Music Department

Ensembles

FLC Music Ensembles are open to all students, regardless of major.

Choirs

The large Concert Choir is open to all interested students at Fort Lewis College. It performs four major concerts per year, and focuses on a wide range of music and styles, including great works of the choral repertoire.

The Chamber Choir (16 to 18 voices) is selected by audition at the beginning of each term. The group concentrates on serious choral works written for chamber ensembles.

The Men’s Choir is a select group that performs a wide range of literature from the Renaissance to the most avant garde.

Bands

The Symphonic Band is an open enrollment ensemble representing students from a variety of majors across campus. Approximately 65 percent of the ensemble’s members are music majors or minors. The band plays four major concerts per year, performing repertoire from traditional band works to modern compositions.

The Wind Ensemble is a select group of wind players and percussionists drawn from the symphonic band. This group performs challenging literature written specifically for the wind ensemble medium.

Jazz

The Jazz Ensemble is the college’s premier jazz group that performs several concerts each year, both on and off campus. The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature associated with the jazz idiom, from standards to modern works written and arranged by local and national composers. The Jazz Ensemble is featured each winter term at the Four Corners Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Combo provides the opportunity for students who wish to improve improvisational skills and performance ability in a smaller setting. The group performs a variety of styles from swing to Latin music.

Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble offers chamber music experiences for students at Fort Lewis College. The ensemble is open to all students through audition. Percussion studies majors are required to perform in the percussion ensemble. The ensemble performs traditional percussion ensemble literature, music of different cultures, and arrangements of jazz and pop tunes. Students also have the opportunity to solo in different ensemble settings. Percussionists that wish to gain more experience in keyboard percussion performance can also participate in the Malletworks Mallet Ensemble. This is a separate class that meets to focus on the performance of keyboard percussion instruments. 

String Ensemble

San Juan Symphony: The San Juan Symphony is a regional orchestra comprised of FLC students and faculty, community players, and other professional players in the area.  This is the premier large ensemble opportunity for string students to work alongside professional players to learn and perform major orchestral repertoire.  The mission of the ensemble is to unite the Four Corners area by nurturing the art of music through education and high quality performances that touch the soul.  Membership is by audition.

Durango Youth Symphony:  The Durango Youth Symphony is comprised of FLC students as well as the local youth. The DYS is designed to teach students orchestral techniques, orchestral leadership, and familiarize them with the standard orchestral repertoire. This large ensemble is available to music majors and non-music majors.

FLC Chamber Orchestra:  The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Fort Lewis College’s most advanced string players. It is a small string orchestra, often performing without a conductor with Professors Jetter and Sokol as section leaders. This ensemble is designed to teach students chamber music skills, and familiarize its members with the standard chamber orchestra repertoire.

Other Ensembles

The following select ensembles provide the opportunity to study and perform literature for a wide range of specific instrumentations. Admission is by audition, and musicians participate in several on-campus performances as well as clinics/concerts in schools and community venues throughout the region.

  • Flute Ensemble
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • Woodwind Quintet
  • Horn Quartet
  • Brass Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Baroque Ensemble
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