The Carroll University Music Program is comprised of several music ensembles.
In the liberal arts tradition, the Wind Symphony is intended to provide performance opportunities for students studying music as a major as well as for those who may be intending to develop careers in other fields. 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. The group has played under leading international guest conductors from Hungary, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Israel and the United States.
The ensemble has also hosted several composers' and conductors' forums for state music educators with noted guests Bernard van Beurden, Jere Hutcheson, Kamillo Lendvay, David Gillingham, Jack Stamp, Ron Nelson, Daniel Bukvich and Nancy Galbraith.
The Wind Symphony has embarked on extensive tours throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, the group completed a nine-day tour of Italy with guest director and concert pianist Lorin Hollander. The ensemble is open by audition to Carroll students regardless of major. Significant scholarships are available for those who apply and are accepted as an incoming freshman.
Concert Choir, our largest choir, is an auditioned mixed ensemble that represents Carroll at conferences and festivals. Concert Choir performs both great works (such as Vaughan Williamsís Dona Nobis Pacem, which we sang at Carnegie Hall last spring, and Mozartís Requiem) and a diverse repertoire of smaller works.
Rehearsals: M, W 4:00-5:40 p.m., Shattuck.
The Carroll University Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to excellence in the performance of both traditional and contemporary jazz music. Members of the Jazz Ensemble are given the opportunity and instruction to prepare and perform the highest caliber repertoire from the jazz idiom. All students are given the opportunity to learn and study the art of improvisation and to perform in both big band and small group settings. In 2012, Pete Lange was named director of the Carroll Jazz Ensemble, and is pleased to continue the tradition of pursuing excellence, as the Carroll University Music Department confirms its commitment to creating a truly authentic Jazz performance culture.
Women's Ensemble, 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.
Rehearsals: T, R 4:00-5:40 p.m., Humphrey Chapel.
Chamber Singers, previously known as Vocal Collective, is an elite, auditioned mixed ensemble that focuses on more virtuosic vocal chamber music, with an emphasis on a cappella music. Chamber Singers produces the annual Madrigal Dinner.
Rehearsals: T, R 12:00-1:50 p.m. Shattuck.