- Community Connection
The Nazareth College Department of Music is well connected with the community of Rochester. Over 200 performances of faculty, guest artists, students, and ensembles are offered each academic year.
The culturally rich area of Rochester allows students the opportunity to experience the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mercury Opera, and an endless list of performing organizations.
In addition to individual lessons and recitals there are many opportunities for students to participate in music ensembles, large and small.
The Nazareth College Flute Ensemble provides weekly chamber and small ensemble experience for both major and non-major flutists.
Drawing from the vast repertoire of music arranged for flute choir, as well as from the numerous contemporary works written specifically for this instrumentation, students enjoy the opportunity to work independently in chamber groups as well as collaboratively in large ensembles. The opportunity to play the entire family of flutes (C-flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, and Bass flute,) develops the students' knowledge of their instrument, and prepares them to lead their own flute ensembles in the future.
The Jazz Combo, "Loose Change," is an auditioned small ensemble that presents a formal concert each semester, and performs for other events as well, both on and off campus. Rehearsing twice weekly, the ensemble explores the standard jazz repertory, and frequently focuses on one or two composers or styles each semester. Student compositions are encouraged. Members will normally have had some experience with jazz improvisation, since much of the music is improvised. Private jazz improvisation lessons are also available.
The Nazareth College Clarinet Ensemble is conducted by Dr. Marcy Bacon, lecturer in music. Open to clarinet majors and other students by audition, this group was selected to perform at the 2006 International Clarinet Choir Festival at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The clarinet ensemble has also appeared at the St. Andrew Concert Series, the Pittsford Library Concert Series and other campus and community venues.
The Nazareth College Jazz Ensemble, while based on the standard saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm instrumentation, welcomes all instrumentalists who are interested in learning about and performing in the jazz idiom. Repertoire consists of standard (and not-so-standard) works from the libraries of professional big bands, and also original compositions and arrangements from students, the director, and others. Time is spent on learning about improvisation and how to approach it, and also on how to interpret notation in the various styles of swing, Latin, and funk. Performances are given both on and off campus each semester. Private jazz improvisation lessons are also available.
Piano Chamber Players
Piano Chamber Players provides opportunities for pianists to participate in piano quartets, trios, duos and duets, vocal accompanying, and mixed chamber ensembles. Students meet weekly to explore literature, and prepare for performances on and off campus. While all piano primaries participate, the ensembles are open to other qualified students upon audition.
The saxophone quartet/ensemble accepts anyone who is interested in performing in the ensemble. Saxophone quartet usually consists of a soprano, alto, tenor and bari saxophones. The saxophone ensemble is formed when students register a group of 6 or more. The repertoire for the ensemble consists of transcriptions and original saxophone quartet pieces. Performances are given each semester. The group meets with the director once a week in addition to the students' own rehearsals.
Low Brass Choir
The Nazareth College Low Brass Choir is a chamber ensemble open to all low brass students at Nazareth, whether they are music majors or not. The LBC meets once a week on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00, and maintains an active on and off campus performance schedule. Members gain valuable ensemble, musical, and technical advancement through the study, rehearsal, and performance of standard low brass choir repertoire, arrangements, and new works by living composers. The Nazareth College Low Brass Choir is open to tubists, trombonists, and euphonium players, as well as members of the community.
The Nazareth College Percussion Ensemble is open to any Nazareth College student with percussion training and experience. We meet every Thursday afternoon from 4-6 PM, and present concerts on and off campus each semester. The repertoire includes a broad range from classic literature to contemporary and minimalistic music, world music, marimba ensemble, jazz, rock, and found object "Stomp" style pieces. Students are encouraged to compose and arrange their own pieces for performance by the group. The NCR Percussion Ensemble gives students a chance to develop their musicianship, ensemble and technical skills, and have fun in the process.
The Nazareth College Opera Workshop is a program devoted to the performance of opera, operetta, and all kinds of music theatre. Students involved in the workshop benefit from rehearsals and master classes focusing on musical preparation, character development, stage movement, communication and artistry. Cast members are chosen by audition. Students rehearse in the fall semester, and present a fully-staged performance early in the spring.
The students in the program also participate in a recruitment/educational tour following the performances. In November 2005, the workshop presented the New York State premiere of Felice by Benton Hess. Past productions have included: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Gilbert & Sullivan's Trial by Jury and Cox and Box, Andrew Lippa's john & jen, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Puccini's Sister Angelica, and Sunday Excursion by Rochester's own Alec Wilder.
Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Robert Strauss, , stage director
Dr. Linda Boianova, music director