IUP Community Music School Ensembles

  • The IUP Community Music School ensembles offer students of all ages the opportunity to make music together under the direction of a highly qualified director. All three ensembles will perform a minimum of once during the semester, with most performing more than once.

    Crimson Youth Choir

    About:

    The Crimson Youth Choir (CYC) encompass the choral singing opportunities for primary and secondary students within the IUP Community Music School.

    It is divided into two groups—the Crimson Children's Choir (CCC) and Voce—with the CCC generally for younger and less experienced singers, and Voce being a select audition-only ensemble comprised of middle and high school students.

    Both ensembles function and learn music separately, but also combine to perform as one larger choir.

    Through the semesters repertoire, CCC members work on proper singing, breathing, reading music, matching pitch, diction, etc. Voce does the same, but rehearses an extra 30 minutes to work on select repertoire. Voce members may also have the opportunity for workshop participation (dates TBD) where they can arrange their own a capella songs and work on ensemble techniques.

    Depending on enrollment, there is also the opportunity for Voce to work with a guest clinician.

    Eligibility:

    • Crimson Children’s Choir: Students, generally ages 6–13, who want to learn to read music, match pitch, and learn the basic fundamentals of singing.
    • Voce: Students, generally middle and high school, who can more advanced in singing, reading music, and are ready for more challenging vocal repertoire of at least three parts.

    Rehearsals:

    Fridays during the Fall semester from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m., excluding Thanksgiving break.
    Fridays during the Spring semester from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., excluding Spring break.

    *Cost:

    *NEW LOW RATE!  Reduced from $75 tuition plus $25 registration fee per semester, it is now only $25 tuition per semester plus the $25 Registration Fee (total of just $50 for the semester!). For additional funding assistance, see our Scholarships Page.

    Auditions:

    Auditions are for placement in the most appropriate ensemble; all auditioning students will be placed in an ensemble.

    Indiana Concert Band

    About:

    The Indiana Concert Band is comprised of community members of all ages, ranging from high school to retirees, as well as a variety of IUP students. It provides a rich and engaging experience for both collegiate players and community members. Parts are rotated throughout the semester to give all players a variety of opportunities for section and solo playing.

    Eligibility:

    Wind, brass, and percussion players, age 15 (ninth grade for the upcoming academic year) and older.

    Rehearsals:

    Tuesdays during the semester from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., excluding IUP semester breaks.

    Cost:

    $25 per semester plus $25 registration fee; high school and college-age students pay only the registration fee (see our Scholarships Page for funding assistance—high school students only).

    Auditions:

    For the fall semester, all college-level players, community members, and high school players must audition.

    For the spring semester, only college-level players and those community and high school members new to the ensemble need to audition. Community members and high school players who played in the fall semester do not need to re-audition. For more information on auditioning, including what to bring prepared, times, and locations, please see the ICB page.

    Indiana Community Choir

    About:

    The Indiana Community Choir provides individuals in the greater Indiana region the opportunity to sing and perform great choral literature not typically accessible to choirs in a rural region. It is also the opportunity to learn choral and singing technique from a master singer, conductor, and music teacher with a 20-year background in vocal pedagogy, choral and solo song literature, and experience in popular styles and musical theater.

    NOTE:  We are excited to have the choral instructor at Indiana Senior High School, Scott Salser, leading the Indiana Community Choir for the Fall 2018 semester while the regular artistic director, Jon Erik Schreiber, takes a one-semester sabbatical.

    Eligibility:

    Singers who match pitch; music reading ability desirable; age 15 (ninth grade for the upcoming academic year) and older.

    Rehearsals:

    Mondays during the semester from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The director will announce at the beginning of the semester whether there will be a rehearsal during that semester’s break.

    Cost:

    $50 per semester, plus $25 registration fee; high school and college-age students pay only the registration fee (see our Scholarships Page for funding assistance—high school students only).

    Auditions:

    For the fall semester, all singers must audition.

    For the spring semester, only those new to the choir must audition. There is no requirement to bring prepared material. For more information on auditioning, including scheduling a time, please see the ICC page of the IUPCMS website.

    Additional information on the choir may also be found on the external ICC website