Realize your passion for performance and join a music ensemble at Moraine Valley. Music performance opportunities include two choral groups, two jazz combos, jazz ensemble, concert band, flute choir, community orchestra, and percussion ensemble.

Each semester, more than 200 instrumentalists and singers perform in Moraine Valley’s various music groups. Members include full-time and part-time students, high school students, community members, and seasoned professionals.

The Moraine Valley music ensembles present more than twenty on-campus concerts in our performing arts center each year. In addition, our groups have performed at such locations/events as Millennium Park, Illinois Music Education Conference, Illinois Collegiate Conference “Skyway” Jazz Festival, Association for Community College Trustees Conference, Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, Hackney’s Restaurant, Fitzgerald’s, the Orland Hills “Party in the Park,” the Orland Park Public Library and VanderCook College of Music.

Summer 2019

Fall 2019

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Ensembles

Chamber Singers

The Moraine Valley Chamber Singers explores a wide variety of contemporary singing styles. The group meets Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment is open to any Moraine Valley student. The director of the Chamber Singers is Nicholas Thomas, Fine Arts and Humanities Department Chair.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the Chamber Singers for one academic credit hour. Chamber Singers I-IV course codes are MUS-141, 142, 241, 242. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-141 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor’s consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. There is no noncredit course option available for the Chamber Singers; all members must enroll for academic credit.

Chorale

The Moraine Chorale, a community-based choir with more than 60 members, performs five themed concerts each year including Broadway show tunes, Irish, patriotic, holiday selections and more. The group meets Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. throughout the year. Enrollment is open to anyone with an interest in singing. The director of the Chorale is Nicholas Thomas, Fine Arts and Humanities Department Chair.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the chorale for one academic credit hour. Chorale I-IV course codes are MUS-145, 146, 245, 246. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-145 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor’s consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-220-200 (instructor’s written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

Concert Band

The Moraine Valley Concert Band is a 40- to 60-piece symphonic wind and percussion ensemble comprised of college students, advanced high school students and adult community members. The group meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. each week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment is open to wind and percussion instrumentalists with prior experience in high school or university/college concert band. Seating auditions are held during the second full rehearsal for the semester.

Typical music repertoire includes contemporary concert works, classical transcriptions, Broadway show tunes, and patriotic marches. The group performs several concerts each year, both on and off campus. The director of the Concert Band is Douglass Bratt.

Current Openings
We currently have openings in all instrument sections; however, we have a particular need for percussionists, French horn, trombone and tuba players.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the concert band for one academic credit hour. Concert Band I-IV course codes are MUS-175, 176, 275, 276. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-175 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor’s consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-310-200 (instructor’s written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

College-Owned Instruments Available
Concert band members are required to own their own instruments; however, the college does have available several larger and less commonly owned instruments for use by students participating in the ensemble. In all cases students are required to purchase and provide their own reeds and/or mouthpieces.
1 Piccolo (Yamaha)
1 English Horn (Fox 510)
1 Bass Clarinet (Yamaha)
1 Bassoon (Fox III)
1 Soprano Saxophone (Yamaha)
1 Tenor Saxophone (Conn)
1 Baritone Saxophone (King)
2 French Horns (Conn 8D)
2 Euphoniums (Yamaha)
2 BBb Tubas (St. Petersburg)
Various concert percussion, Latin percussion, drum sets and other percussion instruments

Flute Choir

The Moraine Valley Flute Choir is a chamber ensemble that explores flute music from a wide range of eras and styles. Flutists will participate in at least one performance each semester. Enrollment is open to flutists with prior experience in high school or university/college level flute repertoire. The group rehearses on Wednesdays from 4 6 p.m. in Building F, Room F150 throughout the fall and spring semesters. For more information, please contact the director, Tammi Carlson.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the flute choir for one academic credit hour. Flute Choir I-IV course codes are MUS-149, MUS-159, MUS-249, and MUS-259. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-149 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-161-200. Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

Jazz Combo

The Moraine Valley Jazz Combos are comprised of college students and community members dedicated to the exploration of small-group jazz improvisation and interaction. Jazz Combo I meets each Tuesday afternoon from 4-6 p.m and Jazz Combo II meets each Thursday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Enrollment is open to a flexible instrument format, including, but not limited to, winds, strings, percussion, keyboard/piano, guitar, bass, and more. Interested musicians should be strong music readers. Prior experience playing jazz is very helpful. Study and performance includes selections by significant jazz artists, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker as well as important jazz song forms such as 12-bar blues and 32-bar, A-A-B-A rhythm changes. The director for the Jazz Combo is Mai Sugimoto.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the jazz combo for one academic credit hour. Jazz Combo I course codes are Instrumental Chamber Ensemble I-IV, MUS-161-170, 162-170, 261-170, 262-170. Jazz Combo II course codes are Instrumental Chamber Ensemble I-IV, MUS-161-171, 162-171, 261-171, 262-171. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-311-170 (instructor’s written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

Jazz Ensemble

The Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble is an 18-member jazz big band comprised of adult community members, college students, and advanced high school students. This select group of musicians meets Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room F127. Interested persons should be proficient music readers who play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass or drumset. Strong music improvisers are encouraged to join. Prior experience performing in a high school or collegiate jazz ensemble also is very helpful. Auditions for membership and part placement are normally held following the first two rehearsals of the semester. The director of the Jazz Ensemble is Douglass Bratt.

Performances
Typical music repertoire includes songs made popular by such composers as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, and Woody Herman. The band also plays more contemporary works for big band by such writers as Bill Holman, Maria Schneider, Bob Minzter, Alan Baylock, Tom Garling, Kris Berg, and others.

Each fall the Jazz Ensemble represents Moraine Valley Community College in the Skyway Jazz Festival, an annual meeting of eight Chicago area member college jazz bands. During the festival each band performs for a panel of judges who are distinguished members of the Chicago jazz community. The Jazz Ensemble performs several concerts both on and off-campus each semester and has opened for such professional groups as the Count Basie Orchestra, The Rob Parton Orchestra and the Brass Tracks Jazz Orchestra.

Guest artists who have performed with the ensemble include:

Orbert Davis, trumpet
Joey Sellers, trombone
Mark Colby, saxophone
Tom Garling, trombone
Joel Spencer, drumset
Art Davis, trumpet
Amber Dawn, vocalist
Meredith McGuire, vocalist
Larry Gray, bass
Doug Stone, saxophone
Mark O’Connor, saxophone
Kevin Fort, piano and trombone
Carl Coan, saxophone & EWI
John Wojciechowski, saxophone
Tito Carrillo, trumpet
Saalik Zyiad, vocalist
Mona Roy, vocalist
Brad Stirtz, vibraphone
Tim Coffmann, trombone
Mark Sonksen, bass
Mai Sugimoto, saxophone
Gerald Bailey, trumpet
James Davis, trumpet
Rich Moore, saxophone
John Moulder, guitar
Victor Garcia, trumpet
Matt Lewis, trumpet/vocalist
Bob Rummage, drumset
Doug Scharf, trumpet
Jim Pugh, trombone
David Hoffman, trumpet
Tom Hipskind, drumset
Sarah Marie Young, vocalist
Luke Malewicz, trombone
Bob Lark, trumpet
David Jennings, drumset
Chad McCullough, trumpet
Kimberly Gordon, vocalist
Reginald “Reggie” Thomas, piano
Liam Teague, steel pan
Myles Hayes, vocalist
Amanda Wolff, vocalist
Christopher Madsen, tenor saxophone

Current Openings
For the 2019 summer and fall semester, the jazz ensemble has openings in all sections. Instrumentalists with experience improvising over written chord changes are strongly encouraged to join. All new members must audition for placement in the ensemble.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the jazz ensemble for one academic credit hour. Jazz Ensemble I-IV course codes are MUS-151, 152, 251, 252. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-151 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor’s consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-308-200 (instructor’s written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

College-Owned Instruments Available
All jazz ensemble members are required to own their own instruments; however, the college does have available several larger and less commonly owned instruments for use by students participating in the ensemble. In all cases students are required to purchase and provide their own reeds and/or mouthpieces.
1 Soprano Saxophone (Yamaha)
1 Tenor Saxophone (Conn)
1 Baritone Saxophone (King)
1 Yamaha 6-ft, grand piano
1 Kay acoustic bass with pickups
1 Fender Jazz electric bass
1 5-piece Ludwig drum set with Zildjian cymbals
Various bass and guitar amplifiers
Various Latin percussion instruments

Orchestra

The Moraine Valley Community Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of college students, advanced high school students and adult community members. The group meets Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. each week throughout the fall and spring semesters. Enrollment is open to strings, wind and percussion instrumentalists with prior experience in high school or university/college concert band. Seating auditions normally are held following the first two rehearsals for the semester. Typical music repertoire includes classical compositions, contemporary concert works and lighter selections. The group performs one or more concerts each semester

The director of the Moraine Valley Community Orchestra is Maryann Flock.

 

Current Openings
We currently have openings in all instrument sections, however, we have a particular need for string players.

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the orchestra for one academic credit hour. College-Community Orchestra I-IV course codes are MUS-171, 172, 173, 174. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-171 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Instructor’s consent is required. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for MU4-307-200 (instructor’s written consent required). Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

Percussion Ensemble

This group of percussionists is comprised of college students, adult community members, and advanced high school students. Each semester, the group performs several concerts both on and off campus. Members need not have a percussion-specific background in order to participate, but should possess intermediate to advanced music reading skills. The director of the Percussion Ensemble is Douglass Bratt.

The music styles explored in this ensemble include: ragtime, classical, popular, Caribbean/Latin, chamber, and jazz as transcribed for this unique instrumentation. Composers’ works performed include: Roland Barrett, John Beck, Thomas Brown, Nathan Daughtery, Lalo Davila, Christopher Deane, Leander Kaiser, Béla Fleck, Ed Freytag, Mark Ford, Mario Gaetano, Lynn Glassock, Josh Gottry, John R. Hearnes, Glenn Kotche, Kevin Lepper, Dave Mancini, Dan Moore, Jeff Moore, Taras Nahirniak, Eugene Novotney, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scott Ward and many more.

The percussion ensemble has performed at the 2018 Chicago Arts in the Dark Parade, the Illinois Music Education Convention (IMEC), the Illinois PAS Day of Percussion, VanderCook College of Music, Lincoln-Way Central High School, as well as Chicago’s Millennium Park. Special guest artists have included Dr. Dan Moore (University of Iowa), Renzo Spiteri (Malta), Kassandra Kocoshis (Flamenco cajon artist), Felipe Fraga (Brazilian percussionist), and Doug Perkins (Meehan/Perkins Duo, eighth blackbird), Ben Wahlund (Screaming Norwegians, Black Dog Music Studios), Brad Stirtz (vibraphone) and Robert Chappell (Professor Emeritus, Northern Illinois University) Adam Cowger (Joliet Junior College), James Yakas (VanderCook College of Music), Nathan Daughtrey (Composer/Performer), and Angela Kepley (Freelance Performer/Educator)

Credit/Noncredit Options
Degree-seeking and transfer students may enroll in the percussion ensemble for one academic credit hour. Percussion Ensemble I-IV course codes are MUS-109, 110, 209, 210. First-time ensemble students should enroll in MUS-109 and then enroll in the next numbered course for each subsequent semester. Course is repeatable up to four times for academic credit. Audition for new members is required. Non-degree-seeking community members should register for the Percussion Ensemble noncredit course MU4-309-170. Please note that the director’s permission is required prior to enrolling. Registration fee is $25 per academic semester.

Selected Moraine Valley Percussion Equipment Inventory
Set of 5 Ludwig Grand Symphonic Timpani
Marimba One “Izzy” 5.0 Octave Rosewood Marimba
Marimba One 5.0 Octave Rosewood Marimba
Yamaha 5.0 Octave Rosewood Marimba
Musser 4.3 Octave Rosewood Marimba
Musser 3.0 M55 Vibraphone
Yamaha 3.0 Gold Tour Vibraphone
Musser M50 Rosewood Xylophone
Musser M51 Xylophone
MalletKAT 7 KS MIDI Mallet Keyboard
Ludwig 5-piece Maple Drum set
Mapex 5-piece Meridian Maple Drum set
Black Swamp Sound Art Maple Concert Snare
Various Pearl Symphonic and Philharmonic Snares
8-Piece Yamaha Concert Tom Set
Yamaha/Deagan Orchestra Chimes
Matador Congas (set of 3), Timbales and Bongos
Ron Vaughn Log Drums
Set of LP Brazilian Samba Drums
Large selection of accessory percussion, cymbals and gongs

Audition Information

Moraine Valley Chamber Singers and Moraine Valley Chorale

Director will approve all new members for the Chorale and Chamber Singers. Persons interested in joining this group should plan on attending the first rehearsal of the group they are interested in joining and/or contact the director for more information.

Moraine Valley Concert Band

Each semester, all new and returning concert band members are asked to perform a brief audition to determine a balanced seating and part placement for the ensemble. For the fall 2019 semester, these auditions will be held during the second week of the semester on Thursday, Aug. 29 (or as necessary following subsequent Thursday rehearsals). The audition requirements for each instrumentalist are posted below. Continuing noncredit members who are uncomfortable with the audition may opt out and be placed on a part at the discretion of the music director. New noncredit members and all academic credit seeking students must audition for seating.

Fall 2019 Concert Band Audition Music

Winds

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for concert band (provided at audition)
  • Prepared etude (study piece) from the concert band audition packet.

Percussion

  • Sight reading of a short snare drum and/or mallet excerpt from a published work for concert band (provided at audition)
  • A prepared etude on snare drum and mallets from the concert band audition packet.

Moraine Valley Jazz Combo

There is no formal audition process for the Jazz Combo. The director will give approval for all new members. Interested persons should plan to attend the first rehearsal or contact the director for more information.

Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Summer 2019

Please note that the band will hold a full, first rehearsal to begin the summer session on Tuesday, June 10. Please bring your instrument and be prepared to play.

Formal auditions will be held in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room F127 on Tuesday, June 10, 2019 following the first rehearsal. Due to add/drop deadlines, all students who are newly enrolled in the course for either academic credit or noncredit MUST audition at the conclusion of the first rehearsal. Members continuing from the spring semester will not need to re-audition for summer. A downloadable Summer/Fall Audition Packet and general audition requirements for each instrumentalist are listed below.

Fall 2019 Auditions

Please note that the band will hold a full, first rehearsal to begin the fall session on Tuesday, August 20. Please bring your instrument and be prepared to play.

For the fall semester, auditions will be held in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, Room F127 on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 following the first, full rehearsal. Due to add/drop deadlines, all students who are newly enrolled in the course for academic credit MUST audition at the conclusion of the first rehearsal. New, noncredit (community) members may choose to audition either Tuesday, August 20, or at the conclusion of rehearsal the following week, Tuesday, August 27. For the fall 2019 session, both old and new members must perform an audition for placement with the group. A downloadable Summer/Fall Audition Packet and general audition requirements for each instrumentalist are listed below:

Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for jazz big band
  • Prepared jazz etude, see jazz ensemble audition packet
  • Optional “extra credit” – improvise two to three choruses over Bb or F blues

Guitar

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for jazz big band
  • Prepared jazz etude, see jazz ensemble audition packet
  • Comp chords “Freddie Green Style” the first time, play the melody the second time
  • Optional “extra-credit” – improvise two to three choruses over Bb or F blues

Piano

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for jazz big band
  • Prepared jazz etude, see jazz ensemble audition packet
  • Comp chords only the first time, play the melody the second time
  • Optional “extra-credit” – improvise two to three choruses over Bb or F blues

Bass

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for jazz big band
  • Prepared jazz etude, see jazz ensemble audition packet
  • Construct a walking bass line from the chord changes the first time, play the melody the second time
  • Optional “extra-credit” – improvise two to three choruses over Bb or F blues

Drums

  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work for jazz big band
  • Styles demonstration to include:•Medium swing, trading-fours (~120 bpm)
  • Up-tempo swing, trading-fours (~240 bpm)
  • Ballad with brushes (~75 bpm)
  • Demonstrate a Rock or funk groove trading-fours (~95 bpm)
  • Demonstrate a bossa nova groove (~80 bpm)
  • Demonstrate a Latin groove (i.e. samba, songo, mambo) tempo to be at drummer’s discretion

Moraine Valley Flute Choir

There is no audition required for this ensemble. Interested members should have high school or above reading skills. Persons interested in joining this ensemble should contact the director for more information.

Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble

There is no formal audition process for the Percussion Ensemble, however the director will evaluate the individual music skills and potential for success of each new member on a case-by-case basis. Interested members should possess intermediate to advanced music reading skills and have a strong desire to learn. A percussion-specific background is not required. Many current and former members have been pianists, wind players, etc. Please contact the director for more information.

Moraine Valley Community Orchestra

There is no formal audition process for the Moraine Valley Community Orchestra, however the director will evaluate the individual music skills and potential for success of each new member. Interested persons should possess intermediate to advanced music reading skills. Please contact the director for more information.

If a prospective member would need to or like to audition please prepare:​

  • Two contrasting excerpts to be performed after first or second rehearsal if needed for seating auditions
  • Sight reading of a short excerpt from a published work (provided at audition)