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The Cal Poly Pomona Concert Band

Concert Band PlayingThe Cal Poly Pomona Concert Band is open to all music majors, minors, and non-music majors interested in performing traditional and contemporary concert band literature. Although an audition is not required for enrollment, a non-stress audition will be conducted for appropriate seating placement and part assignment.

Director: Rickey Badua - rhbadua@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 352L 01
MEETING: MW, 4:30-5:45PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 105
UNITS: 1

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University Concert Choir

Concert Choir PlayingThe University Concert Choir is a mixed choral ensemble of between 55 and 80 members which performs music from a wide range of styles and which is appropriate to a larger ensemble.

The membership of the group comes from many disciplines, either within the Music Department, or from the larger university community. Students who wish to improve their choral singing, sight-reading, and ensemble skills will find the University Concert Choir a rewarding environment.

Director: Niké St. Clair - eestclair@cpp.edu
Accompanist: Janet Noll - jinoll@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 361L 01
MEETING: MW, 12:00-1:15PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 101
UNITS: 1


The Cal Poly Pomona Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble PlayingThe Cal Poly Guitar Ensemble is a gathering of students who are dedicating their time and energy to learn the skills, techniques, and performance practices of guitar ensemble music. The group performs quarterly in one or more of the several venues on campus.

The ensemble focuses on the study and performance of small instrumental ensemble literature. The primary objective of the course is to develop sight-reading, ensemble-playing techniques, rehearsal habits, and a sense of available repertoire.

Director: Peter Yates - pfyates@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 346A 01
MEETING: F, 2:00PM - 3:50PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 101
UNITS: 1


The Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band

Jazz Band PlayingThe Cal Poly Jazz Band is a gathering of students who are dedicating their time and energy to learn the skills, techniques, and performance practices of big band music. The group performs quarterly in one or more of the several venues on campus.

The ensemble will rehearse a broad selection of repertoire by jazz composers from around the world, from a diversity of composers and from all style periods. Students will expand their knowledge of the jazz repertoire on an experiential level and improve their self-confidence and poise through public performance. Students will improve their musicianship skills such as pitch accuracy and sight-reading.

Director: Dr. David Kopplin - dfkopplin@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 354L 01
MEETING: TTh, 4:00-5:15PM, Bldg. 24, Rm 105
UNITS: 1


Kellogg Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers SingingThe Kellogg Chamber Singers is a mixed choral ensemble, consisting of between 20 and 24 singers. The ensemble performs a wide range of music, from madrigals and Baroque to Contemporary classics, to jazz arrangements, to a wide selection of music from the cultural richness of our world.

Membership in the group is by audition only (contact the director).

Director: Niké St. Clair - eestclair@cpp.edu
Accompanist: Janet Noll - jinoll@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 364L 01
MEETING: TWTh, 3:00-3:50 PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 101
UNITS: 1


Cal Poly Pomona Mariachi Ensemble

Chamber Singers SingingMariachi Los Broncos de Pomona is a student ensemble open to all music majors, minors, and non-music majors. We focus on Latin American repertoire performed in the mariachi style. Students will learn a variety of genres, such as rancheras, corridos, sones, and boleros. All members will be expected to play an instrument and sing. Standard mariachi instruments include violin, trumpet, classical-style nylon-string guitar, vihuela, guitarrón, guitarra de golpe, or harp/arpa jalisciense. Others may be added at the directo's discretion. There are a limited number of school instruments available; therefore, most students need to own their own instrument in order to join. If you have a question about auditioning for the group, please contact the director.

Membership in the group is by audition only. 

Director: Dr. Jessie M. Vallejo - jmvallejo@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 358A
MEETING: T, 6:00PM-7:50pm, Bldg. 24 Rm. 101
UNITS: 1

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Cal Poly Pomona Philharmonic Orchestra

OrchestraThe Cal Poly Pomona Philharmonic Orchestra is open to all music majors, minors, and non-music majors interested in performing traditional and contemporary orchestral music. We recognize the importance of continuing to play after high school, to keep balance in a person's life.  An audition is required to join, and students are expected to hold themselves to the highest standards of performance quality.  Instrumentalists will gain broad nonverbal and leadership skills, a familiarity with orchestral traditions and revolutions, and a deeper sensitivity to the power of musical expression. Members of the CPP Philharmonic Orchestra will experience a wide variety of musical styles and also enjoy opportunities to form chamber groups and to participate in Festival events. They also represent the university at special occasions on and off campus.

Membership in the group is by audition only (contact the director).

Director: Dr. Janine Riveire - jhriveire@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 351L Orchestra
MEETING: TTh, 4-5:15 PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 105
UNITS: 1

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The Kellogg Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Players PlayingThe Kellogg Percussion Ensemble is a gathering of students who are dedicating their time and energy to learn the skills, techniques, and performance practices of percussion ensemble music. The group performs quarterly in one or more of the several venues on campus.

The emphasis of the ensemble is to advance students' ability of reading complex music containing elements such as metric modulation, odd time signatures, variable rhythmic groups and fast instrument changes; to increase proficiency on all the standard and many exotic percussion instruments; to better musical skills pertaining to blend, balance, articulations, and other nuances inherent in performing as a percussion section or ensemble; and to give opportunity to explore different musical styles as they relate specifically to percussion music.

Director: Bill Schlitt - wpschlitt@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 343A 01
MEETING: F, 2:00PM-3:50PM, Bldg. 24, Rm 105
UNITS: 1


The Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble

MIDI Ensemble PlayingThe Cal Poly MIDI Ensemble is a gathering of students who are dedicating their time and energy to learn the skills, techniques, and performance practices of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) instruments and music. The group performs quarterly in one or more of the several venues on campus.

Students enrolled in the MIDI Ensemble will learn and understand: the signal flow of both MIDI and audio components in the MIDI Band setup; how to set up both the MIDI and audio components for rehearsals and performances; navigating through the architecture of MIDI Band instruments in order to create and control various sounds for performance; control of the idiosyncratic performance parameters in order to yield a musical performance; and gain rehearsal and performance experience on one of more of the electronic instruments and/or controllers.

Director: Marci Katznelson - mkatznelson@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 359A 01
MEETING: M, 8:00PM-9:50PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 105
UNITS: 1


Cal Poly Pomona Music Theatre Workshop

Theatre Workshop PlayingThe Cal Poly Music Theatre Workshop is a group of students committed to learning and performing a variety of music theatre productions. Past presentations included selections and full productions, in styles from the full spectrum of opera, operetta, musical theatre from many eras, and improvisation. Students have the opportunity to work in all areas: performance, technical theatre, and assisting the directors.

Students must audition to be part of the Music Theatre Workshop. Auditions are held in the Fall quarter. If a student passes the audition, he or she may enroll in MU366L Music Theatre Workshop for the Winter and Spring quarters. Performance will take place in the Spring quarter.

Contact: Susan Ali - sali@cpp.edu
Music Director: Janet Noll - jinoll@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 366L 01
MEETING: varies (usually M or MW afternoon), Bldg. 24, Rm. 191
UNITS: 1


Songwriter Showcase

Songwriter Showcase ParticipantsThe Songwriter Showcase ensemble promotes the creativity of Cal Poly Pomona's student songwriters. Songwriters from throughout the University perform original songs accompanied by producers, musicians and vocalists from the Music department. Songwriters & musicians have performed songs from a wide variety of styles including rock, pop, folk, electronic dance music, cabaret, Latin, hip hop, R&B, country, and metal.

Students may participate as songwriters, vocalists, musicians, and technicians (audio, lighting, and/or stage).

The Songwriter Showcase concert currently takes place during the spring quarter. The 13th Songwriter Showcase will take place on May 19th and 20th, 2016. Rehearsals for this concert will take place on Wednesday nights during the Spring 2016 quarter.

You must audition to be part of the Songwriter Showcase ensemble. The formal audition for songwriters interested in participating in the 13th Songwriter Showcase will take place in the Music Recital Hall, 7:00-9:00 PM on January 19th & 20th, 2016. If a student passes the audition, he or she may enroll in MU 369L Songwriter Showcase during the Spring 2016 quarter.

Other interested participants (musicians, vocalists, and stage assistants) should contact Prof. Winer at ahwiner@cpp.edu.

Director: Professor Arthur Winer - ahwiner@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 369L 01
MEETING: W, 6:00-8:50PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 191
UNITS: 1

Click to view highlights of the 11th Songwriter Showcase.

Click to view highlights of the 10th Songwriter Showcase.


Kellogg Soul Music Ensemble

Soul Ensemble PlayingThe repertoire of the Cal Poly Soul Music Ensemble will come from the pop music commonly associated with the African-American experience. Students will be presented the most common practice usage, basic skills, and a practical historical perspective that will give a conceptual basis for adequate musical interpretation of this unique American musical experience. The terms used to identify and categorize music will be standard in the music industry, but that will not limit our examination of a full range of styles.

Membership in the group is by audition only (contact the director).

Director: J. Michael O'Neal - jmoneal@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 347A 01
MEETING: T, 6:00PM-7:50PM, Bldg. 24 Rm. 105
UNITS: 1


The Cal Poly Pomona String Ensemble/Orchestra

String Ensemble PlayingThe Cal Poly Pomona String Ensemble invites students to bring their skills in playing Western classical stringed instruments to participate in learning and presenting a wide range of music for string orchestra and smaller ensembles.

Students enrolled in the ensemble will: gain experience in rehearsing and preparation for musical performance in class, in the concert hall, or for the recording studio; extend their skills in intonation, tone, rhythm and blend as well as other expressive elements; and develop intra-ensemble leadership skills.

Director: Dr. Janine Riveire - jhriveire@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 344A 01
MEETING: T, 4:00PM-5:50PM, Bldg. 2,4 Rm. 101
UNITS: 1


The Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble

Concert Band PlayingThe Cal Poly Pomona Wind Ensemble exclusively performs wind band literature deemed of the highest quality from the repertory of both traditional and contemporary compositional styles. Comprised of select music majors and talented non-music majors who qualify through audition, ensemble members will develop a deeper sensitivity toward outstanding musicianship, historical style, performance practices, and aesthetics. In addition, high expectations on individual responsibility to learn his/her part will be required at each rehearsal.

Director: Rickey Badua - rhbadua@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 353L 01
MEETING: MW, 3:00-4:15PM, Bldg. 24, Rm. 105
UNITS: 1

AUDITION INFORMATION