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    Conservatory Ensembles

  • Today Capital. Tomorrow The Met.


    Stage lights, curtain calls and enthusiastic applause. If you're a music student, that's what dreams are made of. At Capital’s Conservatory of Music, we promise you will have numerous opportunities to showcase and evolve your talents in a wide variety of ensembles, regardless of your music major. In fact, we have ensembles of all shapes and sizes. Some perform on campus while others appear in Columbus, around the state, throughout the country and even in around the world. So take a bow. There's an ensemble experience waiting for you at the Conservatory


    Chapel ChoirChapel Choir: Under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, the prestigious Chapel Choir is considered the Conservatory's top choral ensemble and is well known for performing a wide range of sacred and secular choral literature. More than a choir, this musical messenger of joy, hope and positive social change travels at home and abroad, appearing at numerous state, regional, national and international conventions and conferences, including the World Choir Games Competition where in 2012 they won gold medals in the Mixed Choir and Musica Sacra competitions.

    In 2014, the Chapel Choir presented a concert tour in the Mid-Atlantic states as well as an international tour to Ireland. Other destinations include Oman, Europe, South Africa and more. Known for its musical precision and community-building wherever it goes, Chapel Choir’s performances leave people changed and make them forever fans. 

    Watch the Chapel Choir Perform


    Symphonic WindsSymphonic Winds: Directed by Dr. Jeffrey D. Gershman, Capital’s premier wind band, the Symphonic Winds ensemble, performs six on-campus concerts each year and tours around the country. Recent concerts were performed at a College Band Directors National Association Regional Conference, the Ohio Music Educators Association State Convention and a weeklong tour of Taiwan.

    The ensemble’s repertoire draws from the cornerstones of the wind literature, the finest contemporary works, and the rich and varied compositions for chamber winds.

    The ensemble attracts with nationally recognized guest soloists, composers and conductors. Symphonic Winds even has its very own recording, Heroes and Legends, which features the Boston Brass, and is available through Summit Records. 


    Big BandBig Band: Dr. Lou Fischer directs this 18-piece, award-winning jazz ensemble, which performs both standard/traditional and contemporary repertoire. If you want the real deal, this is it. 

    “In 2012, 2013 and 2016, the Big Band, along with other Conservatory jazz ensembles, performed at the Jazz Education Network Annual Conference in Louisville, Atlanta and Louisville respectively. And in 2006, the ensemble performed to standing ovations at jazz festivals in Switzerland, France and Italy. But that's only the beginning. From intercollegiate jazz festivals to European travels to our very own annual Jazz & World Music Festival, this is an opportunity to perform with your peers — and some of the world's greatest jazz soloists.


    Midi BandMIDI Band: One of the first university bands of its kind in the world, the MIDI Band uses electronic instruments, synthesizers and computers to create an endless variety of sounds, notes and rhythms. This technology makes it possible to play every instrument on the planet — and a few that haven't been invented yet. 

    Chad Loughrige directs the MIDI Band, which thrives on improvisation and shows off what it can do at educational institutions, music conferences and special Capital events like the Jazz & World Music Festival, NOW Music Festival and Conservatory Prism Concerts.


    CURERock Ensemble: Known as the Capital University Rock Ensemble, or C.U.R.E., Dr. Mark Lochstampfor created the group in 2006 to perform a blend of rock, jazz, country and pop music. With multiple singers and a full horn section, C.U.R.E. keeps the beat at several indoor and outdoor performances with its renditions of classic and contemporary rock hits.


    Cap OrchestraCapital Orchestra: Grammy Winner William Boggs directs the Capital Orchestra, which includes Capital's best student instrumentalists and accomplished community and professional musicians from around Columbus. The orchestra also frequently features guest soloists of national prominence.

     

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    • Vocal Ensembles
      Capital University has several performing groups to offer our students who love to sing. Ensemble membership is open to all Capital students by audition, regardless of major. In fact, choir members represent nearly every major offered at Capital! Participation in a performing ensemble for three semesters satisfies the university’s General Education Fine Arts requirement. Why not do you something you love, and fulfill a course requirement at the same time?
      • Chapel Choir 
      • Chordsmen 
      • Women's Chorus 
      • Choral Union 
      • Opera/Musical Theatre Workshop 
      • Philomel Vocal Chamber Ensemble
    • Jazz Ensembles
      • Big Band 
      • Fusion Band
      • Small Jazz Ensemble
      • Jazz Guitar Ensemble
      • Jazz Percussion Ensemble
      • Jazz Consort
      • Vanguard
      • Savoy
      • Guitar Workshop
      • Jazz Guitar Ensemble
      • Birdland Ensemble
    • Instrumental Major Ensembles
      • The Capital Orchestra
      • Symphonic Winds 
      • Wind Symphony
      • Chamber Percussion Ensemble
    • Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
      • Chamber Winds 
      • Flute Trio
      • Clarinet Quartet
      • Bassoon Quartet
      • Woodwind Quintets
      • Saxophone Quartets
      • Brass Quintets
      • Trombone Quartet
      • Concert Percussion Ensemble
      • Ethnic Percussion Ensemble
      • Classical Guitar Ensemble
      • World Lab Ensemble
      • String Ensemble
      • Oboe Ensemble 
    • Instrumental Choirs
      • Flute Choir
      • Clarinet Choir
      • Bassoon Monsoon
      • Brass Choir
      • Horn Choir
      • The Capital Trumpets
      • Trombone Choir
      • Low Brass Ensemble - "Capital Thunder"
      • Capital Double Reed Ensemble
    • Piano Ensembles
      • Piano Ensemble
      • Collaborative Performance
    • Electronic Ensembles
      MIDI Band

      There are 20 student ensembles in Capital's Conservatory of Music. But only one lets you go from Palestrina to Pink Floyd without missing a beat.

      It's the Capital University MIDI Band. And it's an amazing way to flex your musical muscle, compose pieces that get performed across the country, and learn the high-tech art of live electronic music performance and mixing.

      Capital's MIDI Band was one of the first university bands of its kind in the world. Read more about MIDI Band history.
    • Rock Ensemble
      Known as the Capital University Rock Ensemble, or C.U.R.E., Dr. Mark Lochstampfor created the group in 2006 to perform a blend of rock, jazz, country and pop music. With multiple singers and a full horn section, C.U.R.E. keeps the beat at several indoor and outdoor performances with its renditions of classic and contemporary rock hits.
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  • Capital University's internationally-renowned Chapel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lynda Hasseler, is accustomed to globe-trotting and showcasing its talent, performing on stages ranging from Carnegie Hall to prestigious music halls throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa.