CCOG for MUS 221E Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 221E
Course Title:
Chamber Chorus
Credit Hours:
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Course Description

Provides the opportunity to sing in a small vocal ensemble. Includes directed rehearsal and performance. Includes possible local, regional and/or other off-campus public performances. Audition required. Prerequisites: MUS 221D. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use an advanced intermediate understanding of musicianship and performance etiquette to perform advanced/intermediate-level repertory to a public audience as a member of a small vocal ensemble.
  • Use an understanding of music literacy to prepare and rehearse advanced/intermediate repertory as a member of a small vocal ensemble.
  • Use an advanced/intermediate understanding of the stylistic differences in advanced/intermediate repertory to learn, rehearse and accurately interpret vocal music in performance.

Course Activities and Design

  • Learn and rehearse choral part both aurally and through printed music notation.
  • Follow musical directions of chorus director during rehearsal and make appropriate notation in music score.
  • Sectional and group rehearsal.
  • Public performance as chamber chorus and/or small ensembles (duos, trios etc.).

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attendance
  • Recital/performance participation
  • Concert reports
  • Class participation
  • Score annotation
  • Part singing tests

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Vocal Genres:
  • Performance Concepts and Practicum
  • Historical styles:
    • Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Multicultural and non-Western works
      • A cappella and/or accompanied performance
      • Secular and Sacred works (cantatas,madrigals, motets etc.)
      • Performance practice and etiquette
  • Tools
    • IPA for specific foreign language works (diction)
    • Musicianship & notation
    • Dynamics, phrasing, articulation
    • Conducting patterns