Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

Trombone Ensemble 1

ENBR-P172

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

In this course trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for that instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Trombone Ensemble 2

ENBR-P272

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Sean Jones
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: Trombone principals
Prerequisites: None
Department: BRASS

In this advanced ensemble trombonists will develop a viable practice routine as it pertains to ensemble playing in all the relevant styles for the instrument. They will learn to better perform together in all relevant idioms and styles. They will learn to transition between idioms and styles with improved control and skill.

Concert Choir

ENCL-200

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE

Large vocal ensemble with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music stretching through a wide range of music genres. In this course, students will participate in weekly rehearsals. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Concert performances during the fall and spring semesters.

Women's Concert Choir

ENCL-201

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: VOICE

The Women's Concert Choir is a choral group consisting of 12-40 women. Students will learn part-singing, blending, intonation, reading, and memorization through the repertoire, which will range from the standard classical choral repertoire to arrangements of musical theater works. A performance will be scheduled at the end of the semester. Voice principals and non-voice principals are eligible to audition.

Improvisation for Classical Musicians

ENCL-234

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Improvisation for Classical Musicians ensemble is a small group of instrumentalists that will play traditional chamber music with a twist by adding improvisational techniques. The students will partake in weekly rehearsals, as well as end of the semester performances. Emphasis will be given to hearing, expressing your musical ideas with stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Contemporary Orchestra

ENCL-400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Contemporary Orchestra features Berklee's student performers, composers, and conductors through the use of standard repertoire, film, multimedia, and sound. Works of major 20th-century composers, as well as Berklee students and faculty, will be programmed. Student performers will gain experience in orchestral auditions and have the opportunity to be featured as soloists. This ensemble meets two times per week; the second weekly meeting will be used for workshops.

Contemporary Chamber Music Ensemble

ENCL-402

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

Mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles are formed to study and perform chamber music by 20th-century composers including Luciano Berio, John Corgliano, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, and others. Using their own parts from the preselected repertoire, students will individually practice and master performance skills and musicianship, then rehearse in the larger group in preparation for an end-of-semester recital.

Art Music of Black Composers

ENCL-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Art Music of Black Composers ensemble will study and perform the richness of America's roots music traditions. The students will study all types of black composers stretching from roots music all the way to modern-day pop.

Musical Theater Orchestra

ENCL-404

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Musical Theater Orchestra will perform the music of Broadway shows. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing in a variety of styles inherent in each show. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy. Please contact the instructor for more information on the shows to performed in current semester.

Classical Chamber Music Ensemble

ENCL-P405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written permission of course instructor
Department: ENS

Mixed instrumentation chamber ensemble, including brass, woodwinds, strings, voice, and guitar with piano accompanists. Ensemble will perform standard classical chamber music repertoire. Emphasis will be on developing accompanying skills while providing an outlet for soloists.

Directed Study

ENDS-400

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Directed Study ensemble will study and perform a specific genre or artist of their liking. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the particular directed studies' compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

Directed Study – Pop Icons: the Music of Michael Jackson, Prince, and Whitney Houston

ENDS-405

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course instructor
Department: ENS

The Directed Study ensemble will study and perform a specific genre or artist of their liking. In this course, students will participate in weekly supervised rehearsals. Students will gain experience in performing the particular directed studies' compositions. Emphasis will be given to stylistic integrity, as well as melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic accuracy.

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