Crane Winds and Percussion Performance
Crane Wind Ensemble: The Wind Ensemble is the select wind band at The Crane School and is conducted by Dr. Brian K. Doyle. The membership is determined by audition at the beginning of each semester. Audition material and times may be obtained by consulting the studio teacher of your instrument.
The Concert Band and Symphonic Band: These large wind bands are conducted by Dr. James Madeja and Dr. Brian K. Doyle. They are rostered by the studio teachers and conductors at the same time as the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Any student who would like to perform in either of these bands should contact the studio teachers or conductors during the first week of the semester.
Jazz Performing Groups
Membership in these groups is determined by audition at the beginning of each semester. For audition times and material, consult the Director of Jazz Studies, Professor Bret Zvacek.
College Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Bands:The Crane Jazz Ensemble is the premier performance group in the Jazz Studies program at The Crane School of Music. The Crane Jazz Ensemble tours regularly, appearing at schools, conferences, and jazz festivals, including multiple awards for individual and ensemble performance at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1993, 1992, and1989. The ensemble has performed with such guest artists as Marian McPartland, Marvin Stamm, Dave Stahl, and the Billy Taylor Trio, and has appeared at the Musicfest USA 1990 National Finals, the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, and the Marine Midland, Villanova University and College of Saint Rose Jazz Festivals. The Jazz Studies program at Crane consists of three large ensembles and small group performance opportunities, with class offerings in improvisation, arranging, history and pedagogy, with recent on campus performances by such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Bobby McFerrin, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Wheeler, The Count Basie Orchestra, New York Voices and others. Recent additions to the Jazz Studies program include a fully equipped improvisation lab, and a nationally recognized student chapter of the National Association of Jazz Educators.
Small Ensembles and Chamber Groups
Percussion Ensemble: All students with a percussion performance concentration are invited to participate in the Percussion Ensemble. Consult Professor James Petercsak for information.
Opera Orchestra: Opera Orchestra is available by audition during semesters when needed. Consult Professor Carleen Graham regarding all aspects of opera production at Crane.
Latin Ensemble: Latin Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of voice, percussion, piano, guitar, brass and woodwind performers. Contact Marsha Baxter for more information.
West African Drum and Dance Ensemble: This group performs music from Ghana, Togo, and neighboring countries in West Africa featuring a combination of drumming, singing, and dancing through oral transmission rather than written scores. Open to all students regardless of previous musical background. Contact Julie Hunter for more information.
Small Ensembles: Chamber Wind Groups, Woodwind Quintets, Brass Quintets, and other "like instrument" ensembles (e.g., trombone, horn, saxophone, flute) are formed by the applied teachers in the various studio areas at the beginning of each semester. Obtain further information from the appropriate faculty member.
Chamber Ensemble: (Piano and Voice, Voice with Two or More Instruments, Piano with Other Instruments, Small Vocal Ensembles) All interested students should consult the class schedule and the faculty member in charge of these ensembles.