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Vocal Music

Kirkwood offers a very diverse music program, intended to support both the music major and the non-music major. Students can select from a variety of opportunities to suit their interests, plus receive a scholarship for participating in music ensembles.

Two of Kirkwood's vocal ensembles, Jazz Transit and RSVP, have been recognized for their high standards of performance, and have received national and international acclaim. They have presented themselves as two of the premier vocal jazz ensembles in the country, and have showcased their talent in places such as France, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

Through their participation in the vocal jazz program, students have the opportunity to work with internationally recognized jazz educators and performing artists.

In addition to the two jazz ensembles, students may also participate in Concert Chorale, an auditioned, mixed chorus of 40 to 60 members who perform in several concerts each year. Members of Concert Chorale receive one credit hour for the course, and are graded on their class participation. The ensemble performs a variety of music from differing historical periods, contemporary choral literature, music of world cultures and music from the Broadway stage. Auditions for Concert Chorale are held during the first week of every semester, and are very straight forward, low key and informal.

Private voice lessons are also available for students who may have never had the opportunity to develop their voice. The one or two credit hour lessons allow students of any level to receive one-on-one coaching with an accredited instructor. The same is also true for piano instruction.
 

MUS-140: Concert Choir
Serves students with ability and desire to sing in a mixed-voice group. May be repeated for credit. Credits: 1, Prereq: none

MUS-157: Vocal Jazz Ensembles: RSVP
Provides auditioned members an opportunity to sing a variety of jazz styles from traditional to contemporary arrangements. May be repeated for credit. Credits: 1, Prereq: none

MUS-157: Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Jazz Transit
Provides auditioned members an opportunity to sing a variety of jazz styles from traditional to contemporary arrangements. May be repeated for credit. Credits: 1, Prereq: none

MUA-319: Applied Voice
Requires 14 lessons during the semester. Students may enroll in one or two credit hours on the same instrument. One 25-minute lesson per week is one credit; one 50-minute lesson per week is two credits. May be repeated for credit. Additional outside practice/preparation is required. Credits: 1-2, Prereq: none