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  • Flute Choir at Mosaic 2013

Chamber Music for Woodwinds

Clarinet Choir
The Penn State Clarinet Choir presents a wonderful opportunity for students to learn basic chamber music skills. The ensemble is open to majors, minors and non-majors alike and enrollment is by audition with the instructor. The Clarinet Choir performs from a vast repertoire of original works, jazz selections and transcriptions of classical standards. The students perform with and without a conductor and spend time working on cueing, blending, intonation, musicality, playing solos and accompaniments and working with others in a fun and challenging environment. Students are also encouraged to become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the clarinet family.
Double Reed Ensemble and Bassoon Ensemble
The Penn State Double Reed Ensemble and Bassoon Ensemble offer special performance opportunities to the School's double reed students. The Double Reed Ensemble utilizes all the instruments of the family -- oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn, bassoon and contrabassoon -- while the Bassoon Ensemble offers works for multiple bassoons and contrabassoon. In 2007, The Double Reed Ensemble performed at the Conference of the International Double Reed Society. Enrollment is by audition with the directors of the ensembles.
Flute Choir
The Penn State Flute Choir presents a unique opportunity for students to learn basic to advanced chamber music skills. The ensemble is open to majors, minors, and non-majors, and enrollment is by audition with the instructor. The Flute Choir performs from a vast repertoire of original works and transcriptions of classical standards. The students perform with and without a conductor and spend time working on cuing, blending, intonation, musicality, playing solos and accompaniments, and working with others in a fun and challenging environment. Students are also encouraged to become acquainted with the auxiliary instruments of the flute family.
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Graduate Woodwind Quintet
Members of the Graduate Woodwind Quintet are chosen by competitive auditions and have received their undergraduate degrees from respected institutions across the country. They are mentored by members of the Pennsylvania Quintet faculty ensemble and perform recitals and school programs throughout the year.
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Saxophone Ensembles
Several saxophone ensembles are formed each semester, offering saxophonists the opportunity to gain experience playing chamber music. These groups require soloistic playing and allow a great deal of freedom and independence in musical decision-making within an ensemble situation. For some performances, the quartets combine, with the addition of a bass saxophone, to form a large saxophone ensemble. The saxophone ensembles perform in a variety of venues, and are coached by David Stambler. Enrollment is by consultation and/or audition.