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Music Ensembles

Choral Ensembles

Waldorf Choir

Under the direction of nationally recognized conductor Joel Everist, the Waldorf Choir is the second oldest collegiate a cappella choir in the United States. Founded in 1916 by Oscar Lyders, and strengthened under the long tenure of Odvin Hagen, the choir has maintained a professional standard for excellence throughout its history. An enthusiastic music critic praised the choir for performance in which “…the singers, conductor, accompanist, and audience members all but danced in the pews.” Past seasons have included a wide variety of acapella repertoire, major works, spirituals, and performances that have included the Lincoln Center, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and for university academic and festival ceremonies. The Choir has been recently invited to be a headliner at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Disney Hall in Los Angeles, while providing the voices for premiere performances of newly composed works. Participation in this ensemble is 'by audition' only. Scholarship assistance is available to students who meet academic and performance requirements at the time of their audition.

Chamber Ensembles

Schola Cantorum

Under the direction of Joel Everist, Schola Cantorum has been praised for their “joyous singing, remarkable delicacy and poise, impressive performances, and expressive fervor.” This advanced ensemble of 20-32 singers performs a wide variety of the finest a cappella repertoire encompassing many periods and styles of music. Performing several times throughout the year, which includes tours in the spring, the ensemble is open to all singers of the University community ‘by audition’. Scholarship assistance is available to students who meet academic and performance requirements at the time of their audition.

Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Symphony

Under the direction of M. Cory Schmitt, the ensemble primarily performs standard wind band literature with an emphasis upon practical pedagogical foundations. In addition to regularly scheduled concerts each semester, the Wind Symphony performs for academic ceremonies and has also served as a special exhibition ensemble for premieres of newly composed and/or arranged works. In 2018-19, the Wind Symphony will join with TRN Music Publisher, Inc. and Dan Goeller Music Publishing to record numerous catalogued wind band repertoire holdings. It serves as an excellent laboratory ensemble for undergraduate conducting and composition students, rehearsing and recording student compositions throughout the year. Performance in the group can satisfy requisite ensemble requirements for scholarship and non-scholarship students. Scholarship assistance is available to those students who are willing to meet academic and performance requirements at the time of their audition.

Percussion Ensemble

Under the direction of Mark Dorr, the Percussion Ensemble is a performance ensemble utilizes all pitched and non-pitched percussive instrumentation available to symphonic wind and string ensembles. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of percussion ensemble literature and related rehearsal and performance techniques. Some focus is placed upon ethnic and Brazilian music, junk percussion and other invented instruments suitable for 20th-century style music. Students learn the techniques, music and related terminology to the various styles of percussive music and performance practices, while engaged in public venues throughout the year. The ensemble is open to all instrumentalists in the University community, and scholarship assistance is available to those students who are willing to meet academic and performance requirements at the time of their audition.