All Musical Arts Institutes Ensembles are designed to provide a creative outlet for our
students’ artistic expression while offering valuable experience in group performance.
Accepting a chair/placement in one of these ensembles assumes a commitment from the
student to attend regular rehearsals, prepare and be present for performances, and to continue
to practice outside rehearsals and private lesson practice assignments.
... provides an opportunity for students to develop improvisational and accompanying skills in a variety of styles including straight ahead, bebop, smooth jazz, and funk. Repertoire includes music from classic big band era to contemporary selections. Members are chosen on the basis of teacher recommendation/audition.
... celebrates the power and tradition of vocal music. The choir performs music from each of the major style periods ranging from unaccompanied to instrumentally accompanied literature and frequently selects pieces in French, German and Italian along with Spirituals and Anthems. Members are chosen on the basis of teacher recommendation/audition.
... is our entry level string ensemble. This ensemble is open to students who play viola, violin, and cello. Students will explore a range of music while learning to play in an ensemble. Students should have at least one year experience of private lessons and have basic grasp of sight reading. Members are chosen on the basis of basic competencies
demonstrated in audition.
CHAMBER STRING ENSEMBLE
... explores a wide range of repertoire from multiple periods. This performing ensemble is focused on developing the students’ ability to interpret and present classical pieces at the highest level possible. Members are chosen based on advanced competencies demonstrated in audition.
... is open to all skill levels. This ensemble teaches snare drum rudiments, marching cadences, stick twirls and showmanship, and dance beats inspired by the HBCU show band tradition. Students aged 10-17 and capable of carrying drums or cymbals are welcome.