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Listen to the Appel and Gussman Combos play "Search Party," an original student composition, by Kevin Lowe.

Instrumental Ensembles

Orchestras and Chamber Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra (MUSIC 3621): Performs a broad repertory of orchestral works from Beethoven to the present. Chris Younghoon Kim

 Wednesday 4:40 – 6:40 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall and Monday 4:40 – 6:15 pm in 101 Bailey Hall

Chamber Orchestra (MUSIC 4621): Performs chamber orchestra works from the baroque period to the present. Chris Younghoon Kim

Tuesday 4:45 – 6:15 and Thursday 4:45 – 6:45 in 301 Barnes Hall

Chamber Music Ensembles (MUSIC 4651): Works from duos to octets, for pianists, string, and wind players. Miri Yampolsky (coordinator)

Times to be arranged

Cornell Baroque Orchestra (MUSIC 4651 Studio 510): Orchestral music and chamber music from the baroque period (ca. 1600-1800) using restored antique instruments or replicas of instruments from the period as well as historically inspired playing techniques and styles. Baroque instruments and bows from Cornell’s instrument collection are freely available for interested students to borrow on a first-come-first-served, semesterly basis. Graduate student directed; Neal Zaslaw (advisor).

Mondays 5:00-7:00pm in Barnes Hall

Wind Ensembles (CU Winds)

Wind Symphony (MUSIC 3631): A large ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion players that performs a broad repertory.

Tuesday 4:40-6:15 pm and Thursday 4:40-6:40 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall

Chamber Winds (MUSIC 4631): Flexible instrumentation ensembles that perform original woodwind, brass, and percussion music. Juliana Pepinsky

Groups and times to be arranged

Flute Choir (MUSIC 4631): a sub-group of Chamber Winds. Juliana Pepinsky

Times to be arranged

Jazz Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble II
(MUSIC 3615): Performs classic and contemporary big band literature. Paul Merrill

Not offered Fall 2015 – Spring 2016.

Jazz Band (MUSIC 4615): Performs classic and contemporary big band literature. Paul Merrill

Tuesday, Thursday 4:40 – 6:40 pm in Lincoln B21

Jazz Combos (MUSIC 4616): Paul Merrill

Groups and times to be arranged

World Music, Percussion and Improvisation Ensembles

Dexia Sambar
  (Music 3609): Deixa Sambar performs several styles of samba, Brazil’s national music.  Members need not have prior background in music-making, but a good sense of rhythm is desirable.  Members include students as well as Ithaca community members, brasileiros as well as newcomers to Brazilian culture.  Rehearsals develop playing skills, with a deep emphasis on cultural understanding of this vital, community-based music. Steven Pond

            Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 in Lincoln Hall B20

Gamelan Ensemble (MUSIC 3610): Advanced performance on the Indonesian gamelan. Prerequisite: MUSIC 1341, previous experience playing in musical ensembles, or permission of instructor. Christopher J. Miller

            Friday 7:30 – 9:30 pm in B24 Lincoln Hall

Music Improvisation Ensemble (Music 3660): The Music Improvisation Ensemble provides students with the opportunity to explore the elements of music from an improviser’s perspective.  Each session will focus on a different area of improvisation, including noise, graphic scores, conducted improvisation, free music, small and large group improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaboration with dance and film.  This ensemble is open to any level of musician. Annie Lewandowski,

            Wednesday 7:00 – 9:30 pm in Lincoln Hall B20

Steel Band (MUSIC 3613): Performs traditional music from Trinidad for steel pans, including calypso and soca, as well as repertory expanding the boundaries of the instruments. Christopher J. Miller

    Wednesday 4:30 – 6:30 in 101 Bailey Hall

Cornell Percussion Ensemble (MUSIC 3634): Performs in various combinations while exploring the breadth of the expanding percussion repertory. Mike Sparhuber

            Tuesday 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Lincoln Hall B20

World Drum & Dance Ensemble (MUSIC 3612):  The group studies traditional and evolving dance-drumming. No prior experience necessary.

Next offered for the academic year 2017 – 2018.