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Music Ensembles

A maximum of 12 hours of music ensemble may be counted toward graduation.

 

MUEN 100/300 Pep Band (1)
Plays at home football games and select home basketball games. Offered fall and winter terms only. No audition required. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 100; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 300.

 

MUEN 101/301/501 Concert Choir (1)
WOU’s largest choir, numbering approximately 120-130 singers. Studies and performs a wide variety of choral literature for large ensemble, from all historic periods and styles, including major choral-orchestral works. One concert performance with different repertoire each term. Open to singers with previous choral experience. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 101; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 301; graduate students register for MUEN 501.

 

MUEN 102/302/502 Chamber Singers (1)
Highly select group of 24-28 singers who perform an extensive repertoire of choral chamber works ranging from madrigals to newly composed pieces. Performs in choral concert each term, appears frequently on campus, and travels extensively. Open by adudition only to singers with high level of experience. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 102; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 302; graduate students register for MUEN 502.

 

MUEN 111/311/511 Western Oregon Symphony (1)
Fully instrumented symphony orchestra including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Performance literature is drawn from the standard symphonic repertoire and the best contemporary works, including newly composed and commissioned works. The group rehearses three hours weekly and presents a concert at the end of each term. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 111; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 311; graduate students register for MUEN 511.

 

MUEN 112/312/512 Wind Ensemble (1)
Most advanced symphonic woodwind, brass and percussion group. Repertoire includes the best contemporary and traditional literature for symphonic band, wind ensemble and wind symphony, including newly composed and commissioned works. The group rehearses three hours weekly and presents a concert at the end of each term. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 112; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 312; graduate students register for MUEN 512.

 

MUEN 113/313/513 Early Music Consort (1)
Made up of vocalists and instrumentalists interested in performing Western European Art Music composed from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 113; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 313; graduate students register for MUEN 513.

 

MUEN 120/320/520 Chamber Ensemble (1)
A small ensemble of like or mixed instruments dedicated to a particular repertoire. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 120; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 320; graduate students register for MUEN 520.

 

MUEN 121/321/521 Brass Chamber Ensemble (1)
Performs standard repertoire for various brass chamber groups, including brass quintet and octet. Participation in the ensemble is by audition and permission of instructor. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 121; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 321; graduate students register for MUEN 521.

 

MUEN 122/322/522 String Chamber Ensemble (1)
A small ensemble of string instruments, such as string quartet, violin trio or string orchestra. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 122; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 322; graduate students register for MUEN 522.

 

MUEN 123/323/523 Woodwind Chamber Ensemble (1)
Focuses on music for a standard small woodwind ensemble, such as woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet, clarinet choir or flute choir. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 123; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 323; graduate students register for MUEN 523.

 

MUEN 124/324/524 Piano Chamber Ensemble (1)
A small ensemble with piano that may include any combination of instruments and/or vocalists. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 120; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 320; graduate students register for MUEN 520.

 

MUEN 141/341/541 Percussion Ensemble (1)
Studies and performs contemporary works written for orchestral percussion instruments. It also addresses vernacular traditions such as Afro-Cuban drumming, Caribbean steel drums and hand drums. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 141; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 341; graduate students register for MUEN 541.

 

MUEN 142/342/542 New Music Ensemble (1)
Performs new works by living composers with special emphasis on works by WOU composition students. The ensemble is comprised of acoustic and electronic instruments and incorporates vocal and inter-media elements. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 142; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 342; graduate students register for MUEN 542.

 

MUEN 143/343/543 Guitar Ensemble (1)
Performs a variety of musical styles ranging from 21st century improvisational music to Black Sabbath. This ensemble is for advance players only. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 143; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 343; graduate students register for MUEN 543.

 

MUEN 151/351/551 Opera Scenes: Vocal (1-3)
Vocal students may participate in productions of scenes from great operas. Recent offerings include Mozart’s Magic Flute, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 151; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 351; graduate students register for MUEN 551.

 

MUEN 152/352/552 Opera Scenes: Instrumental (1-3)
Instrumental students may participate in productions of scenes from great operas. Recent offerings include Mozart’s Magic Flute, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 152; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 352; graduate students register for MUEN 552.

 

MUEN 153/353/553 Musical Theatre: Vocal (1-3)
Selection by audition to cast of musical theater production. Evening rehearsals during Winter term, performances at conclusion of term. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 153; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 353; graduate students register for MUEN 553.

 

MUEN 154/354/554 Musical Theatre: Instrumental (1-3)
Selection by professor recommendation to pit orchestra for winter term musical. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 154, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 354; graduate students register for MUEN 554.

 

MUEN 161/361/561 Soulstice Vocal Jazz (1)
Soulstice, WOU’s vocal jazz ensemble, features 14 singers and a rhythm section with piano, bass and drums. On alternate years, the group records a CD of selections by nationally recognized arrangers and WOU students. Soulstice concertizes with at least one acclaimed solo artist or group each year. In addition, Soulstice performs at schools, community functions and various jazz venues. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 161, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 361; graduate students register for MUEN 561.

 

MUEN 162/362/562 Western Hemisphere Orchestra (1)
Dedicated to performing and recording improvised and written music from the vernacular styles of North and South America. Concerts range from dixieland to fusion, from jump blues to funk and from choro to samba. Freshmen and sophomores register for MUEN 162; juniors and seniors register for MUEN 362; graduate students register for MUEN 562.

 

MUEN 170/370/570 Combo (1)
A small ensemble that typically includes a rhythm section and one or more single-line instruments or singers. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 170, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 370; graduate students register for MUEN 570.

 

MUEN 171/371/571 Jazz Repertoire Combo (1)
Course studies material from the rich repertoire of jazz literature from 1930 to the present, with an emphasis on memorization and live performance. Analysis of performance practice and historical context is included. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 171, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 371; graduate students register for MUEN 571.

 

MUEN 172/372/572 Hemisphere Combo (1)
Focuses on the performance of original compositions, as well as arrangements that fit the theme of the Western Hemisphere Orchestra concert each term. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 172, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 372; graduate students register for MUEN 572.

 

MUEN 173/373/573 Singer/Songwriter Combo (1)
Designed for students who sing, write songs, and/or wish to develop their ability to make music in the context of a small group that includes a singer. Repertoire may include original works, jazz standards, country music selections and/or songs from other popular music genres. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 173, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 373; graduate students register for MUEN 573.

 

MUEN 174/374/574 Brazilian Combo (1)
Dedicated to the performance of music by Brazilian composers and song forms, including choro, bossa nova, samba, forro, and MPB. Composers represented might include Pixinguinha, Tom Jobim, Jacob do Bandolim and Gilberto Gil. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 174, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 374; graduate students register for MUEN 570.

 

MUEN 190/390/590 Ensemble (1)
Ad-hoc ensemble formulated for a particular term and/or a particular project that cannot be obtained through established ensembles. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 190, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 390; graduate students register for MUEN 590.

 

MUEN 191/391/591 Ensemble Recording Engineer (1)
Students with advanced engineering skills may gain ensemble credit by serving in the capacity of recording engineer for ensembles requiring their services. Appointment as recording engineer is by permission of the ensemble instructor and upon recommendation of student’s music technology instructor. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 191, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 391; graduate students register for MUEN 591.

 

MUEN 192/392/592 Staff Composer/Arranger (1)
Students with advanced composition skills may gain ensemble credit by serving in the capacity of staff composer/arranger for ensembles requiring their services. Staff composers/arrangers will coordinate term projects with ensemble director and composition instructor at the beginning of the term. Appointment as staff composer/arranger is by permission of the ensemble instructor and upon recommendation of student’s composition instructor. Freshmen and sophomore register for MUEN 192, juniors and seniors register for MUEN 392; graduate students register for MUEN 592.

 

 

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