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Civic Chamber Ensembles

Chamber Ensembles are open to piano, string, woodwind, saxophone, brass, and percussion musicians. Each chamber ensemble is coached by two Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians, who bring specialized knowledge of the preparation and performance of chamber music to our students. Students will perform up to four performances a year, including DSO Pre-ConcerTalks and community venues throughout Metro-Detroit. Advanced ensembles may participate in local and regional competitions. Ensembles will be formed based on age, level and instrumentation.

Ensembles available in 2014-15 are as follows: 

  • Slatkin String Quartet
  • Paray String Quartet
  • Gabrilowitsch String Quartet
  • Järvi String Quartet
  • Herbig Piano Quartet
  • Dorati Woodwind Quintet
  • Krueger Brass Quintet
  • Ceccato Saxophone Quartet
  • Erling Flute Choir

 Ensembles may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by placement audition only and previous ensemble experience is required.


Civic Percussion Ensemble

Percussion ensemble is an essential part of a percussionist’s education. Students will discover new instruments, repertoire, techniques, and styles as well as develop sight-reading, performance, and ensemble skills. Repertoire will cover selections from classical, jazz, Latin, funk, and rock idioms. The Civic Percussion Ensemble will be instructed by Civic Alumni and DSO Musicians who bring specialized knowledge of the preparation and performance of chamber music to our students. Students will perform up to three performances a year in the Max M. Fisher Music Center.

Ensemble may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by placement audition only.


Civic New Orleans Ensemble

In this ensemble, musicians are provided a unique opportunity to study the music of New Orleans brass bands and parade bands. Musicians learn their entire repertoire in the traditional New Orleans way, "by ear" instead of reading traditional music notation. Through performance each musician demonstrates their understanding of melody, counter melody, harmony, bass lines, and drum cadences. Collective improvisation and embellished counterpoint and accompaniment are unique characteristics of this ensemble’s learning environment. This ensemble is open to trumpet, clarinet, trombone, guitar, banjo, bass, tuba and percussion musicians.

Ensemble may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by placement audition only.


Civic Jazz Combos

Civic Jazz Combos provide opportunities for advanced students to gain advanced jazz experience in the small group setting. Students compose their own arrangements and experiencing a higher level of professional performance.  These ensembles are open to advanced musicians in piano, guitar, bass, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and percussion. Mixed-instrument trios, quartets and quintets will be formed based on age, level and instrumentation. Students may perform up to four performances a year, including Civic Family Experience performances, DSO Events and in community venues throughout Metro-Detroit and at the Civic Jam Series at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club in Detroit.

Ensembles may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by placement audition only.


 Civic Classes and Labs

Civic Piano Lab

Civic Piano Lab was created in 2012 and is available for students ages 9 - adult. These group piano classes reflect the DSO’s belief that all people are musical regardless of age, ability, or experience. With this course of piano instruction, tradition and technology meet in harmony. Civic Piano Lab provides an ideal setting in which to develop a student's musical creativity. Size and amount of classes offered is based upon interest from students. Beginner and Advanced piano classes are available based upon interest.

Classes may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by application. A placement listening session may be held.


 

Civic Jazz Theory Lab

This workshop-style class provides talented high school students the opportunity to receive training in the tradition of jazz theory and form while honing their improvisation skills. This class provides opportunity for application of jazz theory skills. Students explore selected jazz repertoire in-depth applying technical and theoretical concepts. Students who participate in this class have the opportunity to receive individual, hands-on training which they can apply to their performance ensembles and combos.

Class may be offered based upon sufficient interest from students.

Membership is by application. A placement listening session may be held.


Civic Music Theory Class

Whether you are a musician looking to prepare yourself for the music theory entrance exam in college, a budding composer or an adult who has always wanted to learn how to read music, the Civic Theory Classes are the place for you! These group theory lessons will further develop your background in music theory and provide you with the foundational knowledge you'll need to be a more effective writer and player. By taking a theory class you will have opportunity to gain knowledge of the fundamental concepts such as scales, intervals, chords, harmony that will provide you with a solid base of musical knowledge. 

Beginner and advanced theory classes may be available based upon interest.

Membership is by application. A placement test may be given to determine class curriculum.