FCC Music Ensembles
We offer a variety of courses ranging from music theory and history, ensemble performance classes, group instruction, and individual applied lessons on over seventeen instruments, including voice, piano, woodwinds, brass and guitar. To find out more about the music courses available and when they are offered, please see the current Schedule of Classes.. If you have any questions, please contact the music department office at 301.846.2566.
FCC”s performing ensembles are open to all FCC students, community members, and high school students through college credit or noncredit enrollment. Our rosters include talented musicians from Frederick and surrounding areas. All groups rehearse once weekly and have an on-campus concert each semester, in addition to other performing opportunities in the community. For information regarding eligibility and placement, contact the director listed for each ensemble.
The Frederick Community College Flute Choir, established in 2001, is open to intermediate and advanced flutists. Current players include talented middle and high school students, college-level students and adults. The size of the ensemble, while not limited, ordinarily averages between 11 and 13 musicians. Its season, running from September through May, consists of three on-campus recitals and several concerts in the community.
The Choir performs a varied repertoire, including classical, jazz and ragtime arrangements of standard literature, as well as numerous works written specifically for Flute Choir. Past programs have featured such popular works as:
• Hallelujah Chorus” from G.F. Handel’s Messiah
• Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky
• Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin
• Sleeping Beauty” and “Nutcracker Suite” by P.I. Tchaikovsky
• Celtic Suite’ and “Caderas” by Michael Coolen
• Stone Suite” by Sonny Burnette
• Mother Goose Suite” by Maurice Ravel
The FCC Flute Choir currently owns one bass flute and two alto flutes and will often add string bass, bass clarinet, harp or percussion to its programs. Past concert themes include:
• Flutes Around the World”
• Voices of the American West”
• Jazz It Up”
• Fairytales and Legends”
• A Patriotic Salute to Veterans”
The Choir rehearses Wednesday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. For specific course number and enrollment, consult the Continuing Education Schedule.
Prospective players are invited to contact Flute Choir Director Jennifer Rundlett to arrange a phone interview and audition.
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The FCC Jazz Ensemble has flourished under the leadership of Howard Burns, who became its director in 1990. The group regularly participates in area swing dances, jazz clinics, community events, and college activities. In the past few years, the Ensemble ahs developed a reputation for its polished sound and its mastery of sophisticated jazz repertoire.
Membership is open to high school students, community members and college students. For credit enrollment in MU119, 120, 219 or 220, see the Credit Schedule of Classes. Permission of instructor is required. For non-credit enrollment, see the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.
For more information, contact the director, Howard Burns at 301.733.0859.
The weekly Jazz Two ensemble meets Monday evenings during the fall and spring semesters. It focuses on all aspects of jazz performance, including jazz theory, harmony, rhythms and improvisation. Students collaborate in small groups to make their own arrangements of the songs. Jazz Two includes a mixed group of instrumentalists.
“Together they learn songs from the standard jazz repertoire and work on the many aspects of improvising and playing small group jazz,” said Thomas. “Working with only a melody line and chords, the class members create their own arrangements of the songs.”
Members of Jazz Two are both credit and noncredit students. Many are Frederick residents, but some travel from Hagerstown, Md., and Harper’s Ferry, .W.VA., to participate.
New members are welcome and may contact director Anita Thomas to learn more about the ensemble.
The FCC Percussion Ensemble is open to college students and community musicians with a love of percussion. In addition to performing standard percussion ensemble repertoire and transcriptions of rock, jazz and popular music, the group will explore percussion music from around the world.
The only requirement for joining the ensemble is the ability to read music. Previous ensemble experience on drums, keyboard or auxiliary percussion is recommended, but not required. Includes participation in an on-campus recital. The Ensemble currently rehearses on Friday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Greg Herron at 443.621.8694). For specific course number and enrollment, consult the Continuing Education Schedule.
FCC’s fastest-growing ensemble is open to FCC students, the area’s top high school students, and talented musicians of all ages from Frederick and surrounding areas. Repertoire includes concert band standards, marches, light classical, Broadway, jazz and movie soundtracts. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 6:30- 9 p.m. at Monocacy Middle School Band Hall.
Students may enroll for credit or non-credit. For non-credit enrollment, see the Education schedule.
For credit enrollment in MU123, 124, 223, or 224, see the Credit Schedule of Classes.
For more information, contact the director, Aaron Lovely or 703.401.8971.
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Choral Arts Society of Frederick
FCC currently maintains two vocal ensembles, The Choral Arts Society of Frederick, open to community members by audition, and FCC students (MU117, 118, 217, 218), and a Chamber Ensemble, open to FCC students by audition. Rehearsals for the Choral Arts Society are Tuesday evenings from 7:45-10:20 p.m. and the Chamber Ensemble meets at various times based on student schedules.
The Choral Arts Society of Frederick has been in existence for over 60 years, and performs 2 concerts on the FCC campus each year. In addition to these concerts, the CASF has performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Howard Burns Big Band, The Maryland Renaissance Festival and at venues throughout the city and state.
The Chamber Ensemble will perform Chamber Music of the Renaissance to present, and will meet once a week, at the discretion of the director.
Past Repertoire Includes:
• Requiem (Mozart)
• The Messiah, G.F. Handel
• Magnificat, A. Vivaldi
• Lord Nelson Mass, Haydn
• Africa, The King’s Singers
• Liebesleider Waltzes, J. Brahms
• O Whistle and I’ll Come to Ye, M. Wilberg
• Java Jive, The Manhattan Transfer
For information or to schedule an audition, please contact Lynn Staininger, 443.621.8694
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FCC’s newest ensemble, The FCC String Ensemble is open to all community, college, secondary and elementary school string players—violin, viola, cello and bass. Anyone with the prerequisite of at least one year of study on an instrument is invited to participate. Instructor Lynn Fleming will find music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary musical periods to fit the ensemble. The group currently rehearses on Tuesday evenings.
Students may register for the FCC String Ensemble through the College’s Continuing Education division or for credit through the academic division (MU171). For more information contact Lynn Fleming, 301.972.4296
Frederick Symphony Orchestra
The Frederick Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra which rehearses and performs at FCC. College students may enroll in Orchestral Ensemble (MU121, 122, 221, 222) to play with the orchestra through FCC’s credit program. Permission of instructor and audition required.
Please see the FSO website www.fredericksymphony.org for more information, or contact the FCC instructor, James Tung.
The orchestra rehearses Thursday evenings at FCC.<
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