Students with varying abilities and interests find performing opportunities in eight faculty-led ensembles that perform regularly both on and off campus, including national and international tours.

 

Jazz Band

 

Jazz Ensemble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colby Jazz Band is open to all student saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar and drum players on an audition basis. The group plays traditional big band music from the Swing era to contemporary funk and Latin jazz, and several small combos specialize in improvisation. The Jazz Band performs frequently on campus as well as at jazz festivals throughout New England. Rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30.

For further information, please contact Eric Thomas by email or at 207-859-5682

 

Symphony Orchestra

 

The Colby Symphony Orchestra is made up of a wide variety of musicians. In addition to students, who make up about half of the ensemble, the Orchestra is staffed by Colby’s applied music associates and local amateurs and professionals. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00. Each fall, auditions are held for all incoming players, primarily to give the conductor an idea of the levels of playing ability available within the ensemble. These auditions are very informal and relaxed. The conductor, Jinwook Park is a new addition to Colby’s music program.

 

Wind Ensemble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colby College Wind Ensemble is comprised of Colby students and members of the community. Open to everyone on a non-audition basis, the ensemble invites the participation of all interested woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00, and the group plays one concert each semester. For further information, please contact Eric Thomas by email or at 207-859-5682.

 

Chorale

 

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The Colby College Chorale is a large, all-inclusive mixed chorus dedicated to the performance of a wide variety of international choral music – sacred, secular, popular and major masterworks from all over the world, including one performance a year in conjunction with the Colby College Symphony Orchestra. New in 2017-18, the Colby College Chorale will participate in a year-round collaboration the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society for three major concerts.Membership in the Chorale is open to all students at Colby, regardless of class year or major; the most important prerequisite is that you enjoy making music with your peers, and that you are willing to participate in a highly engaging and entertaining environment, resulting in high-quality performances with a dedicated choral community. Enrollment is confirmed through non-competitive auditions (or MeetSings) at the beginning of each semester.Use the Chorale Website Links to discover more about the Chorale, including information about MeetSings requirements, rehearsals times and expectations, past and forthcoming international tours, repertoire for the 2017-18 season, and current members of the Chorale Executive Board.

All interested singers and members of the Colby College community are invited to our annual Choirs @ Colby Fall Kickoff scheduled for Wednesday evening,September 6th, (the first day of classes) at 7:30 PM in Given Auditorium in the Bixler Art and Music building. For more information contact Eric Christopher Perry, Director of Choirs and Applied Associate of Music in Voice.

For more information about “Chamber Singers,” please visit the updated Colby College Collegium page.

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In the past, Chorale traveled to New York City during spring break to perform Fauré’s Requiem at the Church of St. Francis Xavier, participate in an educational outreach performance with children in the Bronx at the Casita Maria Center for the Arts, and sing for a liturgy service at St. Bart’s Episcopal Church. Chorale members were also given time to take in a Broadway show and explore and enjoy the city. Other past highlights also include workshops with Dr. Joe Miller from Westminster Choir College. For more information about our trips and tours, see here.

 

Collegium

 

The Colby College Collegium (or colloquially known as Collegium) is a select vocal chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of vocal music of the Renaissance and Baroque for smaller forces, but also explores repertoire in all genres, with a range from ancient music to contemporary popular music styles. The ensemble is made up of 12-16 mixed voices with no more than four on a part. Modeled after the most prestigious vocal chamber ensembles in professional choral music today, Collegium aspires to a similar level of professionalism within an educational context – instilling in participants keen musical intellect, vocal flexibility, preparedness, collaboration through independence, discipline, curiosity, and a passion for art and all facets of the humanities. On-campus concerts are held through the year in Lorimer Chapel; Collegium serves as choral ambassadors for Colby College through off-campus performances, frequent collaborations, recording projects, and international touring.String and wind players may join the Collegium Chamber Players, which explores the instrumental music of the 15th through 17th centuries, but also may be incorporated in pieces from other time periods and styles. The ensemble has an array of Renaissance and Baroque instruments, including lutes, baroque guitars, viols, recorders and other early wind instruments, a chamber organ, and harpsichords.

Auditions for membership in Collegium is open to all students at Colby, and participation is based on successful completion of all audition requirements; the most important prerequisite is that you enjoy making music with your peers, and that you are willing to participate in a highly engaging and entertaining environment, resulting in high-quality performances with a dedicated choral community. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic year or by appointment as the ensemble’s needs allow.

Use the Colby College Collegium Website Links to discover more about information on audition requirements, rehearsals times and expectations, past and forthcoming tour dates, and repertoire for the 2017-18 season.

All interested singers and members of the Colby College community are invited to our annual Choirs @ Colby Fall Kickoff scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 6th, (the first day of classes) at 7:30 PM in Given Auditorium in the Bixler Art and Music building. For more information contact Eric Christopher Perry, Director of Choirs and Applied Associate of Music in Voice.

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Chamber Ensembles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colby’s active chamber music program will give you a variety of opportunities to make music with your peers. The guitar and flute ensembles are standing groups that perform each semester. Students also form many of their own ensembles; recent groups have included string quartets, piano quartets and quintets, piano duos, brass ensembles, and a trumpet choir. Chamber music groups are coached by members of our applied music faculty, and you can elect to take chamber music for academic credit or participate as an extra-curricular activity!

Students also perform in:
  • student recitals
  • flute choir
  • guitar ensemble
  • master classes
  • annual concerto competition
  • informal concerts in the Mary Low Coffeehouse
  • special events (e.g. Baccalaureate, Student Awards Ceremony

 

African Drumming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led by master drummer Jordan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, the Colby African Drumming Ensemble offers students a chance to perform music from various African cultures. Students gain hands-on experience with various instruments, including drums, rattles, and bells, and learn several traditions of African singing and dancing. The group presents concerts both on campus and throughout the state of Maine.

 

All ensembles can be elected for academic credit.
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Other Department-Sponsored Performance Opportunities

Violin PracticeIn addition, students can perform in:

  • student recitals
  • flute/trumpet choirs
  • guitar ensemble
  • master classes
  • annual concerto competition
  • informal concerts in the Mary Low Coffeehouse
  • collaborations with Theater and Dance

Student-Run Groups

There are also numerous student-run groups, including seven a cappella groups (the Colbyettes Sirens Colby Eight Blue Lights Megalomaniacs, and Ethnic Vocal Ensemble, Mayflower Chill), Broadway Musical Review, Pep Band, and Handbell Choir.

For student contact information please see the student clubs page.