Ensembles

  • choirThe Wind Ensemble has openings for Capilano University Students who would like to play in an ensemble. Please see below for more information and audition requirements. If you have any questions you can contact the Music Office at 604-984-4951or by e-mail at music@capilanou.ca.

    Capilano University Singers (ENSM 100-01) is a national and international prize-winning ensemble. The choir is part of the Diploma of Music Program and most of the singers are voice majors. They have a busy schedule with highlights in recent years including the opening concert for the Kelowna Philharmonic Society’s 1992 summer series. In May 1996 it traveled to Quebec as an invited choir performing at the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors’ national convention and to Nelson, BC as the showcase choir at the Nelson Arts Festival. The ensemble also undertakes an annual tour to smaller communities in BC, giving concerts and workshops to community and school groups. The choir had a very successful tour of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic in 1998 and in May 2000 toured Kracow, Budapest, Prague and Vienna. In May/June 2002 the choir performed in Rothenburg, Salzburg, Venice, Milan, Lucerne and Heidelberg. In May/June 2005, the choir toured Rothenburg, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Dresden and Wurzburg, singing in many cathedrals and other venues associated with the great composers of the past. The choir was a participant in both the 1992 and 1994 International Choral Kathaumixw festival and was a prize-winner in the contemporary category both years. Capilano University Singers was a national finalist in the prestigious Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio Choral Competition in 1992, 1996 and 2002, and won second place in 2000 in the mixed choir category, competing with many university choirs across the country.

    Capilano University Festival Chorus
    (ENSM 100-02) sings a wide variety of music from smaller choral gems to large-scale masterpieces and gives several concerts each year. Major works we have performed in the past include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperai Solennes de Confessore and Schubert’s Mass in C. The choir may be taken for credit or non-credit.

    The Capilano University Wind Ensemble (ENSM 110-01) is an auditioned ensemble of approximately 40 musicians that includes the goal of a balanced instrumentation of brass and woodwind players, percussionists, as well as double bass players. The ensemble is comprised primarily of students enrolled in the Diploma in Music Program, Jazz Studies Degree Program and the Music Therapy Degree Program. Students enrolled in other faculties at Capilano University as well as musicians from the community are also invited to audition for positions that are available. This high calibre wind ensemble performs two concerts each year in the Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre in early December and late March, and is available to perform elsewhere at high schools, colleges, universities and music festivals.

    Auditions for the Wind Ensemble are held in late August - early September.

    Capilano University Wind Ensemble Audition Requirements

    Brass and Woodwinds

    1. Chromatic scale demonstrating your range, from lowest to highest notes

    • articulation is the choice of the player
    • ascending and descending

    2. A prepared etude or piece which demonstrates the player’s strengths in areas such as articulation, technique and overall musicianship. Please have a copy for me to follow and to keep.

    3. Sight-reading may be required.

    Percussion

    1. A demonstration of a variety of rudiments on snare drum.

    2. A prepared etude or piece on snare drum which demonstrates the player’s rudimentary skills.

    3. A prepared etude or piece on any mallet instrument.

    Note: This is not a requirement but is preferred.

    4. Sight-reading may be required on the snare drum.

    The Capilano University Classical Guitar Ensemble has run successfully through the Continuing Education Department of Capilano University every semester for the past fifteen years.  Under the direction of its founder Stephen Boswell, the Ensemble has successfully learned and performed many important pieces of music such as:  Baroque Concerti or Renaissance Madrigals arranged for as many as eleven guitar parts, Atonal works of the contemporary Avant Garde repertoire, Rumbas by the Gypsy Kings and even original works written and arranged by the Ensemble itself.  The Ensemble is open to community guitar enthusiasts as well as being an integral and mandatory part of the Capilano University Guitar Major Student's musical education.  Typically the ensemble spends its ten, one and half-hour sessions per semester with several projects.  These are usually:  1.  A piece for large ensemble with everyone in the group playing at once (we usually perform this piece in the Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre at the end of the semester):  2.  Other smaller ensemble pieces, such as quartets and trios, which are performed to the rest of the ensemble class as they are perfected during the term:  3.  A Solo Performance Practice Workshop is also a feature of the course, where a member of the ensemble treats us to a performance of a solo guitar piece that they have learned and is positively critiqued by the instructor and the ensemble members:  4.  Finally, we listen to, and watch, CD or DVD performances of guitar performance by the greats in the world of Flamenco and Classical guitar.  A reasonably good classical or flamenco guitar with nylon strings (in good condition) as well as a basic sound level of sight-reading with the guitar is necessary when entering this course. 

    Capilano University Singers in Italy June 2011

    "Choir members had the opportunity to experience Italian culture and perform in the original venues in Venice, Florence and Rome where composers, such as Vivaldi and Palestrina, wrote their music". - Lars Kaario, Conductor

    "Our group went for the opportunity to gain historical context for the music we've been performing and to perform in historic locations. This was true for me as well! I also was just really excited to have had the chance to see all of the places that our pieces were originally composed for. For example, we performed Vivaldi's Gloria in the church he performed his works in Venice. I gained a deeper appreciation for the music we were performing and its historical significance, and created a deeper connection with my colleagues and instructors. To have had this kind of experience and to have been able to do it with the friends I made through the program was something very special". - Joseph Young, Music Diploma

  • Capilano University Singers in Italy June 2011

    "Choir members had the opportunity to experience Italian culture and perform in the original venues in Venice, Florence and Rome where composers, such as Vivaldi and Palestrina, wrote their music". - Lars Kaario, Conductor

    "Our group went for the opportunity to gain historical context for the music we've been performing and to perform in historic locations. This was true for me as well! I also was just really excited to have had the chance to see all of the places that our pieces were originally composed for. For example, we performed Vivaldi's Gloriain the church he performed his works in Venice. I gained a deeper appreciation for the music we were performing and its historical significance, and created a deeper connection with my colleagues and instructors. To have had this kind of experience and to have been able to do it with the friends I made through the program was something very special". -Joseph Young, Music Diploma