MUSIC: ENSEMBLES (ENS)
All ensembles may be repeated for credit and are open to all interested performers in the campus community. Please read individual course descriptions to see whether an audition or permission of the instructor is required. Only 16 semester hours of ENS will be counted toward graduation for the B.A. degree.
ENS 185 Pep Band 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal, coaching, and performance of pep band music at home football and designated home basketball games. Pep band is open to all students with an audition placement by the Director. Students who participate in both semesters during an academic year will be awarded a financial aid stipend. Note: All instrumental music education majors are required to participate in Pep Band for one academic year prior to student teaching.
ENS 186 Jazz Combo 1 Semester Hour
This small ensemble allows for more concentration on improvisation. Repertory is mostly drawn from the common practice period of jazz, including jazz standards and tunes from the American Songbook.
ENS 188 Guitar Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal and performance of chamber music with guitar and guitar ensemble literature; students are also coached on playing accompaniments. Required of all guitarists each semester; all others with permission of the instructor.
ENS 189/389 Accompanying 1 Semester Hour
This course aims to develop ability in ensemble playing through the study of its component skills (e.g., sight reading, score reduction, listening, style recognition) and representative repertoire (e.g., vocal and instrumental accompaniment, various types of chamber music). Experience in class will culminate in performance with other students, in class, in juries, and/or in recital. To be taken concurrently with APM study: 4 semesters at ENS 189 level, and either 2 semesters at ENS 389 level (B.A. degree), or 4 semesters at the ENS 389 level (B.M. degree).
ENS 190 Concert Choir 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal and performance of exemplary choral literature from the Renaissance to the present day. Three to four concerts per year, concert tours, and appearances in local churches. Required of all voice majors each semester; all others with permission of instructor.
ENS 191 Chamber Chorale 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal and performance of chamber vocal music from the past five centuries with an emphasis on music of the Renaissance and the 20th century. By audition only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Co-requisite: ENS 190.
ENS 192 Vocal/Theatrical Repertory and Production 1 Semester Hour
A performance practicum primarily for music and theater students but open to students campus-wide. Exploration of the music and theater repertoire in a staged performance setting offered during the spring semester. Repertoire may include, but not be limited to: opera, operetta, musical theater. Performance format may be either fully staged works, excerpts or a review format. Permission of instructor and/or audition required.
ENS 193 Symphonic Winds 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal and performance of standard wind and percussion music. Standard band instrumentation. Required of all wind and percussion majors each semester; all others with permission of instructor.
ENS 194 Jazz Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
Rehearsal and performance of standard big band, jazz, and jazz-rock music. An audition is required.
ENS 195 Orchestra 1 Semester Hour
Students may apply for regular positions with the Asheville Symphony, the Hendersonville Symphony, or other area orchestras and will receive credit for active participation. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Auditions must be arranged in cooperation with the respective orchestras.
ENS 195A String Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
Students participate in rehearsal, coaching and performance of instrumental chamber literature in combination with string instruments. Open to all students with permission of instructor. Not offered regularly.
ENS 196A Brass Choir 1 Semester Hour
The brass choir rehearses and performs transcriptions and original works from the Renaissance to the present. Open to all students with permission of instructor.
ENS 196B Brass Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
The Brass Ensemble rehearses and performs literature for the brass chamber music ensembles (quintets, quartets, trios). Open to all students with permission of instructor.
ENS 197 Woodwind Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
The Woodwind Ensemble rehearses and performs woodwind chamber literature. Open to all students with permission of instructor.
ENS 198 Percussion Ensemble 1 Semester Hour
ENS 198 offers credit for rehearsal and performance of music for the percussion ensemble. Open to all students with permission of instructor.