Brockport’s music ensembles are open to all without an audition. All ensembles are one (1) credit, and can be taken either with or without credit. This credit goes toward completion of the music minor, and ensembles may be repeated for credit. There is no limit to the number of ensembles in which a student may participate, so dust off your old instrument (or vocal cords) and come join in the music making!
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This vocal ensemble is open to Brockport students, faculty and community members with an interest in music. Singers rehearse twice weekly and perform choral works from many styles and periods including larger works such as Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Students can earn 1 credit hour for participation. Email Brian Clickner for more information.
This ensemble provides a basic history of black American gospel music and its relationship to the contemporary music form, and includes performances of Gospel music. Students can earn 1 credit hour for participation. Email Paul Boutte for more information.
Brockport Brass is an ensemble for brass players, by brass players. Originating as a trumpet quartet in spring 2013, Brockport Brass performs a wide variety of music, including classical, jazz, rock/pop, and Broadway, but each concert typically carries a theme. Music is custom arranged to fit the ensemble’s instrumentation and skill level. Rehearsals maintain an open atmosphere where student input is encouraged. The goal is to provide a rewarding musical environment for brass players and an entertaining product for audiences. Email Steve Jessup for more information.
Brockport College-Community Orchestra
This instrumental ensemble is open to Brockport students, faculty and community members with an interest in music. The orchestra performs classics, pops, and folk songs and features instrumental and vocal soloists. It rehearses once weekly. Music is custom arranged to fit the ensemble’s instrumentation and skill level. All instrumentalists are welcome to join the orchestra without auditioning. Email Scott Horsington for more information.
Under the direction of Karl Stabnau from Eastman, students in this smaller jazz ensemble play a variety of more intimate jazz pieces, designed to highlight each instrument. Music is custom arranged to fit the ensemble’s instrumentation and skill level. The ensemble meets once weekly, and students can earn 1 credit hour for participation. Email Karl Stabnau for more information.
Also under the direction of Karl Stabnau, this “big band” ensemble plays everything from swing to contemporary jazz charts and standards. All interested musicians are welcome to join without auditioning. Music is custom arranged to fit the ensemble’s instrumentation and skill level. Meets once weekly, and students can earn 1 credit hour for participation. Email Karl Stabnau for more information.
MUS 323.01 General, MUS 323.04 Advanced
Established in 2008 by Dr. Sarrazin, the Xylophone Ensemble provided an ensemble opportunity available to anyone who wanted to play an instrument, but either did not play one or didn’t read music. After its transformation into the Xylophone-Percussion ensemble, the mission remains the same. The general xylophone ensemble is open to everyone with an interest in music. Students in these ensembles play a variety of percussion arrangements of world music, pop and classical pieces, as well as original student compositions. There is also an advanced ensemble option, which is by permission of the director. This ensemble plays both on and off campus. Students can earn 1 credit hour for each ensemble. Email Natalie Sarrazin for more information.