Participation in Catawba ensembles is open to all students enrolled in the College. Ensembles provide opportunities for students to maintain and improve musical skills, meet new people with similar interests, build friendships, and participate in organizations that serve the College and the community by providing music and entertainment. Each regular ensemble carries 1 hour of credit.
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Catawba Spirit Band
The Catawba Spirit Band entertains audiences at all home football and basketball games, as well as select away games. The Catawba Spirit is comprised of student members from all academic disciplines across the college campus (regardless of major/minor). In addition to performance on the football field in the way of entertaining halftime shows, the Catawba Spirit is also responsible for stirring spirit in the stadium and arena bleachers. Membership is determined by audition and interview through the Director of Bands.
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Gospel Choir (MUS 1192)
The Gospel Choir is a vocal ensemble that performs a variety of music from the sacred and popular repertoires. The group performs regularly both on and off campus in a public relations capacity for churches, schools and civic meetings. Membership is by audition.
Japanese Festival Ensemble (MUS 1192)
Musical group dedicated to the performance of authentic traditional Japanese festival music (matsuri bayashi) and lion dance (shishi mai) as enjoyed at shrine festivals in and around Tokyo. Instrumentation includes taiko drums, kane hand-held gong, and shinobue bamboo flute.
Singers (MUS 1195)
The Catawba Singers is a select choral ensemble open to Catawba students by audition only. Auditions are usually held in August for freshmen and transfer students, and by appointment for present Catawba students. The Singers are very active in performances both on and off-campus, and perform in several major concerts each year. Their repertoire consists of mostly chamber literature, sacred masterworks, and pop, vocal jazz and Broadway literature for a "Cabaret" performance in the Spring of each year. Emphasis is placed on the development of good vocal technique, exposure to a wide variety of choral literature, striving for artistry and understanding of performance practice, and the enhancement of reading skills in a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment.
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Vernaculars (MUS 1199)
The flagship ensemble of the Catawba College music business and popular music concentrations, the Vernaculars are dedicated to the performance of contemporary popular (aka vernacular) music — alternative, rock, pop, R&B, and more. Basic instrumentation includes guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and vocals. Membership by audition.
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Wind Ensemble (MUS 1195)
The Catawba Wind Ensemble is a select instrumental ensemble open to Catawba students by audition only. Auditions are usually held in August for freshmen and transfer students, and by appointment for present Catawba students. The Wind Ensemble is active in performances both on and off-campus, and perform in several major concerts each year. Repertoire consists of literature (from Classical to Contemporary style periods) for the traditional wind ensemble instrumentation. However, smaller chamber ensembles are drawn out of larger group to spotlight a more diverse literature. Emphasis is placed on the development of good instrumental technique, exposure to a wide variety of literature, striving for artistry and understanding of performance practice, and the enhancement of reading skills in a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment.