Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Ensembles & Applied Lessons

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Choral/Vocal Ensembles
Instrumental Ensembles
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Choral/Vocal Ensembles

Concert Choir (MU 221/321)

Dr. Clay Price, Director of Choral Studies

Concert Choir is a 30-to-45-voice mixed ensemble that performs a varied program of choral music from all stylistic periods. Known for their diverse repertoire in many languages, and for a blended, unified sound, Concert Choir is the department’s flagship choral ensemble, performing at venues both on and off campus. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

Current Loyola undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Loyola alumni, can participate in Concert Choir. Students may participate on a non-enrolled basis, but must maintain the same attendance requirements as enrolled students. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Cantorei (MU 327)

Dr. Clay Price, Director of Choral Studies

Cantorei is a smaller vocal ensemble that specializes in a repertoire of vocal jazz, Renaissance madrigals and motets, American musical theater, and other specific genres, periods, and composers selected each semester. Participants must also be active members of the Concert Choir. An audition with the instructor is required. May be repeated for credit.

Faculty, staff, and Loyola alumni are invited to audition to join Cantorei. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Audition Information

Check back later this summer for more information regarding auditions for the choirs of Loyola. If you would like to receive a reminder about auditions and other information about the choirs of Loyola, email choirs@loyola.edu to be placed in our mailing list.

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble (MU 211/311)

Mr. Mark St. Pierre, director

The Loyola Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece instrumental group (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums) that performs classic and original jazz from the 1950s to the present. The repertoire is challenging but always rewarding. Working hard but enjoying the experience of making great music are the key elements of the ensemble. Jazz Ensemble rehearses Thursdays 4:30-6:00. Students interested in auditioning should contact Mark St. Pierre at mastpierre@loyola.edu. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

Jazz Combo (MU 323)

Mr. Mark St. Pierre, director

The Loyola Jazz Combo is a smaller ensemble comprised of four to eight selected members of the Loyola Jazz Ensemble. There is a greater emphasis on improvisation than the larger ensemble and greater demands are placed on the players to mold and shape the music in their own way. The combo plays often both on and off campus. Students interested in auditioning should contact Mark St. Pierre at mastpierre@loyola.edu. Jazz Combo may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

Chamber Ensemble (MU 220/320)

Mr. David LaVorgna, director

The Loyola Chamber Ensemble is comprised of small instrumental groups. Its makeup differs each semester based on the varying instrumentation of those enrolled in the course. Groups can be formed from combinations or variances of strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. The repertoire offers a wide range of styles and periods to fit the enrolled instrumentation. The ensembles play a mixture of compositions including transcriptions, arrangements, and compositions in their original intended form. Students interested in auditioning should contact David LaVorgna at dlavorgna@loyola.edu. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

Steel Pan Ensemble (MU 231/331)

Mr. Barry Dove, director

The Steel Pan Ensemble is a group specializing in playing and performing Calypso and Island music from Trinidad and Tobago where the steel pan originated. Also covered are musical grooves of Latin origins, Reggae, Jazz and Pop. Students interested in auditioning should contact Barry Dove at bdjqdove@aol.com or 410-371-0883. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

Applied Lessons

Whether you’ve never played an instrument, and always wanted to learn, or have been studying privately for years, private applied lessons are available in voice and most string, wind, and percussion instruments. (Note: Unless you are a pianist, you will need to have your own instrument to take lessons. If you don’t yet have one, our faculty can help you rent or buy one.) All of our applied lesson faculty are professional performers and excellent teachers.

This semester, lesson location (on-campus or virtual) will be determined by the instructor.

Applied lessons can also be taken for academic credit: 1 credit/semester for a 30-minute lesson; 1.5 for a 45-minute lesson.

There are no auditions for lessons, and students at any level are welcome. Lessons are offered in the following:

  • Brass
  • Guitar and Bass Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds
Don't see your instrument listed? Contact Dr. Price (cprice1@loyola.edu) to request an instructor for your instrument!
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