Performance and Research Opportunities
A performer's "research" is usually the development of performance skills through rehearsal, guidance and commitment. Hamilton's eight ensembles offer a breadth of opportunity exceptional for a college of our size. Students are encouraged to participate in more than one ensemble, and participation earns partial course credit. Solo performance options are also provided.
- Choir. This group of about 60 singers produces a musical or operetta each year and undertakes an annual spring concert tour.
- Orchestra. The Orchestra includes more than 50 students and has recently performed the works of Bartók, Beethoven, Copland, Mozart, Sibelius, and Stravinsky. The Orchestra frequently commissions and premieres new works for orchestra.
- Jazz Ensemble. Focusing on the big band sound, the Jazz Ensemble also provides opportunities for improvisation. It has toured New England and performed at Carnegie Hall.
- Masterworks Chorale. The Hamilton College Masterworks Chorale, numbering about 135 singers, brings together students, faculty, staff and neighbors to sing oratorios and other large choral works.
- Brass Ensemble. The Brass Ensemble provides music for various College functions and performs concerts off campus. The campus enjoys the Brass Ensemble's "guerrilla caroling" on the last day of classes each fall semester.
- Woodwind ensembles. These ensembles encourage the study and performance of music for various combinations of wind instruments. The repertory has included works by Mozart, Richard Strauss, Jacques Ibert and Irving Fine.
- Chamber music groups. These groups give instrumentalists the opportunity to participate in small ensembles made up of a variety of string and wind instruments and piano.
- Solo performance. Vocal and instrumental soloists have a range of performing opportunities, including departmental concerts, recitals and featured appearances with ensembles. The department offers courses in vocal and instrumental solo performance by a faculty of private instructors. A fee is charged for such instruction; students receiving financial aid are eligible for assistance in meeting the cost.