Schwob School of Music Ensembles
Orchestral Activities - Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Professor Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities. The CSU Philharmonic is the primary ensemble, performing three programs or more per semester. The repertoire is formed from the standard canon, a mix of contemporary music, and concerti performed with internationally acclaimed artists, esteemed faculty, and student concerto competition winners. The Philharmonic works with the chorus, serves as the orchestra for both operas and musicals, and is open to qualified students by audition only.
Wind Ensemble Activities - The area of Wind Ensemble Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Dr. Jamie L. Nix. This area includes the CSU Wind Ensemble (the premier touring and recording ensemble), the CSU Wind Orchestra, and the CSU Chamber Winds. All ensembles perform repertoire from the traditional to the cutting edge of contemporary art music. All ensembles are made up of select auditioned student members and perform on level with the finest ensembles of this type in the country.
Vocal Ensemble Activities - Under the Direction of Dr. Ianthe Marini, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair and Director of Choral Activities. This area includes the University Singers (comprised of music majors and theater majors), the Choral Union (comprised of students and members of the community), and the Chamber Singers (an audition based ensemble of 18 singers). The University Singers and the Chamber Singers are committed to singing a diverse set of repertoire from the Medieval to Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century repertoire, and music of the American tradition (jazz, musical theater, African American Spiritual, Gospel, American folk, shapenote), and folk songs from the Around the Globe. The Choral Union is committed to singing the large choral/orchestral masterworks, and often collaborates with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Past collaborations have included Verdi Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and Carmina Burana, among others of the canon. The Choral Activities Department is committed to collaborating with the CSU Philharmonic and the CSU Wind Ensemble, as well as with the Bo Bartlett Center, the dance department, and the theater department.
Jazz Ensemble - Under the direction of Dr. Kevin Whalen, the Columbus State University Jazz Ensemble is the flagship ensemble of the CSU Jazz Studies Program. This 17-piece large jazz ensemble focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. Comprised of many of the finest musicians at the CSU Schwob School of Music, the group actively performs for diverse audiences in Columbus and throughout the southern United States.
Contemporary Ensemble - This adventurous group is directed by Professor Paul Hostetter the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities, and performs music by composers of the 20th and 21st century. It sometimes uses multimedia including sophisticated electronics and film and presents the most advanced musical challenges.
Opera Theatre - The Schwob School of Music boasts one of the few undergraduate opera theater programs in the nation.
Percussion Activities - The CSU Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dr. Paul Vaillancourt. It presents several concerts every year which includes some touring in the spring. In addition to ensemble activities, percussion majors also perform on studio and chamber music recitals.
Small Ensemble Opportunities
The Schwob School of Music provides numerous opportunities for chamber music, including, but not limited to, the following. For more information on these chamber ensembles, contact an applied teacher in the appropriate area.
- woodwind trio/quartet/quintet
- flute trio/quartet/choir
- clarinet quartet/choir
- bassoon quartet
- double reed ensembles
- saxophone quartet
- trumpet quartet/ensemble
- horn quartet/choir
- trombone quartet/octet/choir
- tuba-euphonium quartet/choir
- percussion ensembles of all sizes
- string quartet
- strings and piano trio/quartet
- piano and winds
- guitar duo/quartet
- vocal chamber music
- jazz combo
- popular music ensemble