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Music Ensembles

Vocal Ensembles

Piedmont Chorale

MUSC 1500

Dr. Wallace Hinson, conductor

The Piedmont College Chorale, with over 100 singers, brings the Piedmont campus together in song by uniting students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. Performances this year will include the Annual Concert of Lessons and in December, as well as the Great Composers Series Concert during the spring semester. Piedmont Chorale has gained the reputation as one of the finest large ensembles in Northeast Georgia, noted for their energy level and expressiveness in performance.

Piedmont College Singers

MUSC 1510

Dr. Wallace Hinson, conductor

This select 46-50 member ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from the Renaissance period to works of the 21st century. Known as a choral group that sings with great precision, the Piedmont College Singers are also noted for their performance of ethnic choral music from Eastern Europe, Jamaica, and South Africa; contemporary choral music; and American folksongs and spirituals. The Piedmont Singers are the touring choir of the college and have performed concerts all across the U.S. and Canada. Admission to the Piedmont College Singers is by audition only.

Cantabile

MUSC 1550

Dr. Wallace Hinson, director

Cantabile is a highly select group of 9-12 singers from the Chamber Singers that specializes in jazz, pop arrangements, and novelty songs, as well as secular and sacred chamber music from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Quickly gaining a reputation as a highly entertaining and skilled group of singers, Cantabile performs in concert, at special events on campus and in the community, and on tour. Membership is by audition, and participation in the Chamber Singers is required. Please contact the Conservatory of Music at 706-778-8500 ext. 1356 for booking information.

Opera Workshop

MUSC 1530

The Opera Workshop gives the amateur singer experience in performing One-Act operas and operatic scenes. All major operatic styles are performed from the 17th and 18th centuries to the present. Singers have the opportunity to perform ensemble sections, recitatives, and arias by composers including Mozart, Verdi, Strauss, and Puccini. Auditions are required and each member must be registered for private instruction in voice.

Instrumental Ensembles

Wind Ensemble

MUSC 1520

Vicki Pinson, conductor

The Wind Ensemble is a group of woodwind, brass, and percussion players from across campus that performs for home basketball games as well as regular concerts on campus. Auditions are required. Private instrumental instruction is strongly suggested and encouraged while a member of the Wind Ensemble.

The following chamber ensembles are available based upon student need.

Woodwind Ensemble

MUSC 1540


Dianasue Walton, director

Piedmont Woodwind Ensemble performs music composed or arranged for various groups of instruments. This includes a variety of musical styles from different historical periods. Participation is available to qualified students from all disciplines. One concert per semester will be presented as a part of standard presentation of the Conservatory of Music. Other performances will be as arranged.‚Äč Private lessons in woodwind instruments are available to all students and encouraged for those participating in the Woodwind Ensemble.


Percussion Ensemble

MUSC 1540

James Geiger, director

Piedmont Percussion is a chamber ensemble of varying size and instrumentation which performs music written for percussion instruments as well as transcriptions from a broad base of music literature. Membership is available to qualified students from all disciplines. One concert per semester is presented as a part of standard presentations of the Conservatory of Music. Other performances are as arranged.

Private lessons in the Conservatory in percussion instruments are a part of the course of study for music majors and are available to music minors as well as the general student population.

String Ensemble

MUSC 1540


Heather Strachan, director

String Ensemble is offered for students enrolled in applied string lessons. This ensemble will perform at least once each semester on campus, with possibilities of performing off-campus during the year. No auditions required.

String Orchestra

MUSC 1540

Heather Strachan, director

String Orchestra is offered to all students, regardless of major, who have experience in string instruments (violin, viola, 'cello, bass viol). This ensemble will perform at least once each semester on campus, with possibilities of performing off-campus during the year. Auditions are required.

Collaborative Piano

MUSC 1540
 

Jeri-Mae G. Alstolfi, director

Collaborative Piano is offered for Piano majors and minors on scholarship.  These students learn the important techniques of playing in a collaborative environment with vocalists and instrumentals and perform with students on recital.  Permission of the keyboard faculty is required for participation.


Scholarships are available through audition for music majors and ensemble participants, up to $1000.00 per academic year. Please call the music office at 706-778-8500, ext. 1211 to set up an audition.

Private instruction is also available for all interested students in voice, piano, organ, guitar, woodwinds, brass, and in any instrument for which an instructor can be secured. Please contact the music office for more details.