Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion

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Flute Technique Class I

2 units
Jan Angus, Instructor
Alternate Mondays at 7 p.m.

For those ambitious and advanced flute students who wish to improve their technique.  Minimum requirement for the class is performance at NYSSMA Level VI and an interview or audition with the instructor.  Call Jan Angus at 274-1960.  Rigorous work will be done to master the full range of the flute through major and minor scales; major, minor, diminished and augmented arpeggios; interval work; mastery of articulation with emphasis on double and triple tonguing. Primary repertoire will be selected from standard daily exercises books of Kujala and Taffanel and Gaubert as well as passage work from the solo and orchestral repertoire. 16 classes. Class Details

Fall Dates for class: 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13
Spring Dates for class: 1/20, 2/3, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/12

Tuition: $136 per semester; $125 or less with lessons.

 

Honors Wind Quintet

High School; 3 units
Andrew Brown, Director
Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

The Honors Wind Quintet is the premier ECMS chamber wind ensemble for students playing at curricularlevel VI.  The Honors Wind Quintet is a full scholarship ensemble.  Students must audition for the coach/instructor. Contact the director at brown2187@gmail.com to arrange an audition.

Tuition: Free!

 

Krusenstjerna Scholarship Flute Choir

High School; 3 units
Sophia Gibbs Kim, Director
Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

An ensemble created for advanced high school flutists. Repertory is chosen from standard and original flute choir music as well as transcriptions from all periods and styles of music. The choir performs frequently on concert series around Rochester. NYSSMA level 6 and audition required. Contact the director at 585.274.1961 for an audition.

Tuition: Free!

 

Clarinet Choir

High School; 3 units
Andrew Brown, Director
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.

The ECMS clarinet choir is an exciting new ensemble open to clarinet students performing at NYSSMA levels 4 through 6.  We will cover music from the standard and original clarinet choir and chamber music repertory as well as transcriptions from all styles and periods. Students will learn how to blend within an ensemble while focusing on intonation, rhythm, tone, technique, historical context and performance practice.  Performances will be scheduled at the Eastman School as well as within the Rochester community.  Please contact the director at brown2187@gmail.com for an audition.

Tuition: $204 per semester; $186 or less with lessons.

 

Saxophone Quartet

Middle School & High School; 3 units
Kristin Bayer, Director
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ECMS saxophone quartets are open to middle and high school students who are playing at NYSSMA levels 4-6.  Quartet participation includes hour long rehearsals each week as well as performances throughout the school year, including a full length quartet recital in the spring.   If interested, please e-mail the director at kbayer@esm.rochester edu.

Tuition: $204 per semester; $186 or less with lessons.

 

Honors Brass Quintet

High School; 3 units
Herb Smith, Director
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

The Honors Brass Quintet is the premier ECMS chamber brass ensemble for students playing at curricular level VI.  The Honors Brass Quintet is a full scholarship ensemble.  Students must audition for the coach/instructor. Contact the director at htsmith@esm.rochester.edu to arrange an audition.

Tuition: Free!

 

Trumpet Ensemble

High School; 3 units
Wes Nance, Director
Tuesdays at 5 p.m.

Open to trumpet students NYSSMA level 5 and 6 by audition with the instructor. Contact the director at wnance@esm.rochester.edu for an audition.  The trumpet ensemble is a practice laboratory where we will work on ensemble playing, intonation, blending, and rhythmic study. The group performs in public several times a year, including the Eastman Community Music School Homecoming and Graduation.

Tuition: $204 per semester; $186 or less with lessons.

Rhythm Adventure (percussion ensemble)

Middle School; 3 units
Ruth Cahn, Director
Saturdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
2/15, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/17

The ensemble is open to intermediate level students who perform at levels III or IV. Students would normally be expected to play in all 3 major areas of orchestral percussion: snare drum, timpani and keyboard percussion.  On occasion students will be accepted who are at an advanced level in only two of the areas.  The ensemble repertory will include traditional drumming skill based ensembles, keyboard percussion ensembles, body percussion and hand drumming.  Attention will also be given to developing good tone and techniques on triangle, tambourine, bass drum and cymbals.  Students should be willing to work independently to prepare their parts so that rehearsal time can be spent on developing the musical aspects of ensemble playing. Permission of the director is required.  Contact the director at 585.274-1419 or rcahn@esm.rochester.edu The group will play a final concert during the Spring semester.

Tuition: $204 per semester, spring semester only;
$186 or less with lessons.

 

Drum Joy (percussion ensemble)

High School; 3 units
Ruth Cahn, Director
Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.

This ensemble is open to advanced students who perform at levels V and above.  Students would normally be expected to play in all 3 major areas of orchestral percussion: snare drum, timpani and keyboard percussion.  On occasion students will be accepted who are at an advanced level in only two of the areas.  The ensemble repertory will include traditional percussion and world music ensembles, keyboard percussion ensembles, and hand drumming.  Attention will be given to refining the techniques on a wide variety of orchestra percussion instruments.  The ensemble is always delighted to perform compositions written by ensemble members. Skill in non-jazz improvisation would definitely be a plus. Students should be willing to work independently to prepare their parts so that rehearsal time can be spent on developing the musical aspects of ensemble playing.   Permission of the director is required.  Contact the director at 585.274-1419 or rcahn@esm.rochester.edu   First rehearsal 9/17/13.  The group usually plays two ensemble concerts per year (one in December and one in May) and often collaborates with other groups within the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music.

Tuition: $204 per semester; $186 or less with lessons.

January 2012

Marimba Journey (percussion ensemble)

Adults; 2 units
Ruth Cahn, Director
Saturdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m..
9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14

Marimba Journey  provides an opportunity for adult students to apply their marimba skills in a challenging yet supportive ensemble environment.  Repertory will be selected to challenge and build the skills of individual keyboard percussion players.  Repertory is likely to include: ragtime arrangements,  arrangements of music transcribed from string quartets and orchestral repertory along with music by contemporary composers originally written for keyboard percussion ensembles.

Members of the ensemble are likely to include students who play in the New Horizon Groups at the ECMS,  other adult ECMS students, community members who might have been music majors in college, former marimbists, music teachers and anyone who loves the sound of the marimba and has some basic skills.  While some of our music is challenging, we are often able to accommodate students with differing levels of experience.   Most importantly, we have fun and complete our rehearsals in a supportive, non-critical environment.  Come and join in!

Tuition:  $136 per semester, fall semester only;
$125 or less with lessons

 

Stick Talk (percussion ensemble)

Grades 4-8;1 unit
Ruth Cahn, Director
Saturdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8

Stick Talk Ensemble (percussion) provides a first percussion ensemble experience for students who are at performance levels I-III.  Students should have developed skills in at least two of the major areas of percussion study: snare drum/ timpani/ keyboard percussion.

This ensemble will strive to develop both the musical skills of percussionists through emphasis on music reading, listening to others to build ensemble skills, maintaining strong inner rhythm, and exploring hand drumming techniques.  The ensemble’s emphasis is on the process of making music in an ensemble situation and building the personal and group dynamics needed in this musical situation. Applying student’s current skills and having fun with percussion is our basic goal.

There will be a final performance- demonstration for parents, siblings and friends.

Tuition:  $68 for 4-week session; January only
$63 or less with lessons

Music Educators’ Wind Ensemble

Open to Music Educators only
Bill Tiberio, Director
Sundays, January 19 & 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
February 2, 1-3 p.m.
February 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Concert:  Sunday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Churchville-Chili High School Auditorium

Tuition: FREE!

 

 

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