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.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Update

The Indiana Concert Band and Crimson Youth Choir WILL be offered for the fall 2021 semester!  The Indiana Community Choir is still in a "hold" status as we work to firm up a new artistic director. Although the COVID-19 situation is ever-changing, current guidelines will allow for the ensembles to meet.

The following applies during the fall 2021 semester, following the university guidelines for returning to campus and the Music Department Guidelines.

Please understand that these guidelines can change at any time in response to new information from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health. If there are changes, you will be notified by your the director and the website will also be updated.

  • NEW as of 8:00 a.m. on August 17, 2021:  IUP will require face coverings/masks to be worn indoors in public spaces at all campuses and centers. This is required of all people, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
  • Masking is not required outdoors.
  • Social distancing is not required.
  • No proof of vaccination will be required of students, employees or visitors.
  • During a rehearsal, it is recommended that brass players use a puppy pee pad when emptying their instrument of condensation (available very inexpensively at Ollie’s).

For additional information from the IUP Community Music School, please see the IUPCMS home page, and for more information from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, please see their comprehensive Coronavirus Information page.

Crimson Youth Choir

The Crimson Youth Choir WILL be offered for the fall 2021 semester! 

About

The Crimson Youth Choir 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

Monday's during fall/spring semesters from 5:00-7:00 p.m. excluding Thanksgiving and spring breaks.

  • NOTE:  This is a NEW day and time.  Rehearsals will NOT be on Fridays this fall, but on Mondays.

Cost

The new and reduced rate established in 2018-19: $25 tuition plus the $25 registration fee ($50 per semester)remains in effect for 2020-21. For additional funding assistance, see our Scholarships Page.

  • NOTE: There is a minimum number of paid registrations necessary for the ensemble to be held. Bring a friend!

Auditions

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

Indiana Concert Band

The Indiana Concert Band WILL be offered for the fall 2021 semester! 

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. Some scholarships are available (see our Scholarships Page for funding assistance—high school students only).

  • NOTE: There is a minimum number of paid registrations necessary for the ensemble to be held. Bring a friend!

Auditions

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

For the spring semester, only individuals who will be new to the ensemble need to audition. For more information on auditioning, including what to bring prepared, times, and locations, please see the ICB page.

Indiana Community Choir

This ensemble is still in the process of firming up a new artistic director. This may happen in time for the fall semester, or the group might wait until the Spring to start up again. As soon as we know, this will be announced.

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.

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.

Percussion Ensemble

Tentative for the fall, dependent upon Indiana Concert Band registrations. 

About

The Percussion Ensemble is the combined opportunity for percussion students of all ages to both play in the Indiana Concert Band as a section under the direction of Jason Worzbyt, and as a percussion ensemble under the direction of the current primary graduate percussion student. In the band, they have the opportunity to play a variety of pieces and styles. In the percussion ensemble, and depending on enrollment, they will also play various pieces and styles written specifically for percussion ensemble by various composers. The Percussion Ensemble will perform as a separate ensemble on the end-of-semester concert.

Eligibility

High-school-age percussionists (age 15 or ninth grade for the upcoming academic year) and up through adults with an interest in percussion and with some music-reading ability.

Rehearsals

Tuesdays during the semester from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. One hour is spent in band rehearsal with Dr. Worzbyt and one hour in the percussion ensemble with the graduate student director. It will be announced at the beginning of the semester by the directors whether there will be a rehearsal during the semester breaks.

Cost

The Percussion Ensemble is offered at no cost. However, each high-school age participant must have the recommendation of his/her band directors. Recommendations must be emailed to the IUPCMS director, Jeff Wacker, at jwacker@iup.edu.

Auditions

There is no audition for the Percussion Ensemble, but again, high-school age players must have their band directors recommendation. Adults of all ages may also play in the ensemble; contact the IUPCMS director, Jeff Wacker, at jwacker@iup.edu for more details.