Ensembles | St. Lawrence University Music


Students audition for ensembles at the beginning of each semester instead of registering for ensembles during the regular registration period. Normally, students receive 0.25 unit of credit for taking an ensemble. Audition information can be found on each ensemble's page.

MUS 021. LAURENTIAN SINGERS.  A select undergraduate vocal ensemble that performs both on and off campus through the year. Their far-ranging repertoire is drawn from traditional choral sources as well as world and popular idioms. The Laurentian Singers tour each Spring Break. Barry Torres, director. Open to St. Lawrence students only.

MUS 022. UNIVERSITY CHORUS. A choir open to the entire university community. The ensemble performs major works from the choral and choral-orchestral repertoire from the 16th through the 20th centuries. Barry Torres, director. Open to St. Lawrence students and the community.

MUS 025. STRING ORCHESTRA. An ensemble that performs repertoire from the 17th century through the present. Recent concerts have included works by Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, James Horner and John Williams. Christian Hosmer, director. Open to St. Lawrence students and the community.

MUS 026. WIND ENSEMBLE. This ensemble explores a range of music covering over 200 years of repertoire in a variety of styles, and is open to wind, brass and percussion players. Theresa Witmer, director. Open to St. Lawrence students and the community.

MUS 027. RHYTHM & ROOTS ENEMBLE. This ensemble takes a particular strand of vernacular music as its focus each semester, and is open to guitarists, percussionists, pianists, vocalists, and woodwind and brass players. Recent topics of study include Hawaiian music, the music of Motown, and New Orleans rhythm and blues. Open to St. Lawrence students and the community. Not offered Spring 2020.

MUS 028. IMPROV LAB. This ensemble provides opportunities for students to develop their interests and skills in a variety of American popular musics. Students research recordings outside of class and use them as the basis for further study in class. Rehearsals emphasize playing by ear in conjunction with using varying degrees of written notation. Tim Savage, director. Open to St. Lawrence students only.

MUS 029. SOUNDSANDBOX. Do you catch yourself drumming incessantly on table tops, singing along with the washing machine's beat, or making saxophones out of pizza boxes and broken straws? The SoundSandBox is for you, a place to explore ways of making sound together. Skilled musicians are welcome, but all students may audition for this ensemble. Recent projects include doing a smartphone ensemble, collaborating with NYC-based percussionist Susie Ibarra and accompanying a silent horror film on Halloween. Christopher Watts, director. Open to St. Lawrence students only.

MUS 032. FUNK ENSEMBLE. Dubbed SLUFunk by its members, the Funk Ensemble primarily performs American R&B, soul, and funk music, but has also explored styles ranging from Afro-Cuban jazz to Nigerian Afro-beat to contemporary hip-hop. Cross-listed in the Music and History Departments, the ensemble both plays the music and seeks to understand its historical context and significance.  SLUFunk is modeled on a working band: participants make decisions about membership, repertoire, and gigs, and are expected to take on the work of the band from writing arrangements to designing posters to lugging gear. Larry Boyette, director. Open to St. Lawrence students only.