The CC Concert Band performs twice each semester, presenting challenging and exciting repertoire from the wind ensemble literature. We often feature student conductors and soloists, especially departing seniors. New members are always welcome, by audition. Recent works include Dello Joio's Satiric Dances, Whitacre's October, and Grainger's Children's March.
For more information, please contact Gary Buttery, director.
Connecticut College Orchestra
Performing at least two major concerts a season, the orchestra's repertoire encompasses major works from the baroque through the twentieth century. Recent concerts featured works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Faure.
In addition, resident faculty soloists are regularly invited to rehearse and perform with the orchestra, and all orchestral students, music majors and non-majors alike, have the opportunity to study privately with these renowned faculty members every semester, free of charge.
Informal auditions are held at the beginning of each semester for incoming students and community musicians, but can also be arranged later in the semester. For more information, please contact Mark Seto, director.
The college's Jazz Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band perform several times per year. The Jazz Ensemble's repertoire includes full "big band" charts from the earliest era of swing (Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, Duke Ellington) through the contemporary bands, including Mingus Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Paquito d'Rivera, and special arrangements of works by Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. The focus of the Traditional Jazz Band is Dixieland-style jazz from the early 20th century. Auditions are held at the beginning of the school year. Requirements for ensemble participation include a prepared solo, pre-selected excerpts, sight reading, good music reading skills, some improvisatory skills, a desire to play some good jazz and a commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule.
For more information, contact Gary Buttery, director.
The chamber choir, a mixed chorus of 40-60 students, includes non-majors along with private voice students and voice majors. The chamber choir presents two major concerts annually and also sings for Christmas Vespers and "Make We Joy," the College's version of Revels.
The choir sings a variety of music in different languages and from various historical periods. In a recent semester, we presented a program of love songs (Renaissance works, Brahms Liebeslieder waltzes, Lauridsen's Chansons des Roses and a Cole Porter song), while another featured all twentieth-century works by Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Barber, Thompson and Mulholland.
The chamber choir rehearses on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester. We encourage not only experienced singers, but also students who may have played instruments in the past and want to experience the joy of choral singing.
For more information, please contact Wendy Moy, director.
Percussion and New Music Ensemble
The Percussion and New Music Ensemble is designed for students playing a range of instruments. The group performs each semester, including the very latest in contemporary music along with staples of the percussion repertoire. Recent performances have included "Rainsticks" by Arthur Kreiger, "Coming Together" by Frederick Rzewski and "In C" by Terry Riley.
For more information, please contact Peter Jarvis, director.
Chamber music groups are organized each semester according to student interest and teacher availability. These include string quartets, string trios, woodwind quintets, guitar ensemble, flute ensemble, and the like.
A musical theater ensemble is offered every spring semester leading to the production of a musical by the theater and music departments. Recent productions include Into the Woods, Three Penny Opera, and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Department of Music
Cummings Arts Center
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
Terry Wisniewski, Dept. Assistant