The Concert Choir, an SATB chorus, is made up of students from many departments, alumni, and some community members who love to sing. Along with the Chorale, the Concert Choir performs in two concerts each semester. The Concert Choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00; students register for one credit (MUS160). The Concert Choir is an opportunity for students to get to know and work with individuals from many departments and every class level. Full time students can receive a Performance Scholarship each semester, upon faculty recommendation. For more information contact: Damon Carlson.
The Silver Lake Chorale is an auditioned group of SATB student singers who rehearse three hours weekly (from 5:00-6:00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), and who perform a cappella music literature of varying styles. The Chorale performs several segments of repertoire in each of the four Choral Concerts described above under Concert Choir. Most members of the Chorale are also members of the Concert Choir and are frequently chosen as soloists where needed in the Concert Choir repertoire. Students wishing to sing in the Chorale must audition with the director. Upon successful audition, students register for one credit (MUS 162). Full time students can receive a Performance Scholarship each semester, given faculty recommendation. For more information contact Damon Carlson.
Students, alumni, and community members who perform on any woodwind, brass, percussion or string instrument are invited to join the Wind Ensemble. The ensemble offers members an opportunity to develop their performance skills and to enrich their musical experiences. The group performs twice each semester. Some of the repertoire is arranged specifically for the Silver Lake group, in order to match the difficulty of each part with the skill level of each player. The Wind Ensemble rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm. Students register for one credit (MUS260). Full time students can receive a Performance Scholarship each semester, upon faculty recommendation. For more information contact Jeremiah Eis.
The Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of jazz styles and literature, including many favorite tunes by well-known jazz musicians. Student musicians with moderate to excellent performance skills on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, percussion, guitar, bass or keyabord are invited to audition for the Jazz Ensemble. The group rehearses for two hours each week and performs in the Christmas and the Spring Instrumental Concerts, and elsewhere as arranged. Rehearsals are held from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday. Students register for one credit (MUS261); full-time students are eligible to receive a Performance Scholarship each semester, upon faculty recommendation. For more information contact Jeremiah Eis.
The Handbell Ensemble is newly established, beginning in January, 2009, under the musical leadership of Instructor, Sandra Eithun of New London, WI. Students from various departments, alumni, and community members are invited to register for the group. The Ensemble will meet every Friday morning from 10:00-11:45. Students register for one credit (MUS262); full-time students are eligible to receive a Performance Scholarship each semester, upon faculty recommendation. For more information contact Sandra Eithun.
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All music majors present a sophomore and a senior recital on their major instrument or voice. The senior recital is approximately 1 hour of music prepared in the applied lessons which are required of all music majors. The sophomore recital is approximately 30 minutes in length. Student recitals are milestones that show the level of musical performance ability and maturity each student has reached. Relatives, friends, and the general public are invited to these recitals; no ticket is required.
Music Ensemble Performances
The Choral Ensembles (Concert Choir and Chorale) and the Instrumental Ensembles (Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Handbell Ensemble) each perform in two concerts each semester. The final performance of each group in each semester demonstrates all that the members have achieved through the group rehearsals of that term. The concert is the final assessment for the members of each ensemble; they include music of many styles and levels of difficulty.
Artist Music Series
The Music Department hosts five professional Guest Artists of outstanding performance reputation to perform in Artist Music Series each year. These concerts are held at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon in the Silver Lake College Chapel. Artists of reputation are models for music students. They bring a level of musicianship to the Campus for students, faculty and other personnel, as well as for families and patrons from the surrounding area. Learn more >>