Course Descriptions

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Focus varies each semester. Will stress the development of such practical skills as sight-singing, dictation, oral tradition, transcription, repertory building, score-reading, rhythm training, and sight-reading of various periods, cultures, and styles. May be repeated for credit. See each concentration for number of semesters required.

Repertoire includes a variety of short and medium length choral compositions, including a capella music and/or works accompanied by light instrumentation, and represents all historical periods and styles from early classics to significant contemporary works.

Large chorus featuring a wide range of accompanied and a cappella literature. Emphasis placed on development of vocal technique, musicianship skills, and preparation of repertoire. Includes public performances. No previous choral experience required; singers will be given a placement audition after enrolling. May be repeated for credit.

The course focuses on all aspects of the literature for multiple guitars -- performance, listening, sight-reading and technique. A wide variety of repertory is covered and a public performance is required. Project proposals from class members are welcomed.

The SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a large wind band dedicated to the study and performance of a wide variety of wind band literature. Membership is open to all University students. Auditions for part assignments are held at the beginning of each semester. The SWE performs 2-4 concerts each semester. This course has a mandatory concert performance requirement. May be repeated for credit.

The Symphony Orchestra performs a diverse array of orchestral literature, ranging from the Baroque period to world premieres and from classical repertoire to film, opera, and educational works. In addition to performing 2-4 concerts each year in the beautiful confines of Weill Hall, the Symphony Orchestra performs regularly on tour throughout California and beyond.

Enrolled students will be assigned to various ensembles according to instrumentation and expertise. During each semester outstanding musicians from the Bay Area will coach each ensemble. Course culminates in a series of public performances. Admission by audition. May be repeated for credit.

A course devoted to the student and public performance of major works of operatic and musical theatre literature. Designed for singers, actors, and others interested in music theatre. The capstone is a fully staged, orchestrally accompanied performance. May be repeated for credit.

A performance course designed to broaden student's familiarity with the opera and musical theatre repertoire. Students have input regarding literature and often write their own scenes. The class is open to all students. May be repeated for credit.

The study of jazz from its origins to the present. Listening to music is the core of the class; emphasis is on developing skill in recognizing and describing what happens in classic performances. The changing styles of jazz are related to the social and cultural context of the music in each style period.