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Performing Ensembles

Performing ensembles listed below are open to all University students regardless of major. Some, as noted, do require auditions for participation and credit. All ensembles as courses may be repeated for additional credit as per the limitations in individual course descriptions.

Marching Band

Marching activities and performance during the football season. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for Marching Band or Marching Band Activity in a single semester.

Marching Band Activity
Marching activities and performance during the football season.

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University Chorale

Large choir performing a variety of literature including major choral works. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for University Chorale or University Chorale Activity in a single semester.

University Chorale Activity
Large choir performing a variety of literature including major choral works.

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Symphonic Band

A large concert band with open enrollment performing a variety of music. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for Symphonic Band or Symphonic Band Activity in a single semester.

Symphonic Band Activity
A large concert band with open enrollment performing a variety of music.

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Madrigal/Swing Choir

Select choral group specializing in madrigal and swing choir literature. Prerequisite: Audition. Maybe taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for Madrigal/ Swing Choir or Madrigal/Swing Choir Activity in a single semester.

Madrigal/Swing Choir Activity
Select choral group specializing in madrigal and swing choir literature.

Prerequisite: Audition.

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Jazz Ensemble

Big-band jazz ensemble and may include vocalists. Prerequisite: Audition. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for jazz Ensemble or Jazz Ensemble Activity in a single semester.

Jazz Ensemble Activity
Big-band jazz ensemble and may include vocalists. Prerequisite: Audition.

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Tower Choir

Select choral ensemble. Prerequisite: Audition. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for Tower Choir or Tower Choir Activity in a single semester.

Tower Choir Activity
Select choral ensemble.

Prerequisite: Audition.

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Wind Symphony

A select instrumental group that specializes in performing the repertoire written for the large and small instrumental combinations, including concert band music. Prerequisite: Audition. May be taken as many as four times for academic credit. Students may only receive credit for Wind Symphony or Wind Symphony Activity in a single semester.

Wind Symphony Activity
A select instrumental group that specializes in performing the repertoire written for the large and small instrumental combinations, including concert band music.

Prerequisite: Audition.

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Concert Band

The Concert Band is the newest of the instrumental ensembles at Northwest. This band meets Tuesday evenings in the fall and spring semesters, and enrollment is open to all Northwest students who play a band instrument. Music from a wide variety of time periods and styles are performed, from historically significant works to new band compositions and premiers. This innovative ensemble presents one full band concert and one chamber music concert each semester, and incorporates chamber music opportunities for all members. Select upper-level music education students will have the opportunity to conduct the Concert Band in rehearsal and performance. Audition is not required for enrollment in Concert Band.

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Small Ensembles

Brass Ensemble
A variety of brass ensembles of varying sizes and instrument combinations.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Woodwind Ensemble
A variety of woodwind ensembles of varying sizes and instrument combinations including such groups as flute choir, woodwind quintet and clarinet choir.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Jazz Combo
This course is designed to provide the student with a small ensemble to learn and use the concepts of jazz Improvisation and to learn to perform in a small group setting in order to express themselves musically through the jazz idiom.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Percussion Ensemble
A variety of percussion ensembles of varying sizes and instrument combinations.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.