Concert Orchestra offers the opportunity for all MTSU students, faculty and staff to enjoy participation in an orchestral ensemble. An audition is not required. Repertoire is selected from all periods of orchestral literature. The MTSU Concert Orchestra has premiered many compositions and arrangements by MTSU students. Music Education and Performance majors may audition to serve as assistant conductors. Contact Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director to reserve a position in the Concert Orchestra. [Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu].  Meets: 3:00- 4:00 PM, Friday, SFA Room 101 Course ID: MUEN 3300-003 

Percussion Ensemble

At MTSU, we have two percussion ensembles that perform music written specifically for percussion, usually coming from the 20th century onward. Typically, these ensembles require 9-13 percussionists. The percussion ensembles at MTSU have played the music of many notable composers in recent years, including Mark Ford, Kevin Erickson, James Campbell, and David Holsinger. In addition to these two ensembles, there are also smaller, student-led chamber groups that perform similar music written for 4-6 players. The percussion ensembles have performed and competed at the Tennessee Music Educators Association, The National Orff Convention, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (P.A.S.I.C.)

MTSU Percussion Website

MTSU Percussion Ensemble

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Piano Ensembles

Students in piano ensembles study and perform representative selections drawn from the rich repertory of music written for one piano, four hands; two pianos, four hands; and two pianos, eight hands. Both original compositions and transcriptions from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries are covered in various semesters.

MTSU Salsa Band

The MTSU Salsa Band is an ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of Afro-Cuban Salsa music. The group includes a horn section, percussion section, a bass, and a piano. The percussion section generally includes congas, timbales, bongos, and a drum set while the horn section includes trumpets, saxophones, and a trombone. The group is open to students through audition. The members of the group study the style, form, and history or Afro-Cuban music, and are encouraged to write or arrange tunes in salsa style. Under the direction of Associate Professor Lalo Davila, the group performs both on and off campus.


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Saxophone Ensemble

One of this nation's versatile ensembles, the saxophone ensemble is known for performing all styles of music. This group has performed in many different venues such as school concerts, jazz festivals, shopping malls, and student recitals. The ensemble is open to all students at MTSU seeking an opportunity for a challenging and exciting musical experience.

Small Brass Ensembles

Brass performing in Nashville Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to gain chamber music experience through the formation of small chamber groups, trios, quartets, quintets, etc. Faculty members coach the ensembles, and performing venues are available on and off campus.






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Steel Band

MTSU takes great pride in our steel drum bands, as they add a unique flavor to our arsenal of percussion sounds. These smaller, 8-10 member bands often perform professional and student arrangements of modern popular music. They perform regularly both on and off campus as well as a formal concert each semester. Furthermore, they have had the honor of performing twice with the Nashville Symphony.




Symphonic Band

The MTSU Symphonic Band fosters the highest performance standards while offering its members an opportunity to expand their technical, intellectual, and musical horizons. The ensemble seeks to broaden performance and pedagogical skills through the programming of exemplary wind band literature while fostering an interest in the band as an integral part of the American musical scene. Membership is open to all university students through audition and the conductor is Craig Cornish, Associate Director of Bands.

MTSU Symphonic Band

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Concert Band (Monday Night Band)

Comprised mostly on non-music majors the MTSU Concert Band allows marching band members and former high school players the opportunity to keep their concert skills alive.

Trombone Ensemble

Membership is open to majors and non-majors. Instructor approval is needed to join. There is one rehearsal each week. Repertoire includes transcriptions and original works for trombone choir. The trombone ensemble performs publicly at least once each semester.

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Directed by Professor of Low Brass, Dr. David Loucky, this ensemble has a long history of performing, touring and commissioning new works. Offered in the spring semester, the ensemble includes euphonium and tuba music majors, music majors wishing to perform on a secondary instrument as well as non-majors. Performances include on campus programs combined with other brass groups and an educational tour of schools. The 2011 ensemble includes students from 4 states, majoring in Instrumental Performance Music Industry and Instrumental Music Education.



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Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Dr. Reed Thomas, The MTSU Wind Ensemble is the premier performing ensemble for wind, brass, and percussion students at the university. Members are selected through audition each semester and comprise the best musicians at MTSU. The ensemble explores the vast range of the wind repertoire by utilizing a flexible instrumentation approach where the repertoire dictates the number of players for each piece. The ensemble is dedicated to performing outstanding and challenging works of diverse musical styles while furthering wind music of artistic and historical significance. Performing three to five concerts each semester, they also tour extensively throughout the region and overseas. The Wind Ensemble is recognized as one of the outstanding university ensembles in the country and abroad having performed on concert tours of South Korea, China, Costa Rica, and Panama. Membership is open to all MTSU students and is based upon successful audition. Audition and further information can be found by visiting the MTSU band website at www.mtsubands.com.

Listen to the MTSU Wind Ensemble in streaming audio:

  1. from Symphony No. 1 "Lord of the Rings" by Johan de Meij III. Gollum

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Woodwind Chamber Ensembles

Students are encouraged and given the opportunity to gain chamber music experience through the formation of small chamber groups, trios, quartets, quintets, etc. Faculty members coach the ensembles, and performing venues are available on and off campus.

Concert Chorale

Repertory includes choral works from the Renaissance to the present. Participation is by audition only. The Concert Chorale is designed primarily for music majors with advanced vocal skills and choral experience. This group is also a touring ensemble for MTSU and presents regional concerts and biennial European concert tours. Formal Concert attire is required.

Concert Chorale

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Meistersingers

This auditioned ensemble is comprised of the men of the MTSU Concert Chorale. The repertory of this group reflects literature for Men's voices from all historical style periods to the present including Broadway and popular styles.

MTSU Singers - Jazz Vocal Ensemble

MTSU Singers is an audition-only select group of no more than sixteen singers. The ensemble performs jazz standards and jazz-style arrangements of popular music, and includes choral jazz and vocal improvisation.

 

 

 

 

Opera Workshop ( Opera and Musical Theater Webpage)

Opera Workshop The Opera Workshop is the preparation and public performance of opera and/or musical theater, either a complete work or a program of scenes from various opera and/or musical theater pieces. The type of staged production performed in any given semester is contingent upon the make-up of the students enrolled in the Workshop. Technical (use of stage make-up, etc.) and performing aspects of opera and musical theater productions are studied. Attention is paid to helping Workshop students develop acting as well as musical skills as they relate to performing opera and/or musical theater. Admission to Opera Workshop is by audition only. (One credit each semester)



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Schola Cantorum

Participation in the Schola Cantorum is by audition only. It is designed primarily for upper division vocal majors and graduate students. Repertory includes choral works from the Renaissance to the present. This group is also a touring choral ensemble. Formal Concert attire is required.

Listen to Schola Contorum conducted by Dr. Raphael Bundage in streaming audio:

  1. Ave Maria monophonic Chant

  2. Ave Maria (motet) by Tomas Victoria

  3. Sicut Cervus (As the deer pants for the water brook...)by G.P. da Palestrina

  4. Alma Redemptoris Mater by G.P. da Palestrina

  5. Cantate Domino by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck


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University Chorus

This choir is open to all MTSU students by audition. Repertory includes octavo literature, Renaissance to the present, as well as major works. It is designed for music and non-music majors. This choir will perform two concerts per semester. Formal Concert attire is required.

Women's Chorale

Women's Chorale The MTSU Women's Chorale is made up of some of the university's most talented female voices. Usually half of the singers are music majors, while the others represent many other academic disciplines--from psychology to horse science. The Chorale performs a variety of styles of music, from major works for treble voices to folk songs and Broadway selections. In addition, they regularly appear with the other university choirs for performances of oratorios with orchestra. The members of the Women's Chorale enjoy each other's company, too: there are a number of social events planned each semester. Angela Tipps (angela.tipps@mtsu.edu