The choral ensembles at Dickinson State University consist of the Chorale, Chamber Singers, and daCoda Blue and are conducted by Assistant Professor of Music, Bruce Southard.
The Chorale is the primary choral ensemble at DSU and open to all students regardless of their major. The ensemble performs a variety of literature from the Renaissance to the present. The Chorale performs for university functions, community events, annual tours, and concerts. Members of the Chorale find it a wonderful break in the academic day.
Chamber Singers is a small select vocal ensemble open to all students by audition. They perform a wide variety of music and perform primarily without accompaniment. Students who participate in this ensemble also participate in Chorale. Chamber Singers meets twice each week.
The Musical Theater Ensemble explores music for the stage, including both the Broadway and opera repertoires. Students study different styles of singing and work on performance skills. The Musical Theater Ensemble culminates in a concert or production each semester.
Choral Union is open to all students and members of the community. Choral Union maintains a more than fifty-year tradition of performing a portion of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, in the fall semester. Other major choral works will also be studied. Choral Union meets Mondays from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. during the summer and fall semesters and is conducted by Joel Walters, Instructor of Music at Dickinson State University.
The instrumental ensembles consist of the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and Clarinet Quartet. These ensembles are under the direction of Dr. James D. Leach and Dr. Jeremy Wohletz.
Concert Band is an ensemble of select wind and percussion
instruments performing traditional and contemporary literature.
The ensemble plays a vital role in campus activities, performing
formal concerts and for graduation ceremonies. The concert band meets four times a week and is open to all students on campus.
Clarinet Quartet is a chamber ensemble that performs a wide
variety of music ranging from Beethoven to Super Mario Bros..
This ensemble has been asked to perform for campus events such as holiday events and art gallery openings. Clarinet Quartet
rehearses twice a week and is coached by Dr. Jeremy Wohletz.
Jazz Band is an ensemble that performs a variety of contemporary jazz literature, including pop, be-bop, rock, swing, Dixieland, and Latin. Piano and guitar majors may count Jazz Band as a large ensemble. Open to all students, the Jazz Band meets every Tuesday evening.