Instrumental Music majors:
Winds: flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium/baritone, tuba
Orchestral Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
Percussion: snare drum, bass drum, auxiliary percussion, mallet instruments, marching percussion
Piano: piano majors take 3 or more years of Music Theory/Piano courses, and may also join an ensemble playing a secondary instrument
Instrumental Music courses:
Students will be placed into an instrumental ensemble based upon their major instrument. Students may also choose to participate in additional ensembles and elective courses.
Wind Ensemble (band) performs classical band pieces as well as contemporary and jazz selections. Wind Ensemble is open to all students who play wind, brass, or concert percussion instruments.
String Orchestra performs classical orchestral standards as well as contemporary and world music selections. String Orchestra is open to all students who play violin, viola, cello, or double bass.
Symphonic Orchestra is our largest instrumental ensemble, combining wind, string, and percussion instruments. Symphonic Orchestra rehearses during advisory period and is not an academic course.
Piano is offered through our Music Theory/Piano 1, Music Theory/Piano 2, and Music Theory/Piano 3 courses. Piano majors must take all 3 levels of these courses. Music Theory/Piano 1 and 2 are also open to non-piano majors as elective courses.
Drumline is a performing ensemble open to students who play a marching percussion instrument (snare, quads, or bass drum). Students must be enrolled in the Drumline course to perform with this group, which rehearses during both class and advisory.
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