These “Bring A Friend Days” give interested players or singers a chance to try out the groups to see if they are right for them.
All rehearsals take place in the NIU Music Building. The ensembles are sponsored by the NIU Community School of the Arts.
CSA Sinfonia: String, wind, brass, and percussion players ages 14 and 20: Here’s your chance to play original masterpieces by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky,and Beethoven, as well as music from the 20th century, including popular music classics by Led Zeppelin and the Beatles. The music is fun and challenging. CSA Sinfonia rehearses from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
CSA Symphonette: Music comes alive for the players ages 8 to 16 in this string ensemble. Players learn more about the basic elements of music theory, note reading, and rhythm comprehension. Play fun and challenging repertoire. Enjoy playing with other string players. This intermediate string orchestra is for students who have some ensemble experience. Rehearsals are from 5 to 5:55 p.m. Tuesdays.
Linc Smelser conducts both Community School orchestras.
CSA Children’s Choir: Young singers ages 7 to 15 develop their voices and learn to sing in unison and in harmony with others. Singers also develop their musicianship, sight-reading skills and vocal technique. This choir is for treble voices only. Rehearsals are from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Mary Lynn Doherty is the director.
These and many other classes and ensembles are offered at the NIU Community School of the Arts this spring. The office is located on campus in Room 132 of the Music Building and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about these ensembles, including details about fees and registration, call (815) 753-1450.