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Lessons and Other Ensembles

The University of Mount Union offers a wide selection of chamber music groups to its students.

Chamber Ensembles

  1. Flute Studio

    Dr. Janet Becker is the flute instructor and flute choir director at Mount Union. She joined the faculty in Fall 2015, and previously taught at The University of Akron and Malone University. Becker teaches a large class at her home studio, The Greenwich Rd. Flute Studio in Norton Ohio and has been actively performing in area orchestras and as a chamber musician for forty years. She studied at Northwestern University, The University of Akron and the Cleveland Institute of Music.


    Private Lessons

    Do you play the flute? Are you interested in continuing to play either as a music major or just for your own pleasure and enjoyment? You will find a supportive and encouraging environment here at Mount Union. Lessons of 30 or 60 minutes weekly are available for all and all are encouraged to perform on the weekly student showcases. Music majors plan and perform recitals in their junior or senior year. Some choose to share programs, while others research and develop programs on a specific topic as a Senior Independent study.


    Flute Choir

    The Flute Choir at Mount Union performs an on-campus recital each semester, and has been invited to participate in Flute Festivals at The University of Akron, Youngstown State and The Ohio State University. The school has piccolos, two alto flutes, two bass flutes and a contra-bass flute that can be used by the flute choir, and all members are encouraged to try out these instruments and gain skills on the full range of instruments.


    Stark County Honors Flute Choir

    We are happy to announce that Mount Union is once again sponsoring the Stark County Honors Flute Choir. This select group, first organized in 1992, was created to provide talented high school flutists with the opportunity to rehearse and perform regularly with others of the same caliber. It has given these outstanding musicians a vehicle for playing interesting and challenging music in a variety of musical settings.

    Between 1992 and 2014 the Stark County Honors Flute choir presented concerts for churches, music study groups, retirement homes, civic organizations and public schools. The group was invited to participate and perform at the Central Ohio Flute Festival at Ohio State, the Northeast Ohio Flute Festival at The University of Akron, and the Youngstown State University Flute Festival. They had the opportunity to attend masterclasses and performances by prominent flutists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, Carol Wincenc, Jim Walker, Bonita Boyd, and Walfrid Kujala. In 2017 the group reformed under the direction of Dr. Janet Becker.

    The Stark County Honors Flute Choir will rehearse every Thursday at Cope Music Hall on the campus of Mount Union beginning on February 13, 2020 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Our final concert will be at Mount Union in the Presser Recital Hall, on May 8, 2020, where each student’s school, band director, and private instructor will be recognized.


    Christmas Festival of Flutes

     All flute players are invited to this free, participatory celebration. There will be music for all ages and all levels. Some music will be geared to the beginners, and other pieces will be more challenging. Everyone will have fun and all will participate. Band directors are invited to bring their flute sections, and pre-formed groups from schools, churches and the community are invited to come and share your favorite Christmas selection (5-8 minutes in length). These groups will open our concert at the end of the day. The Christmas Festival of Flutes will take place on Sunday November 24, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  2. Clarinet Ensemble

    Clarinet ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play the clarinet. The number of players can range from a trio to a choir.  Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  3. Saxophone Ensemble

    Saxophone ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play the saxophone. The number of players can range from a trio to a choir with various combinations of alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  4. Woodwind Ensemble

    Woodwind ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play the flute, oboe, clarinet, horn or bassoon. Possible instrumentation of the group includes a trio (flute, oboe, clarinet; flute, oboe, bassoon; oboe, clarinet, bassoon; flute, clarinet, bassoon), quartet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon) or quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon). A bass clarinet can be substituted for the bassoon, if necessary. Other combinations are also possible. Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  5. Trumpet Ensemble

    Trumpet ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play the trumpet. The number of players can range from a duo to a choir.  Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music with or without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  6. Trombone/Low Brass Ensemble

    Open to any UMU student, the UMU Trombone and Low Brass Ensemble rehearses once a week and performs original works for trombone quartet, arrangements of famous literature, jazz and Christmas carols at least once a semester in performances at the School of Music and elsewhere around campus.

  7. Brass Ensemble

    Brass ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play a brass instrument. The number of players can range from a duo to a choir.  Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music with or without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  8. Guitar Ensemble

    Guitar ensemble is open to any students, regardless of major, who play the guitar or bass guitar. The number of players can range from a duo to a choir.  Students will learn the skills necessary to perform chamber music with or without a conductor as they prepare for performances. Literature will be selected from the OMEA Adjudicated Event list as well as other music selected by the instructor. Specific pieces will be determined by the experience and playing skills of the enrolled students.

  9. Percussion Ensemble

    The UMU Percussion ensemble is open to all percussionists, regardless of major. This group provides an opportunity to explore the vast world of percussion in a chamber music setting. Performing a concert each semester, the ensemble explores music from traditional sounds, to the avant garde, to exciting world music styles like Brazilian batucada or Ghanaian Kpanlogo. Contact Jeff Neitzke, Director of Bands, for more information.