• MUSC 185: Carleton Choir

    The Carleton Choir, the cornerstone of the choral program, is a select mixed chorus of Carleton students. Each term, the ensemble presents a concert of short and extended works from the large bodies of classical, ethnic, and cultural repertories, including works for mixed, treble, and tenor-bass voices. Concerts are sometimes repeated off campus. Students must have good vocal skills, music reading ability, and a high degree of interest in performing quality choral music. Admission is by audition.

    Prerequisites: Audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Matthew Olson, Samuel Grace
  • MUSC 186: Carleton Chamber Choir

    The Carleton Chamber Choir is a select, mixed ensemble performing challenging choral music from the Renaissance era to the twenty first century. Admission is by audition and membership in the Carleton Choir (MUSC 185) is also required. Except in rare instances, Chamber Choir singers are expected to commit to all three terms in a given academic year. One weekly TBD sectional rehearsal in addition to the Thursday 5-6:30PM meeting time.

    Prerequisites: Requires concurrent registration in Music 185 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Matthew Olson, Samuel Grace
  • MUSC 187: Carleton Orchestra

    The Carleton Orchestra performs large symphonic masterpieces, such as Beethoven, Stravinsky and Bernstein. Concerti with students and faculty soloists, and smaller works for string and wind ensembles are also performed. Occasional sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Hannah Schendel
  • MUSC 188: Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble

    The ensemble will use indigenous instruments and a Chinese approach to musical training in order to learn and perform music from China. In addition to the Wednesday meeting time, there will be one sectional rehearsal each week.

    Prerequisites: Previous experience in a music ensemble, Chinese Musical instruments or instructor permission 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, International Studies; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Gao Hong
  • MUSC 189: Carleton Symphony Band

    The Carleton Symphony Band performs music selected from the standard and contemporary repertory, including compositions by Holst, Masianka, Arnold and others. Regular sight-reading sessions. Admission by audition.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Lauren Visel
  • MUSC 190: Carleton Jazz Ensemble

    The Carleton Jazz Ensemble’s focus is on improvisation and the fusion between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin influences. There is no predetermined instrumentation. Rather, the ensemble’s size and instrumentation vary each term. String players, vocalists, and any brass or woodwind instrumentalists are welcome to register. The ensemble performs once each term.

    Prerequisites: Admission by audition 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Laura Caviani
  • MUSC 191: The Rhythms of West Africa

    An introduction to the anthropology of music through readings, discussion, and hands-on encounters with the percussion-based musical styles of West Africa. The course will cover the history and ethnography of West African societies and cultures, methods of fieldwork and music analysis, and engage with classic and contemporary scholarship. In addition, students will learn essential playing techniques and repertoire through performing in djembe-centered percussion ensembles. No prerequisites; no prior musical experience required.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; not offered 2023–2024
  • MUSC 194: Chamber Music

    Small group study and performance of instrumental and/or vocal chamber music from the western art music or non-western/folk repertory. Groups are usually formed by students prior to registration, and should consist of 3-8 musicians. Student groups are coached weekly by specialized music faculty, and participate in an end-of-term performance. Students must be registered, may not audit, and can register for only one group per term.

    Prerequisites: At least one term of applied music lessons at Carleton, or co-registration in applied music lessons, or permission of instructor 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Nikki Melville, Moira Hill, Martha Jamsa, Natalia Moiseeva, Hector Valdivia, Greg Byers, Mark Kreitzer, Gao Hong
  • MUSC 195: Jazz Chamber Music

    Small groups participate in the study and performance of instrumental and/or vocal jazz chamber music. Groups are usually formed by students prior to registration, and should usually consist of 3-8 students. Groups rehearse independently, and are coached weekly by jazz music faculty; all groups participate in an end-of-term performance. Students must register, and may not audit; students register for only one group, but may participate in two groups with permission of instructor.

    Prerequisites: At least one term of applied music lessons at Carleton, or co-registration in applied music lessons, or permission of instructor 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2023, Winter 2024, Spring 2024 · Laura Caviani, Zacc Harris, Dave Schmalenberger, Christopher Thomson, Greg Byers