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Graduate Ensembles

MU501 and MU601, Major Ensemble: Instrumental. 

Students majoring in Brass, String, Woodwind and Percussion performance are required to enroll in Major Ensemble: Instrumental during each of their semesters in residence to a maximum of four.  This includes ensembles such as Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble and all of the accompanying orchestras for Opera, Dance and Musical Theater.

2-12 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU502 and MU602, Major Ensemble: Vocal.

The Boston Conservatory Chorale and the Women’s Chorus each perform two to three concerts every year, featuring premieres of new works, rarely-performed works (such as the Leonard Bernstein Mass) and large works of the standard repertory with orchestra. Recent performances include the Haydn Lord Nelson, the Mozart Requiem; Britten’s Cantata Misericordium; the Faure Requiem, and the Vivaldi Gloria. Both ensembles perform annually with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra, as well as with outside orchestras, such as the New England Philharmonic, or in special performances with one of the Boston Conservatory large ensembles. Graduate Vocal Performance students may use Major Ensemble: Vocal to fulfill large ensemble credit requirements. Placement into each ensemble is by audition only.

3 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU503 and MU603, Percussion Ensemble. 

Focuses on the standard repertory of the 20th century in addition to fostering the performance of new works. Performs 2-3 concerts per year.  As a part of Major Ensemble: Instrumental, all Percussion Performance majors are required to perform in Percussion Ensemble during each of their semesters of residence to a maximum of four.

6 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU504 and MU604, Saxophone Ensemble. 

The Saxophone Ensemble performs 2-3 concerts per year, including premiere performances of composers as diverse as Charles Wuorinen, Henry Brant, Robert Morris, and Dave Liebman. The group also has performed Louis Andriessen's "Workers' Union," and the work of emerging composers. As a part of Major Ensemble: Instrumental, all Saxophone Performance majors are required to perform in Saxophone Ensemble during each of their semesters of residence to a maximum of four.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU509, Orchestral Repertoire. 

Exploration of orchestral repertoire through lectures, sectionals and full ensemble readings. Separate sections for Strings and Woodwinds/Brass. 

String section: 3 hours weekly; 1 credit. Brass and Woodwind section: 3 hours weekly; 1 credit

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