Ensembles

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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: Kevin Garnica - kjgarnica@cpp.edu

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


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

AUDITION INFORMATION


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: Kevin Garnica - kjgarnica@cpp.edu

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


Cal Poly Pomona Guitar Ensemble

Guitar Ensemble PlayingThe Guitar Ensemble uses high-quality music to explore and assert the guitar’s role as our most versatile and popular world instrument. Guitarists of all backgrounds work together to sound ancient echoes and new possibilities. The group regularly collaborates with composers such as Joseph Klein, Randall Kohl, Daniel Kessner, Garry Eister and members of the group itself. Director Peter Yates recently led his 100th concert with the group, some of whose graduates have gone on to  found innovative chamber ensembles including FeatherWolf and the Electric 8. Collaboration extends to other performers and media, as when Garry Eister’s ballet SLEEP, using acoustic, electric and microtonal guitars, was commissioned by the ensemble and performed at microfest in partnership with Cal Poly’s Department of Theatre and New Dance.

Director: Peter Yates - pfyates@cpp.edu

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

Click Here to watch excerpts of the Guitar Ensemble


Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band

Jazz Band PlayingThe Cal Poly Pomona 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 each term 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: David Kopplin - dfkopplin@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 354L 01
MEETING: TTh, 5:30-6:45 PM, Bldg. 24, Rm 105
UNITS: 1

Click to view the Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Band at Capitol Studios


Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Combo

Jazz ComboThe Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Combo offers students the chance to experience jazz in a small-group setting.  Through our weekly rehearsals as well as a performance at the end of the term, students will be able to work on their improvisation, understanding of chord progressions, and ensemble communication.  Auditions take place during the first class meeting of the term.

Director: Jeff Miley - jcmiley@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 356A 01
MEETING: M, 6:00-7:50 PM, Bldg. 24, Rm 101
UNITS: 1


Cal Poly Pomona Mariachi Ensemble

Mariachi EnsembleMariachi 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 director'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: Jessie M. Vallejo - jmvallejo@cpp.edu

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

AUDITION INFORMATION      


Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble

MIDI Ensemble PlayingThe Cal Poly Pomona MIDI Ensemble is a student ensemble devoted to the artistic possibilities of music technology, both state-of-the-art and vintage. Students focused on performance will gain experience with analog and digital synthesizers, laptops, controllers, interfaces, and more. Students focused on music production will gain experience with all aspects of live sound, from equipment setup to live mixing. The group performs each term in one or more of the several venues on campus.

Although an audition is not required for enrollment, a brief audition/interview will be conducted to determine the student's role within the ensemble.

Director: Isaac Schankler - ischankler@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 and production 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. Students have the opportunity to work in all areas: performance, technical theatre, and assisting with production behind the scenes.

Students must audition to be part of the Music Theatre Workshop. For audtion information please contact Susan Ali at sali@cpp.edu.

Contact: Susan Ali - sali@cpp.edu
Co-Music Director: Kevin Garnica - kjgarnica@cpp.edu

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


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 each term.

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


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: Janine Riveire - jhriveire@cpp.edu

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

AUDITION INFORMATION

CONCERTO COMPETITION INFORMATION


Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble

pianoThe Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble is directed by multiple GRAMMY®-nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko, who often performs with the group. The Piano Ensemble performs repertoire for piano 4-hands, duo-piano and for 3-8 keyboard players on multiple instruments, which include pianos, toy pianos, and harpsichords. In addition to performing repertoire from the classical canon, the group’s mission is to program and promote newly-written piano ensemble repertoire and to collaborate with contemporary composers. Most recently The Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble worked with composers Tom Flaherty, James Matheson, and Jack Van Zandt, whose new works they plan to tour during the 2017/2018 concert season (please watch excerpts from some of these works here).

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

Director: Nadia Shpachenko - shpachenko@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 348A 01
MEETING: TBA, Bldg. 24, Rm. 104 and Recital Hall
UNITS: 1

Click here to watch excerpts of the Cal Poly Pomona Piano Ensemble


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).

You must audition to be part of the Songwriter Showcase ensemble. For audition information and for other interested participants (musicians, vocalists, and stage assistants) contact Prof. Winer at ahwiner@cpp.edu.

Director: 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, 7:00PM-8:50PM, Bldg. 24 Rm. 105
UNITS: 1


Cal Poly Pomona String Ensemble

String EnsembleThe 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: Janine Riveire - jhriveire@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 344A 01
MEETING: T, 4:00PM-5:50PM, Bldg. 24 Rm. 101
UNITS: 1


Polytonix Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Vocal Jazz

Polytonix, Cal Poly Pomona's vocal jazz/a cappella ensemble, is an auditioned group of 8-16 singers which performs and attends festivals and competitions throughout the year. Being part of Polytonix is a year-long commitment focusing first on blend, vocal technique, beatboxing and a cappella arrangements – both classic and contemporary. Members of the group often contribute their own arrangements or transcriptions for the group to perform. As the year progresses, the group focuses on vocal jazz, listening to the greats, practicing improvisation, incorporating a jazz combo, and a variety of repertoire. 

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

Director: Kendra Vuk - klynch@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 365A 01
MEETING: Th, 7:00PM-8:50PM, Bldg. 24 Rm. 105
UNITS: 1


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. Comprising 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


Cal Poly Pomona Woodwind Ensemble

WoodwindsThe current Woodwind Ensembles at CPP are two exciting groups – the CPP Saxophone Choir and the CPP Saxophone Quartet. With permission of the instructor they are open to any university saxophonist, whether music major or non-major. Both ensembles rehearse weekly in preparation for performances throughout the year. The CPP Saxophone Choir includes eight to eighteen players of soprano through bass instruments. The CPP Saxophone Quartet is an elite group of the best student saxophonists on the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone.

Director: Lori Huff - ljhuff@cpp.edu

COURSE #: MU 342A 01
MEETING: TBA
UNITS: 1