Participation in a chamber music ensemble is among the most challenging and rewarding
musical experiences a student can have. Playing in a small conductor-less group (duet,
trio, quartet, quintet, or ensemble) with one player per part develops listening,
communication, and teamwork skills.
The size of the chamber groups and the number of students enrolled in chamber music
vary from semester to semester. Some groups wish to stay and work together for two
or more terms, while other students form new groups. Every semester, we have different
combinations of instruments (strings, winds, piano) and different choices of repertoire.
As their final project, students perform in a chamber music concert at the end of
The Percussion Ensemble offers a variety of musical opportunities and experiences.
The ensemble is designed to help percussionists develop valuable ensemble skills within
the percussion family, skills that are a necessity in any ensemble. Also, the ensemble
allows each and every percussionist to become a more involved component in the overall
production of the music. Not only is each student given the responsibility to execute
the music to the best of their ability, but also the individual parts carry a more
primary role within the music.
Due to the large spectrum of percussion ensemble literature, this ensemble also gets
a chance to explore many different composers and styles of music from all around the
world. It also encourages student compositions, arrangements, and soloists to be involved
within the performances.
The ensemble is not only composed of applied major and minors, but also the students
enrolled in the Percussion Technique course. Enrollment varies depending on the choice
of repertoire. Rehearsals are scheduled for once a week for two hours. The ensemble
performs at least two full programs per year, plus a possibility of involvement with
the New Music Cafe and noon "Brown Bag" Concerts.
The flute choir is designed to be a fine arts opportunity open to all flutists at
IWU, majors as well as minors and non-majors. Because it is comprised of several
levels of music ability, it opens doors to exploring many different composers and
styles of music. It encourages small group work within the larger ensemble to improve
valuable skills necessary in any ensemble regardless of size. Rehearsals are scheduled
for once a week for one to two hours depending on the demands of the performing schedule.
The flute choir performs several times a semester, encompassing chapel services, community
functions, outreach and social activities, recitals and/or competitions.
IWU Saxophone Quartet
This ensemble may be taken for credit and is composed of music majors and minors but
is also open to non-music majors at the discretion of the sponsor/ coach. Its purpose
is to develop ensemble experience for saxophonists as they explore original and transcribed
saxophone quartet literature, primarily of the French saxophone quartet makeup, i.e.,
soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. On occasion they also add an additional
alto or soprano, depending on the requirements of the piece(s) and do a few quintets
for program variety. The ensemble plays at least once each semester in public on
chamber music or departmental recitals and may do a full or half recital of its own
in the spring semester.