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MUSICEXPERIENCE THE ECKERD COLLEGE MUSIC PROGRAM oers a wide variety of opportunities for students to be involved in music making.

Make your voice count or toot your horn with other music lovers! Make Music a Part of Your Life!

Ranging from choral ensembles to small instrumental groups performing music of all periods and styles, our program provides students with a number of choices to meet their musical needs. Private instruction in piano, voice, organ and other instruments is also offered. A limited number of scholarships

are available to cover the cost of private instruction; priority is given to music majors/minors and students participating in music ensembles. Both Choir and Instrumental Ensemble are credit courses. Private instruction can be taken for credit or non-credit.

All students are invited to participate in the Music Program.


Take advantage of this opportunity to meet new friends who share your love of playing instruments and singing while improving your musical skills.

returning members of the Eckerd Concert Choir at Opening Convocation on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Instrumental Ensembles

Begin Your School Year on a Musical Note! Come and be a part of Autumn Term Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble 2011 – 2012.

Rehearsals: Tuesdays and

Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Roberts Music Center 104 No auditions, all students welcome. We will sing music of different styles and periods and prepare one work to be sung with

will prepare prelude music and the processional march for the same occasion. First Rehearsal,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Instrumental Coaching Available Please remember to bring your instruments.

2011 – 2012 CHORAL HIGHLIGHTS Wednesday, September 7 Opening Convocation

1:30 pm – Fox Hall (Eckerd Campus) Sunday, December 11 An Eckerd Christmas Celebration

A Program that will include works by Vivaldi, Vaclav Nelhybel, and Morten Lauridsen, with chamber orchestra and organ Eckerd College Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers 4:00 pm – Wireman Chapel (Eckerd Campus) Friday, February 24 “Family Weekend Works in Progress Presentation”

An open rehearsal/performance of “Works in Progress” by the Eckerd College Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers 7:30 pm – Roberts Music Center 104


Thursday – Monday 2012 Spring Tour – TBA March 15 – 19 Eckerd College Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers Sunday, May 13 Mother’s Day Concert

Eckerd College Concert Choir and Eckerd Ringers 3:00 pm – Wireman Chapel (Eckerd Campus)

“Being in choir has given me a chance to express myself in a way that I never have before. I have had opportunities I never even dreamed of and learned about different styles of music I didn’t even know existed. Being in choir has helped me to understand the meaning of teamwork. I have learned that every single person is a vital part of the group, even if sometimes you don’t feel like you are and through learning that, it has carried over into my other academic classes.” JULIA DRAPER ’13

As you begin to consider all the exciting courses that you will be taking this year, don’t forget about opportunities for participation in a music ensemble(s).

CHORAL ENSEMBLES Concert Choir Performs music of all periods and styles. Presents two formal concerts a year. Performs for various civic organizations and churches. Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:40 - 5:50 pm Membership Requirements: Love of singing, ability to read music is helpful (membership will not be denied if proficiency level is low), music reading skills included in rehearsals, voice placement audition (it is not necessary to have a solo prepared). Course Credit: Two semesters of participation yield one course credit, 3.5 credit hours. Choir satisfies the Arts Academic Requirement of the General Education Program. Handbells – Eckerd Ringers A handbell choir of 10-12 players. The Eckerd Ringers play a variety of music written especially for handbell choirs. We have a five octave set of Schulmerich handbells and five octaves of Suzuki handchimes. Meeting Times: To Be Announced Membership Requirements: Ability to read music, rhythmic accuracy, willingness to attend two evening rehearsals per week.

“My time at Eckerd would not have been the same without choir. The people I met, places I went, and wonderful songs I got to sing will always have a special place in my heart.” JOEL RAVEN ’10

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES Eckerd College Community Band Performs both standards of the wind band literature and original works in campus performances and special events in the community and beyond. Meeting Times: Thursday nights, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, plus sectionals TBA Membership Requirements: Strong reading and performance skills shown by audition


Eckerd College String Orchestra Supports the Eckerd Concert Choir as an oratorio orchestra; also offers on-and off-campus performances of traditional and nontraditional string and chamber orchestra literature. Meeting Times: Monday nights, 7:00 - 9:30 pm, plus sectionals TBA Membership Requirements: Strong reading and performance skills shown by audition Course Credit: Two semesters of participation yield one course credit, 3.5 credit hours. Instrumental Ensembles satisfies the Arts Academic Requirement of the General Education Program. Involvement in at least 4 hours per week of formal rehearsals and all scheduled performances over the course of two semesters earns one semester course credit. Classical Chamber Ensembles Students of all levels are invited to participate in mixed instrumental groups coached by applied music instructors. Meeting Times: At mutual convenience of students and coaches Membership Requirements: Placement audition

“Music at Eckerd has let me get to know so many groups of people that I would have otherwise never gotten to know. There’s an incredible sense of community that comes with being apart of the choir, band, or Bell Choir; and the greatest thing is everyone has a chance to be apart of it. I still have many years left at Eckerd, and I wouldn’t miss a chance being apart of the music here.” LAURA MOE ’13

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS Orchestras and Ensembles Eckerd College students are free to audition for The Tampa Bay Symphony, a top community orchestra, and other area ensembles. Most auditions occur in late August and early September. Private Study Singers and instrumentalists alike may take lessons with the region’s top private instructors on a credit or non-credit basis. There is an extra fee for private instruction; scholarships available on a competitive basis for participants in ensembles. “By being in the concert choir, I was not only able to perform for the Eckerd community, but I was able to travel and perform for communities in St. Petersburg, New York and even China!” DYLAN CAREY ’10

SPRINGTOUR 2012 EACH SPRING THE ECKERD COLLEGE CONCERT CHOIR AND ECKERD RINGERS DO A SPRING TOUR. Our tours have included both national and international destinations. We have traveled ENGLAND (2003), ITALY (2005), CHINA (2007) and SPAIN (2011). P8|9

ON THE NATIONAL SCENE, the choirs have sang and rang at some of the nations most significant churches: In Washington, DC – The National Cathedral, The National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and The National Presbyterian Church; in New York City – St. Patrick’s Cathedral and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; The Philadelphia Cathedral and many large Presbyterian churches in Florida and along the east coast. April 2009 we made our Carnegie Hall debut. This past spring the choirs toured Spain. Spring Tour 2012 will take us to several cities in North and South Carolina!

WHAT ABOUT MISSED CLASSES? By now parents and students are thinking, “What about missed classes?” Not to worry! The college makes allowances for students missing class for college-related events such as the Spring Tour 2012. Here’s the college’s policy: Missed Classes for School-Sponsored Events 1 Classes are to be missed by those participating in a school-sponsored activity only when participation is verified by a faculty/staff advisor or coach and only when conflicts in departure time for travel and competitive events are absolutely unavoidable. 2 All attempts will be made to schedule events that do not conflict

with academic schedules. 3 Faculty/Staff advisors and coaches will communicate to the

participating students that an individual student is responsible for giving faculty sufficient advance notice when a class is to be missed. 4 Students are responsible for all materials, tests and class assignments

given during their absence. 5 Classes will not be missed for practice sessions, rehearsals, etc. 6 Absences for school-sponsored events may not exceed

the following limits: 

Four 50- or 65-minute class periods

Three 120-minute class periods

Two 150-minute class periods

Two lab periods (every effort should be made prior to departure to arrange to attend an alternate lab period)

7 These absences are not to be considered in addition to the absence

policies established in a particular course.

“I’d never been in a choir before, but I knew I loved to sing, so I decided to join Eckerd’s choir freshman year. It was a great decision. From singing in New York’s Carnegie hall to exploring New Orlean’s Bourbon Street, it has been a blast! As a music major, the challenging pieces help my counting, sight singing, and knowledge of period music. The friendships and memorable experiences I’ve developed through choir are some of my best at Eckerd.” ALEC OGG ’12

Eckerd Music Faculty Joan O. Epstein, Professor of Music, M.M., Yale University, is a composer and scholar with a special interest in American music and in connections between music and other fields including environmental studies. She teaches courses in western music history, World Music, American Music, including courses in song writing and sound design (an elective in the Interdisciplinary Arts major. Epstein is also a trumpeter and chamber music coach. Dawn Eubanks, Instructor in Voice, B.M., Florida State University, teaches Eckerd’s student singers in both class and one-on-one formats. Eubanks is a respected soprano soloist who has appeared in both regional and national operatic or oratorio productions. She has also held positions as soprano soloist and music director at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg and other local congregations.


David Irwin, Director of Instrumental Music and Adjunct Professor of Music, M.M., Yale University, conducts the Eckerd Community Band and the Eckerd Chamber Orchestra. He also teaches clarinet lessons Music Fundamentals. Irwin is one of the region’s finest clarinetists and frequently performs chamber music and jazz with other area musicians. He also teaches clarinet at St. Petersburg College and directs an adult beginning band that is part of a national program called New Horizons. Marion Smith, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music, Ph.D., Washington University, conducts the Eckerd Concert Choir, the Eckerd Ringers and small vocal ensembles, groups that concertize frequently and tour here and abroad. He also teaches courses in music history and theory and popular Winter Term courses set in Austria and the Czech Republic, Italy or England.

Additional Faculty Max Bygrave, French Horn Amy Collins, Oboe Kurt Grissom, Percussion Thomas Hall, College Organist Janet Harris, Bassoon Jonathan Harris, Classical Guitar

Ruth Klukoff, Violin and Viola David Manson, Low Brass Barbara Prescott, Flute Dolly Roberts, Harp Austin Vickrey, Jazz and Saxophone Agnieszka Zick, Piano

Instruction on other instruments available upon request. For more information, contact: Marion Smith Director of Choral Music and the Eckerd Ringers Roberts Music Center 130 727-864-8480 David Irwin Coordinator of Instrumental Music Roberts Music Center 129 727-864-7968


Located on 188 acres of waterfront property in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd College is a private, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). Founded in 1958, Eckerd is a pioneer of responsible innovation – developing programs that have been adopted nationwide and earning the college an international reputation for academic excellence. Eckerd College has a diverse student body with 1,800 students from 43 states and 35 countries and is one of only 40 schools listed in Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives. In 2003, Eckerd was named one of 13 Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year by the Policy Center on the First Year of College and became one of the youngest colleges to receive a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Eckerd also serves over 1,000 students annually through its Program for Experienced Learners. The Leadership Development Institute executive education program, Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC), and offerings through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Road Scholar identify the college as a national leader in continuing education.


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