Ensembles are offered for degree credit. Ensembles within the same family can be repeated four times with CRNs having A-D listings.  Students wishing to be in more than one ensemble per semester within the same family can petition with the Music Department Chair to do so. All ensembles meet in the C-100 Building.

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San Diego Mesa College Classical Guitar Ensemble

Classical Guitar Ensemble, directed by George Svoboda

This course provides for the study and performance of selected guitar ensemble works. After an audition, each student is assigned to an ensemble. Students practice and perform in an intermediate-to-advanced guitar ensemble, focusing on developing their skills in reading music, as well as the technical and interpretative skills required in the performance of a wide variety of works from different historical eras. The course topics will be different with each repetition as the musical repertoire presented and performed differs each time the course is offered. Attendance at classes, rehearsals and performances is required. 2 Units, MUSI 256 A-D. 

Contact: George Svoboda gsvoboda@sdccd.edu

YouTube video Fall 2015: https://youtu.be/UmrylOw0PLs

YouTube video Fall 2015: https://youtu.be/Biibq7qG9Q4

YouTube video Fall 2015: https://youtu.be/K7Af18rEdAY

YouTube video Spring 2016: https://youtu.be/4Xr6TM8WzqU

Additional Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mesa-College-Guitar-Ensemble/245418765478785 

San Diego Mesa College Concert Jazz Band

Concert Jazz Band, directed by Ian Tordella

A selected group of limited membership devoted to the preparation and performance of the best contemporary jazz and stage band literature. Designed to meet the needs of the student desiring to enter the field of professional stage band work, but open to qualified students of any department of the college. The group gives public concerts and supplies music for college functions. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is an integral part of this course. Offered every semester. 1 Unit, MUSI 252.  Contact: Ian Tordella itordell@sdccd.edu

Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bob Magnusson

This course is a study of small jazz ensemble music performance at the beginning level. Students are seated in ensemble groups according to their technical ability in preparation for performance. This course is designed for music majors and anyone interested in playing with an ensemble. 1 Unit, MUSI 253 A-D. Contact: Bob Magnusson bobmagnusson@cox.net

San Diego Mesa College Vocal Ensemble

Vocal Ensemble, directed by Elena Vizuet

Vocal Ensemble is an intermediate choral ensemble that focuses on developing music-reading, aural and vocal skills in the preparation and performance of a wide variety of choral works. Enrollment is by audition. Members are expected to have some previous choral and vocal experience. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.  2.5 Units, MUSI 210 A-D.  Contact: Elana Vizuet evizuet@sdccd.edu

Additional Web: http://mesamusic.org/choir/Ensemble_site/Vocal_Ensemble.html

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPPQzY6peQE

World Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. N. Scott Robinson

This course is a world music ensemble, which exposes students to a variety of world music traditions, including those found in Uganda (East Africa), Ghana (West Africa), Zaïre (Central Africa), and Brazil (South America). Students will learn basic techniques on a variety of percussion instruments and learn to sing traditional vocal pieces. Repertoire covered involves learning through oral tradition and alternative notation. No prior experience needed and no audition required. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is required.  2 Units, MUSI 251 A-D.  Contact: Dr. N. Scott Robinson nsrobins@sdccd.edu

Additional Ensembles in Residence