Chamber Music at DePaul is a significant part of every student’s education and is a requirement for performance majors. The Chamber Music program is varied and extensive. During any given quarter there might be 20 or more small ensembles rehearsing and being coached by faculty. Each group gives a performance at the end of each quarter. Various chamber groups include small wind, strings, mixed, woodwind and brass groups in addition to the possibility of a flute choir, clarinet choir, horn ensemble or trombone ensemble. Baroque Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are just two of the many chamber groups that are available every quarter.
African Music Ensemble
Avo Randruut, Director
Have you ever wanted to learn more about music from African cultures? Do you like exploring music that relates to jazz, blues, samba, son, and other music from the African diaspora? Do you like learning to play new instruments? In African Ensemble, students learn musical techniques and repertory using oral tradition (by ear), and activities may include instrumental techniques, singing, and dancing. The ensemble also offers opportunities to collaborate and learn from master musicians in concerts, master classes, and workshops.
This course is a music elective and can be repeated for credit. It does not replace chamber music requirements for performance majors or fulfill performance award requirements. However, it does fulfill the small ensemble requirements for BA, PAM, SRT, and music education undergraduate majors after students have fulfilled large ensemble requirements.
Membership in African Ensemble is open to all DePaul students. No prior experience with African music or percussion is necessary. If you have questions about African Ensemble, please contact Dr. Kate Brucher, Coordinator of World Music Activities.
Jason Moy, Brandi Berry, directors
The DePaul Baroque Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of instrumental and vocal chamber music of the 16th through mid-18th centuries. Student ensembles are coached on performance practice and other techniques that will enable them to play this music in a historically informed manner, with special emphasis given to musical rhetoric and style, ornamentation and improvisation. Although students play on modern instruments, ensembles are augmented by DePaul’s historical instrument collection of three harpsichords, a chamber organ, and a set of Baroque bows, all of which are available for students to use in performing repertoire ranging from instrumental/vocal trios and quartets to music for chamber orchestra.
Michael Kozakis, director
The Percussion Ensemble consists of 15-18 percussion majors who perform a large variety of music expressly written for percussion. The ensemble is dedicated to performing a balance of historically important works and the latest contemporary works. The ensemble performs a fall, winter, and spring concert as well as performances at student recitals and clinics, including the 2003 Yamaha Orchestral Percussion Seminar. Performances include a mix of works written for the small chamber group to the large percussion orchestra. The ensemble has had the opportunity to perform with a number of guests artists including Brett Dietz, Eric Millstein and Michael Burritt. Check out DePaul Percussion Ensemble on YouTube