What is a music ensemble? Stemming from the French word ensemblée
meaning “together, or at the same time”, the term refers to any group of musicians playing together with a wide variety of instrumentation ranging from string quartets and orchestras to rock bands and vocal groups. The School of Performing Arts Youth Musicians Ensembles program is tailored to give students an intensive and specialized education to hone active listening skills, intonation and technique, and broaden repertoire and on-stage presence. Students will work with their teacher to find their best ensemble pairing. String trios, piano and voice duets, violin and piano duos, and two piano groups are all examples of ensembles for this program, although all are welcome to suggest their own creative ideas! Students will train with a professional coach from the SPA faculty and showcase their hard work through performances at area institutions. Students will learn to be independent and self-reliant in rehearsals, orchestral settings, accompaniment gigs, or on stage for solo performances through chamber music.
These engaging ensembles are designed for students at late elementary through advanced playing levels. Bi-weekly, one-hour rehearsals focus on rhythmic and listening skills, intonation, technique, and specific ensemble performance skills. Ensembles participate in community performances throughout the year, and members are required to attend all rehearsals and performances. Returning ensemble members are automatically accepted.
Age: Grade 6 and up
Date: September 8 – January 23
Tuition: $208 (duet) $160 (3 to 5 students)
Please call the Business Office for details.com
STUDENT DIRECTED A CAPPELLA PROGRAM
Announcing a new a cappella program! SPAcappella gives kids the unique opportunity to explore a large array of musical styles. The group is looking for 12-16 creative, dedicated, and experienced vocalists who want to work in a small group setting. This ensemble will also offer exciting performance opportunities within the community! SPAcappella is a collaboration between an adult mentor/instructor and a student musician, offering room for ideas and creativity.
AUDITIONS: Casting for our 2016-2017 SPAcappella group have taken place and roles have been established. Please stay in touch for future replacement auditions.
*SPAcappella is not a part of SPA’s professionally coached music ensembles.