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Music

MUSE 029X (*CA) University Chamber Orchestra (.25)

The UCO presents two full concert programs each academic year including both chamber and symphonic works. Artist-mentors from the Oregon Symphony and Willamette faculty play alongside students in the annual fall concert and winners from the annual Concerto-Aria Soloists Competition are featured in the spring concert. In addition, the orchestra collaborates with the Dramatic Vocal Arts in the spring semester for an opera production.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to all students by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Agüero, H

MUSE 031X (*CA) Jazz Ensemble (.25)

The Willamette Jazz Collective is the premiere instrumental jazz ensemble at Willamette University. Comprising a full rhythm section with six to eight melodic instruments (winds/strings), this select group of 12 to 14 musicians performs compositions and arrangements from across the full spectrum of jazz, ranging from the music of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus to modern works by John Hollenbeck and Maria Schneider. In addition to a creative focus on high level ensemble communication and improvisation, the WJC places special emphasis on the music of today, with frequent premieres of original works by emerging jazz composers, unique re-imaginings of popular songs from other genres and compositions and arrangements by Willamette University students.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified instrumentalists by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Miley

MUSE 032X (*CA) Wind Ensemble (.25)

The Willamette University Wind Ensemble is a large wind and percussion ensemble. The ensemble performs music from a wide variety of styles, time periods, and traditions and gives two or three public concerts per semester. The Wind Ensemble is open to all students regardless of academic concentration.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Agüero, H

MUSE 034X (*CA) Dramatic Vocal Arts (.25)

This workshop offers students a rich experience with opera, and an in-depth integration of stage movement, character analysis and vocal skill. The Dramatic Vocal Arts presents two productions during the school year. One evening of operatic scenes with piano accompaniment is performed during the fall semester, and one fully staged, costumed production with orchestral accompaniment is presented during the spring semester. In this class, students develop the skills needed to pursue a professional career. Recent productions include Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss, Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, Our Town by Ned Rorem, and Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Engbretson

MUSE 036X (*CA) Chamber Music (.25)

The coaching and performing of major works from the chamber music literature, with emphasis on rehearsal technique and small ensemble skills. Typical chamber groups are: Flute Choir, Trumpet Choir, Trombone Choir, Woodwind Quartet, Waller String Quartet, Brass Quintet, and Small Jazz Ensemble. Other chamber groups may be created depending on the availability of qualified instrumentalists. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

MUSE 037X (*CA) Willamette Singers (.25)

Exploration of vocal jazz literature for small groups. Performs both on and off campus and tours annually. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long

MUSE 040X (*CA) Chamber Choir (.25)

Exploration of choral literature from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary style periods, including both unaccompanied and instrumentally accompanied works. In some years a concert tour is taken. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to advanced musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Long

MUSE 041X (*CA) Willamette Master Chorus (.25)

Exploration of choral literature from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary style periods, including both accompanied and instrumentally accompanied works. Class includes a mixture of Willamette students and community members. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Klemme

MUSE 043X (*CA) Voce Femminile (.25)

Exploration of a wide variety of choral literature suitable for female voices. Particular attention will be given to the development of vocal technique and musicianship. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Engbretson

MUSE 044X (*CA) Male Ensemble Willamette (.25)

Exploration of a wide variety of choral literature suitable for male voices. Particular attention will be given to the development of vocal technique and musicianship. May be repeated for credit.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Creating in the Arts (To receive Creating in the Arts credit in Music Ensemble courses, students must take four Music Ensemble courses in one discipline, i.e., vocal or instrumental)
  • Prerequisite: Open to qualified musicians by audition
  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Klemme

MUSE 099X Seminar in the Art of Piano Accompanying (.25)

The study of the art of piano accompanying. Emphasis on sight reading and the development of the listening and interpreting skills necessary for successful ensemble performance. Weekly seminar which includes live performances by students, lectures, discussions and assigned listening. May be repeated for credit.

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Coen

MUSE 102X Coordinate Movement for Musicians (.25)

This course is designed for students interested in exploring movement as it relates to playing a musical instrument, singing or acting. Students will learn Body Mapping, a method for improving coordination. Participants gain ease in performing, learn how improved coordination enables them to better avoid fatigue, injury and technical limitation, and thereby be able to more completely realize their musical and artistic intentions.

  • Prerequisite: Experience with singing or playing an instrument (need not be advanced)
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Lee

MUSE 160X Rhythm Workshop (.25)

An exploration of the various components of the rhythmic language in western and world musics, culminating in a public performance featuring both pre-composed and improvised works. Meets two hours per week. Required of all music majors and minors.

  • Offering: Fall Semester
  • Instructor: Miley