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Orchestra is a full seventy-piece orchestra comprised
of students, faculty, and staff at Caltech and players from the community. The orchestra meets once weekly, on Tuesday evenings. Noted guest artists regularly perform and work with the orchestra, including the renowned concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martin Chalifour, giving Caltech students a unique musical opportunity to interact with prominent musical figures. Recent programs have included symphonies by Mahler,
Brahms, and Beethoven, as well as contemporary compositions.
The orchestra also sponsors an annual concerto competition
to give exceptionally accomplished student soloists the opportunity
to perform with the orchestra.
The Caltech Jazz Band rehearses one night a week, followed by an informal
improvisation class. Local jazz professionals often stop by to perform
with the band as guest artists, as well as offer clinics. Past clinicians
include members of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,
the Brian Setzer Orchestra, legendary composer Bill Holman, and members of
the great Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras. Artists who have
played with the bands include: Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Billy Childs,
Steve Houghton, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Sal Lozano, and
Greg Bisonette. The Jazz Band’s latest CD, The Capitol Sessions, was
recorded at the infamous Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
The Concert Band only rehearses once a week and performs three major concerts a year. Artists who have performed with the Concert Band include clarinetists David Schiffren, Julia Heinen, Eddie Daniels, trumpeters Tony Plog and Allen Vizzutti, tuba virtuoso Jim Self, and oboist Allan Vogel. Major works in past years include performances of compositions by Frank Ticheli, Gustav Holst, Stanley Friedman, David Gillingham, Eric Whitacre, Rolf Ruden, Raymond Burkhart, Les Deutsch, and Charles Ives. The Concert Band has recorded two CD's that are available for sale at the Caltech Bookstore.
Approximately thirty trios, quartets and quintets
of varying instrumentation comprise Caltech's Chamber
Music ensembles. Instrumentalists are grouped with those of
similar abilities and rehearse weekly in preparation for public
recitals, master classes and occasional performance for campus
parties. Ensembles perform a wide variety of music ranging from
Renaissance dances for recorders to Baroque trio sonatas, Classical
string quartets, piano quartets by the Romantic masters, and the
twentieth century music for winds. The Chamber Music Program also
includes music for piano four-hands and two pianos.
|Class instruction in Guitar is
offered each term. Beginning Guitar requires
no previous experience and provides an introduction to basic
technique and musicianship, and includes classical, flamenco,
and folk as well as jazz chord system. Intermediate
Guitar emphasizes reading notes on the entire fingerboard
and offers a more thorough study of classical technique and musicianship. Advanced
Guitar, for the serious student, provides exploration
of the expanded classical repertoire and a thorough treatment
of musical interpretation and performance techniques. Works from
the Renaissance through the Contemporary period are covered.