Academics

Vocal Ensembles

 
 
CONCERT CHOIR
Open to musicians of all levels, the Illinois College Concert Choir performs a wide range of choral styles. A focus on musical expression and unity make this ensemble a favorite around the community and state. The Choir’s annual tour takes them to locations both near and far. If you’re looking for a place to belong, make new friends, and challenge yourself to be more, the IC Concert Choir is the place for you. No audition required, just register for MU106 for one credit, and come to the first rehearsal - 2:40-3:50 p.m., MWF.
 
 
WOMEN'S CHORALE
By audition only, this advanced group of women performs music of all eras, from Pre-Renaissance to Pitch Perfect! Are you looking for a musical challenge in an environment of true friendship and fierce loyalty? Then the Chorale is for you. Join in and learn what excellence and passion really means! Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. Auditions are held in the first week of each semester - check the choir board in McGaw music hallway for audition materials and sign-up.
 
 
CHAMBER SINGERS
By audition only, the Chamber Singers are IC's elite group of highly skilled and talented singers with a focus on vocal excellence. The Chamber Singers perform widely for campus and community events, and are sought after for performances near and far. If you've got what it takes, we invite you to be a part of team and join in. Rehearsals are Mondays at 11 a.m. and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Auditions are held in the first week of each semester - check the choir board in McGaw music hallway for audition materials and sign-up.
 
 
BLUE TIE AFFAIR
Illinois College's premier men's ensemble invites you! Blue Tie Affair performs various popular and classical styles for campus and sporting events, community groups and other concerts. This is a volunteer group, so no class credit is given. There is no audition, but members are expected to work on their music outside of the once-a-week rehearsal time. Contact choirs@mail.ic.edu for rehearsal times and more information. 
 
 
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY CHORALE
Community members and IC students make up this large ensemble, which performs twice a year with the Jacksonville Symphony. Members have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of major works for orchestra and choir. Past repertoire includes Bernstein's Chicester Psalms, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Fauré's Requiem, various Bach cantatas and much more. Rehearsals are once a week on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. Students should have basic music reading ability and must have instructor's permission to join. College credit is available. Contact choirs@mail.ic.edu for rehearsal times and more information. 
 


Instrumental Ensembles

 
 
WIND ENSEMBLE
Open to all instrumentalists regardless of major, the Illinois College Wind Ensemble is dedicated to ensemble unit while recognizing and nourishing the individual musician. Frequent tours and local performances highlight the year and members are also invited to perform with the Pep Band at home football and basketball games. no audition is required, but members must demonstrate proficiency on their instrument. Rehearsals are MWTh, 5:30 - 6:20 p.m. Register for MU105 for one credit. 
 
 
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
The Jazz Ensemble features many of our most talented musicians. The group specializes in diverse contemporary styles, such as jazz, swing, blues, rock and Latin music. Members also develop improvisational skills and the group often breaks into smaller combos with flexible instrumentation. The addition of vocalists and guest soloists creates unique performance opportunities. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 8 to 10 a.m., with additional sectional rehearsals throughout the week. Audition or instructor permission required. Contact christian.secrist@mail.ic.edu for more information. 
 
 
PEP BAND
The Pep Band is open to all instrumentalists and performs at home football and basketball games, occasionally traveling with the team. Most Pep Band members are also members of the Illinois College Wind Ensemble. The Pep Band is a volunteer organization, so no college credit is given. Volunteers are welcome to help us and cheer on our Blueboys and Lady Blues to victory! Contact christian.secrist@mail.ic.edu for more information. 
 
 
JACKSONVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
String players (and other instrumentalists by audition) may receive Illinois College credit for joining the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, a long-standing and acclaimed Jacksonville institution. The JSO performs six concerts per season, and often combines with the Symphonic Chorale, a community chorus open to  Jacksonville-area residents. Rehearsals are Thursday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. Those interested in membership should contact conductor Dr. Garrett Allman for opens at gnallman@mail.ic.edu.
 
 
SMALL ENSEMBLES and COMBOS
Other small ensembles offer unique opportunities for True Blue Musicians. Currently, options include Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Quartet, Flute Choir, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Woodwind Trio. Players of all ability levels are welcome. Groups general meet once a week for rehearsals and all offer college credit. To find out more, contact christian.secrist@mail.ic.edu


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