Loyola University Maryland

Department of Fine Arts

Instrumental Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble (MU 211/311)

Mr. Mark St. Pierre, director
The Loyola Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece instrumental group (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drums) that performs classic and original jazz from the 1950s to the present. The repertoire is challenging but always rewarding. Working hard but enjoying the experience of making great music are the key elements of the ensemble. Jazz Ensemble rehearses Thursdays 4:30-6:00. Students interested in auditioning should contact Mark St. Pierre at mastpierre@loyola.edu. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

 

Jazz Combo (MU 323)

Mr. Mark St. Pierre, director
The Loyola Jazz Combo is a smaller ensemble comprised of four to eight selected members of the Loyola Jazz Ensemble. There is a greater emphasis on improvisation than the larger ensemble and greater demands are placed on the players to mold and shape the music in their own way. The combo plays often both on and off campus. Students interested in auditioning should contact Mark St. Pierre at mastpierre@loyola.edu. Jazz Combo may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

 

Chamber Ensemble (MU 220/320)

Mr. David LaVorgna, director
The Loyola Chamber Ensemble is comprised of small instrumental groups. Its makeup differs each semester based on the varying instrumentation of those enrolled in the course. Groups can be formed from combinations or variances of strings, woodwinds, brass, and piano. The repertoire offers a wide range of styles and periods to fit the enrolled instrumentation. The ensembles play a mixture of compositions including transcriptions, arrangements, and compositions in their original intended form. Students interested in auditioning should contact David LaVorgna at dlavorgna@loyola.edu. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.

 

Steel Pan Ensemble (MU 231/331)

Mr. Barry Dove, director
The Steel Pan Ensemble is a group specializing in playing and performing Calypso and Island music from Trinidad and Tobago where the steel pan originated. Also covered are musical grooves of Latin origins, Reggae, Jazz and Pop. Students interested in auditioning should contact Barry Dove at bdjqdove@aol.com or 410-371-0883. The ensemble may be taken for credit, 1.5 credits per semester.
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Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this fine arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.