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Ensembles FAQ

Q. Do you have to be a music major to perform in a Marylhurst ensemble?
Q. Can I earn academic credit while performing in a Marylhurst ensemble?
Q. How much time will it take to sing or play in an ensemble?
Q. If I perform in an ensemble, do I need to make a full-year commitment?
Q. Do I need to have lots of experience to join an ensemble?
Q. How do I register for an ensemble?
Q. What kind of concerts and activities are involved?
Q. Can I take private voice/instrumental lessons as well as perform in an ensemble?

Q. Do you have to be a music major to perform in a Marylhurst ensemble?

No. Many of our ensemble members are not music majors; some are not even current Marylhurst students! We welcome all singers and instrumentalists from Marylhurst and the surrounding community, regardless of past experience or proficiency.

Q. Can I earn academic credit while performing in a Marylhurst ensemble?
Yes. Each of our choirs offers academic credit, both for music majors and towards general Marylhurst Core/LAC outcomes.

Q. How much time will it take to sing or play in an ensemble?
It depends on what group you join. Chorale, the most select choir, as well as Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble, have the greatest number of rehearsal hours per week and the greatest number of out-of-class commitments. Choral Union requires less rehearsal time per week, and fewer extra commitments outside of regular rehearsals and concerts.

Q. If I perform in an ensemble, do I need to make a full-year commitment?
No. We gladly welcome new students at the beginning of each Marylhurst term.

Q. Do I need to have lots of experience to join an ensemble?
No. We frequently have students who have never sung in a choir or performed in a jazz ensemble. College is a wonderful time to broaden your experience and try new things. Singing in a choir or playing in an instrumental group can help you become comfortable with your instrument in friendly surroundings.

Q. How do I register for an ensemble?
Visit the webpage for each ensemble; course registration numbers are listed below the ensemble description.

Q. What kind of concerts and activities are involved?
Typically, you can expect two to three major performances per academic term. In addition, there may be other "run-out" performances for community groups, local functions, etc. There are also social events and retreats planned so you can spend time with your fellow performers in a social setting. While the music and rehearsals are challenging, we believe your ensemble experience can be a highlight of your college career. You may find you make friendships in your ensembles that last a lifetime.

Q. Can I take private voice/instrumental lessons as well as perform in an ensemble?
Answer: Yes. Many students and community members also take lessons on their instruments in addition to performing in ensembles. Contact Dr. Justin Smith for more information.

 

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