Ensembles

About Ensembles at Kalamazoo College

Any student may participate in a music ensemble, regardless of major, though some ensembles require an audition (see below chart for details). Music ensembles generally meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each time. Participation in a music ensemble does not conflict with the regular class schedule, and it is possible to perform in more than one ensemble in the same quarter.


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Kalamazoo Philharmonia

Dynamic, adventurous, and thoughtfully-curated works

Andrew Koehler, Director

Requirements

Auditions are required with Andrew Koehler, the music director; generally they last 5 minutes, and simply include a performance of your choosing.

In addition to the Monday rehearsal sectionals must dedicate an additional 45 minutes per week.


Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day/Time: Monday
7-9:30pm
Location: Dalton Theater in the Light Fine Arts Building.


Contact

For more information or to schedule an audition, please email Andrew Koehler at: Philharmonia@kzoo.edu.

Visit the Philharmonia website

The Academy Street Winds (ASW)

A beloved ensemble for both its members and audiences. .

Thomas G. Evans, Director

Requirements

Informal placement auditions (less than 5 min. with a piece of your choosing) with Dr. Evans are held at the beginning of each quarter.

The ensemble meets 2 times a week for approx 1.5 hours each time.

Each quarter the ASW presents one concert featuring an exciting theme with a variety of band music which can be both challenging and simple; but – as Dr. Evans attests – never “simple-minded.”

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day/Time: Mon. 4:10-5:40 / Wed. 7-9:30pm (Full Rehearsal)
Location: Dalton Theater in the Light Fine Arts Building.

Contact

For more information on The Academy Street Winds please email Thomas Evans: Thomas.Evans@kzoo.edu

For concert schedule info visit: ASWconcertschedule

Jazz Band

You will want your dancing shoes on for a concert with the Jazz Band!

Tom Evans, Director

Requirements

An audition is usually necessary due to specific seating in the Jazz Band. Please see the director, Thomas Evans, at the beginning of the quarter.

The Jazz Band meets 2 times a week for 1.5 hours each time. The Jazz Band presents a concert each quarter and in the spring performs for the annual Burgers and Blues in the Quad. There may be other requested performances throughout the year.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day/Time: Tues. & Thurs.
4:10-5:40pm
Location: Band Room No.11 in the Light Fine Arts Building.

Contact

For more information on Jazz Band Winds please email Thomas Evans: Thomas.Evans@kzoo.edu

For concert schedule info visit: JazzBandconcertsched.

Kalamazoo College Singers and Lux Esto Chamber Singers

Music students gathered in front of the Light Fine Arts building.

Become a part of the rich tradition of choral music at K! Join us for a wide and diverse array of repertoire!

Christopher Ludwa, Director

Requirements

Please attend the first rehearsal, after which individual vocal evaluations may be set up by the director.

The College Singers meet 2 times a week, along with added rehearsals for performances. The Ensemble gives a major performance each quarter and has touring opportunities throughout the year.

Objective / Purpose

Directed by Christopher J. Ludwa and following in Kalamazoo College’s goal of providing a unique and comprehensive span of informative education, the Kalamazoo College Singers, a mixed Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass choir, perform a wide and diverse array of repertoire.

Lux Esto Chamber Singers

Typically relying on Soprano and Alto voices, the members of this group often perform more advanced and challenging music, with emphasis on working together as an ensemble. This ensemble also meets twice a week, and seeks students who have participated in a choir prior to college, giving the ensemble a richer, more developed and beautiful sound.

Rehearsal

Days/Time: Tues. & Thurs. 4:10-5:40pm
Location: Stetson Chapel


Contact

For more information please email Director, Christopher Ludwa: Christopher.Ludwa@kzoo.edu


Past Performances

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Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus

One of Kalamazoo’s longest running musical organizations, The Bach Festival Society was founded in 1946 by Henry Overley, Professor of Music at Kalamazoo College.

Christopher Ludwa, Director

Requirements

An Audition is required for this prestigious choral ensemble. Please contact Christopher Ludwa – Christopher.Ludwa@kzoo.edu

About:

The Bach Festival Chorus has approximately 65 singers from the Community to K-College students, who share a love of great music. The choir performs 2-3 concerts a year.

The ensemble seeks to bring together people of all ages and diverse backgrounds and provide them with an opportunity to experience the joy of making music by performing some of the best works in the choral repertoire.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Dalton Theater in the Light Fine Arts Building

Contact

For more information please email Christopher Ludwa at: Christopher.Ludwa@kzoo.edu

Visit the Bach Festival Chorus Website: bach@kzoo.edu

Intern’l Percussion Ensembles

Come experience the music of different cultures!

Sabar Yaru: West African – Nate Waller

Japanese TaikoCarolyn Koebel

Caribbean Steel Drumming – Jean Raabe

Requirements

No audition Required. Please attend the first class and instructions will be given.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Location: All Percussion Ensembles meet in the Band Room in the Light Fine Arts Building

Days and Times:
West African-Tues.7-9 p.m.
Taiko-Wed. 6:30-9 p.m.
Steel Drumming– Wed. 4:10-6 p.m.

Contact

For more information on The International Percussion Ensembles please email Carolyn Koebel: carolyn.koebel@gmail.com

Bayati Ensemble

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Bayati Ensemble Logo

The Bayati Ensemble is a joint community/student ensemble that explores and performs the music of the broader Middle East, including music from the Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, Persian, and neighboring traditions.

Beau Bothwell, Director

Requirements

No audition or knowledge of Middle Eastern music is required, though some prior experience on an instrument is expected.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall in the Light Fine Arts Building

Contact

For more information on The Bayati Ensemble please email Beau Bothwell: Beau.Bothwell@kzoo.edu

Improvisation Ensemble

Bring your musical skills and Jam with others!

Ron Di Salvio, Director

Requirements

No audition needed, just knowledge on your own instrument.

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Rehearsal

Day: Friday
Time: 4:05 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Band Room in the Light Fine Arts Building

Contact

For more information on The Improvisation Ensemble please email Ron Di Salvio: rondisalvio@gmail.com