OVERVIEW

Upcoming Concerts

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
RC A Cappella Chorus
RC Concert Band
At RC Theatre

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Click on the “Performances” tab above for a complete schedule of concerts and recital throughout the year.

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Our Mission

Rochester College’s Music, Theatre and Visual Art department provides a fine arts education for all students and enhances the fine arts awareness of the college and the community. We seek to foster an attitude of service, preparing students to serve as professional musicians, actors, artists and teachers with a Christian perspective and prepare them for additional study in conservatories and graduate schools.

Career Opportunities

Academic groundwork in music prepares students for careers as performers, teachers, conductors, music ministers, support personnel for musical enterprises, music therapy specialists or music business people. Graduate study is highly recommended for those interested in teaching or music therapy, but advancement in performance and ministry-related fields is often achieved through experience. Graduates of the department of music have gone on to complete graduate degrees in private and public institutions, and have enjoyed successful careers as performers, teachers and musical entrepreneurs.

Ensembles

Students studying any major can participate in ensembles. Click on the “ensembles” tab above for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available to music majors and non-music majors alike. Contact (248) 218-2149 or music@rc.edu for an application and to schedule an audition.

MAJORS & MINORS
The Rochester College music department offers training for students interested in pursuing careers in music as well as a general musical education for all students.

   

 

ENSEMBLES

Musical study at Rochester College includes opportunities for students who want to perform, regardless of their major. Performance scholarships are available to non-music majors as well as to those majoring in music.

A Cappella Chorus

The Rochester College A Cappella Chorus is a tightly knit group that has an unparalleled reputation for excellence. In existence for more than 50 years, it presents more than 30 concerts annually throughout the country. The group meets daily for rehearsal and performs standard collegiate choral repertoire, utilizing its concerts to uplift and minister to listeners. It has paired with local groups such as the Rochester Community Chorus and the world-renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform major works and has sung in many venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall.

Autumn

Autumn is a subset of A Cappella Chorus members who are given the opportunity to perform contemporary a cappella music. This group travels frequently on behalf of the college to youth rallies, camps, dinners and conventions. Autumn is well known for its tight harmony and its uplifting message in song for today’s youth. Additional scholarships are available to singers who are selected to perform with this group. Membership in Autumn is by audition only.

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Concert Band

The Rochester College Concert Band has a membership of more than 70 musicians, including RC students and staff as well as members from the Rochester area and nearby communities, all of whom experience the joy of instrumental music-making. The ensemble gives four concerts each year on campus or in the Rochester area, playing standard collegiate concert band literature.

Membership in the concert band is open to any person who can play a band instrument. Students wishing to take it for credit may do so.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 during the academic year in the theatre.  The band is directed by August Thoma, who has recently retired after 24 years as director of bands at Rochester High School.

 

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are available to music majors and non-music majors alike. Contact (248) 218-2149 or music@rc.edu for an application and to schedule an audition.

PERFORMANCES

2013 PERFORMANCES

2014 PERFORMANCES

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.   
Student Recital
RC Theatre No Tickets Required


Tuesday, Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m.   
RC Concert Band and A Cappella Chorus Concert
RC Theatre

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Wednesday, Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.
Student recital
RC Theatre

No Tickets Required


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.  
RC Concert Band
RC Theatre

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Thursday, Dec. 5, 11:10 a.m.
Chorus performs in chapel
Auditorium

No Tickets Required


Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.      
A Cappella Chorus
Sing-along Messiah
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Rochester, MI


Sunday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m
A Cappella Chorus appearance
Area-wide Christmas choral festival
St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rochester, MI


Wednesday, Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Student recital
RC Theatre

No Tickets Required

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.   
Music Department Showcase
featuring the Concert Band and A Cappella Chorus
RC TheatreReserve Tickets


Wednesday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.
Student recital
RC Theatre

No Tickets Required


Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Student recital
Music Room

No Tickets Required


Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.   
Concert Band
RC Theatre

Reserve Tickets


Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.   
A Cappella Chorus
Good Friday Service
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Rochester MI

No Tickets Required


Monday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.  
Honors Recital
In conjunction with the Academic Awards program
RC Theatre

No Tickets Required


Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Senior Recital: Keith Honda
RC Theatre

No Tickets Required


Saturday, April 26
A Cappella Chorus performs at graduation
Rochester Church of Christ

Tickets to graduation required


May 1 – May 10       
A Cappella Chorus
Spring tour to Florida

 

COURSES
Rochester College uses a four-digit course numbering system. In each course number, the first digit represents the course level; freshman level courses begin with “1,” sophomore courses begin with “2,” junior courses “3,” and senior courses “4.” Courses that begin with “1” or “2” are lower-division, and courses that begin with “3” or “4” are upper-division. The fourth digit represents the number of credit hours the course is worth.

MUE—Music Education

MUE 3403 Conducting
Basic conducting and rehearsal techniques for directing instrumental and vocal ensembles. PR: MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUE 3411 Instrumental Techniques I (Woodwinds)
Playing techniques for woodwind instruments found in school settings. PR: MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUE 3421 Instrumental Techniques II (Strings)
Playing techniques for string instruments found in school settings. PR: MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUE 3423 Production of the School Musical
Understanding the logistics and process of producing musicals in schools. Includes practicum in a local school working on a current production. Also listed as THE 3423. PR: MUS 1213 or PI.

MUE 3431 Instrumental Techniques III (Brass)
Playing techniques for brass instruments found in school settings. PR: MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUE 3441 Instrumental Techniques IV (Percussion)
Playing techniques for percussion instruments in school settings. PR: MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUE 3603 Technology in Music
Setup, design, and operation of computer music laboratory, including hardware and software appropriate to music production and education applications. PR: MUS 1213.

MUE 4403 Vocal Pedagogy
Scientific and imagery-related techniques for teaching vocal production. Includes history of voice teaching. PR: MUS 1213.

MUE 4423 Elementary Music Methods and Assessment
Study of methods and materials for use in the elementary music classroom with special attention to assessment of students. Includes a 60-hour placement in a local elementary or middle school. Course fee. PR: Preadmission to the Teacher Education Program.

MUE 4433 Secondary Music Methods and Assessment
Study of methods and materials for use in the secondary choral or instrumental program with special attention to assessment of students. Includes a 60-hour placement in a local middle or high school. Course fee. PR: Preadmission to the Teacher Education Program.

MUS—Music

*All private lessons have fees of $400 per credit hour.

MUS 1011 Private Voice*
Private vocal instruction. One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for level of study: e.g. MUS 2011, 3011, 4011. PR: PI.

MUS 1031 Private Piano*
One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for the level of study: e.g. MUS 2031, 3031, 4031. PR: PI.

MUS 1051 Private Guitar*
One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for level of study: e.g. MUS 2051, 3051, 4051. PR: PI.

MUS 1061 Private Strings*
Private instruction on orchestral strings. One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for level of study: e.g. MUS 2061, 3061, 4061. PR: PI.

MUS 1071 Private Woodwinds*
Private instruction on woodwind instruments. One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for level of study: MUS 2071, 3071, 4071. PR: PI.

MUS 1081 Private Brass*
Private instruction on brass instruments. One hour of credit yields 12 fifty-minute lessons. Numbering accounts for level of study: MUS 2081, 3081, 4081. PR: PI.

MUS 1101 A Cappella Chorus
Choral ensemble performs from a diverse repertoire that includes extended choral works, smaller works from classical and popular choral literature, hymns, and patriotic and multi-cultural music. Daily rehearsal and extended touring required. PR: Membership by audition only. Course fee charged in the Fall, $100. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.

MUS 1121 Autumn
Contemporary a cappella choral ensemble. Repertoire typically includes contemporary religious music, vocal jazz styles, arrangements of spirituals, popular song adaptations, and hymn arrangements. By audition only. PR: PI. Students have one week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the Vice Provost and are subject to a $25 add/drop fee.

MUS 1161 Community Choral Ensemble
Choral experience for non-music majors who are interested in singing but are not able to meet A Cappella Chorus membership requirements. Students may arrange for membership in a suitable off-campus, community- based choral ensemble and receive one credit each semester. Subject to music department approval.

MUS 1171 Concert Band
Traditional band ensemble with percussion that performs a wide variety of concert music. Membership by audition only. PR: PI.

MUS 1203 Music Foundations
Entry level study of theory that emphasizes written skills related to rudiments of music, including scales, keys, intervals, and rhythm.

MUS 1211 Ear Training I
Entry level study of aural skills: Interval recognition, sight-singing, and melodic dictation. CR: MUS 1213.

MUS 1213 Theory I
Beginning part-writing and chord progressions. CR: MUS 1211.

MUS 1221 Ear Training II
Continues MUS 1211. Triads and seventh chords, sight- singing in ensemble, and advanced melodic dictation. PR: MUS 1211. CR: MUS 1223.

MUS 1223 Theory II
Continues MUS 1213. More advanced part-writing and chord progression. PR: MUS 1213. CR: MUS 1221.

MUS 2211 Ear Training III
Advanced study of aural skills. Includes harmonic dictation with more extended harmonies, including atonality. PR: MUS 1221. CR: MUS 2213.

MUS 2213 Theory III
Advanced theory, including modulation and extended chords. PR: MUS 1223. CR: MUS 2211.

MUS 3202 Keyboard Harmony
Improvisation of simple accompaniment using keyboard instruments. Includes interpretation of implied harmonies. Grade of B or higher satisfies the keyboard skills examination required for graduation. PR: MUS 2213 and four semesters of piano recommended or PI.

MUS 3303 History of Western Music Survey
A survey of the music of western culture from medieval times to the present with an emphasis on music literature and the development of musical style. PR: MUS 1213.

MUS 3333 World Music
An overview of modern and historical music of the world, including its influence on culture and its effects on our modern world. Emphasis on introducing the world of ethnomusicology to the student. PR: MUS 1213.

MUS 3343 Music in America
A survey of the history of music in the United States, including Native American music, European influences, modern jazz, and popular music. PR: MUS 1213.

MUS 4213 Arranging and Scoring
Practical techniques of arranging vocal and instrumental music for performance by individuals and ensembles of a variety of age ranges and educational levels. Emphasis on music education applications and popular software packages. PR: MUS 2213.

MUS 4601 Senior Seminar in Music
Capstone course for all music majors. Includes preparation for post-graduation life and music program assessment. PR: Senior status and PI.

MUS 4623 Senior Recital
Preparation and performance of an hour-long recital. Recommended of all who wish to emphasize performance in their programs. PR: Senior status and PI.

FACULTY
Dr. Joe R. Bentley
Professor of Music, Chair, Department of Music, Theatre, and Visual Art
B.A., Harding University
M.M.E., University of Louisiana at Monroe
D.M.A., Michigan State University
(Chorus, Autumn, Music History, Conducting, Music Education)
jbentley@rc.edu

August J. Thoma
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., B.M., Michigan State University
M.M., Oakland University
(Concert Band, Music Education, Applied Woodwinds)
athoma@rc.edu

Julayne Hughes
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Administrative Assistant
B.A., Adrian College
B. S., Rochester College
M.M., Oakland University
(Theory, Ear Training, Appreciation)
Jhughes1@rc.edu

Josh Buyze
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.M., Wayne State University
(Music Education)

D. Lorraine Gunn
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., Southern Methodist University
M.M., University of Maine
(Applied Strings)

Bret Hoag
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., Oberlin Conservatory
M.M., Indiana University
(Applied Guitar)

Mary Irvine
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Certificate in Vocal Performance, Royal College of Music
(Applied Voice)

Walter Lewis
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., Harding University
(Applied Brass)

Frank Pitts
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., Harding University
M.M. Candidate, Oakland University
Appreticeship, Michigan Opera Theatre
(Applied Voice)

William J. Randall
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.M., Wayne State University
M.M., University of Michigan
D.M.A., University of Michigan
(Theory, Applied Piano)

Hye K. Yoon
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.M., Chugye School of Arts
M.M., Oakland University
(Applied Voice)