La Verne Chamber Singers
Irene Messoloras, director
The ULV Chamber Singers is the premiere vocal ensemble at the University of La Verne and is comprised of both upper-division students selected by audition who represent a wide diversity of academic disciplines. The ULV Chamber Singers meet every Monday and Wednesday from 1:50 PM – 3:50 PM. This ensemble presents a large repertoire of choral music from the 16th to the 21st century and they perform in concert on campus and in venues throughout the surrounding community and Southern California. The ULV Chamber Singers most recently travelled to Hawaii on tour. ACAE.
Auditions for the University of La Verne Chamber Singers will begin the first week of Fall classes. Students should be prepared to vocalize, sight-read, and sing a few tonal memory excerpts. A sign-up sheet with audition times will be posted on the bulletin board outside the Choral Director’s office.
Carol Stephenson, instructor
Barbershop harmony is an exciting and expressive musical art that helps build musicianship and performance skills, enhances self-confidence, encourages collaboration with other singers, and sends a chill up your spine when you ring an amazing chord. The newest musical offering at ULV has already reached large audiences on and off campus and promises to continue growing in the coming semesters.
Currently, the resident quartets are the Leo Singing Dudes and the Ladies of Leo. A male barbershop chorus will be formed in the fall of 2013 with plans to start a female chorus soon. Interested students can contact director Carol Stephenson to arrange for a short audition to determine vocal range and suitability for the barbershop style of a capella singing.
Chamber Music Ensemble
Director: Dr. Grace Xia Zhao
Chamber Music Ensemble class is an one unit, audition based class. It focuses on study and performance of chamber music works from duos to larger ensembles. The class is open for all musicians including pianists, string, and wind players. Vocalists are welcome. ACAE, GEFAb.
Weekly rehearsals. Time TBA.
La Verne Symphony Orchestra
Director: Danielle Cummins-Nahas, DMA
The La Verne Symphony Orchestra is an exciting, dynamic group of ULV students and community musicians working together to bring symphonic music to the City of La Verne both through opportunities for direct participation as musicians in our orchestra and through the presentation of regular, quality performances. We cultivate dedication, focus, and a true knowledge of what it means to play music in an orchestra, with an emphasis on a firm foundation in music reading, rhythm, ensemble cohesiveness, and stylistic interpretation. We work to create an inspiring, cooperative, and educational environment where students and community members can work together to study and perform quality music written by composers from all over the world, thereby fostering the spirit of understanding, discovery, and commitment for the enrichment of themselves and their audiences. We rehearse weekly every spring and fall and perform in the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium at the University of La Verne. 1.000 Credit Hours. Course Attributes: ACAE Creative/Artistic Expr, GEFAb Fine Arts Experiential
Pebber Brown, director
Players focus on improvisation in different styles (blues, jazz, funk, latin, and more) and developing a small group sound. Student must be experienced on their instruments (any instrument is acceptable) but the music is selected based upon their level of musicianship. ACAE.
West African Drum Ensemble
Steve Biondo, director
Through this course students will learn basic technique for playing the instruments of the West African Drum Ensemble. Students will also learn the cultural background and tradition associated with the instruments used, and selected rhythms. The music will be taught in the oral tradition. Reading music is not required. The ensemble will perform at least one concert during the semester. ACAE.
The Guitar Ensemble will learn and perform duets, trios and quartets written from the 17th century to the present. They will, also, learn contemporary styles, such as, neuvo flamenco, latin jazz and popular. This class is open to all guitarists who have some note reading experience. ACAE, GEFAb.
*Some of the photos used were taken by Campus Times Staff Photographers.