Performing Arts Scholarship Performance Groups

Performance Groups are designed to provide students with additional opportunities to participate in the performing arts at RIT. Open to all Performing Arts Scholars, the Performance Groups are non-credit-bearing experiences for scholars interested in exploring a variety of performing arts disciplines.

**Important note: In order to register for a particular Performance Group, students must directly contact the teaching faculty of that Performance Group. Once registered by the faculty instructor, students will have access to MyCourses and all information regarding that Performance Group.

Learn more about the PAS performance groups

Dance

Teaching Faculty: Marc Holland

Audition: No. Permission is required. 

Description of Group: Founded in Fall 2021, the DanceCore is an in-depth dance experience for Performing Arts Scholars, to pursue and grow their passion for dance by providing participation in performances on campus & community outreach, and participation in performances in full scale productions.

The RIT DanceCore Ensemble is part of the Dance at RIT Program housed in the NTID Department of Performing Arts. It serves as a community of dancers and devoted performers and provides opportunities for developing skills and building friendships through the art of dance. Students can experience many aspects of dance, including choreography, teaching, leadership, and a variety of dance styles and techniques.

Day and Time: Time and date TBA.

Location: TBA.

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Marc Holland.

Instrumental Music

Teaching Faculty: Ben Jorge

Audition: Yes. This ensemble will be by audition by the coach only and will include the following instrumentation: two trumpets, and one each of French horn, trombone, and tuba.

Description of Group: This select ensemble will be available to perform for on-campus events and off-campus performances and master classes with area schools.

  • Each ensemble will have at least one student director/liaison in order to develop student leaders and offer students an enhanced experience within each ensemble.
  • Each ensemble, at the very least, will perform in an end-of-semester recital/performance/showcase event based on student and facility availability.

Day and Time:  Monday 7:30-8:30 pm

Location: SAU A130 (back-up LBR A269)

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Karl Stabnau

Teaching Faculty: Ben Jorge

Audition: No. Permission is required. 

Description of Group: Higher, faster, louder! This group will practice and perform a wide range of music, from arrangements of popular tunes to trumpet-specific compositions. Students will work on developing their individual trumpet skills as well as section/small ensemble specific techniques. For anyone interested in participating in a competitive ensemble, there will be an audition-only subgroup that will aim to compete at the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) and/or the International Trumpet Guild (ITG). 

Day and Time: TBD

Location: TBD

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Karl Stabnau


Teaching Faculty: Matias Homar

Audition: No. Permission is required.

Description of Group: Tiger A-Team is a performing arts ensemble on campus that presents exciting and engaging performances of music in a wide range of contemporary styles not limited to any single genre augmented by cutting edge interdisciplinary collaborations with dance, theatre, engineering, design and more. The group performs on and off campus and in collaboration with Tiger Records, A-Team produces professional level audio and video recordings to help promote its brand as a leader in culture and the arts. 

Day and Time: Time and date TBA.

Location: TBA.

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Matias Homar

Teaching Faculty: Ted Canning

Auditions: No. Permission is required. An intermediate level of rhythmic reading is required.  Pitch reading is not required but is desired. This course is open to Performing Arts Scholars in Percussion.   

Description of Group: The RIT Percussion Ensemble will explore the repertoire of concert percussion, playing traditional and contemporary compositions and transcriptions, and emphasizing group performance. 

Day and Time: Tuesday 12:15- 1:30

Location: A130

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Ted Canning.

Teaching Faculty: Ted Canning

Audition: No. Permission is required. This course is designed for student musicians who have previous experience playing in a steelband, building on the work of Wellness WMUS 2-01, playing more advanced music. 

Description of Group: The instructor/band director will instruct students using both western music pedagogy and rote learning techniques that emerge from Caribbean music traditions.  This ensemble will perform for events and occasions on and off campus.   

This class will meet for two 1 ¼ hour sessions each week.  

Day and Time: T 2-3:15 pm; Thursday 2-3:15 pm

Location: A130

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Ted Canning.

Teaching Faculty: David Hult  

Maximum Size: 20 students
Audition: No. Please send me a paragraph about your playing skill level and musical background. Include your UID number.

Description of Group: Experience the joy of collaborative playing in a small, self- conducted ensemble, as you create music in the context of an ensemble. Strengthen your non-verbal communication skills and develop techniques and musical artistry through teamwork and negotiation. Explore repertoire from the Baroque to the early Classical period.  

Day and Time: Wednesday 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm. Students will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week.  

Location: SAU A130; (backup LBR A269) 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  David Hult .

Teaching Faculty: David Hult  

Maximum Size: 20 students
Audition: No. Please send me a paragraph about your playing skill level and musical background. Include your UID number.

Description of Group: Experience the joy of collaborative playing in a small, self- conducted ensemble, as you create music in the context of a string ensemble. Strengthen your non-verbal communication skills and develop techniques and musical artistry through teamwork and negotiation. Explore repertoire from various genres Classical thru contemporary composers.  

Day and Time: Wednesday 2-3 pm or 3-4 pm. Students will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week.  

Location: SAU A130; (backup LBR A269). 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  David Hult.


Teaching Faculty: David Hult  

Maximum Size: 5-10 students
Audition: No. Music is a ‘performing’ art.  Students who take this class should have a strong desire to improve their craft.  They should also be willing to devote the necessary amount of practice time to achieve these goals. 

Description of Group: In a studio class setting, we will discuss various string techniques and styles. In general, we will strengthen your musical verbal language, skills and techniques. Work on solo to trio repertoire to compliment the technical studies.

Day and Time: Thursday 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Students will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week.  

Location:  LBR A269  

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  David Hult .

Teaching Faculty: Joan Kinsella
Maximum Size: up to 15
Audition: No. Open to beginning through advanced Performing Arts Scholar cellists. Minimum
playing level equivalent to NYSSMA 2 or Suzuki Book 2.

Description of Group: Meet other cellists! Investigate cello technique and
repertoire interpretation while playing cello in a group setting with your peers. Explore a variety
of strategies for developing comfort and ease for improved cello playing. Enhance your
understanding of fingerboard geography and mapping of the fingerboard for shifting fluency.
Broaden your knowledge of utilizing both repertoire and exercises to explain and refine left hand
and bow techniques. Opportunities for individual solo performance within the group class
encourage artistic approaches to the use of dynamics, colors, and textures through musical
expression.

Day and Time: Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm instruction with Joan Kinsella. Students
will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week which is flexible.
Location: LBR A269

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Joan Kinsella.

Teaching Faculty: Joan Kinsella

Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello, bass
Audition: Yes. Performing Arts Scholars’ playing level must be intermediate through advanced. Recorded audition required prior to enrollment. Students must play 1 Major and 1 minor, 3 octave scale of their choice and 3 minutes of a solo piece. Record using the “unlisted” privacy setting and send the YouTube link to Joan Kinsella (jmkgla@rit.edu

Description of Group: Experience the joy of collaborative playing in a small, self- conducted ensemble, as you create chamber music in the context of a string quartet. Strengthen your non-verbal communication skills and develop techniques and musical artistry through teamwork and negotiation. Explore the string quartet repertoire which ranges from Mozart through contemporary composers.  

Day and Time: Wednesdays 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm instruction with Joan Kinsella. Students will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week which is flexible.  

Location: LBR A 269 and A260 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Joan Kinsella.

Teaching Faculty: Joan Kinsella
Audition: No. Open to intermediate though advanced Performing Arts Scholar cellists. Minimum
playing level equivalent to NYSSMA 3 or Suzuki Book 3 (knowledge and comfort note reading and
playing in neck positions). More intermediate/advanced students (NYSSMA 4/5) should have
experience with tenor clef and advanced students (NYSSMA 5/6) should be familiar with treble
clef and thumb position.

Description of Group: The sound of a Cello Choir is like no other auditory
experience. Immerse yourself in the range of the cello, which aligns with the traditional parts of
a vocal choir, creating a bass through treble scope of beautiful timbres and textures. Experience
the joy of collaborative playing with fellow cellists in a multi-level cello choir ensemble.
Strengthen your non-verbal communication skills and develop techniques and musical artistry
through teamwork and negotiation. Explore the vast cello choir repertoire from Bach to The
Beatles and embrace the versatility of the instrument.

Day and Time: Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm instruction with Joan Kinsella; students
will meet on their own for an additional one hour per week which is flexible. Ensemble members
are expected to practice their parts between sessions.

Location: LBR A269

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Joan Kinsella.

Teaching Faculty:  Christopher Petit   

Maximum Size: Flexible based upon needs of the department and for piano/organ PA scholars.
Audition: Yes. Intermediate and Advanced keyboard proficiency preferred.  Students come with a breadth of repertoire and commit to regular practice of new works in a range of styles – Renaissance to Contemporary.  Students are asked to share a video of their playing with the instructor prior to enrollment – it can be what was used for their scholarship audition or something different – and can be shared via Drobox, Google Drive, YouTube, etc.  Please send to Chris Petit at ctpgla@rit.edu

Description of Group: Each class will combine discussion of topics with a masterclass format, as every student will be asked to demonstrate their work and progress at least once every two weeks.  The instructor will: provide examples and exercises of historical keyboard methods; analyze the relationship between technique and the technological mechanisms of various keyboard instruments; and incorporate current understandings of healthy physiology (Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais) with efficient practice routines.   

    Students will prepare three projects in addition to regular class exercises: 

  1. 5-10 minutes of repertoire to perform on a class recital 
  2. Work with the instructor and collaborate with colleagues in audio-visual arts to record a video of their performance repertoire.  Creativity is encouraged – think of artistic lighting and camera angles – reach out to interpreters and dancers to incorporate into the final video.  Take advantage of the technological innovations at RIT! 
  3. Record a YouTube-style tutorial where one presents and demonstrates a practice technique or “trick” that works best for them, as if they were addressing an audience of their own keyboard students.   

Day and Time: Monday 3 - 4 pm. (Room reserved for students on Friday 3-4 pm.)
    Class time is one hour per week with Dr. Petit, and students meet on their own for an additional one hour per week. 
Location:  LBR A264 **Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Christopher Petit.   

Teaching Faculty:  David Hult

Maximum Size: Flexible based upon needs of the department and for piano/organ PA scholars.
Audition: Yes. Intermediate and Advanced keyboard proficiency preferred.  Students do not have to have prior experience working with a singer or instrumentalist.  They are asked to share a video of their playing with the instructor prior to enrollment – it can be what was used for their scholarship audition or something different – and can be shared via Drobox, Google Drive, YouTube, etc.  Please send to Chris Petit at ctpgla@rit.edu

Description of Group: Pianists such as the instructor studied for many years performing and practicing only solo repertoire.  However, some of the greatest keyboard repertoire was written as chamber music, such as the Art Song genre; there is joy in making music with others; and one becomes a better and more instinctive musician through collaboration.   

    The instructor will provide connections with the voice and instrumental studios, and the instructors and the students will work together to find a good match of two or more musicians.  (Some pianists may prefer to work with singers, others with woodwinds or strings, and there is even repertoire for piano and dramatic narrator, so one can even collaborate with theatre students!) 

Repertoire will be selected by preference of performers and their skill level. 

      Each class will function like a masterclass with performers ready to play each week (hopefully with their partner musicians, when possible, but not always necessary), and the instructor will also provide instruction on key concepts and techniques of collaboration.  Pianists need to learn how to follow the breath of a singer or woodwind player, or how to master timing by understanding how a string bow works.  Pianists, if playing an Art Song, learn the importance of understanding how their part paints the singer’s text just as much as the singer. The instructor will also provide brief overviews of chamber music repertoire.   

        Students will prepare for three projects throughout the semester: 

  1. Perform for their respective partner’s studio recital. 
  2. Perform on our own, collaborative piano class recital. 
  3. Work with the instructor and colleagues in audio-visual arts to record a video of their performance repertoire.  Creativity is encouraged – think of artistic lighting and camera angles – reach out to interpreters and dancers to incorporate into the final video.  Take advantage of the technological innovations at RIT! 

Day and Time: Day and Time: Monday 4 - 5 pm. (Room reserved for students on Friday 4 - 5 pm.)
    Class time is one hour per week with Dr. Petit, and chamber groups meet on their own for at least an additional hour of practice per week.   This can include attending each other’s private lessons. 
Location: LBR A264

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Christopher Petit   .   

Teaching FacultyKarl Stabnau  

Audition: No. Permission is required.  

Description of Group: Higher, faster, louder! This group will practice and perform a wide range of music, from arrangements of popular tunes to trumpet-specific compositions. Students will work on developing their individual trumpet skills as well as section/small ensemble specific techniques. For anyone interested in participating in a competitive ensemble, there will be an audition-only subgroup that will aim to compete at the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) and/or the International Trumpet Guild (ITG).  

Day and Time: TBD 

Location: TBD 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Karl Stabnau.  

Teaching Faculty: Karl Stabnau

Audition: No. Permission is required.

Description of Group: Focuses on the intricacies of small group performance and improvisation as taught through different genres including jazz, swing, bossa nova, funk, and other related styles. Students develop proficiency in learning songs by ear, transposing from lead sheets, becoming familiar with chord notation and it’s relationship to improvisation and small group arrangement practices. Jazz combo provides students with more artistic autonomy and responsibility than big band and large jazz ensemble formats.

Day and Time: TBD

Location: TBD

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Karl Stabnau.

Teaching Faculty: Matias Homar

Audition: No. Permission is required.

Description of Group: Basic skills such as chord strumming, tablature notation, improvisation, and ensemble playing will be covered. Students are required to have their own instrument. The use of a classical guitar nylon-string is highly recommended for the purposes of this course, but acoustic guitars (steel-string) will be accepted. Upon completing this course, students may continue their studies on the guitar through lessons (FNRT-256). 

Day and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM.

Location: Annex 907

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Matias Homar.

Teaching Faculty: Colin Crake 

Instrumentation: Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet

Audition: Yes. Performing Arts Scholars’ playing level must be intermediate through advanced. Recorded audition required prior to enrollment. Please submit a recording of one major and one minor scale, as well as up to 5 minutes of solo repertoire/etudes. Please send recordings to Colin Crake via either a YouTube unlisted link, or WeTransfer.

Description of Group: The Reed Quintet is an advanced chamber group, presenting a program each semester, comprising of a variety of music from the standard repertoire and arrangements. Rehearsals will focus on developing chamber music skills. Potential opportunities for off-campus performances may be possible. The ensemble will be expected to rehearse for at least one hour each week outside of coachings.

Day and Time: Time and date TBA.

Location: TBA. 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Colin Crake.

Teaching Faculty: Colin Crake 

Instrumentation: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn

Audition: Yes. Performing Arts Scholars’ playing level must be intermediate through advanced. Recorded audition required prior to enrollment. Please submit a recording of one major and one minor scale, as well as up to 5 minutes of solo repertoire/etudes. Please send recordings to Colin Crake via either a YouTube unlisted link, or WeTransfer.

Description of Group: The Woodwind Quintet is an advanced chamber group, presenting a program each semester, comprising of a variety of music from the standard repertoire and arrangements. Rehearsals will focus on developing chamber music skills. Potential opportunities for off-campus performances may be possible. The ensemble will be expected to rehearse for at least one hour each week outside of coaching.

Day and Time: Time and date TBA.

Location: TBA. 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Colin Crake.

Teaching Faculty: Colin Crake

Instrumentation: Free mix of soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone 

Audition: No, but permission required. Please contact the instructor if interested. 

Description of Group: The saxophone ensemble will present a program each semester, comprising of a variety of music from the standard repertoire and arrangements. Rehearsals will focus on developing chamber music skills. 

Day and Time: Time and date TBA. 

Location: TBA.

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Colin Crake.

Vocal Music

Teaching Faculty:  Amy Cochrane

Audition: No. Permission is required. 

Description of Group: For those students who have never taken voice before.  Explore with Ms. Amy Cochrane the mechanics of breathing and resonance along with interpretation.  Classical, Traditional Folk music, pop and Music Theater pieces may be suggested for you to learn and prepare.  If you are feeling confident, we will feature you on an end of semester presentation.  

Day and Time: Monday evening- 6-7 pm.

Location: Allen Chapel

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  Amy Cochrane.

Teaching Faculty:  Amy Cochrane

Audition: No. Permission is required. 

Description of Group: Open to those who have studied with a professional voice teacher in the past. Come share your vocal pieces with your colleagues in class in a masterclass setting. You will get to witness exciting and moving performances as well as put up your own material.  Audition pieces, solos for choir, a cappella are among some of the repertoire we can explore.  

Day and Time: Thursday evening- 7-8 pm 

Location: SAU A120

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  Amy Cochrane.

Teaching Faculty: Wardell Lewis

Auditions: No. All we ask that you do your best and come with a positive attitude. 

Description of Group: For 41 years, the RIT Gospel Ensemble has been singing traditional and contemporary Gospel Music in the RIT and Rochester community.  We have also done praise and worship songs.  Prior singing experience is helpful but not required. We will help you with your singing technique.  We sing during Brick City weekend and usually have a big concert during spring semester.  We also sing to other invited events as well.  Contact person Wardell Lewis Director of the RIT Gospel Ensemble at wxlgos@rit.edu or 585-281-7340.

Day and Time: Friday 5 - 7:45 pm

Location: LBR 269

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Wardell Lewis.

Teaching Faculty: Wardell Lewis

Auditions: No. Singers should have good auditory skills and much of this music will be without music. 

Description of Group: This new group will concentrate on Traditional and Contemporary Spirituals. We will also focus on protest songs.  Singing experience is helpful for this group. We will prepare for events as they come up.  Contact person Wardell Lewis at wxlgos@rit.edu or 585-281-7340.

Day and Time: Friday 5 - 7:45 pm

Location: LBR 269

 **Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Wardell Lewis.

Theatre

Teaching Faculty: Amy Cochrane

Audition: Yes. This ensemble will be open to interested students after a one-on-one meeting (in-person or via Zoom) with the Coach and having filled out an application and Musical Theatre resume.

Description of Group: This ensemble will gather with an eye toward an end-of semester performance showcase, highlighting the ensemble talents of its members by performing musical theatre scenes. Students will receive coaching on their piece(s) by the Coach and other area experts that the Coach may bring in to enrich the experience.

  • Each ensemble will have at least one student director/liaison in order to develop student leaders and offer students an enhanced experience within each ensemble.
  • Each ensemble, at the very least, will perform in an end-of-semester recital/performance/showcase event based on student and facility availability.

Day and Time:  Thursday at 8-9 pm

Location: SAU A120 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Amy Cochrane.

Teaching Faculty: Amy Cochrane

Audition: No. Permission is required. 

Description of Group: This class is open to any interested student and will focus on the unique techniques of singing in a Musical Theatre style. It will be in a master class format with the focus being on solo singing. A recital will be offered at the end of each semester. Students will receive coaching on their piece(s) by the Coach and other area experts that the Coach may bring in to enrich the experience.

  • Each ensemble will have at least one student director/liaison in order to develop student leaders and offer students an enhanced experience within each ensemble.
  • Each ensemble, at the very least, will perform in an end-of-semester recital/performance/showcase event based on student and facility availability.

Day and Time: Monday 7-8 pm

Location: Allen Chapel

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  Amy Cochrane.

Teaching Faculty: Andy Head 

Class size: Limit to 12 students 

Description of Group: “Monologue Workshop” – Do you have an audition coming up? Is your monologue stale and you need a new one? Are you looking to infuse your current monologue with new life? This course will get you on your feet working new (and old) monologues with your coach and classmates. With a highly collaborative focus, the course will provide you plenty of monologue feedback from a variety of sources that you can use to crush your next audition. **This course is not for those planning to audition for musicals and will only focus on non-sung text.** 

Day and Time: Tuesdays 9:30-10:30am 

Location: LBR A269

Time Commitments: In-class instruction for 1-hour per week. Working with a partner outside of class for an additional 1-hour per week. 

Registration Method: Online in My Courses. Each Coach will be responsible for registering their students by last day of add/drop on August 29, 2022 (Monday). 

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Andy Head .

Teaching faculty: Ryan Underbakke

Description of Group: This course is an ensemble-based creation class that will culminate in a Spring Production of entirely student created theatrical show.  The Fall Semester will be spent developing an agreed upon theatrical language for the ensemble using structured theatrical pedagogy in relation to space and performance leading to the development and decision on a thematic structure for the piece.  The Spring Semester will be used to devise, develop and cement these ideas into a theatrical showing for the public created by the students.  Actors, Writers, Poets, Dancers, Musicians, LARPers, Game designers, Roleplayers, Game enthusiasts, Story enthusiasts and artists of all kinds are encouraged.

Day and Time: Saturdays 3-6 pm in the Fall with conversations about expansion and more availability as the project moves forward.

Location: SAU Game Room (004 SAU- A150).   

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact  Ryan Underbakke.

Composition

Performance Group: Composing and Arranging for Virtual and Live Ensembles

Teaching Faculty: Thomas Davis

Maximum Size: No limit

Audition: Contact Tom Davis for details and project discussion (musicman11159@mac.com)

Class Group: Composers will have the opportunity to develop their skills in areas that are of high interest to them. This may include composing for film and other media as well as for live musicians (chamber ensembles, jazz ensemble, etc.). Software and music production practices will be discussed as well as needed. 
Composing for other PA scholar ensembles, SOFA films and animations, and individualized projects will be encouraged.

Day and Time: Time and date TBA; instruction with Tom Davis; students will meet in a group setting and/or individualized sessions for discussion and review of individualized composition projects. Scheduling is designed to be flexible.  

Location: TBA

**Important: If you would like to register for this group, or need additional information, please directly contact Thomas Davis.

Contact

David Hult
David Hult
Visiting Assistant Professor
Director, Performing Arts Scholars Program
Applied Music Instructor (Strings)
School of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts