Music Performance Groups
Music majors and non-music majors alike can reap the benefits of participating in one of the many music performance groups available to Mount Union students.
The Mount Union Alliance Chorale includes a combination of University of Mount Union students and community members. They have been performing together since 1982 and present two concerts each year.
Under the direction of Dr. Grant William Cook III, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, Cantus Femina remains a vital component of the University’s comprehensive choral music program. Open to all female students on campus, this choral ensemble comprises singers from a wide variety of academic disciplines and is committed to the rehearsal and performance of a diverse and challenging repertoire. Cantus Femina rehearses three times each week and performs each semester of the academic year, including performances at the annual University of Mount Union Christmas Festival.
Cantus Femina was developed in the spring of 1996 at the express request of students interested in singing this single-gender material in an informal setting. In response to a significant increase in the number of women interested in singing at Mount Union, the Cantus Femina became a formal offering of the Department of Music in the Fall 1996 semester. The ensemble studies choral literature written exclusively for women and spends a significant amount of time developing the fundamental singing skills and musicianship of each member.
The University of Mount Union Flute Choir features both music majors and non-majors that rehearse weekly during fall and spring semesters.
The ensemble performs regularly in recital at Mount Union, as well as in area schools, clubs, retirement homes and churches. They are regular performers at the Central Ohio, Greater Cleveland, Dana and Northeast Ohio Flute Festivals.
The Mount Union Flute Choir uses traditional C flute, as well as piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. Additional instruments such as harp, harpsichord, cello, piano, bass clarinet, percussion and electric or acoustic bass participate with the flute choir on a regular basis. They are directed by University of Mount Union Flute Instructor Robin Tryon.
Mount Union Flute Choir and Stark County Honors Flute Choir
The University of Mount Union Flute Choir features both music majors and non-majors that rehearse weekly during fall and spring semesters. The Stark County Honors Flute Choir begins rehearsals at the University of Mount Union during the second semester of the school year. Admission into this select high school group is through recommendation from high school band directors and private flute instructors. The Mount Union and Stark County flute choirs occasionally combine to found one larger flute choir. Both groups perform regularly in recital at Mount Union, as well as in area schools, clubs, retirement homes and churches. In addition, they are regular performers at the Central Ohio, Greater Cleveland, Dana and Northeast Ohio Flute Festivals.
The flute choirs use the traditional C flute, as well as piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. Additional instruments such as harp, harpsichord, cello, piano, bass clarinet, percussion and electric or acoustic bass participate with the flute choir on a regular basis. They are directed by University of Mount Union Flute Instructor Robin Tryon.
The Guitar Ensemble is directed by Adam Sarata, lecturer of guitar at the University of Mount Union. Formed in 2010, the group is open to all students. The group performs in a variety of styles such as jazz, pop and classical. The group also performs arrangements and original compositions by Sarata, many of which were premiered in Presser Hall. The Guitar Ensemble rehearses twice a week and often performs with other student ensembles such as horn choir and percussion ensemble.
Under the direction of Jeff Neitzke, the Jazz Band explores all styles in the jazz idiom. Students perform traditional swing, big band, funk and rock, as well as more modern jazz sounds and various Latin jazz styles. The ensemble adapts each semester to the types of instruments in the group, so there is always something new to hear.
Piano Keys is a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire. Held every semester on our campus, Piano Keys offers an ever-changing variety of piano music performed by the students of Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music at the University of Mount Union.
Preparatory Division Musicale
Students participating in the Preparatory Division Musicale are from the Mount Union community and surrounding areas and are enrolled in the Preparatory Division program.
Private instrumental and vocal lessons are available for non-university students of all ages and abilities through the University of Mount Union Preparatory Division. Lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, clarinet, trombone, percussion, violin, cello, flute, trumpet and saxophone. Appointments for lessons are scheduled at the Office of the Department of Music, which can be reached by calling (330) 823-2180.
Founded in 1998 and conducted by Dr. Elaine Anderson, professor of music at Mount Union, the Repertory Strings is a small chamber orchestra made up of Mount Union students, string faculty, advanced high school players and invited community members.
Student Woodwind Quintet
The woodwind quintet is open to all students on campus who play the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn or bassoon. The chamber ensemble explores and performs various styles of woodwind quintet literature each semester. The group meets as a class once a week with the instructor and carries out independent rehearsals to further develop their chamber music skills of playing without a conductor.
Director Jeff Neitzke brings his eclectic percussion background to the Percussion Ensemble, which translates to a wide range of musical sounds. Anything from traditional drums and keyboard instruments to stuff you can find in a junkyard can be found on stage (and sometimes around and within the audience). Whether you like groovy rhythms, catchy melodies, or the sound of nuts and bolts rattling around a garbage can, there is something there for everyone, and you might just discover something new!
View the full calendar of Visual and Performing Arts events to see what exhibits, recitals, concerts and performances are scheduled for the year.