Music Ensembles looking for new members this Spring

String ensemble performing in the Murphy Recital Hall.

LMU’s Department of Music is inviting the general public to participate in its various choral and instrumental ensembles beginning this Spring. Performances are regularly scheduled for each of the ensembles each semester. Some of the ensembles take their performances off campus as well where they share their music with audiences throughout Los Angeles, California, the U.S and international sites. Auditions are required after enrollment for each of these groups:

Recognized throughout the United States and internationally as producing some of the most stunning choral music at the collegiate level, the LMU Music program has long been known for its outstanding choral ensembles. The Concert Choir provides the opportunity for a broad cross-section of the university community to sing traditional choral music–by both masters of the past and innovative creators of the present. Concert performances are presented each semester in the lovely Sacred Heart Chapel with highlights being the Gala Christmas Concert, and the festive Spring Chorale–a major works concert with orchestra. Such works as Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Brahms’ Nänie, the Fauré Requiem, Lauridsen’s Chansons des Roses, and Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs have recently been performed on the Spring Chorale. The LMU choruses have performed in a variety of venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl as well as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

The Chamber Orchestra offers members of the community the chance to perform orchestral music representing a variety of style periods and musical genre. Among the recently performed works have been Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel; the Serenades by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky and Elgar; and Britten’s Simple Symphony.

The World Music Ensembles at LMU offer hands-on experience of musical traditions from Indonesia and West Africa. Indonesian instruments (known collectively as gamelan) come from Bali where they were commissioned from the workshop of a master craftsman. West African instruments were fashioned by artisan-performers who represent four distinct regional traditions within Ghana. In traditional settings, individuals of varying backgrounds and livelihoods come together to play and enjoy this music. At LMU, students and members of the community enroll in World Music Ensembles for much the same reasons.

New to the public this year is Gospel Choir, which provides participants an experience of African-American Gospel Music through artistic, cultural and spiritual means.

Each ensemble is open for enrollment through LMU Extension.  Please check the course catalog.  Again, auditions are required after enrollment for each of these groups upon enrollment.  For additional information, contact LMU Extension at (310) 338-1971 or extension@lmu.edu, or the LMU Department of Music at (310) 338-5386.

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