The CC Concert Band performs twice each semester, presenting challenging and exciting repertoire from the wind ensemble literature. We often feature student conductors and soloists, especially departing seniors. New members are always welcome, by audition. Recent works include Dello Joio's Satiric Dances, Whitacre's October, and Grainger's Children's March.
For more information, please contact Gary Buttery, director.
Connecticut College Orchestra
Performing at least two major concerts a season, the orchestra's repertoire encompasses major works from the baroque through the twentieth century. Recent concerts featured works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Faure.
In addition, resident faculty soloists are regularly invited to rehearse and perform with the orchestra, and all orchestral students, music majors and non-majors alike, have the opportunity to study privately with these renowned faculty members every semester, free of charge.
Informal auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for incoming students and community musicians, but can also be arranged later in the semester. For more information, please contact Mark Seto, director.
The college's Jazz Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band perform several times per year. The Jazz Ensemble's repertoire includes full "big band" charts from the earliest era of swing (Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington) through the contemporary bands, including Mingus Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Paquito d'Rivera, and special arrangements of works by Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. The focus of the Traditional Jazz Band is Dixieland-style jazz from the early 20th century. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year. Requirements for ensemble participation include a prepared solo, pre-selected excerpts, sight reading, good music reading skills, some improvisatory skills, a desire to play some good jazz and a commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule.
For more information, contact Gary Buttery, director.
The chamber choir, a mixed chorus of 40-60 students, includes non-majors along with private voice students and voice majors. The chamber choir presents two major concerts annually and also sings for Christmas Vespers and "Make We Joy," the College's version of Revels.
The choir sings a variety of music in different languages and from various historical periods. In a recent semester, we presented a program of love songs (Renaissance works, Brahms Liebeslieder waltzes, Lauridsen's Chansons des Roses and a Cole Porter song), while another featured all twentieth-century works by Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Barber, Thompson and Mulholland.
The chamber choir rehearses on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. We encourage not only experienced singers, but also students who may have played instruments in the past and want to experience the joy of choral singing.
For more information, please contact Wendy Moy, director.
Percussion and New Music Ensemble
For over a decade, the Connecticut College New Music and Percussion Ensemble has been providing music students of all skill levels with the opportunity to explore the world of 20th and 21st century concert music. Director Peter Jarvis aims to create programs that will expose the campus community to the wide and varied spectrum of contemporary music. The ensemble has performed works by Varèse, Cage, Harrison, Crumb, Riley, Reich, Rzewski, and Carter, and also has given the world premiere of several works by composers based in New England and the Tri-State Area.
Performing once a semester, the ensemble takes great pride in collaborating with members of the Chamber Choir, Orchestra, and Concert Band, as well as faculty composers and performers, and in its diverse, ever-developing repertoire. As much an opportunity for serious musical growth on behalf of its members as it is an integral, pioneering faction of the Connecticut College arts community, the ensemble looks forward to seeing everybody at its next concert!
For more information, please contact Peter Jarvis, director.
Chamber music groups are organized each semester according to student interest and teacher availability. These include string quartets, string trios, woodwind quintets, saxophone quartets, guitar ensembles, flute ensembles, and the like.
A musical theater ensemble is offered every spring semester leading to the production of a musical by the theater and music departments. Recent productions include Into the Woods, Three Penny Opera, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.