The Queens College Orchestra, under the direction of Maurice Peress, gives eight public performances each year. The Orchestra exposes student musicians to a broad range of musical styles; and its repertoire encompasses not only the standard symphonic literature, but important operatic, oratorio and choral works as well. The Orchestra has also premiered contemporary works by faculty composers Thea Musgrave and Edward Smaldone.

The Queens College Wind Ensemble, directed by Richard Sang, performs both traditional band repertory and original twentieth- century works. Much of its repertory consists of arrangements of compositions originally written for orchestra or other ensembles.

The Queens College Concert Choir is the principal choral organization on campus. Directed by Harold Rosenbaum, admission is limited to 50 students by audition only. The Concert Choir explores choral literature ranging from major works (Mozart's Requiem) to contemporary pieces (the world premiere of the opera The Village) to standard repertory for mixed chorus. Participation in the Choir enhances sight reading and other musicianship skills, as well ensemble techniques.

The Queens College Glee Club, also directed by Professor Rosenbaum, is open to any Queens College student by audition. Like the Choir, it provides students with the opportunity to learn and perform great works of the choral literature. Unlike the Choir, members do not have to have any background in singing in order to be able to join and participate.

The Opera Studio affords students the opportunity to perform scenes from the standard operatic repertory. Led by Doris Kosloff, each semester the Studio presents staged scenes in a public concert. In 1995, the group performed the world premiere of The Village by faculty composer Joel Mandelbaum, written to a libretto by English Professor Susan Fox and staged by Drama Professor Susan Einhorn. Recent performances have also included scenes to operas by Professor Emeritus Hugo Weisgall and by student composer Jerome Hughes.

The Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of William Matthews, provides classical guitar players with solo and group experiences. In recent years the ensemble has been extremely popular, with as many as a dozen students registered at a time. Thus, the group is often broken up into several ensembles that rehearse separately.

The Brass Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Professor Philip Granger, was formed to provide the brass players a more challenging group experience. The group presents a full concert every semester.

The Percussion Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Professor Raymond Des Roches, also provides ensemble experience for percussionists. In recent years the group has included premiere performances of new works written for percussion as well as standard repertory.

The Jazz Ensemble, led by noted saxophonist Jimmy Heath, performs music for both big bands and small combos. An extremely popular group, the ensembles performs at least once a semester.

The Vocal Ensemble is the School's vocal chamber choir. Led by Harold Rosenbaum, the group focuses on repertory of the Renaissance and the Baroque, though literature of all periods is performed. The group's recording of the music of Josquin Desprez was issued by Musical Heritage.

The Baroque Ensemble has been offered each Spring for nearly a decade. Its mission is to present music of the Baroque period performed in an "authentic" manner, sometimes on period instruments as opposed to their modern equivalents. The manner of performance, which may sometimes lead to the consultation of historical and theoretical writings on the subject, has been followed. The student string players can use Baroque bows owned by the School of Music. The ensemble was recently taken over by Professor and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Raymond Erickson.

The Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble is dedicated to the performance of twentieth-century music, including both classics of the repertory such as Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, lesser-known works, and even student compositions. Led by Professor Ronald Roseman, the ensemble has been very successful in recent years.

The Queens College Choral Society is a mixed College and community chorus sponsored by the Aaron Copland School of Music. Founded in 1941, the purpose of the Society is to provide members of the greater College community opportunities to experience masterpieces of the choral literature, either through performance or as an audience. In addition, the chorus helps make the community aware of the College and involves the community in its activities.

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