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Attention Music Lovers: Ensembles Starting in August for all Genres and Skill Levels


Play, Perform, Have Fun!

Whatever your instrument, a world of genres, styles and skill levels are available for you at Harper CE this fall! Whether you’re looking for a traditional ensemble or chorus, or want to try something completely new, join one of our upcoming programs. 


NEW! LUNCHTIME CHOIR: Has learning to sing always been on your bucket list? Want to learn a fun new hobby over your lunch hour? Learn the fundamentals of a healthy singing technique and explore topics such as breath control, intonation, music notation, accessing your full range, and stylistic expression. Experience the joy of singing in a small group setting and learn to perform with confidence. No experience necessary! The group will perform Holiday repertoire towards the end of the semester. LMU 0396, 9/6-12/13, Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m., TUITION: $159

NEW! DJEMBE ENSEMBLE: Develop djembe technique and hand coordination. Add more rhythms to your repertoire in an ensemble setting. Whether you’ve always wanted to drum, or are an experienced player who wants to continue to enjoy learning, there’s a place in our class for you. There are dozens of rhythms to learn at every skill level and rhythms change from session to session. Djembes will be provided for the duration of the class. LMU 01188/26-10/14 OR 10/21-12/16, Saturdays,  11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., TUITION: $195

NEW! THE SOUNDS OF MARIACHI: Learn how to demonstrate specific techniques for both right and left hands, explore mariachi strumming rhythmical patterns, and the performance style and characteristics of the genre. Learn about the role of each instrument in the context of the mariachi ensemble. LMU 0144, 9/9-12/16, Saturdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m., FREE!

NEW! HARPER’S BACK PORCH REVUE: Join the ensemble that explores the music of the American South during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: early blues and country music, old time, folk, spirituals and more. Looking for string instruments of all sorts: guitars, banjos, fiddles, ukuleles, basses, etc., and hand drummers and singers. Players should be able to play in the keys of A, C, D, E, G, at a minimum. Reading music and improvising solos are pluses, but not required. Auditions are held during the first meeting. Free Membership. Members agree to perform at least twice per semester. For information contact Scott Cashman, scashman@harpercollege.eduLMU 0305, 8/28-12/11, Mondays, 7-9 p.m. FREE!

WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE: combines Western and non-Western instruments to create unique interpretations of melodies through performing, composing, re-arranging, and improvisation. Open to all with musical experience. Any instrument welcome. Being able to read music is not required. Audition is required and each member must agree to perform at least twice per semester. For information and audition music, contact Issa Boulos at iboulos@harpercollege.edu or call 847.925.6659. LMU 0336, 8/22-12/12, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., FREE!

PIANO ENSEMBLE: Provides students with piano proficiency the opportunity to perform in a chamber music ensemble. Stresses sight reading and musicianship. Develops skills, musical understanding and enjoyment. Requires the consent of the instructor. LMU 0433, 8/23-12/13, Wednesdays, 9:20-11:50 a.m., TUITION: $105

STRING ORCHESTRA FOR ADULTS: Have fun playing in an ensemble for amateur adult string players. Open to violin, viola, cello and string bass players, this string ensemble is for the player not ready for Harper Symphony but would like to perform and rehearse with an orchestra. Each semester concludes with a short performance onstage. Arrangements of traditional orchestra repertoire and pop rock and folk music will be rehearsed. LMU 0371, 8/21-12/4, Mondays, 8-9 p.m. TUITION: $245.

STEEL BAND I: This is an intermediate group. Students learn new pieces in a relaxed atmosphere and in a group setting. Ability to read music equivalent to a high school level and instructor’s permission are required to join. Call 847.925.6568 for more information. Students must be age 15 or older. LMU 0366, 8/23-12/13, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 p.m., TUITION: $105

STEEL BAND II: This is an advanced steel band with more involved compositions with more sophisticated musical arrangements that incorporate challenging rhythms. Instructor’s permission is required to join. Call 847.925.6568 for more information. LMU 0409, 8/22-12/12, Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., TUITION: $105

CONCERT CHOIR: This mixed group performs a wide-ranging classical repertoire, from plainchant through to the twentieth century. The choir appears in concert in the Performing Arts Center once each semester, and the group sometimes tours. The choir and its members regularly participate in American Choral Directors Association festivals, honor/demonstration choirs, and clinics at the state, division and national levels. Applicants may audition with a prepared piece of their choosing. To schedule an audition appointment, contact Tom Stauch at 847-925-6566 or by email: tstauch@harpercollege.eduLMU 0215, 8/21-12/13, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., TUITION: $105

JAZZ LAB BAND 1: a small jazz combo that performs a standard, professional jazz repertoire. Students practice improvisation and work on small group performance techniques. Each semester, the band produces a recording in a professional studio and performs a live concert in the Harper Performing Arts Center. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels. No audition is required, but please obtain consent of Instructor Ken Spurr prior to registering. Call 847.925.6568. LMU 0146, 8/23-12/13, Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30 p.m.,TUITION: $105

HARPER COLLEGE FESTIVAL CHORUS: A community choral ensemble open to anyone with a love of singing. No auditions required. Rehearsals are on Monday nights from mid-August through the first week in May with a break for the holiday season. The Festival Chorus performs a diverse repertoire ranging from the classics to Broadway standards and is accompanied by a professional orchestra. See the Fall Catalog for performance, required dress and fee information. For additional information, please contact Mary Ann Bugiel at bugiel@comcast.net or Marcy Heston at mrh1947@gmail.com. Call 847-925-6300 for details. LMU 0900, 8/21-12/11, Mondays, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Register online or call 847.925.6300.

Course details can be found in our August-December CE Course Schedule.

Visit our website for more information about our Community Music and Arts Center.

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