Musical Performance at Tech

The School of Music wouldn’t be what it is today without its vibrant collection of musical ensembles. Each of our ensembles is composed of a diverse group of intelligent, hardworking students with a passion for music. Our ensemble directors are well respected in their fields, and are adept at choosing engaging, enjoyable pieces of music for each semester’s concerts. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and use your talents to make music with us!

Choose Your Ensemble

Vocal or instrumental, electronic or classic: regardless of style, we've got an ensemble for it. Click on the links below to learn more about each of our performance groups and how you can join them.

Founded in 1998, the Chamber Choir has since established itself as one of the premiere college vocal ensembles in the Southeast. Composed of select, auditioned mixed vocalists, its members are primarily all-state-level singers with extensive backgrounds in choral singing. Rehearsals are held in the center of campus on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

Repertoire varies from semester to semester, and includes large and small works in the standard repertoire (both unaccompanied and with instruments) modern music, world music, and experimental music with extended technique. Most recently, the Chamber Choir has featured pieces from Bach’s St. John Passion, Gerald Finzi, and Vienna Tang.

For more information about the Chamber Choir, please contact Dr. Jerry Ulrich, Director of Choral Activities, at julrich@gatech.edu, or visit the Chamber Choir website at www.chamberchoir.gatech.edu.

 

As the most inclusive ensemble, the Chorale is open to all members of the Georgia Tech community, whether you are a student, faculty or staff member. No audition is required to join! Rehearsals are held in West Village 175 on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

Chorale repertoire varies from semester to semester, and includes large and small works in the standard repertoire (both unaccompanied and with instruments) modern music, and world music. Recent repertoire has included Mozart Requiem, Hadyn Te Deum, two Handel Coronation Anthems, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Faure Requiem, numerous smaller works, modern and commissioned works, and music with texts in many languages. The Chorale has appeared at numerous Atlanta churches, Spivey Hall, the Rialto Center, and the High Museum of Art.

For more information about the Chorale, please contact Nathan Frank at nfrank8@gatech.edu.

 

The Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Benjamin Diden, consists of 55-70 players who perform the masterworks of wind literature designed for the rich sonorities of an expanded instrumentation. The Concert Band provides ensemble performance experiences in a wide range of musical styles and periods for all students. The music performed in these organizations varies from semester to semester and is selected to provide a challenging opportunity for musical growth.

By rehearsing and performing at the highest possible level of artistry, each student will be challenged to improve his/her individual musicianship and ensemble skills. The highest quality repertoire for wind instruments will be the core of the curriculum, allowing for a wide variety in the musical, educational, and philosophical foundations of the course.

Interested in joining the Concert Band? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/concert-band/

The Georgia Tech Glee Club is the oldest student organization on the Georgia Tech campus, the oldest Glee Club in the South, and one of the oldest such groups in the country. Founded in 1906, it has a rich tradition of singing that includes numerous national and international tours, as well as radio broadcasts and recordings. It was one of the first college organizations to record its fight song, making Ramblin’ Wreck one of the most famous college fight songs in the country. The group has appeared twice on The Ed Sullivan Show and has entertained audiences around the world.

Featuring a “healthily irreverent” blend of music, drama, and vocal/visual performance antics, the Georgia Tech Glee Club sings entirely original arrangements of unaccompanied music, utilizing vocal percussion, movement, and technology. For two years, the Glee Club served as Ensemble-in-Residence in Honolulu at the 2006 and 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities. In 2006, the Glee Club released its first studio CD recording of all original arrangements and compositions. In 2008, the ensemble made a successful solo debut appearance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and completed a successful 10-day concert tour of England, Scotland, and Wales, garnering rave reviews for the performances. In March 2009, the Glee Club performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and was featured in an a cappella festival at The George Washington University.

Most recently, the ensemble surprised President Emeritus and Tech alum Wayne Clough by appearing for a performance at his retirement reception at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

For more information on the Glee Club, contact Dr. Jerry Ulrich, Director of Choral Activities, at julrich@gatech.edu.

The Georgia Tech Jazz Program, under the direction of Dr. Chip Crotts, provides a great opportunity to study one of America’s greatest and most unique art forms. The Jazz Ensembles explore music from the late 1920s through the present day, including works by composers such as Duke Ellington, Bill Holman, Sammy Nestico, Charles Mingus, and Pat Metheny. Emphasis in these groups is focused on ensemble playing and the art of improvisation, an essential element in jazz tradition.

Typically, one large jazz ensemble is offered each semester, as well as the opportunity to perform in a small combo setting. Each ensemble presents 1-2 concerts per semester, in addition to numerous on and off-campus events throughout the year.  The Jazz Program also strives to bring professional artists to campus on a regular basis, and students will often have the opportunity to perform with these musicians and clinicians in concert during the year.

In conjunction with the Ferst Center for Performing Arts, students also receive opportunities for clinics and master classes with jazz musicians who perform on campus as part of their yearly series. Guests of the Jazz Program in past years have included Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny Group, Earl Klugh, Maynard Ferguson, Roger Ingram, Mace Hibbard, Dimitri Vassilakis, Joe Gransden, Dan Wall, and Jon Faddis, among others.

Interested in joining the Jazz Ensembles? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/jazz-ensemble/

Boasting a membership of more than 340 students, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band is one of the oldest programs in the country. Throughout its history, the Tech Band has performed at such prestigious events as the Orange Bowl, Music City Bowl, Sun Bowl, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, All American Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Seattle Bowl, CarQuest Bowl, Peach Bowl, the Final Fours in Denver and San Antonio, and numerous other NCAA events. Members of the band have performed abroad in Dublin, Ireland; Shanghai and Bejing in China; and most recently Sydney, Australia.

The Pep Bands perform at both Men’s and Women’s Basketball games to help generate energy, excitement, and the home crowd intensity that our teams thrive on. The Georgia Tech Pep Band attends all home games, local tournaments, the ACC tournament and attend post-season tournament games for their respective teams.

Additionally, the Georgia Tech Volleyball Pep Band is known throughout the ACC for its enthusiasm and the atmosphere it helps create at O’Keefe Gym. The Volleyball Pep Band consists of members of the Marching Band who are required to attend assigned volleyball matches during the fall semester. Many Georgia Tech band members choose to attend several, if not all of the volleyball matches.

Students in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band represent a wide range of colleges and courses of study yet find the music program offers plenty of fellowship, an exceptional musical outlet, and an abundance of school spirit to complete their educational experience. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Marching Band is rich in history and tradition and offers a commitment to campus and community that greatly adds to the quality of life at Georgia Tech.

Interested in joining the Marching and Pep Bands? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/audition-info-and-music/#Marching

The Percussion ensembles are offered for credit during fall and spring semester. They provide unique experiences for students and embrace many diverse performance opportunities.

The Percussion Ensembles are both a traditional concert ensemble that studies classic and contemporary literature, as well as transcriptions of standard, jazz and popular styles and often present new percussion performance practices in a contemporary medium through the use of electronically triggered devices and theatrical lighting and staging. This combination of elements unites aural and visual entertainment with a uniquely creative twist. Virtually any surface becomes the canvas from which performers paint aural images.

These are combined with performance-controlled visual and video elements in a diverse multimedia environment. The ensemble also provides students the opportunity to apply their technical classroom knowledge in creating their own electronic instruments and incorporating them into small and large group performances. Auditions are held the first Monday and Wednesday of each semester.

Interested in joining the Percussion ensembles? Please contact Mr. Chris Moore at chris.moore@music.gatech.edu

The Georgia Tech Rock/Pop ensemble performs repertoire drawn from all styles of American vernacular music from roughly 1950 onwards, as well as derivative genres from overseas - particularly from the U.K.! Each semester, the group divides into two bands, each exploring one style or era of Rock/Pop music. In Fall 2018, one band is focusing on iconic Classic Rock and R&B of the 1970s, including classics by Pink Floyd, Dire Straights, Eric Clapton, and Marvin Gaye. Our second band is exploring a more modern repertoire: danceable 21st-century pop/rock, from John Mayer to Daft Punk. This semester, each band will also be premiering an original song!

The Rock/Pop ensemble, led by Nat Condit-Schultz, is offered in both Fall and Spring semesters, with at least two performances per semester. Guitarists, bassists, drummers/percussionists, keyboardists, brass players, and singers are all invited to audition!

Interested in joining the Rock/Pop ensemble? Please contact Mr. Nat Condit-Schultz at natcs@gatech.edu

The Symphonic Band is a dynamic, vibrant force for the advancement of our musical art here in the city of Atlanta. It has long been a haven for musical expression by some of the finest young musicians studying at Georgia Tech. The Georgia Tech Symphonic Band is comprised of 50-60 exceptional student musicians.

The group continues to grow with the vision of exploring the best of the Symphonic Band repertoire while realizing the limitless possibilities of winds in performance. Open by audition to the students of the Institute, the ensemble has much to celebrate in over one hundred years of band at Tech.

The Symphonic Band has established a reputation for excellence in musical performance. International performances have included global collaboration with both the University of Western Sydney and Avondale College during a performance tour of Australia in 2007. Chamber ensemble elements engaged the culture of Shanghai and Beijing, China in a performance tour during 2006. The Symphonic Band shared the stage with the Dublin Institute of Technology Wind Ensemble in Dublin, Ireland in 2001 in commemoration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Recent regional performances have included the College Band Directors’ National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference in 2002 and 2008 and the Georgia Music Educators’ Association In-Service Conference in 2006. New music has been composed for the ensemble by Donny Allen, Tom Bahler, Brian Balmages, Aldo Forte, Chris Moore, George Schneider, James David, and Gregory Youtz.

This ensemble is a group dedicated to musical excellence performing with the highest level of musicianship. The Symphonic Band performs on-campus concerts at the Robert Ferst Theater during the academic year, as well as performances at music conferences, conventions and festivals locally, regionally, and internationally. Students audition each semester for this outstanding ensemble.

Auditions are scheduled during the first week of classes, visit georgiatechband.com/auditions for more details. You may sign up for an audition time the week before classes begin. Sign-up sheets will be posted in front of Room 109 of the Couch Building.

The Symphonic Band meets as a class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:55 pm.

For more information, contact Benjamin Diden by email at benjamin.diden@music.gatech.edu or call 404-894-8951.

The School of Music currently offers two orchestral ensembles: the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO, advanced), and Chamber Orchestra (intermediate). Both ensembles are under the direction of Professor Chaowen Ting, maintains a membership of approximately 80-100 students. The orchestra program also provides access to master classes, professional engagements, and recording opportunities. Members enjoy social aspects through informal dinners and parties. Students are encouraged to pre-register for orchestra and then audition.

 

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (GTSO)

The GTSO performs 4-6 concerts in an academic year. Concerts and repertoire expose participants to a variety of orchestral literature from the Classical through Contemporary periods, including operatic, popular and film music. Participation in the Orchestra broadens students’ skills and experience in performing, understanding and appreciation of great music. Recent works performed include Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Brahms Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade.

 

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Chamber Orchestra is the second orchestra at GT, performing 4 concerts in an academic year. The Chamber Orchestra provides players with a supportive environment in which players develop personal techniques and ensemble skills through practicing, rehearsing, and coaching. Players are explored to Classical symphonic repertoire as well as modern and pop music.

Interested in joining GTSO or Chamber Orchestra? Find out more details here: http://gtband.net/orchestra/

All female singers are welcome to join Georgia Tech’s Treble Choir. No audition is required. If you’ve sung in a choral group, can match pitch, and can read basic music, then come join in! The choir is a welcome, open, positive environment whose goal is to make you leave rehearsal each week wanting to come back for more!

The Treble Choir performs in at least one concert per semester, and plans to participate in special events on the Georgia Tech campus as well, such as singing the national anthem for basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball games, etc.

For more information, contact Brittney Boykin at brittney.boykin1@gmail.com

Concerts

Each semester, the School of Music's ensembles deliver a stunningly diverse selection of performances to Georgia Tech's campus and beyond. No matter your musical taste, we put on a concert that will engage your musical interests. 

Academic Credit

The Chamber Choir performs in a pop-up concert on the streets Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus.

The majority of our ensembles are also classes open for any student at Georgia Tech to join, regardless of major. In total, our ensembles include students from every major on campus. Most rehearsal times are conveniently scheduled outside of most core class block times, making participation possible for most academic schedules.

We are dedicated to making sure that any Georgia Tech student can continue to pursue their love of music while earning their degree.

Our ensembles are also an outstanding option for students looking for a way to fulfill their humanities credit requirements.

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