FLC Music Ensembles are open to all students, regardless of major.
The Concert Choir (MU 105/305) meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:25-2:20. This is the largest choir (approximately 75-100 singers), and there is no audition for this group. Simply enroll in the course and singers will be placed according to voice type after the school year begins. Anyone can enroll in Concert Choir, majoring in music is not required. Approximately 50% of the choir is composed of non-music majors, from freshmen through seniors. Concert Choir generally performs a wide variety of musical styles, and presents four concerts each year.
The Chamber Choir (MU 106/306) is an intimate (20-30 voices) mixed ensemble, which is selected by audition at the beginning of the school year. The group performs many different kinds of music, concentrating generally on serious choral works written for chamber ensembles. The Chamber Choir meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:25 pm. The audition process requires a prepared solo piece, melodic and rhythmic sight reading, and vocalization. Singers should be able to sing well in tune, have a flexible and expressive singing voice, and have some knowledge of music reading.
The Fort Lewis College Men’s Choir (MU 300) is a select group of male singers who attend Fort Lewis College. The Men’s Choir meets as an elective class in the music curriculum. Music majors, music minors, non-music majors, and occasionally community members are encouraged to audition.
Hawkappella (MU 190/390), Fort Lewis College’s newest choral ensemble, is a highly select a cappella choir comprised of about 16 singers. The group performs modern popular music often with a beat-box (vocal percussion) and some choreography. Students interested in auditioning for this ensemble should prepare an unaccompanied vocal solo in the pop, jazz, or musical theatre realm, and be prepared to do some simple sight reading and aural testing. Singers chosen for this ensemble will be outstanding soloists, but also able to work well in a vocal ensemble setting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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