Berry College Wind Ensemble
Dr. Lauren Denney Wright, director
The Berry College Wind Ensemble was created in 1909 by direct instructions from Martha Berry. Initially this group was comprised of 24 members, mainly brass players. Since the beginning, this band has participated in institutional endeavors as a concert band, sometimes as a marching band and also as different chamber groups. In the 1970s, the group was officially named Berry College Symphonic Band. Renamed in August 2008, the group is now known as Berry College Wind Ensemble and is comprised of 70 players, including both music and non-music students.
This ensemble is the largest and oldest instrumental group on campus. The group offers four concerts during the academic year that are free and open to the public; two during fall semester and two during spring semester. The Berry College Wind Ensemble serves as the base for the instrumental music program and hosts different ensembles and chamber groups. These include the Jazz Ensemble, the Flute Choir, the Clarinet Ensemble, the Brass Ensemble, the Double Reed Ensemble, the Saxophone Quartet and the Trumpet Ensemble.
The Berry College Wind Ensemble is visited every year by national and international guest conductors and soloists. The group tours nationally and/or internationally every other year.
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The Berry College Symphony Orchestra
Mirna Ogrizovic-Ciric, director
The Berry College Symphony Orchestra is one of the larger college orchestras in the Southeast comprised completely of student instrumentalists. A full symphony orchestra, the BSCO includes student string, wind, brass, and percussion players.
The Berry College Symphony Orchestra meets every week as a college course, and conducts regular performances throughout the academic year. Participation is open to all college students regardless of chosen major.
Each spring semester the BCSO holds the annual Berry College Concerto Competition. Winners have the opportunity to perform as soloists in concert with the orchestra. The competition is open to collegiate instrumentalists and singers. Additionally, the orchestra presents orchestral masterworks from all periods of music and often collaborates with the Berry choral ensembles on concert performances and opera.
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The Berry College Jazz Ensembles
Adam Hayes, director
The Berry Jazz Ensemble, a 20-piece modern jazz orchestra, is a college course available to Berry students by audition. The B.J.E. has a tradition of excellence in entertainment providing energetic concerts. Throughout the year, the Berry Jazz Ensemble performs a unique blend of traditional compositions, arrangements of jazz standards, and contemporary works for modern jazz orchestra. The Berry Jazz Ensemble plays host to guest artists each year. Recent
guest artists have included, Melvin Jones (trumpet), Kenyon Carter
(saxophone), Wes Funderburk, (trombone), Joe Gransden (trumpet), Tyrone
Jackson (piano) and John David (drums).
The Berry Jazz Combo is a small ensemble which focuses on head charts and improvisation in a more intimate setting. The Berry Jazz Combo is active throughout the campus and community providing music for significant occasions. The Combo is offered as a college course and is available to Berry students by audition. Recent performances include: The Georgia State Capitol, Arts in the Garden (Oak Hill), and various awards dinners, dedications, and events on campus.
The Berry Jazz Lab is an instructional course which serves as an introduction to the art of improvisation. The course meets weekly and is open to all students regardless of instrument, major, or talent level. Course content includes approaching jazz theory, jazz vocabulary, chord theory, listening assignments, and transcriptions. The Berry music department serves as a resource for music education throughout the Southeastern United States. Berry hosts several state and regional jazz concerts, clinics, and competitions, throughout the academic year. Annually, Berry College plays host to the Georgia Music Educators Association District 7 Jazz Honor Clinics. Berry is also one of a few Georgia colleges in rotation to host the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators State Clinics.
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The Brass Ensemble
Dr. Stan Pethel, director
The Brass Ensemble is comprised of trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums and tubas. The ensemble presents concerts each fall on the first three Sunday evenings of November at churches in the Rome area. Spring semester is reserved for brass quintets.
The Brass Ensemble is directed by Dr. Stan Pethel. Dr. Adam Hayes and Dr. Pethel coach the quintets in the spring.
For information about The Brass Ensemble contact Stan Pethel