Music: Ensemble (MUE)

Note:  Students taking more than 18 units in a semester may elect to take music ensembles for zero (0) units.  This option will allow students to fully participate without incurring applicable overload tuition charges.  In this case, ensemble enrollment will be registered on student transcripts but no graduation units or letter grade will be in effect, as the class will be graded on a pass/no pass basis.  Regardless of enrollment units, all ensemble students must exhibit the same level of commitment, including music preparation and prompt attendance at all rehearsals, performances, and scheduled activities.

MUE 234   The Concordia Choir   1 Unit

The Concordia Choir performs significant musical works of all eras for major concerts and tours as well as campus chapel and area church services and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

MUE 236   Concordia Master Chorale   1 Unit

The Concordia Master Chorale is an adult group of singers from both the community and university, performing major choral works from all eras, often with instrumental accompaniment. The Chorale normally presents three programs per year. Membership is by audition.

MUE 238   Concordia Donne Di Canto   1 Unit

This select women's choir performs choral music of all eras in concerts and church services on and off campus and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

MUE 239   Concordia Men’s Chorus   1 Unit

This select men's choir performs choral music of all eras in concerts and church services both on and off campus and works on the development of advanced vocal techniques and musical skills. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

MUE 240   Carillon Ringers (Elementary)   1 Unit

This is an introductory experience in handbell technique, note-reading, and performance of elementary literature. Open to all students as space permits; no handbell experience required.

MUE 241   Chapel Bells (Intermediate)   1 Unit

This course will provide experience in handbells for students with some musical background and will include elementary to intermediate repertoire leading to chapel performance and other special events along with small- and full-ensemble ringing and instrument maintenance. Prerequisite: Music performance experience.

MUE 242   Spirit Bells   1 Unit

This course will focus on intermediate and advanced handbell techniques for performing advanced literature in concerts, area churches, on campus, and on tour. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tour. Membership is by audition; previous handbell experience is expected.

MUE 243   Concert Handbells   1 Unit

This course will focus on significant five and six-octave, level four to six, handbell literature in concerts, on tours, and at campus events; mastery of advanced techniques will be included. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tour. Membership is by invitation only.

MUE 244   Handbell Quartet   0.5 Units

This quartet will provide an intensive experience in small-ensemble handbell performance with possible off-campus travel. Membership is selected from ringers in one of the touring handbell ensembles.

MUE 251   Concordia Wind Orchestra   1 Unit

An orchestra of woodwinds, brass, and percussion that performs significant literature in concerts, tours, and worship services with an emphasis on the development of advanced ensemble playing techniques, musical perception, and music ministry. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tour. Membership is by audition/selection.

MUE 252   String Ensemble   0.5 Units

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

MUE 253   Concordia Brass   0.5 Units

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

MUE 254   Woodwind Ensemble   0.5 Units

A chamber music outreach ensemble that performs music for recitals and worship services, or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

MUE 255   Jazz Combo   0.5 Units

This course will provide improvisation, performance, skills, and repertoire. Students will have the opportunity to arrange and compose new works for the ensemble. Membership is by approval of instructor.

MUE 256   Percussion Ensemble   0.5 Units

This concert ensemble will prepare a recital each semester as well as special performances Membership is by appointment.

MUE 257   Jazz Ensemble   0.5 Units

This ensemble will perform significant jazz literature for saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm instruments in concerts and events on and off campus emphasizing the development of advanced playing techniques, musical perception, and improvisation. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

MUE 258   Flute Ensemble   0.5 Units

This chamber music outreach ensemble will perform music for recitals and worship services or pedagogical ensemble to assist with musician development. Membership is by appointment.

MUE 259   Concordia Sinfonietta   1 Unit

This orchestra of string, woodwinds, brass, and percussion that performs significant literature in concerts, tours, and worship services with an emphasis on the development of advanced ensemble playing techniques, musical perception, and music ministry. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition/selection.

MUE 260   Piano Ensemble   0.5 Units

This is a performance laboratory that explores and develops repertoire for 4 or more hands on both one piano and two pianos, with a focus on providing ensemble opportunity to students through a variety of musical styles and their interpretation. The course is open to all students with the permission of the instructor. Students will improve rehearsal skills, develop stronger musicianship, and improve interpretive skills.

MUE 262   Chamber Music Ensemble   0.5 Units

Chamber Music Ensemble is designed to give singers and instrumentalists an introduction to working in chamber music settings which can include duos, trios, and quartets. It is a hands-on laboratory that will include meetings as a group with the instructor to discuss topics related to the field of chamber music as well as individual and group coaching sessions, and performances. Participants will be assigned musical partners to work with throughout the semester and will be expected to practice assigned music on their own and with their partners outside of class.

MUE 282   Worship Band   0.5 Units

In this course band members will rehearse basic contemporary worship repertoire for use in campus chapel and worship services. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership Placement into a worship ensemble is by audition and/or invitation only.

MUE 284   Guitar Ensemble   0.5 Units

This ensemble is made up of select guitar students for special performances on and off campus There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by invitation from the guitar studio.

MUE 285   Commercial Music Ensemble   0.5 Units

The commercial music ensemble is a lab ensemble designed to familiarize the student with idiomatic characteristics and repertoire common to commercial music styles such as pop, rock, country, folk and gospel. Audition required.