Ensemble Courses

ENCL-220

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 4
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

A recording orchestra of 37 musicians, the Film Scoring Studio Orchestra will integrate and improve orchestral performance skills in an actual Hollywood-style scoring stage setting. A collaboration between the Ensemble, Music Production and Engineering, and Film Scoring departments, the orchestra will meet in Studio 1 of the 160 Massachusetts Avenue building. Each week the ensemble will play music composed by professional film composers or Berklee Film Scoring students, and be recorded by Berklee students in related MP&E classes. Through participation in film scoring sessions in a state-of-the-art scoring stage venue, students will improve their overall efficiency of sight-reading, technique, rhythm (including click track competency), intonation, articulation, style orientation, and ensemble-centered production (listening/response sensitivity).   

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

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.

ENCL-P405

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

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

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.

ENDS-406

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of course chair and 5th semester standing
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

Upon approval from and under the guidance of the Ensemble Department chair, students will organize an ensemble (with a minimum of five member) that will perform their original music. Class will be taught/directed by a chair-approved faculty member. This faculty member will have final say over all musical and educational matters of the ensemble. Additional rehearsal time may be required at the discretion of the faculty member.

ENEL-221

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 Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

A small contemporary ensemble consisting of synthesizers and other electronics, typically along with a rhythm section composed of drum set and electric bass. The ensemble will develop a concert-ready performance based upon improvisation, extended performance techniques, sound design, and grooves.

ENEL-403

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Ron Savage
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: MTEC-111
Department Code: ENS
Location: Boston Campus

An open forum for development of live performance multi-instrumental duo/trio ensembles consisting of electronic, electro/acoustic, and acoustic sources. The class splits into a number of smaller groups working on two compositions and playing in class on a rotating schedule for discussion and critique. Use of a variety of instrumental approaches such as controls surfaces, audio/MIDI processing, MAX/MSP patches, any instruments.

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