Music Program Ensembles
The Carroll University Music Program is comprised of several music ensembles.
The Wind Symphony is an ensemble for students in all majors from across the campus to come together to
make music for the love it. While a core of the players are music majors, the largest group is preparing to enter fields outside of music. The Wind Symphony performs the finest of traditional as well as contemporary wind literature, and has been involved in the commissioning of several original works from esteemed composers.
Wind Symphony players have an annual opportunity to travel to Italy during the summer months, where they join forces with Italian bands to prepare concerts and travel within Italy as well as to other European countries. Four semesters in the Wind Symphony satisfies the university Fine Arts course required of all graduates.
Open to students in all majors, the Concert Choir is a large, auditioned mixed ensemble that performs regularly throughout the year in the Carroll Choir's concert season, including the annual performances of Christmas at Carroll, and appears at university ceremonies such as Convocation and Baccalaureate. The Concert Choir performs a wide variety of repertoire from traditional to contemporary choral literature, and frequently collaborates with instrumental ensembles such as the Wisconsin Philharmonic Orchestra and Carroll Wind Symphony to perform major works such as Vaughan Williams's Dona Nobis Pacem, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana.
The Concert Choir travels biannually on performance tours throughout the United States and overseas and additionally hosts the Carroll Homecoming Alumni Choir and High School Choral Leadership Workshop each Fall.
The premier vocal ensemble at Carroll, Chamber Singers is comprised of selected members of the Concert Choir and performs repertoire that focuses on more virtuosic vocal chamber music
. Each December, the Chamber Singers produces the annual Madrigal Dinner, which has become a Carroll tradition. Chamber Singers also serves as the musical ambassadors for the Carroll Choirs and will travel throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest on their annual performance and recruitment tour each January.
Women's Choir, directed by Paula Tillen, is open to all women who want to sing. The ensemble sings everything from Brahms to Broadway, and builds community through singing.
Carroll's only all-male vocal ensemble, Men's Chorus builds vocal technique, musicianship, and community through the rehearsal and performance of great choral and vocal literature.
The Chamber Orchestra is comprised mostly of strings and complemented by woodwinds, brass, and timpani, as needed. Musicians come together to learn and properly perform the classical chamber orchestra repertoire.
Jazz Lab explores jazz style and improvisation through group listening, improvisation exercises, and small group playing in a variety of combinations. All instruments (including voice) are welcome, and the repertoire ranges from New Orleans jazz to straight-ahead swing, latin jazz, and contemporary funk and rock.