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Ensembles

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Clarinet Quartet

The Georgia Southern University Clarinet Quartet, under the direction of Dr. Linda A. Cionitti, performs several times a year on campus, at area public schools, and throughout the state. The ensemble has performed at the Vandoren/Buffet Clarinet Choir Festival in Atlanta and the Georgia Music Educators’ Convention in Savannah and was selected to present a concert in conjunction with the Savannah Music Festival.

Electronic Music Ensemble
Georgia Southern Chorale

Georgia Southern Chorale is the premiere choral ensemble directed by Dr. Shannon Jeffreys. Though the membership primarily consists of voice primaries, the ensemble is also open to non-music majors. Southern Chorale performs choral literature from all styles periods and genres. Auditions for this ensemble are held the weekend prior to the beginning of fall semester.

In addition to campus performances, Southern Chorale has appeared in conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and Music Educators National Association. Each year the ensemble tours the region and state. Every third year, the Chorale tours internationally. Some of the tours include a two week tour of Italy with performances at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence and a tour of Ireland and England with performances at St. Patrick’s and Westminster cathedrals.

Georgia Southern University Opera

The Georgia Southern Opera is a training ground for singers to learn to integrate the fundamental skills of singing, acting, stage movement, and various protocols for performance and audition. The semester culminates in fully staged and costumed performances.

The mission of Georgia Southern Opera is to train professional operatic artists and enrich the culture of southern Georgia by producing quality opera.

Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble

The Georgia Southern Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Bill Schmid, provides a venue for qualified musicians to perform jazz in a 20-member big band. Guest artists who have performed with the group include Bobby Shew and Tom Malone. The Jazz Ensemble’s popular concerts serve to expose listeners throughout southeast Georgia to this authentic American music.

The Georgia Southern jazz area also features smaller student combos, which play several on- and off-campus concerts.

Guitar Ensemble
Students participating in the Georgia Southern Classical Guitar Ensemble will study, rehearse and perform music from the Renaissance through the 21st century that has been written or arranged for classical guitar. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate in guitar quartets, trios, duos and occasional larger ensembles. Concerts may also include opportunities for solo performances. The Guitar Ensemble will perform concerts on campus with opportunities to also perform at other schools and institutions off campus.

Students wishing to participate in the ensemble must be either in the guitar program as a music major or minor, or they must have prior classical guitar study and arrange for an audition.

Hoop Troop Basketball Pep Band
The Hoop Troop Basketball Pep Band performs for home games and away games during the conference tournament season. Earning the reputation The Boro’s Most Dangerous Band, the Hoop Troop leads the spirited crowds of Hanner Fieldhouse and adds excitement and support for Eagle Basketball. The Hoop Troop’s repertoire contains a variety of music including jazz, Latin, television theme music, R&B, hard rock, classic rock, Motown, and pop music. The Hoop Troop meets during the spring semester. Membership is by audition only.
Horn Ensemble
The Georgia Southern Horn Ensemble provides a unique setting to perform diverse genres of music originals and transcriptions for horns. Directed by Dr. Stephanie Furry, the ensemble’s mission is to perform the finest chamber music written for horn and to lead students at Georgia Southern to a greater understanding of brass chamber music literature. The ensemble performs on-campus and in outreach programs and is open for membership to music majors and non-music majors by audition or permission of the director.
Percussion Ensemble

img_ens_percussionThe Georgia Southern University Percussion Ensemble , directed by Dr. Matthew D. Fallin, meets twice a week and is an integral part of participants’ musical growth and experience. Its focus is a broad repertoire encompassing many styles of percussion literature including transcriptions, popular music, and a variety of percussion ensemble staples.

Students performing in the percussion ensemble are exposed to a type of ensemble participation usually not found in a Symphonic Band or Orchestral experience. The results are more attention to execution and the individual sounds being produced by the percussion instruments because of the soloistic role they play in this particular setting. As a result, students are usually able to perform better in a full ensemble and have a better understanding of how their particular part fits into the larger whole of a piece.

Percussion as a discipline lends itself to a variety of international styles, and it is important for students studying percussion to be aware of these styles. Creativity and improvisation are encouraged (in the appropriate settings, of course).

Southern Pride Marching Band
The Southern Pride Marching Band’s home is Allen E. Paulson Stadium on the Georgia Southern campus. The band performs during all home football games, select out-of-town games and parades, and in exhibition at high school marching band contests throughout the state. Most recently, Southern Pride accompanied the Eagle Football Team to away games at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Alabama, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia. Additionally, Southern Pride performed at Turner Field for the 2013 Atlanta Braves Opening Day, and members of the drum line performed with country rock star Elizabeth Cook on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Southern Pride’s aim is to combine the highest quality of musicality and execution while providing entertainment and enthusiasm for all fans of Georgia Southern football. It’s this combination of quality and enthusiasm that has earned Southern Pride its title, The Hardest Working Band in Show Business!
Southern Saxophones

IMG_6845Southern Saxophones, the Georgia Southern University saxophone ensemble, is active on campus and throughout southeast Georgia. Since its inception in 1999, Southern Saxophones has performed for ArtsFest, Winds at Southern, Earth Day, the Better Breathers Association, Scholar’s Day, Downtown Statesboro’s First Friday, and the Georgia Music Educators Association In-service Conference.

Night of Wild Sax is Southern Saxophone’s annual concert of saxophone chamber music featuring saxophone ensembles, from duos to the 10-piece ensemble.

The saxophone studio has hosted the following guest artists and clinicians since 1997: Dr. Eugene Rousseau – University of Minnesota; The Zagreb Saxophone Quartet – Zagreb, Croatia; Otis Murphy – Indiana University; Dr. Steven Stuesk – University of North Carolina Greensboro; Julia Nolan, University of British Columbia; Dr. Stacy Maugans – Dallas Wind Symphony; Dr. Thomas Walsh and the Indiana Jazz Quintet – Indiana University; Dr. George Weremchuk – University of Central Florida; Master Chief James Rodak – United States Naval Academy; Dr. Scott Turpen – Mercer University; and Dr. Randall Reese – Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Student Brass Quintets
The Student Brass Quintets at Georgia Southern University have the opportunity to explore and perform literature specifically written for two trumpets, horn, trombone, and tuba. Membership is by audition or permission of the director, Dr. Richard Mason. Recently the quintets have performed in recitals on- and off-campus, including a master class with the Boston Brass.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Georgia Southern Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the most select of the three concert bands in the University’s Bands Program, with a membership limited to 50-55 of the most accomplished woodwind, brass, and percussion performers on the Georgia Southern campus. Members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble perform repertoire of the highest caliber, representing all musical style periods from the Renaissance through modern day, featuring works created by the finest composers for the historical and modern wind band. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs two to three concerts each semester on campus or regionally, and regularly tours Georgia and the Southeast.

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is an integral facet of the Department of Music’s summer study abroad program, which traditionally includes an international concert tour every third summer. Recently the Symphonic Wind Ensemble appeared in London, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Florence, and Munich.

The Statesboro Youth Chorale

The Statesboro Youth Chorale, directed by Sarah Hancock, is a regional children’s chorus for students aged 8-13 who enjoy singing and want to be a part of a skilled performing organization. Choristers study ensemble singing, vocal production, music reading, and other skills necessary for fine performance. The rehearsal and concert season includes local and regional performances and collaborations with other community and campus musical organizations.

The chorale also provides internship opportunities for music education majors. In summer 2006, SYC toured the United Kingdom .

Trombone Ensemble
Established in 2003 as a performing group, the Trombone Ensemble has played in recital on-campus and in outreach programs to area secondary schools. The literature performed includes original works for trombones and transcriptions. The range of styles represented in the literature includes music from the Renaissance to modern pop and jazz. Membership is by audition or by permission of the director, Dr. Richard Mason.
Trumpet Ensemble
Directed by Dr. Bill Schmid, the Trumpet Ensemble provides an outlet for trumpet chamber music performance. The selected literature ranges from the Baroque era to jazz-inspired works and is played by trumpet groups ranging in size from four to 12 trumpeters. Membership is required for trumpet music majors, and is open to others by permission.
Tuba/Euphonium Quartet

The Tuba/Euphonium Quartet was established in Fall 2005. Two euphonium and two tuba players are selected to perform literature specifically written for that combination. Membership is by audition or permission of the director, Dr. Richard Mason. On-campus recitals and performance demonstrations in secondary schools are the goals of this chamber group.

University Band
The 65-80 member University Band, which rehearses one evening per week during Spring and performs one public concert, is open without audition to all Georgia Southern students and faculty members and musicians in Statesboro who have experience on brass, percussion, or woodwind instruments who are interested in performing in a musically collaborative atmosphere.
University Singers and Women’s Chorus
Conducted by Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, University Singers and Women’s Chorus are comprised of students from across Georgia Southern. Designed to provide a quality choral experience for all students, these choirs are open to all students wishing to have a collegiate choral experience. Vocal and instrumental music majors and music education majors wishing to participate in a second choral ensemble often participate in these ensembles to enhance their musical experience. University Singers and Women’s Chorus present four to six concerts annually.
Wind Symphony

The Wind Symphony fosters the highest performance standards while offering its 60-75 members an opportunity to expand their technical expertise and musical understanding. Programming for the Wind Symphony features challenging and engaging repertoire drawn from the rich musical tradition of the modern concert band.

Membership in the Wind Symphony is open, by audition, to all students on the Georgia Southern campus who demonstrate a proficient level of performance ability on wind and percussion instruments. Auditions for seating placement in the ensemble are held at the beginning of each term.

The Wind Symphony performs two concerts each semester on campus and occasionally performs off campus and on tours with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Music Department • P.O. Box 8052 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5396 • music@georgiasouthern.edu