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The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance seeks to provide an aesthetic education for all students. Its vision extends outward to the campus and local communities in a quest for artistic truth, bringing richness to life through the performing arts. Students practice their craft in community with faculty, staff, and other students in an environment that encourages students to consider their vocation as service in God’s world. A strong foundation in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, and scholarly research provides graduates with real-world marketable skills and excellent preparation for graduate studies. Year-round opportunities for students to perform, design, and direct, mentored by faculty and other local professionals, broadens the depth of experience of our students, preparing them to become professionals in their respective fields.

RC students can study music through bachelor’s degrees in musical theatre or worship ministry, a minor in vocal performance, or an interdisciplinary concentration in the performing arts. All students can audition for the A Cappella Chorus, Autumn, and the Worship Band.

Music Ensembles

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

 

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 20 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. The Chorus has collaborated with many musical organizations in southeast Michigan, including the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the St. Clair Symphony Orchestra, the Brimingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Other choral collaborations have included area high school and church choirs in festivals and large-scale choral works. Tours have taken the group to many churches and other venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. Membership is by audition.

To reserve tickets to chorus concerts, click here.

             Downloadable Albums

Cleft for Me

Saints Bound for Heaven

              Videos

“Alelouya” by Emile Desamours
Christian College Choral Festival, Searcy, AR
January 2015

“Lux Nova” by Eric Whitacre
Christian College Choral Festival, Search, AR
January 2015

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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Worship Ensemble

This is a group lab experience intended to give opportunities for students to create a worship ensemble, and to practice leading the group in song creation and learning. Practical applications will include chapel and other worship opportunities on campus and in local churches.

PERFORMANCES

2017 PERFORMANCES

2018 PERFORMANCES

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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.

 

MUS—Music

*All private lessons have fees of $450 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 1041 Class Piano
Group instruction in basic keyboarding skills, including scales, basic exercises, and simple sight reading, improvisation, and accompaniment. CR: MUS 1203.

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 registrar and are subject to an add/drop fee.

MUS 1100 A Cappella Chorus (Non-Credit)
A non-credit enrollment in MUS 1101. PR: Membership by audition only. Course fee charged in the Fall, $100. Students have on week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the provost and are subject to an 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 registrar and are subject to an add/drop fee.

MUS 1120 Autumn (Non-Credit)
A non-credit enrollment in MUS 1121. PR: PI. Students have on week from casting to add this course to their schedules. Requests received after the first week require approval from the provost/registrar and are subject to an add/drop fee.

MUS 1203 Music Foundations
Entry level study of theory that emphasizes written skills related to rudiments of music, including scales, keys, intervals, and rhythm. CR: MUS 1041

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: “C” or better in MUS 1211. CR: MUS 1223.

MUS 1223 Theory II
Continues MUS 1213. More advanced part-writing and chord progression. PR: “C” or better in MUS 1213. CR: MUS 1221.

MUS 2101 Worship Ensemble Lab
A group lab experience to give opportunities for students to create a workshop ensemble, and to practice leading the group in song creation and learning. Some experiences to include practical applications for chapel and other worship opportunities on campus and in local churches. PR: PI.

MUS 2303 Music Appreciation
This course is a survey of the origins, elements, forms, history, and effects of music with a view towards enhancing the student’s understanding and enjoyment.

MUS 2413 Musical Leadership
Principles of musical leadership for contemporary and traditional worship styles, including leadership personality, group chemistry, physical skills of keeping time, song leading, group leading, and administrative skills.

MUS 3403 Conducting
Basic conducting and rehearsal techniques for directing instrumental and vocal ensembles. PR: “C” or better in MUS 1211 and 1213.

MUS 3603 Technology in Music
Setup, design, and operation of computer music laboratory, including hardware and software appropriate to music production and education applications. PR: “C” or better in 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: “C” or better in MUS 2213.

MUS 4403 Vocal Pedagogy
Scientific and imagery-related techniques for teaching vocal production. Includes history of voice teaching. PR: “C” or better in MUS 1213.

FACULTY
Dr. Joe R. Bentley
Professor of Music, Director of Music Activities
B.A., Harding University
M.M.E., University of Louisiana at Monroe
D.M.A., Michigan State University
jbentley@rc.edu

Frank Pitts
Adjunct Instructor of Music, Staff Accompanist
B.A., Harding University
M.M. Candidate, Oakland University
Apprenticeship, Michigan Opera Theatre
(Applied Voice, Staff Accompanist)
fpitts@rc.edu

Jannah Garback
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.S., Rochester College
Graduate Studies, Bowling Green State University
jgarback@rc.edu

Brandon Gauvin
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.M., Wayne State University
M.M., Wayne State University
bgauvin@rc.edu
(Applied Piano)

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

Julayne Hughes
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.A., Adrian College
B. S., Rochester College
M.M., Oakland University
jhughes1@rc.edu

Mary Irvine
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Certificate in Vocal Performance, Royal College of Music
mirvine@rc.edu
(Applied Voice)

Chris Shields
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.S., Rochester College
M.R.E., Rochester College
cshields@rc.edu

Nathan Smith
Adjunct Instructor of Music
B.F.A., Grand Valley State University
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
nsmith1@rc.edu

Hye Yoon
Adjunct Instructor of Music
M.M. Oakland University
(Applied Voice)
hyoon@rc.edu