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 CHORAL ENSEMBLES

The COMMUNITY CHOIR, a non-audition community chorus serving the South Bay, is designed for the study and performance of major choral works in various styles. Emphasis is placed on development of the voice in relation to choral singing. Public performances are held on campus and in the community. Soloists, as needed, may be auditioned and chosen from among the members of the chorus. Members receive college credit by enrolling in College Community Choir (MU 55) or Concert Choir (MU 52), or through non-credit participation in Community Choir For The Older Adult (MU 555).  The ensemble meets on Tuesday evenings in MUS 134. New choir members are always welcomed. For information, contact Leslie Back, director, at (310) 660-3593 x 3705 or lback@elcamino.edu  

 The CONCERT CHOIR is a non-audition ensemble designed for the study and performance of choral works of various styles. Emphasis is placed on development of the voice in relationship to choral singing and the continuous growth of musicianship appropriate to choral literature. The Concert Choir performs several concerts per year, on and off campus. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Concert Choir (MU 52).  The ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in MUS 134.  For information, contact Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, Director of Choral Activities, at (310) 660-3593 x 3713 or .jnachef@elcamino.edu

The CHORALE, provides an opportunity to participate in a small (30 voice) chamber chorale ensemble. Choral literature of all styles is performed, including folk songs and show tunes. Singers in this ensemble perform on campus and in the community, at festivals, and on concert tours.  An audition is required for membership. Students receive college credit by enrolling in Chorale (MU 53). The ensemble meets on Monday/Wednesday/Friday afternoons in MUS 134.  For information, contact Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, Director of Choral Activities, at (310) 660-3593 x 3713 or jnachef@elcamino.edu.

  The MIXED CHORUS is a non-audition ensemble. In this course, the basic principles of choral technique are introduced through the performance of literature from a variety of style periods. Some of the styles include Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Gospel and Jazz. Student performances are held on and off campus each semester. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Mixed Chorus (MU 51). The ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in MUS 134. For information, contact Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, Director of Choral Activities, at (310) 660-3593 x 3713 or jnachef@elcamino.edu.

The WOMEN'S CHORUS (Voce Angelicus), is an auditioned ensemble which provides women of all ages with the opportunity to sing all styles of choral literature. Voce Angelicus performs several concerts on campus and in the community, and participates in musical festivals and tours.  Members receive college credit by enrolling in Concert Choir (MU 57).  The ensemble meets on Wednesday evenings in MUS 134. For information, contact Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef, Director of Choral Activities, at (310) 660-3593 x 3713 or .jnachef@elcamino.edu

 

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

The CONCERT BAND is dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the finest traditional and contemporary wind band literature. Its membership is comprised of musicians ranging in age from High School students to retirees, with both full-time and part-time students, music majors and non-music majors, and community members. Members receive college credit by enrolling in either Symphonic Band (MU 64) or College Community Band (MU 65), or through non-credit participation in Community Band For The Older Adult (MU 565). The ensemble meets on Thursday evenings in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. Interested musicians are invited to contact Dr. Dane Teter, Director of Instrumental Music, at (310) 660-3593 x 3732 or dteter@elcamino.edu .

The BIG BAND JAZZ  rehearses and performs commercial big band music from the swing era. The literature includes works by composers such as Ellington, Basie, and Kenton, as well as opportunities for vocal jazz soloists. Emphasis is placed on section development, extended solos, and improvisation. Performances are held on campus and in the community. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Big Band Jazz (MU 67) or through non-credit participation in Jazz Band For The Older Adult (MU 567). The ensemble meets on Monday evenings in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. For information, contact director Kurt Festinger at professorimprov@sbcglobal.net.

The JAZZ BAND studies and performs a variety of music from the swing era to contemporary jazz written for the large standard jazz band instrumentation. Emphasis is placed on section development, improvisation, extended solos, and literature that is original and of increasing difficulty. Performances include campus concerts as well as at local schools and in jazz festivals. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Big Band Jazz (MU 68). The ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. For information, contact director Kurt Festinger at professorimprov@sbcglobal.net .

The SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is a college and community orchestra dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of the finest traditional and contemporary orchestral literature. Its membership is comprised of musicians from ECC, with both full- and part-time students, music majors and non-music majors, and community members with a myriad of occupations and ages. Members receive college credit by enrolling in either Symphony Orchestra (MU 70) or Chamber Orchestra (MU 71), or through non-credit participation in Symphony Orchestra For The Older Adult (MU 570). The ensemble meets on Tuesday evenings in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. Interested musicians are invited to contact Dr. Dane Teter, Director of Instrumental Music, at (310) 660-3593 x 3732 or . dteter@elcamino.edu

 

CHAMBER ENSEMBLES

The WOODWIND ENSEMBLES rehearse and perform literature written for combinations of woodwinds in choirs of like instruments (all flutes, or clarinets, or saxophones) and mixed instruments. The ensembles include trios, quartets, quintets and larger ensembles, and may be combined with non-woodwind instruments to complete the instrumentation appropriate to the selected literature. Performances are held on campus and in the community. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Woodwind Ensembles (MU 60) or through non-credit participation in Woodwind Ensembles For The Older Adult (MU 560). The ensemble meets on Thursday afternoons in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. Interested musicians are invited to contact Dr. Dane Teter, Director of Instrumental Music, at (310) 660-3593 x 3732 or dteter@elcamino.edu .

The BRASS ENSEMBLES rehearse and perform literature written for combinations of brass instruments. The ensembles include trios, quartets, quintets and larger ensembles, and may be combined with non-brass instruments to complete the instrumentation appropriate to the selected literature. Performances are held on campus and in the community. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Brass Ensembles (MU 61) or through non-credit participation in Brass Ensembles For The Older Adult (MU 561). The ensemble meets on Thursday afternoons in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. Interested musicians are invited to contact Dr. Dane Teter, Director of Instrumental Music, at (310) 660-3593 x 3732 or dteter@elcamino.edu .

The PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES rehearse and perform literature written for combinations of melody and/or rhythm percussion instruments. The ensembles include trios, quartets, quintets and larger ensembles, and may be combined with wind or string instruments to complete the instrumentation appropriate to the selected literature. Performances are held on campus and in the community. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Percussion Ensembles (MU 62) or through non-credit participation in Percussion Ensembles For The Older Adult (MU 562). The ensemble meets on Thursday afternoons in Marsee Auditorium Room 130. Interested musicians are invited to contact Dr. Dane Teter, Director of Instrumental Music, at (310) 660-3593 x 3732 or dteter@elcamino.edu .

The CLARINET CHOIR rehearses and performs literature scored for the balanced clarinet choir. Performances are held on campus and in the community. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Clarinet Choir (MU 76) or through non-credit participation in Clarinet Choir For The Older Adult (MU 576). The course is offered in the Spring Semester ONLY and meets in Marsee Auditorium Room 130 on Monday afternoons. For information contact Professor James Mack, director at je_mack@pacbell.net .

The VARSITY BAND prepares and performs music for athletic and other selected college and community events. Members receive college credit by enrolling in Varsity Band (MU 79). The course is offered in the Fall Semester ONLY and meets in Marsee Auditorium Room 130 on Saturday afternoons. For information, contact director Dr. Lloyd Sherman at lsherman@elcamino.edu.