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The Sounds of Music at RIT

Daniel Zhou on Saturday, 21 February 2015. Posted in Clubs

As I walk among the campus, music is the air everywhere; from the sounds of music lessons going on in the College of Liberal Arts, a capella groups singing at various events at RIT, to the Pep Band playing at the home hockey games. If you are interested in pursuing a musical skill while here at RIT, there are plenty of ensembles to choose from.             Something on campus that most students don’t get to hear about is that RIT offers music lessons, currently in singing, piano, flute, violin, cello, saxophone, low brass, and trumpet. These lessons are offered to students with any level of experience, from beginner to advanced. However, you must get the consent of various staff members in the College of Liberal Arts to take these classes. I think that these classes are a great opportunity to either learn how to play a musical instrument you’ve always wanted to try out, learn how to sing, or refine and hone the skills you already have. I am currently taking a singing class, and at first I thought it was a class meant for experienced singers to sharpen their craft; however the teacher assured me that it was meant for all skill levels. The class is designed to make anybody feel comfortable, and I am having a lot of fun right now learning how to sing!             RIT currently has 6 A capella groups on campus; the Brick City Singers, Eight Beat Measure, Encore, Proof of Purchase, Surround Sound and Vocal Accent. Some of these groups are either all male or all female, with Proof of Purchase (PoP) the only co-ed group. The A capella groups sing at various events at RIT and they are a joy to hear. The 6 groups hold auditions once a year at the beginning of the school year, and are always looking for more people to join. Another choral group, the RIT Singers, is a 1 credit course at RIT; to join the RIT Singers, you must audition for it first. The RIT Singers perform one major recital per semester and several other events throughout the year.             RIT also has the RIT Orchestra, RIT Jazz Band, RIT Concert Band, and the Pep Band. The RIT Orchestra is made of RIT students, faculty, staff, and local Rochester musicians. Members join by audition. The RIT Orchestra plays 4 to 8 concerts per year on campus and various venues around Rochester and the orchestra repertoire varies from musical pieces in the 1600s to modern music. Instruments that can audition for the RIT Orchestra are flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, cello and bass. The RIT Concert band is a wind ensemble (brass and woodwind instruments) that plays an assortment of works ranging from marches to famous musical works found in classic movies. The RIT Jazz Ensemble consists of saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, piano, bass, and drums. The RIT Orchestra, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and the RIT Singers are all 1 credit courses as part of the Music Performance minor, which means that if you are interested in obtaining a music minor while here at RIT, you can easily knock out one of the required classes by joining a musical ensemble. However, to join these ensembles, you must audition first, and also bring your own instrument.             The RIT Pep Band plays at all the home hockey games on campus. Instruments include clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, sousaphones, and percussion. The RIT Pep Band is a relaxing band ensemble, as no auditions are needed. If you have any experience playing the instruments above, come and join! You just need to bring your own instrument, and have fun!