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: Monday
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Dalton Theatre 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 creative outlet for woodwind, brass and percussion students.

Thomas G. Evans, Director

Additional Information

Directed by Dr. Thomas G. Evans, The Academy Street Winds, (formerly known as the Kalamazoo College Symphonic) is more than a biweekly class This musical group features college students along with community musicians who joined the ensemble in the winter of 2016 to expand the sound and capabilities of the group. ASW holds one concert each quarter, playing exciting arrays of band music which can be both challenging and simple, but – as Dr. Evans attests – never “simple-minded.” The band is a great favorite for both its members and its audiences, as the programs are usually coordinated around greatly diverse themes, which allow for performances of much-loved pieces, both classic and brand-new.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Dalton Theatre in the Light Fine Arts Building

Contact

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

Jazz Band

One must have their dancing shoes on for a concert with the Jazz Band!

Tom Evans, Director

Requirements

The Jazz Ensemble has restricted seating that may require an audition. Please see the director, Thomas Evans, for details.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

Day: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 4:10 p.m.-5:40 p.m.
Location: Light Fine Arts Building, Room 11

Contact

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

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

More About College Singers

Directed by Christopher J. Ludwa and following in Kalamazoo College’s goal of providing a unique and comprehensive span of informative education, the College Singers, a mixed Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass choir, perform a wide and diverse array of repertoire. The College Singers give a major performance each quarter and has touring opportunities during the year.

More About 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.

Requirements

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


Rehearsal

Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 4:10 p.m.-5:40 p.m.
Location: Stetson Chapel


Past Performances

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Contact

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

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus

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

Christopher Ludwa, Director

About:

The Bach Festival Chorus has around 65 singers from community to college students, who share a love of great music. The choir performs two to three concerts a year and 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.

Requirements

Audition required.

Past Performances

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Rehearsal

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

Contact

For more information on The Bach Festival Chorus please email Christopher Ludwa at Christopher.Ludwa@kzoo.edu For more information visit: 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