MUS 116 AURAL SKILLS II (LMU 0542): Ear training is critical to any musician’s development. Since your ear needs to practice constantly, just like your hands, this class is designed to help you develop and hone skills in melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation and sight singing in minor keys. The pre-requisite course, Aural Skills I, focuses on skills for music in major keys. Activities include singing scales, intervals, and arpeggios; transcribing songs, chords, melodies, and rhythms. Each student will have the opportunity to utilize the training software programs available on each of their workstations, so expect progress to be slow, but steady!
VOCAL AUDITION TECHNIQUES, SKILLS, AND PREPARATION WORKSHOP (LMU 0396): College audition committees want to hear you do your best. This workshop will help you practice and improve the skills necessary for excelling in an audition or a performance: projection, stage presence, interpretation, and diction as well as overcoming performance anxiety and seeing an audition from the adjudicator’s perspective. You will prepare two songs, either in the Art Song or Musical Theatre category. In Art Song, one selection must be in Italian, German or French and one will be in English. For Musical Theatre, students pre-pare two songs: one up-tempo and one ballad in contrasting styles. Students must provide an original copy of the sheet music—photo-copied music is prohibited. Songs must be sung in their original keys. Singers work with a piano accompanist. Students perform their prepared songs in a master class setting and will receive a completed adjudication form on their performance. Open to Ages 16 - 18.
CONCERT CHOIR (LMU 0215): This mixed group performs a wide-ranging classical repertoire, from plainchant through
to the twentieth century. The choir appears in concert in the Performing Arts Center
once each semester, and the group some-times tours. Besides performances at Carnegie
Hall and on radio and television at home and abroad, the group has sung with the Elgin
Symphony, the Chicago String Ensemble, the Harper Symphony Orchestra and the International
Festival of Choirs in Sienna and Florence, Italy. The group has also performed in
Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Scotland and
Wales. Harper’s Concert Choir appeared in the culminating concert of the 2008 Summer
Olympics Fine Arts Festival in Beijing and Shanghai, China prior to the 2008 Olympic
Games. The choir and its members regularly participate in American Choral Directors
Association festivals, honor/demonstration choirs, and clinics at the state, division
and national levels.
Concert choir is open to Harper students as well as members of the community. Applicants may audition with a prepared piece of their choosing. Memorization is not necessary. To schedule an audition appointment, contact Tom Stauch at 847-925-6566 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also offered for credit MUS130-C01
HARPER FESTIVAL CHORUS (LMU 0900): The Festival Chorus is a community choral ensemble open to anyone with a love of sing-ing. There are no auditions required. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from mid-August through the first week in May with a break for the holiday season. The Festival Chorus performs a diverse repertoire ranging from the classics to Broadway standards and is accompanied by a professional orchestra. Concerts at Harper College are performed on the first Sunday in December and the first Sunday in May. Outreach concerts are scheduled at various times during the year in the northwest suburbs. There is a $115 registration fee to join the chorus with an additional charge for music, which varies by semester. The required dress is a tuxedo for the men and a long black dress with jacket and pearls for the women. The cost of the women’s ensemble is $115. A full tuxedo is $125. We will order the apparel for you. For additional information, please contact Mary Ann Bugiel at bugiel@comcast. net or Marcy Heston at email@example.com. Call 847-925-6300 for details.
LUNCHTIME CHOIR (LMU 0396): Has learning to sing always been on your bucket list? Want to learn a fun new hobby over your lunch hour? Come join voice instructor Sara Torbeck to learn the fundamentals of a healthy singing technique. We will explore topics such as breath control, intonation, music notation, accessing your full range, and stylistic expression. Experience the joy of singing in a small group setting and learn to perform with confidence. All are welcome; no experience necessary! The group will perform Holiday repertoire towards the end of the semester.
ENSEMBLES WITH VOCALISTS
HARPER’S BACK PORCH REVUE (LMU 0305): Join the ensemble that explores the music of the American South during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: early blues and country music, old time, folk, spirituals and more. Looking for string instruments of all sorts: guitars, banjos, fiddles, ukuleles bass, etc., and hand drummers and singers. Players should be able to play in the keys of A, C, D, E, G, at a minimum. Reading music and improvising solos are pluses, but not required. Auditions are held during the first meeting. Free Membership. Members agree to perform at least twice per semester. For information contact Scott Cashman, firstname.lastname@example.org. FREE!
JAZZ LAB BAND 1 (LMU 0146): The Jazz Lab Band is a small jazz combo that performs a standard, professional jazz repertoire. Students practice improvisation and work on small group performance techniques. Each semester, the band produces a recording in a professional studio and performs a live concert in the Harper Performing Arts Center. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels. No audition is required, but please obtain the consent of the Instructor, Ken Spurr, prior to registering. Call 847.925.6568.
R&B ENSEMBLE (LMU 0306): Each semester the R&B Ensemble focuses on the works of a different classic soul singer, writer, or label. Charts are provided for full band: singers, guitarists, horn and keyboard players, bassists, and drummers. Students can submit their own choices for songs to be learned and will gain experience in performing both old and current R&B standards. The emphasis is on style, melodic and harmonic textures, and rhythmic accuracy. Instrumentation: Bass, Drum Kit, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Voice, Percussion.
THE AMERICANA ENSEMBLE (LMU 0539): Put your basic skills to work in playing songs because this is the most effective method for learning how to play an instrument. This ensemble will help you apply your skills and learn new strums and licks with each song you try. Improve while singing, playing, and honing your musicianship and performance skills. The ensemble will draw from the traditions of folk, country, blues, brass band pieces reaching back as far as the Civil War, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll songs. Players should be able to play in the keys of A, C, D, E, G, at a minimum. Reading music and improvising solos are pluses, but not required. Open to all levels and older teens are welcome. Instruments: voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, piano, fiddle, ukulele, guitar, banjo, autoharp, dulcimer, bass, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, washboard, percussion, and drum kit.
WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE (LMU 0336): The World Music Ensemble combines Western and non-Western instruments to create unique interpretations of melodies through performing, composing, re-arranging, and improvisation. The Ensemble is open to all members of the community with musical experience. Any instrument is welcome. Being able to read music is a plus but not required. An audition is required, usually held during the first meeting each semester. Membership is free. Each member must agree to perform at least twice per semester. For information and audition music, contact Issa Boulos at email@example.com or call 847.925.6659. FREE!
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.