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Music

Ensembles

Ensemble performance experience is critical to musical development. The Linfield College Music Department offers vocal and instrumental ensembles ranging in size from smaller chamber music groups to large symphonic wind and choral ensembles that provide students many opportunities to gain valuable ensemble performance experience.

Band Ensemble

Large Ensembles

LINFIELD CONCERT BAND (MUSC 110) is comprised of winds, percussion, and string bass. Membership is open to all, yet auditions are held to determine experience level. Achievement of full instrumentation includes membership of regional musicians. Community involvement aligns with the philosophy that music is enjoyed and experienced throughout one’s life. The Linfield Concert Band performs a variety of musical styles; goals are to enhance the development of individual and ensemble intonation, articulation, technical facility, as well as balance and blend. The Concert Band performs at least one concert per semester. Concerto, soloist, and select chamber music opportunities are often made available for advanced members of the Linfield Concert Band, including annual music outreach during the holidays.

LINFIELD CONCERT CHOIR (MUSC 117) is the premier choral organization for all qualified singers at Linfield. This select group of 25-40 voices was the first such ensemble in the Pacific Northwest and has toured nearly every year since its formation in 1930, traveling throughout the western states, Hawaii, Canada, and Costa Rica. The choir sings a variety of styles with performances on campus, in the community, and on tour. Recent performances with orchestra include the Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem, and Fern Hill by John Corigliano. The choir performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth year in 2018, and will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in the spring of 2020. Audition required.

Choir Ensemble

Small Ensembles

WILDCAT MEN’S GLEE CLUB (MUSC 108) is open to all male singers on campus. The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature written for male voices, while focusing on developing vocal techniques unique to the male voice. Occasionally performs with Cascara Voce to sing SATB repertoire. No audition required.

CASCARA VOCE (MUSC 109) is open to all treble singers on campus. Performs a wide variety of literature written for treble voices, while focusing on developing vocal techniques unique to the treble voice. Occasionally performs with the Men’s Glee Club to sing SATB repertoire. No audition required.

JAZZ CHOIR (MUSC 111) is a 12-voice ensemble specializing in singing vocal jazz one-on-a-mic with combo. Audition required.

OPERA/MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP (MUSC 119) is an ensemble of solo vocal performers who rehearse and perform arias and ensemble excerpts from standard and lesser-known operatic repertoire. Care is taken to match roles with current level of vocal skill. Participation is encouraged with recommendation of studio teacher. Students will also explore the vocal styles of musical theatre, from the grandeur of Broadway to intimate cabaret. Study the major periods of performance including operetta, vaudeville and jazz, and the traditions of the classic composer/lyricist teams. The semester will culminate with a showcase performance. Spring semester only. Audition required.

Brass Ensemble

Chamber Ensembles

The Department of Music offers a wide variety of mixed chamber ensembles. Participation in instrumental chamber music is valued and encouraged. Students enrolled in chamber music (MUSC 115) have the opportunity to be coached by Linfield music faculty. Chamber music ensembles may also include piano. Listed below are possibilities for involvement in chamber music. Audition required. Ensembles vary from semester to semester based on instrumentation available and may include:

  • String Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Band and Jazz Combos

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ENSEMBLES

LINFIELD MARCHING BAND. Established in 2018, the Linfield Marching Band (LMB) provides high quality entertainment for audiences at Linfield athletic events, as well as other events around the region. The only college or university of our size in the Pacific Northwest to have a marching band program, the ensemble provides opportunities to perform in the LMB, Streak Street Band, and Linfield Dance Team. The group is open to Linfield students of all majors and community college students who perform on woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments as well as guitarists, bass, singers, color guard, twirlers, and dancers. For more information please contact the LMB’s director Seth F. Wollam swollam@linfield.edu.

DANCE ENSEMBLE (MUSC 070) explores concepts and techniques through dance composition, production, and performance skills. Students will lead an original choreographed dance showcase in the spring. Meets three hours each week.

MARIACHI LINFIELD is a new performing ensemble beginning in the spring of 2020! If you sing, or play violin, trumpet, guitar, guitarrón, or vihuela, we welcome you to join us in performing and experiencing this rich traditional Mexican music. Contact Seth Wollam (swollam@linfield.edu) for more information.