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Salvatore Scarpa, Director
This full-sized orchestra performs concerts of the standard repertoire, Young Peoples Concerts, and a Pops concert. The group also sponsors an annual soloist competition. Membership is open to University students and members of the community by audition.
George Atanasiu, Director
The String Ensemble offers a specialized performing opportunity for those playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. No audition is necessary and all Rowan students and members of the community who have had string experience may participate. The String Ensemble is also a credit-bearing General Education course.
Winds and Brass
Joseph Higgins, Conductor
The Rowan University Wind Ensemble is the premier wind band of the College of Performing Arts at Rowan University. Its members are advanced and versatile musicians selected by a competitive audition each fall. Repertoire performed is representative of the finest in wind literature, including musical styles from the Renaissance through today. Innovative programming allows student-musicians to perform and interact with Rowan’s outstanding faculty, visiting guest artists, and composers from around the world. Rehearsals are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45pm.
Joseph Higgins, Conductor
The Rowan University Concert Band is composed of music majors as well as talented students from many other disciplines. Exploring a variety works for band, the ensemble prides itself in achieving a consistently high level of performance. Student-musicians share in the excitement of the creative process as they prepare two concerts each semester. All interested students are encouraged to contact the conductor for more information. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm.
Auditions for Spring 2016 will be held on Friday, December 4th in Wilson 131. Please sign up for an audition time outside of Prof. Higgins’ office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting. Audition requirements: 1) Any 4 major scales in any range, pattern, or tempo. 2) 2 selections (1 in a lyrical style, 1 in a technical/articulate style); these can be short excerpts of a longer work, no more than 90 seconds each.
Adeline Tomasone, Director
Rie Suzuki, Director
The Clarinet Ensemble performs a versatile repertoire of genres from classical to jazz in both small and large group settings. In addition, the course utilizes unique performing opportunities for students to explore all clarinets from the E-flat to the contra-bass. The Clarinet Ensemble, a credited course, is designed for university clarinet majors as well as non-music majors via the audition process.
Dean Witten, Director
Consisting of percussion majors, this ensemble is one of the most active music organizations on campus. Recent tours have included the Eastman School of Music, the University of Delaware, Penn State University, the Queens College (NYC) as well as frequent visits to local public schoos. The group has recorded five CDs and regularly commissions new music.
The guitar program has been an important part of the music department since 1972. Rowan guitar students may also study early instruments such as the lute, the vihuela de mano and the mandolin. The guitar ensemble performs works for guitar trio, quartet, and larger groups.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
This ensemble performs selections ranging from experimental concepts on the "cutting edge" to more traditional contemporary repertoire as well as improvisation. It also features premiers of works by Rowan student composers.