All students who are music majors are required to participate in major ensembles in their primary performing medium (instrument or voice) for credit each semester of residence. All students who are music minors are required to participate in major ensembles in their primary performing medium (instrument or voice) for credit for a minimum of four semesters, typically in the first four semesters of study. Music minors receiving Wagnild or Patrick awards have the same ensemble requirements as music majors (participation required each semester in residence).
For string players, the major ensemble is the Symphony Orchestra.
For brass, percussion, and woodwind players, major ensembles are the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony.
For singers, the major ensemble is the College Choir.
Students whose primary performing medium is keyboard (piano/organ) or guitar can satisfy the requirement by participation in either vocal or instrumental ensembles.
Students will be placed in appropriate ensembles by audition. Students not accepted by audition into one of these ensembles will be placed in appropriate alternate ensembles.
Singers pursuing the BM in Performance (vocal track) should also participate in Opera Workshop for a minimum of two semesters. All music majors are required to participate in chamber ensembles or appropriate chamber music experiences as defined by their respective degree requirements.
Exceptions to this policy/requirement may be approved by the Conservatory Director through student petition with the support of the student’s advisor and relevant ensemble director(s).