Instrumental Ensemble

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Instrumental Ensemble

4-Week A

Major: Grades 5–12
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

4-Week B

Major: Grades 5–12
MINOR - N/A
REC- N/A

1-Week Rec

MINOR - N/A
MINOR - N/A
REC - N/A

Enhance your ability to listen, blend, make musical decisions, and think critically by playing in a small ensemble led by professional musicians and music educators. Strengthen your skills as both a soloist and an ensemble player.

Each day, musicians join an ensemble rehearsal that includes a combination of warm-ups, technical exercises, sound and breathing exercises, and balancing and listening exercises, as well as repertoire study and rehearsal. Varied pieces are selected from different genres and time periods. Instrumental Ensemble takes place in open-air studios with at least one side completely open and exposed to the surrounding woodland campus.

Lead faculty in our advanced groups guide musicians in a true conductor-less chamber music experience. Beginner groups receive the technical support needed and are conducted by their lead faculty most days. Some ensembles have the opportunity to work with a contemporary composer.

Ensembles may include string, woodwind, brass, and jazz groups, as well as mixed instrumental groups. There is limited space available for percussionists in the 4-week A session only. Please inquire before enrolling by emailing enrollment@usdan.org. There is limited space available for piano and guitar instrumentalists in our Jazz Ensembles only. Please inquire before enrolling by emailing enrollment@usdan.org.

Students are asked to submit a placement video shortly after enrolling and are grouped according to experience, instrumentation, age division, and grade. Instrumentalists who have just completed 6th grade must choose to be in the Junior Division in order to take this Major. Instrumentalists in 3rd and 4th grade who are interested in taking this Major may be admitted upon inquiry. Please email enrollment@usdan.org to inquire. At least one year of playing an instrument and an ability to read music is required. 

“The teacher creates a safe and fun environment and is very encouraging.” 
—Noelani

“I like the people I got placed with. We all became good friends.” 
—Sophia

“I like listening to other instruments and coming together with a blended piece.”
—Rose