All of the instrumental ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, Jazz, African Drumming, and Chamber Music, at F&M are open to students of any major (nearly 95% of the participating students are not music majors). The goal of the instrumental ensembles is to provide the participating students with once-in-a-lifetime artistic opportunities every semester. The focus of these performing ensembles is to develop an appreciation of the creative endeavor in how it relates to music and musical performance. Rehearsals are designed for students to react and respond to the rest of the ensemble, thus creating an ensemble that is vital and constantly developing new artistic responses. The students are expected to practice and prepare their repertoire for every rehearsal. Students may choose to receive a half credit for participating in two consecutive semesters in a large ensemble.
The choral groups provide exciting opportunities for students to experience the potential power that music can have in their lives. Directed by Professor William Wright, both the College Chorus and the Chamber Singers explore a wide range of repertoire in an enjoyable yet hard-working atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation. One-half of a course credit can be earned by participating in either group for any two consecutive semesters, and is awarded at the end of the second semester of participation. It is also possible to participate without course credit.
Students who are considering applying to F&M need not audition before they become enrolled students. Instead, so that the music department can become an advocate of the prospective student, it is suggested that you send a tape of your playing, presenting a solo or etude that you feel comfortable with. This should be sent during the application time period and mailed to Brian Norcross, instrumental conductor.