The Department of Music welcomes all members of the Keene State community to participate in its ensembles. Music majors and minors are required to perform in large and small ensembles. All members of department ensembles are required to wear appropriate performance attire. Please see the ensemble director early in the semester for instructions on what is appropriate for the ensemble. Male students in band, choir, and orchestra will need to purchase a black tuxedo and black shoes. Previously rented tuxedos can be purchased at reduced cost at most formal wear stores.
Special noteStudents may register for ensembles for either 0 or 1 credit's. With online registration, you must indicate whether you're taking an ensemble for credit by marking a '1' in the 'credits' box. Otherwise, the system defaults to zero credits.
Ensembles currently available at Keene State College: Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Guitar Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Flute Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Latin American Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Fiddle Ensemble.
CONCERT CHOIR (MU 172) normally numbers about 50 singers and is open to anyone by audition.
CHAMBER SINGERS (MU 173) is a select group of 16-32 vocalists, chosen by audition.
ORCHESTRA (MU 174) numbers about 35 players and is open to anyone by audition.
CONCERT BAND (MU 177) usually numbers about 55 players and is open to anyone by audition.
GUITAR ORCHESTRA (MU 178) is comprised of about 10-20 players of acoustic guitar and is open to anyone by audition.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE (MU 175) is open to a limited number of players by audition. The group performs a variety of jazz styles.
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES (MU 171 - various sections) are available to qualified performers. The final makeup of each ensemble is determined by the instrumentation of interested performers. The scheduling of chamber ensembles varies from group to group.
OPERA WORKSHOP (MU 270) is open to anyone by audition. Opera excerpts are studied and performed. Complete operas are also studied - composers, plots, and characters.