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Music

Our facilities within the Fine Arts Building (FAB) at SCC include a 400-seat performance hall, two large rehearsal rooms, eight practice rooms with acoustic pianos and a state-of-the-art keyboard/guitar lab with 16 Clavinova workstations.

Ensembles/Programs at SCC

Concert Band

The concert band at SCC is a college-based ensemble whose members include college students, community residents and high school students. We are always looking for new members and encourage any residents of the St. Charles and surrounding counties to join our ensemble. We are a full concert band with brass, woodwinds and percussion.

The concert band meets on Mondays from 7-9:50 p.m. during the regular college semester. We perform once at the conclusion of each semester.

The literature we perform is a variety of standard and newly written band repertoire. We try to include standard marches, short works from the great eras of the concert band (1950s and '60s) as well as more modern and even brand new works by national and international composers.

For more information, contact Jim Martin, at jmartin@stchas.edu or 636-922-8538 or in FAB 115C.

SCC Jazz Band

The Jazz Ensemble at SCC is a college-based group that is made up of college students, community members and high school students. Rehearsal time is spent not only on learning standard jazz repertoire in swing, Latin and fusion styles, but also on learning the skills necessary to function within a big band as well as smaller jazz combos. Topics such as jazz improvisation, song forms, accompaniment and critical listening are a large part of what students learn within the band.

The Jazz Ensemble at SCC concentrates on exposing its participants to a wide variety of jazz styles while emphasizing the standard repertoire one must be familiar with in any other professional or recreational jazz performance setting. Students in the Jazz Ensemble will learn a great deal about playing a wide variety of jazz styles.

The SCC Jazz Ensemble rehearses on Wednesdays from 7-8:50 p.m. Performances are held at the end of each semester.

SCC Orchestra

The orchestra at SCC is a college-based ensemble that is made up of college students, community residents and high school students. They are always looking for new members, and encourage anyone from St. Charles County and surrounding counties to join the ensemble.

The orchestra rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:20 p.m. during the regular college semester. They have a performance at the conclusion of each semester.

The literature they perform is a variety of standard orchestra repertoire, currently focusing on various movements of symphonies, opera overtures and some arrangements of standard works. They also try to include newer works for orchestra and other more modern works by some of the greatest 20th century composers.

For more information about the SCC Orchestra, contact Mary Sweetin at msweetin@stchas.edu.

SCC Singers

The St. Charles Community College Singers ensemble was established by Gene Ditch at SCC for the fall 1993 semester. This non-auditioned ensemble is open to college and community residents who enjoy singing and sharing their talents with others. Members of the SCC Singers work on music of various styles and genres culminating in public performance at the end of each semester.

Some of the works the choir has performed include the Rutter "Requiem," the Schubert "Deutsche Masse," and the Ralph Vaughan Williams "Hodie" in conjunction with the Chamber Choir and Orchestra. During the 2005 fall semester they were involved in a combined performance of the Robert Shaw choral suite, "The Many Moods of Christmas" and other seasonal literature.

Each spring semester the choir rehearses secular and sacred college level literature and includes small ensemble and solo performance opportunities for its members.

If you would like more information about the SCC Singers, contact Becky Thorn at bthorn@stchas.edu.

SCC Chamber Choir

The SCC Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble of mixed voices for up to 30 singers. Offered during the fall semester, the choir performs accompanied and unaccompanied chamber music and on occasion joins with other choral groups on campus to perform literature for large ensemble.

Originally established in the fall of 1997 to perform a fall madrigal, the choir has performed the Rutter "Requiem," the Schubert "Deutsche Messe" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Hodie" in conjunction with the SCC Singers and Orchestra.

Along with performances on campus, the group also performs for social and community events in St. Charles County. Selected members of the Chamber Choir may also perform with the Community College Collegiate Choir for the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) state events and every four years with the All-State Collegiate Choir for the Missouri Music Educator's Convention.

The chamber choir rehearses from 11-11:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Interested persons should register for the course and attend class the first week of the fall semester to learn the audition material. Auditions will take place at the end of the first week with a well-voiced and balanced ensemble being the goal.

If you would like more information about the chamber choir at SCC, contact Becky Thorn at bthorn@stchas.edu.

SCC Show Choir

The Show Choir is an auditioned ensemble of mixed voices for up to 16 singers. Audiences have been thrilled by the performances of this spring semester ensemble which was originally selected from the Chamber Choir but is now being offered independently.

Musical literature selected from Broadway and Hollywood shows will be performed. In addition to full chorus work, soloists and small ensembles are selected. Under the musical direction of Gene Ditch the scenes are then staged and choreographed by Lynne Snyder. Final performances often include sets and costumes from some well-known and some not so well known musical theater shows.

Along with performances on campus, the group also performs for social and community events in the St. Charles County area. Selected members of the Show Choir may also perform with the Community College Collegiate Choir for the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) state events and every four years with the All-State Collegiate Choir for the Missouri Music Educator's Convention.

The Show Choir rehearses five days per week during the spring semester from 11-11:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Interested persons should register for the course and attend class the first week of each semester to learn the audition material which will include simple choreography. Auditions will take place at the end of the first week with a well-voiced and balanced ensemble being the goal.

If you would like more information about the Show Choir at SCC, please contact Becky Thorn, director at bthorn@stchas.edu.

SCC Musical Theater

The Music Department, in cooperation with the Theater Department, offers courses in Music Theater History, Music Theater Appreciation (for those students needing to fulfill their humanities requirements) and a Music Theater Workshop each semester.

During the fall semester, students enrolled in the history or appreciation course will study the origins of musical theater in America up through Rodgers' and Hammerstein's groundbreaking musical Oklahoma. Fall workshop students will prepare and present musical selections from the period being studied and apply acting styles to each performance.

During the spring semester students will begin the semester with Rodgers' and Hammerstein's shows through the musicals of today. Workshop students will prepare songs from those eras applying acting styles appropriate for each.

Each summer the Music Department in cooperation with the Center Stage Theatre at SCC presents a large scale production. Past shows have included Once Upon a Mattress, She Loves Me, State Fair, The Mikado, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Big River, The Music Man, Anything Goes and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Students working on the musicals may enroll and receive instrumental, vocal, theater or dance credit through their involvement.

If you would like more information about the Musical Theater courses or the summer musical at SCC, contact Becky Thorn at bthorn@stchas.edu or Lynne Snyder at lsnyder@stchas.edu.

SCC Opera Workshop Theater

The SCC Opera Workshop Theater is an ensemble of mixed voices varying in size. Offered during the Fall semester, the ensemble performs scenes from opera and operetta. It is suitable for both emerging vocal skills and more mature voices. SCC students and community members are welcome. Productions are geared towards “new to the genre” audiences, and have English translations if/when they are needed.

The goal of this group is to provide an educational performance atmosphere. Ensemble members participate in various ways: critical listening, exploring movement, oral communication (in English and foreign languages), and dramatic expression. Participation in an outstanding ensemble creates self-esteem and a sense of true accomplishment.

The Opera Workshop Theater rehearses 4-5:20pm on Mondays and Wednesdays (although members may not be required to attend all of that time based on show casting). The Fall semester ensemble performs the show in January. Auditions for cast placement are held the first week of the Fall semester at the regular rehearsal time. Auditioning persons are asked to bring a classical or folk song to sing. SCC Opera Workshop Theater creates the finest possible product with the time and talent available.

If you would like more information about SCC Opera Workshop Theater, contact Catherine Murray at cmurray@stchas.edu.

Interested musicians may register for music ensembles for college credit or for non-credit (audit).

Sign up now for Applied Music Classes in piano, woodwind, strings, percussion, brass and voice.

Applied Music Classes (Private Music Instruction)

  • Guitar (jazz or classical)
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass (jazz or classical)
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Flute
  • Saxophone (jazz or classical)
  • Clarinet
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Percussion
  • Drum set (rock and jazz rock study)
  • Piano lessons
  • Vocal lessons

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Karen Murray,
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636-922-8556
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Becky Thorn,
Program Chair
636-922-8399
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