Music, Applied and Ensembles (MUSA) Courses

MUSA 105 VC Applied Voice
1/2 or 1 hour. Study of proper voice production, with emphasis on posture, breathing, and resonance. Studies from the standard repertoires, including English songs, Italian classics, German lieder, French art songs, oratorio and operatic arias, and selected contemporary works. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 PN Applied Piano
1/2 or 1 hour. Technical exercises, scales, and arpeggios in various rhythms; études of varying difficulty, such as those by Duvernoy, Burgmuller, Heller, Czerny, and Clementi. Repertoire from the historical periods are studied, including selected contemporary composers. A select group of concerti are also studied. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 OR Applied Organ
1/2 or 1 hour. Basic study of pedal and manual techniques. Standard works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 ST Applied Strings
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Basic fundamentals, posture, bow, and arm techniques, shifting, and vibrato. Included are scale and arpeggio studies and works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 WW Applied Woodwinds
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and bassoon. Tone production, scales, and arpeggios in various articulations. Includes technical studies and works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 BR Applied Brass
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba. Technical studies include tone production, scales, and arpeggios with various articulation. Works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire are studied. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 PR Applied Percussion
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on snare drum, tympani, the mallet instruments, and drum set. An in-depth study of all the percussion instruments used in the wind ensemble and orchestra. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 GT Applied Guitar
1/2 or 1 hour. Study of playing techniques, with emphasis on chordal knowledge and basic strums. Solos and ensemble pieces will be included for each student at his or her performance level. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 105 JZ Applied Jazz
1/2 or 1 hour. A study of improvisational methods through task-oriented performance of selected jazz repertoire. The goal of this class is to introduce concepts and practice methods used by jazz artists to gain provisation skills and to apply them to your own practice and performance over selected jazz repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 VC Applied Voice
1/2 or 1 hour. Study of proper voice production, with emphasis on posture, breathing, and resonance. Studies from the standard repertoires, including English songs, Italian classics, German lieder, French art songs, oratorio and operatic arias, and selected contemporary works. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 PN Applied Piano
1/2 or 1 hour. Technical exercises, scales, and arpeggios in various rhythms; études of varying difficulty, such as those by Duvernoy, Burgmuller, Heller, Czerny, and Clementi. Repertoire from the historical periods are studied, including selected contemporary composers. A select group of concerti are also studied. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 OR Applied Organ
1/2 or 1 hour. Basic study of pedal and manual techniques. Standard works from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and Modern periods. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 ST Applied Strings
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Basic fundamentals, posture, bow, and arm techniques, shifting, and vibrato. Included are scale and arpeggio studies and works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 WW Applied Woodwinds
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, and bassoon. Tone production, scales, and arpeggios in various articulations. Includes technical studies and works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 BR Applied Brass
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba. Technical studies include tone production, scales, and arpeggios with various articulation. Works from the standard solo and orchestral repertoire are studied. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 PR Applied Percussion
1/2 or 1 hour. Instruction on snare drum, tympani, the mallet instruments, and drum set. An in-depth study of all the percussion instruments used in the wind ensemble and orchestra. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 GT Applied Guitar
1/2 or 1 hour. Study of playing techniques, with emphasis on chordal knowledge and basic strums. Solos and ensemble pieces will be included for each student at his or her performance level. Additional course fee is required.

MUSA 305 JZ Applied Jazz
1/2 or 1 hour. A study of improvisational methods through task-oriented performance of selected jazz repertoire. The goal of this class is to introduce concepts and practice methods used by jazz artists to gain provisation skills and to apply them to your own practice and performance over selected jazz repertoire. Additional course fee is required.

Ensembles

MUSA 115 Master Chorus
1/2 hour. This chorus is composed of members of the community and open to all university students, faculty, staff, and alumni singers. The chorus, usually accompanied by orchestra, performs a major and/or master sacred choral work each spring. Handel's Messiah is usually performed every third year.

MUSA 125C Concert Choir
1/2 or 1 hour. The Concert Choir is committed to excellent choral singing in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary sacred and gospel arrangements, spirituals, and hymn settings. The choir's combined commitment to excellence and ministry finds expression in concerts given on campus and in churches throughout the Northwest. Rehearsals are held four days a week.
Prerequisite: audition.

MUSA 125O Opera Workshop
1 hour. The purpose of this course is to provide intensive training in the musical, linguistic and theatrical aspects of opera production. A workshop-based ensemble in which students prepare and present scenes from complete works of traditional and contemporary operatic literature culminates in a semi-staged public performance.

MUSA 125T Music Theatre
1/2 or 1 hour. Membership is open to all students interested in the production aspects of theatre. This organization offers one major presentation each spring. Works performed include Broadway musicals, light opera, music reviews, and an occasional opera. Orchestra accompaniment generally is used, and productions are completely staged, choreographed, costumed, and lighted.
Prerequisite: chorus members and leading roles are selected by audition.

MUSA 135A Chamber Singers
1/2 hour. This ensemble sings a flexible repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals through contemporary vocal jazz settings and Christian contemporary gospel. Members present concerts in the Portland region and participate in various campus concerts.
Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir.

MUSA 135B Chorale
1/2 hour. A chorus of men's and/or women's voices using a variety of sacred and secular literature that is appropriate to members' skill level. Students learn proper tone production and sight-reading skills and experience rehearsal techniques that will prepare them for Concert Choir and/or singing beyond graduation. This class meets twice a week.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission at the beginning of each semester.

MUSA 135H George Fox University Handbell Ringers
1/2 hour. This musical ensemble shares its music with community agencies, churches, and university audiences. Limited to 11 ringers.
Prerequisite: audition/interview.

MUSA 135J Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1/2 hour. A vocal ensemble and rhythm section specializing in the preparation, study, and performance of vocal jazz. Performances are usually for university events and some off-campus concerts. Vocalists will learn to improvise and sing with style and tone appropriate to the idiom. Rhythm section players will learn how to effectively accompany, improvise, and play as a trio.
Prerequisite: audition, instructor's permission, and concurrently enrolled in major ensembles.

MUSA 145B Symphonic Band
1/2 or 1 hour. The Symphonic Band is a touring ensemble that plays concerts throughout the Northwest. The spring tour repertoire is played in schools, churches, and for chapel. This ensemble serves to train students for careers in instrumental conducting and performing.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUSA 145J Jazz Ensemble
1/2 hour. An ensemble organized to train instrumentalists in the jazz repertoire. Performances are usually for school events and some off-campus concerts.
Prerequisite: members who are music majors must also be enrolled in the Symphonic Band.

MUSA 145K Keyboard Ensemble
1/2 hour. Open to any piano student, regardless of major. The repertoire includes all styles, with emphasis on pieces composed for multiple keyboards. Participants share in performance opportunities. For music majors who are not vocal students or do not play band or orchestral instruments, the course will satisfy the "major ensemble" requirement.
Prerequisite: audition or instructor's permission.

MUSA 155 Chehalem Symphony Orchestra
1/2 or 1 hour. The symphony orchestra performs music by the master composers of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Concertos featuring student soloists are often part of the annual repertoire. Community and faculty musicians combine with university students to form this ensemble. Performances include fall and spring concerts, as well as accompaniment of the Master Chorus.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUSA 165 Instrumental Ensemble
1/2 hour. An ensemble organized to meet the needs of the instrumental music student who desires to explore literature for the small ensemble, such as string quartet, brass quartet, woodwind quintet, or flute ensemble.

MUSA 315 Master Chorus
1/2 hour. This chorus is composed of members of the community and open to all university students, faculty, staff, and alumni singers. The chorus, usually accompanied by orchestra, performs a major and/or master sacred choral work each spring. Handel's Messiah is usually performed every third year.

MUSA 325C Concert Choir
1/2 or 1 hour. The Concert Choir is committed to excellent choral singing in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary sacred and gospel arrangements, spirituals, and hymn settings. The choir's combined commitment to excellence and ministry finds expression in concerts given on campus and in churches throughout the Northwest. Rehearsals are held four days a week.
Prerequisite: audition.

MUSA 325O Opera Workshop
1 hour. The purpose of this course is to provide intensive training in the musical, linguistic and theatrical aspects of opera production. A workshop-based ensemble in which students prepare and present scenes from complete works of traditional and contemporary operatic literature culminates in a semi-staged public performance.

MUSA 325T Music Theatre
1/2 or 1 hour. Membership is open to all students interested in the production aspects of theatre. This organization offers one major presentation each spring. Works performed include Broadway musicals, light opera, music reviews, and an occasional opera. Orchestra accompaniment generally is used, and productions are completely staged, choreographed, costumed, and lighted.
Prerequisite: chorus members and leading roles are selected by audition.

MUSA 335A Chamber Singers
1/2 hour. This ensemble sings a flexible repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals through contemporary vocal jazz settings and Christian contemporary gospel. Members present concerts in the Portland region and participate in various campus concerts.
Prerequisite: audition and concurrent enrollment in Concert Choir.

MUSA 335B Chorale
1/2 hour. A chorus of men's and/or women's voices using a variety of sacred and secular literature that is appropriate to members' skill level. Students learn proper tone production and sight-reading skills and experience rehearsal techniques that will prepare them for Concert Choir and/or singing beyond graduation. This class meets twice a week.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission at the beginning of each semester.

MUSA 335H George Fox University Handbell Ringers
1/2 hour. This musical ensemble shares its music with community agencies, churches, and university audiences. Limited to 11 ringers.
Prerequisite: audition/interview.

MUSA 335J Vocal Jazz Ensemble
1/2 hour. A vocal ensemble and rhythm section specializing in the preparation, study, and performance of vocal jazz. Performances are usually for university events and some off-campus concerts. Vocalists will learn to improvise and sing with style and tone appropriate to the idiom. Rhythm section players will learn how to effectively accompany, improvise, and play as a trio.
Prerequisite: audition, instructor's permission, and concurrently enrolled in major ensembles.

MUSA 345B Symphonic Band
1/2 or 1 hour. The Symphonic Band is a touring ensemble that plays concerts throughout the Northwest. The spring tour repertoire is played in schools, churches, and for chapel. This ensemble serves to train students for careers in instrumental conducting and performing.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUSA 345J Jazz Ensemble
1/2 hour. An ensemble organized to train instrumentalists in the jazz repertoire. Performances are usually for school events and some off-campus concerts.
Prerequisite: members who are music majors must also be enrolled in the Symphonic Band.

MUSA 345K Keyboard Ensemble
1/2 hour. Open to any piano student, regardless of major. The repertoire includes all styles, with emphasis on pieces composed for multiple keyboards. Participants share in performance opportunities. For music majors who are not vocal students or do not play band or orchestral instruments, the course will satisfy the "major ensemble" requirement.
Prerequisite: audition or instructor's permission.

MUSA 355 Chehalem Symphony Orchestra
1/2 or 1 hour. The symphony orchestra performs music by the master composers of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras. Concertos featuring student soloists are often part of the annual repertoire. Community and faculty musicians combine with university students to form this ensemble. Performances include fall and spring concerts, as well as accompaniment of the Master Chorus.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

MUSA 365 Instrumental Ensemble
1/2 hour. An ensemble organized to meet the needs of the instrumental music student who desires to explore literature for the small ensemble, such as string quartet, brass quartet, woodwind quintet, or flute ensemble.

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