Music Organizations Within The College
Collegiate Chorale MUS 192 (0-1)
Collegiate Chorale is a non-auditioned, well-balanced choir of 55-65 voices. It performs three or four times on campus during the academic year and off-campus as well. Collegiate joined the Doane Choir for a Lincoln Symphony collaboration in December of 2005, participated in a choral festival with Weston Noble in the fall of 2006, and tours annually. The group includes students of diverse ages and majors. Prerequisite: none.
Doane Choir MUS 191 (0-1)
An auditioned choir of 50 voices, the Doane Choir is the college's premier choral ensemble. Continuing students audition in the spring and new students audition in the fall. Membership is based on these auditions and takes into consideration both musical talent and ensemble needs. Members rehearse four times a week for a total of four-and-one-half hours. Participation in the ensemble can be used for partial fulfillment of the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. The Doane Choir performs 3-4 concerts on campus annually. The choir also tours annually to a region of the United States and undertakes international tours every three years. The ensemble has received regular invitations from around the state to perform with the state's top professional orchestras and music conferences. Prerequisite: Audition.
Doublewide MUS 197 (0-1)
Doublewide is Doane's men's chamber ensemble. Though Doublewide sings Classical repertoire as well, their specialization is in popular styles: doo-wop, vocal jazz, gospel, and barbershop. The group varies in size from 12-16 singers, depending on the year. Doublewide tours every spring with Doane's vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz Unlimited, and also performs with the Doane Choir on its annual tours. The groups performs without a conductor but rehearses with the guidance of Doane's Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Kurt Runestad. Prerequisite: Audition.
Jazz Unlimited MUS 194 (0-1)
Conducted by professional jazz singer and arranger Kara Baxter, Jazz Unlimited is Doane's jazz choir. The group of about 16 singers studies and performs acappella and accompanied repertoire from the vocal jazz tradition, often including charts by the Real Group and New York Voices. Jazz Unlimited rehearses and performs on a state-of-the-art sound system, with one singer per microphone. They tour every spring with Doublewide, and also perform annually at Nebraska's NCDA vocal jazz festival at Columbus High School.
Women's Chorale MUS 192-2 (0-1)
Women's Chorale is a non-auditioned choir of 35-40 voices that is open to all female students. It performs three or four times on-campus during the academic year and off-campus as well. The group tours annually and includes students of diverse ages and majors. Prerequisite: none.
Concert Band MUS 190 (0-1)
The all-college Concert Band is open to all students. Auditions for chair placement take place in the fall. Performances include two scheduled concerts per semester and participation in important college ceremony functions. Participation in the Concert Band can be used to partially fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. Prerequisite: Audition.
Jazz Ensemble MUS 193 (0-1)
The Doane Jazz Ensemble is an ensemble that performs a variety of jazz, rock, Latin, swing, and fusion styles. The jazz band is open to all students by audition or permission. Rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The jazz band generally performs twice a semester. The possibility of travel opportunities is dependent on the performance requests the ensemble accepts. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble often joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on its annual tour. Prerequisite: Audition.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble MUS 195 (0-1)
The premier wind-based ensemble of the college, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is open to students by audition. Continuing students audition in the spring and new students audition in the fall. Selection is based on these auditions and ensemble instrumentation. Members rehearse four times a week for a total of four-and-one-half hours. Participation in the ensemble can be used for partial fulfillment of the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. The ensemble generally schedules two to three performances a semester and performs on an annual tour. Tour locations have included cities such as New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. A significant portion of the tour's costs have generally been paid for by the college, allowing students to travel at minimal cost. Prerequisite: Audition.
String Ensemble MUS 196 (0-1)
String Ensemble performs on college departmental concerts as well as in conjunction with the choral department's major works, such as the spring 2008 performance of Bach's Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4). Prerequisite: Audition.
Tiger Pep Band ATV 106 (0-1)
The Tiger Pep Band plays for all home football games and a few additional athletic events during the fall semester. It is open to all students. Members attend nine one-hour rehearsals. Participation in the Tiger Pep Band can be used to partially fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. (Pass/Fail)