Ensembles

The NU Music Department offers a wide variety of performance ensembles for all ability levels. These vary from groups like the Symphony Orchestra, Choral Society, and Wind Ensemble to groups like the Jazz Ensemble, Rock Ensemble, and Jazz Choir. The Create Your Own Music and World Music ensembles offer students with less musical experience an opportunity to play music in an ensemble setting as well.

Ensembles are one-credit classes, and the credit is free in most cases. At the discretion of the ensemble director, it may be possible for a student to participate in an ensemble without taking the class for credit.

Most ensembles are open to all students regardless of major. However, as Music concentrators are required to take ensembles as part of their curriculum, they receive precedence if competing with a non-Music major of equal musicianship for a position in a group.

Most of the ensembles require an audition or the permission of the director for participation. More information can be found by visiting the individual ensemble descriptions found on this page.

 

The Blues/Rock Ensemble is an intermediate/advanced level performance group that consists of 2 guitars, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, bass, and drum set.

Repertoire includes instrumental jazz-rock, blues-rock, and funk-rock styles by groups like Jeff Beck, The Meters, and Soullive. Auditions are mandatory to participate.

 

Information about the audition will be discussed during the first class meeting. The audition will take place during the 2nd class meeting. Melodic instruments are required to learn the instrumental melody and then improvise over the song form. Chordal instruments are required to accompany the soloists. Bass players need to learn the bass line and may be asked to improvise over the song form as well. Drummers need to learn their parts and demonstrate the ability to play with the ensemble.

 

Contact

 

Junauro Land­grebe, Direc­tor
j.landgrebe@northeastern.edu
617.373.4131
367 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

 

Thursdays, 4:35-5:35pm
Ryder 354

Samples

 

 

Jessica (Fall 2009) mp3

 

Reunion (Fall 2009) mp3

The Northeastern University Choral Soci­ety fos­ters aes­thetic and edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ences through the rehearsal and per­for­mance of choral music, and pro­motes har­mo­nious social inter­ac­tion among mem­bers of the North­east­ern community. Repertoire focuses on classic choral works from the 16th to the 21st century. Mem­bers of the Choral Soci­ety come from all back­grounds and majors, and any inter­ested mem­ber of the NU com­mu­nity (student, faculty, staff) is eli­gi­ble to join. 

 

Chorus is an extracur­ric­u­lar activ­ity for many, but can also be taken as a free 1-credit elec­tive by reg­is­ter­ing for MUSC1904. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the Fenway Center. Chamber Singers is a smaller ensemble, rehearsing Tuesday 8:30pm – 9:30pm. Singers in Chamber Singers are required to also sing in Chorus. 

For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact: 

 

Dr. Katherine Chan

Director of Choral Activities 

e: k.chan@northeastern.edu

 

Open to all Northeastern students, the Contemporary Music Ensemble is devoted to the performance of works from the contemporary classical repertoire, particular those utilizing electronics. The ensemble has access to a variety of instruments, electronic sound generators, processors, samplers, and alternative controllers. It is open to acoustic, electronic, and electroacoustic instrumentalists interested in performing new and experimental music. Rehearsals are once per week, and a concert is given at the end of each semester.

 

Admission into the ensemble is by audition only, with auditions held in the first week of each semester. To audition successfully, a candidate must display an ability to read music, an interest in new music, and a desire to commit to the ensemble. The Contemporary Music Ensemble fulfills the ensemble requirement for music majors.

 

Con­tact

 

Michael Fren­gel, Direc­tor
m.frengel@northeastern.edu
617.373‑7042
347 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

 

Tuesdays, 3:20-5:00pm
Ryder 354

Samples

 

R. Murray Schafer, Minimusic (Fall 2010)

 


 

Jennifer Hruska, Lynn Hoffman Billings; Kathleen LeBlanc-Hood, clarinet  (Fall 2010)


 

Three works from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s text collection For Times To Come (Fall 2010):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Concert Band performs music of all levels and genres, including composers old and young, living and non-living, movie themes, jazz inspired music, and the great classic works in the wind band repertoire. Recent guest artists have included Boston Symphony Orchestra members Michael Martin (trumpet), Jason Snider (French horn), and Stephen Lange (trombone), Mike Roylance (tuba), and Cynthia Meyers (piccolo) as well as composer Frank Ticheli.

 

The ensemble rehearses and performs during both the fall and spring semesters, usually performing one concert each term. The end of fall term concert is often shared with the Wind Ensemble.

 

Participants are expected to be able to read music, play one of the standard concert band woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments, and have some level of prior experience in such an ensemble. All members who meet these prerequisites are eligible to participate in the Concert Band, and a brief 2 minute audition will be held at the start of the fall semester for seating purposes. There will be an opportunity during the first or second week of the spring semester for new students to be placed and for returning students who wish to change their part.

 

Concert Band is an extracurricular activity for many, but can also be taken as a free one-credit elective by registering for MUSC 1905. The course may be repeated for credit.

 

The members of the Concert Band come from all backgrounds and majors, and any interested member of the NU community is eligible to join.

 

The Concert Band is a non-auditioned instrumental group performing standard wind band repertoire as well as more recent compositions, and occasionally premiering new works.

 

Con­tact

 

Allison Cockshaw
Assistant Director of Bands
a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu

 

 

Meeting Times

 

Mondays, 6:00-8:30pm
Fenway Center

 

Audition Requirements

 

All students interested in both Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will rehearse together in the Fenway Center from 6-8:30pm on the first Thursday of the fall semester.  Auditions will be the following week, Monday from 6-9pm and Thursday from 6-9pm, by appointment, also at the Fenway Center. There will be one required excerpt for all students, selected from the repertoire read during the first joint rehearsal. Students interested in joining the Concert Band will be asked to audition for seating placement, using the selected musical excerpt. Students who wish to audition for the Wind Ensemble are encouraged to prepare a very short (one minute maximum) excerpt that shows both their technical and lyrical playing, in addition to playing the preselected audition music.

For more information please contact Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold  a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When and where are rehearsals?

 

Concert Band meets every Monday evening from 6-8:30pm during the fall and spring semesters. Wind Ensemble meets every Thursday evening from 6-8:30pm during the fall and spring semesters. Both ensembles rehearse in the Fenway Center located at 77 St. Stephen Street.

 

Where can I practice?

 

Practice rooms are located on the third floor of Ryder Hall. Students may obtain the passcodes to the practice rooms from their ensemble directors or the music office (Ryder 351).

 

Do I need to have my own instrument?

 

> Winds and Brass – The music department has a limited stock of some of the more rare/large instruments such as tuba, French horn, oboe, bassoon, baritone saxophone, and bass clarinet. It is HIGHLY RECOMMEND that students who possess their own instruments bring them to campus. Storage space is available for students who need it.

 

> Percussion – The music department provides the full range of percussion instruments from timpani to a 5 octave marimba to an array of triangles. While we have a small supply of sticks and mallets for students to use, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that students bring their own.  

 

Can I perform in more than one ensemble?

 

Absolutely! Please engage yourself in as many of our ensembles as you desire. Please note that each ensemble has its own audition requirement, some more intricate than others. If you have questions about specific NU ensembles always feel free to reach out to its director.

 

Are there any scholarship opportunities?

 

Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen, usually before the May deposit deadline. For information on our scholarship please visit this page

 

The Create Your Own Music Ensemble includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced students all working together. The ensemble welcomes vocalists and all instrumentalists from any style. The class is made up of those students who have no musical background along with students who are experienced singers and players. It gives students without an audition the chance to play in an ensemble.

 

Repertoire includes a wide variety depending on the theme for the semester including pop, rock, blues, soul/R&B, country, jazz, and student compositions.

 

Con­tact

 

Tisha Stad­nicki
t.stadnicki@northeastern.edu
617.373.2440
351 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

 

Mondays, 3:35, 4:35, and 5:35pm
354 Ryder Hall

 

No audition required.

 

The Fusion Ensemble is an advanced level performance group that consists of 2 guitars, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, bass, and drum set.

 

Repertoire includes instrumental jazz-rock styles by groups like John Scofield, Weather Report, The Brecker Brothers, Chick Corea, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Mike Stern.

 

Information about the required audition will be discussed during the first class meeting. The audition will take place during the 2nd class meeting. Melodic instruments are required to learn the instrumental melody and then improvise over the song form. Chordal instruments are required to accompany the soloists. Bass players need to learn the bass lines and improvise over the song form as well. Drummers need to learn their parts, improvise, and demonstrate the ability to play with the ensemble.

 

Con­tact

 

Junauro Land­grebe, Direc­tor
j.landgrebe@northeastern.edu
617.373.4131
367 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

 

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00pm
Ryder 354

Samples

 

Birdland (Fall 2009)

 

Freedom Jazz Dance (Spring 2010)

 

The Jazz Choir and Combo is an intermediate to advance ensemble featuring singers and instrumentalists.Vocalists harmonize using choral charts given by the teacher as well as encouraged, if they would like, to sing solos using their own improvisation. Instrumentalists make up the band that accompanies the choir. The combo usually consists of piano, guitar, bass, and drums based on the semester. The group welcomes all different instrumentalists to join. The musicians are given charts to read as well as given plenty of opportunities to solo as well.

 

Repertoire in the past has included The Manhattan Transfer, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Michel Legrand, and much more.

 

Auditions are held the first class meeting. Vocalists should prepare a song to sing a Capella or with accompaniment, and be able to read a vocal line from a chart. Instrumentalists should be prepared to play a jazz standard showing the ability to solo on the instrument. They will also be asked to read a line from a written chart as well. It doesn’t matter what style of music a student is used to singing or playing, the professor will help teach improvisation in jazz and blues styles to the students during the course of the semester.

 

Con­tact

 

Tisha Stadnicki, Direc­tor
t.stadnicki@northeastern.edu

 

Meeting Times

 

Mondays, 6:35-8:00pm
Ryder 354

The orchestra’s instru­men­ta­tion is made up of one to four singers, five sax­o­phones, four to five trom­bones, five to six trum­pets, a rhythm sec­tion con­sist­ing of piano, bass, gui­tar, drum set and addi­tional Afro– Caribbean per­cus­sion instru­ments such as con­gas, tim­bales, bon­gos and an assort­ment of bells.

 

The reper­toire stud­ied and per­formed by the orches­tra is a rich blend of music for big band com­bin­ing the musi­cal styles of North Amer­i­can, Afro-Cuban, and South Amer­i­can Jazz. The orches­tra has a time-honored tra­di­tion of pre­sent­ing to the pub­lic com­pelling instru­men­tal and vocal music arrange­ments of that inspire, edu­cate, enrich, enter­tain, and trans­form audi­ences of all ages. The ensem­ble fea­tures the works of past mas­ter com­posers and arrangers, as well as incor­po­rat­ing the works of the best con­tem­po­rary writ­ers active in the field of jazz and Latin Jazz.

 

Com­posers whose works the band has per­formed includes Jelly Roll Mor­ton, Louis Arm­strong, Count Basie, Neal Hefti, Frank Fos­ter, Sammy Nes­tico, Duke Elling­ton, Billy Stray­horn, Toshiko Ash­ioki, Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, Her­bie Han­cock, Wayne Shorter, Rob Lussier, Bob Brooke­meyer, Manny Albam, Charles Min­gus, and Maria Schneider.

 

Latin jazz com­posers whose works the band has per­formed includes Wayne Wal­lace, Hum­berto Ramirez, Mario Bauza, Arturo San­doval, Chico O’Farrell, Chano Pozo, Dizzy Gille­spie, Hilario Duran, and Jeremy Fletcher.

 

The NEU Jazz Ensem­ble wel­comes vocal­ists, and always fea­tures clas­sic arrange­ments as well as inno­v­a­tive treat­ment of music from the Great Amer­i­can Song Book. Some com­posers that we per­form are George and Ira Gersh­win, Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Irv­ing Berlin, Eubie Blake, Ste­vie Won­der, and many more.

 

Con­tact

 

Joel LaRue Smith, Direc­tor
joe.smith@northeastern.edu
617.373.2440
351 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

 

Section 1: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Section 2: Mondays, 8:30-10:30pm
Ryder 354

The North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity Sym­phony Orches­tra is a full sym­phonic ensem­ble open to stu­dents, staff, and fac­ulty from all back­grounds and majors.  It per­forms music from the baroque to the present day, with past reper­toire includ­ing sym­phonies, film scores, roman­tic and con­tem­po­rary music, and pre­mieres of new works.  Con­certs are at the end of the fall and spring semesters.

 

Audi­tions are held for seat­ing only.  Audi­tions begin after the first rehearsal of the fall and spring semes­ters, with addi­tional times announced at the begin­ning of each semester.

 

Orches­tra is an extracur­ric­u­lar activ­ity, but can also be taken as a free 1-credit elec­tive by reg­is­ter­ing for MUSC 1906.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Con­tact

 

Evan Ben­nett, Direc­tor
nuorchestra@gmail.com
617. 373‑3140
146 Curry
www.northeastern.edu/orchestra

 

Meeting Times

 

Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30pm
Fenway Center

 

 

The goal of the Pep Band is to provide entertainment and spirit at sporting events, pep rallies, and special events for Northeastern University Athletics, and the University as a whole. The band plays at all home Men’s and Women’s Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Women’s Volleyball games, as well as several other sporting events, and other special events.

 

The Pep Band also participates in all major tournaments, such as the Men’s and Women’s Basketball CAA division finals, the Hockey East Finals, and the long-standing Beanpot tournament.  The Men’s Beanpot is played annually at the TD Garden (Home of the Boston Bruins & Boston Celtics), and the Women’s tournament rotates amongst the four schools involved in both Beanpots: Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, and of course, Northeastern.

 

The Pep Band is supported by the Athletics Department, Student Activities and the SGA.

 

For more information on the Northeastern Pep Band, please contact Allison Cockshaw-Betsold. We hope to see you soon!

 

The Northeastern University Pep Band is a highly enthusiastic student organization led by the Assistant Director

 

Con­tact

 

Allison Cockshaw
617-373-6297
www.northeastern.edu/pepband/

 

The Rock Ensemble is an intermediate/advanced level performance group that consists of four vocalists, a horn section (trumpet, trombone, & saxophones), and rhythm section (2 guitars, keyboard, bass, and drum set.)

 

Repertoire includes a wide variety of rock and popular styles by groups like Muse, Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, Rush, and Michael Jackson as examples. Auditions are mandatory to participate.

 

The audition is split between instrumentalists and vocalists. Instrumentalists are required to perform two preselected pieces chosen by the director. Vocalists are required to audition with one song preselected pieced by the director and another of their own choice. Audition repertoire will be discussed in greater detail during the first class meeting.  Auditions take place during the second class meeting.

 

The Rock Ensem­ble is a per­for­mance ensem­ble con­sist­ing of four vocal­ists, and horn and rhythm sec­tions.

 

Con­tact

 

Junauro Land­grebe, Direc­tor
j.landgrebe@northeastern.edu
617.373.4131
367 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

Section 1: Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Section 2: Fridays, 3:30-5:30pm
354 Ryder

 

Samples

 

Beat It What Is Hip (2009)

 

My Old School (2009)

 

The Wind Ensemble is a versatile group that has accompanied silent movies and live dance performances with original scores by student composers, and collaborated with guest soloists and actors in addition to playing the great works in the wind repertoire.  Recent guests have included composer Frank Ticheli, Brad Ellis, (pianist on GLEE), and Boston Symphony Orchestra members Michael Martin (trumpet), Jason Snider (French horn), Stephen Lange (trombone), Mike Roylance (tuba), and Cynthia Meyers (piccolo).

 

The Wind Ensemble rehearses and performs during the Fall and Spring semesters, usually playing two concerts each term.  Each year the group participates in a festival with the wind ensembles from Harvard University, Boston College, and Boston University.  At the end of each term the ensemble often shares a concert program with the Concert Band.

 

The members of the Wind Ensemble come from all backgrounds and majors, and any interested member of the NU community is eligible to join. Auditions are held at the beginning of the term during the first few rehearsals and by appointment. For many students, the Wind Ensemble is an extracurricular activity, but it can also be taken as a free one-credit elective by registering for MUSC 1907.  The course may be repeated for credit.

 

The Wind Ensemble is a select group that performs an advanced repertoire and often participates in multi-media concerts.

 

Con­tact

 

Allen Fein­stein, Direc­tor
a.feinstein@northeastern.edu
617.373.2442
355 RY

Meeting Times

 

Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm
Fenway Center

 

Audition Requirements

 

All students interested in both Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will rehearse together in the Fenway Center from 6-8:30pm on the first Thursday of the fall semester.  Auditions will be the following week, Monday from 6-9pm and Thursday from 6-9pm, by appointment, also at the Fenway Center. There will be one required excerpt for all students, selected from the repertoire read during the first joint rehearsal. Students interested in joining the Concert Band will be asked to audition for seating placement, using the selected musical excerpt. Students who wish to audition for the Wind Ensemble are encouraged to prepare a very short (one minute maximum) excerpt that shows both their technical and lyrical playing, in addition to playing the preselected audition music.

 

For more information please contact Professor Allison Cockshaw-Betsold  a.cockshaw@northeastern.edu

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When and where are rehearsals?

 

Concert Band meets every Monday evening from 6-8:30pm during the fall and spring semesters. Wind Ensemble meets every Thursday evening from 6-8:30pm during the fall and spring semesters. Both ensembles rehearse in the Fenway Center located at 77 St. Stephen Street.

 

Where can I practice?

 

Practice rooms are located on the third floor of Ryder Hall. Students may obtain the passcodes to the practice rooms from their ensemble directors or the music office (Ryder 351).

 

Do I need to have my own instrument?

 

> Winds and Brass – The music department has a limited stock of some of the more rare/large instruments such as tuba, French horn, oboe, bassoon, baritone saxophone, and bass clarinet. It is HIGHLY RECOMMEND that students who possess their own instruments bring them to campus. Storage space is available for students who need it.

 

Percussion – The music department provides the full range of percussion instruments from timpani to a 5 octave marimba to an array of triangles. While we have a small supply of sticks and mallets for students to use, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that students bring their own.  

 

Can I perform in more than one ensemble?

 

Absolutely! Please engage yourself in as many of our ensembles as you desire. Please note that each ensemble has its own audition requirement, some more intricate than others. If you have questions about specific NU ensembles always feel free to reach out to its director.

 

Are there any scholarship opportunities?

 

Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen, usually before the May deposit deadline. For information on our scholarship please visit this page

This ensem­ble explores dif­fer­ent musi­cal tra­di­tions by lis­ten­ing, ana­lyz­ing, and play­ing a diverse selec­tion of com­po­si­tions from parts of the world out­side the United States. Past per­for­mances have included music from Bul­garia, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Brazil.

 

Flutist, com­poser, and band leader Amir Mil­stein has played and recorded with numer­ous artists world­wide, col­lab­o­rat­ing with world-renowned musi­cians such as: Zakir Hus­sain, Hariprasad Chaura­sia, Tito Puente, Armand­inho Macedo, Omar Farouk Tek­bilek and Mikhalis Nikoloudis, among oth­ers, and brings to the ensem­ble influ­ences from all these musi­cal traditions.

 

Dur­ing each encounter, stu­dents will lis­ten to a diverse reper­toire of world music, learn­ing about the musi­cal forms, modes, rhythms, and typ­i­cal instru­ments of each tra­di­tion. After extract­ing these ele­ments the ensem­ble will play its arrange­ments of these genres.

 

Con­tact:

 

Amir Mil­stein, Direc­tor
amirmilstein@gmail.com
617.910.8652
351 Ryder Hall

 

Meeting Times

Tuesdays, 8:15-9:45pm
Ryder 354