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Adult Brass Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Brass players are invited to regain and further develop ensemble playing skills with other adult brass musicians. Ensembles may range from trios to brass choirs, placed by experience level. Prerequisite: Must be able to read music. Sight-reading ability is helpful. Beginners are welcome if they also enroll in private lessons.

Adult Cello Ensemble - OC Spring 2021

Where: Ohio City
This ensemble is designed for cellists of intermediate to advanced skill level. Each session will include a mix of general skills and drills for bow and left hand as well as rehearsing specific pieces ranging from classical to contemporary music. Skill requirements: two-octave major scales, 0 to 3 sharp and flat key signatures.

Adult Orchestra - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
This orchestra is geared towards advanced beginner and intermediate adults of all ages who would like to play in a group setting, and is open to string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. Previous ensemble experience is not necessary. This is a great opportunity for those who may have played in school to get back in the game!

Advanced Teen Cello Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
This ensemble explores a wide range of styles and repertoire, from Bach to Beethoven to The Beatles. Skill requirements: Intermediate to Advanced; two-octave scales in 0-3 sharp and flat major, and familiarity with Thumb Position. Audition required. Please contact Ida Mercer at imercer@themusicsettlement.org to schedule an audition. Please note: all students enrolled in Semester 1 will automatically be enrolled in Semester 2. If you are unable to participate in Semester 2, please notify the instructor.

Arcos Chamber Orchestra - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
New for the 2020 - 2021 school year, this ensemble focuses on leadership, team building, and chamber music skills with the ultimate goal of performing as a self-directed group. Special sessions with members of the Cavani String Quartet, Bluewater Chamber Orchestra, Oblivion Project, and The Cleveland Orchestra. Open to experienced students who play string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass). Prerequisite: Audition. Contact Derek Snyder at dsnyder@themusicsettlement.org or Callista Koh at ckoh@themusicsettlement.org to schedule an audition. Upon enrollment into the first semester, participants will also be automatically enrolled in the second semester.

Beginning Chamber Orchestra - UC Fall 2020

Where: University Circle
Beginning Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble experience designed for beginner string players (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students will have the opportunity to learn basic note reading and ensemble playing skills. The fall semester of Beginning Chamber Orchestra will be a blended approach starting with online Zoom sessions: the first two meeting dates will be Zoom sessions, then the third meeting date will be an in-person rehearsal at The Music Settlement. This pattern will follow for the rest of the 15 week semester. Upon enrollment in the first semester, participants will also be automatically enrolled in the second semester.

Beginning Chamber Orchestra - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Beginning Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble experience designed for beginner string players (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students will have the opportunity to learn basic note reading and ensemble playing skills.

Brass Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Brass players are invited to further develop brass ensemble playing skills. This will augment the brass sectionals of the J@MS program, though outside students are welcome and encouraged to join. Ensembles may range from trios to brass choirs. Repertoire will cover all styles. (Note: Brass students in the J@MS program do NOT need to separately enroll in this course.)

Champagne Flutes - OC Spring 2021

Where: Ohio City
Champagne Flutes is a small ensemble geared toward intermediate level adult flutists who would like to have fun playing with others and enhance their ensemble playing skills. Group members will work on tone, balance, cueing, and play a wide variety of repertoire. The alto, bass and contrabass flutes will also be used on occasion. Prerequisites: 2 and 1/2 octave range and ability to play in key signatures of up to 4 sharps and flats. If you're unsure which of our flute ensembles is right for you, please contact Linda White (lwhite@themusicsettlement.org) or Jane Berkner (jberkner@themusicsettlement.org).

Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra - UC Fall 2020 (Strings Only)

Where: University Circle
(Strings only for the fall term) In partnership with the renowned Cleveland Pops Orchestra, this ensemble nurtures and trains young musicians to reach their full artistic potential. Under the baton of Carl Topilow, students will explore the music of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, and light classics Open to intermediate to advanced string, wind, brass, and percussion students by audition. For audition information, please contact Brianna Ferris at bferris@clevelandpops.com or call 216-765-7677.

Cleveland Pops Youth Orchestra - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
In partnership with the renowned Cleveland Pops Orchestra, this ensemble nurtures and trains young musicians to reach their full artistic potential. Under the baton of Carl Topilow, students will explore the music of Broadway, Hollywood, jazz, and light classics Open to intermediate to advanced string, wind, brass, and percussion students by audition. For audition information, please contact Brianna Ferris at bferris@clevelandpops.com or call 216-765-7677.

Flautrageous & Champagne Flutes - Fall 2020 (VIRTUAL OFFERING)

Where: Off-Campus
Join TMS flute instructors Jane Berkner and Linda White as they lead an online forum for intermediate and advanced flutists. Through online sessions, participants will receive instruction and fine tuning of both flute-playing and performance skills. Sessions will consist of warm-ups, lectures, demonstrations, lively discussions, and occasional interviews with guest flutists and other musicians. This course will also cover a limited range of repertoire, including play-along sessions.

Flautrageous Flute Choir - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Participants have the opportunity to play all members of the flute family, from piccolo to alto, bass, and contrabass flutes. Covering a broad range of repertoire, rehearsal and concerts offer detailed instruction and fine tuning of performance skills. Prerequisite: Intermediate or Advanced skill level. If you're unsure which of flute ensembles is right for you, please contact Linda White (LWhite@TheMusicSettlement.org) or Jane Berkner (JBerkner@TheMusicSettlement.org).

Guitar Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Adults and teens at the intermediate level will grow musically and technically while performing classical repertoire in this small ensemble setting. Prerequisite: Audition. To schedule an audition, please contact Bob Gruca at rgruca@themusicsettlement.org. Notes: Bring guitar and a footstool.

Junior Chamber Orchestra - UC Fall 2020

Where: University Circle
This ensemble is designed for younger string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) who may be musically advanced for their age. Junior Chamber Orchestra prepares younger musicians for full participation in our Arcos Chamber Ensemble through instruction in ensemble playing and musicality. The fall semester of Junior Chamber Orchestra will be a blended approach starting with online Zoom sessions: the first two meeting dates will be Zoom sessions, then the third meeting date will be an in-person rehearsal at The Music Settlement. This pattern will follow for the rest of the 15 week semester. Upon enrollment into the first semester, participants will also be automatically enrolled in the second semester.

Junior Chamber Orchestra - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
This ensemble is designed for younger string players (violin, viola, cello, bass) who may be musically advanced for their age. Junior Chamber Orchestra prepares younger musicians for full participation in our Arcos Chamber Ensemble through instruction in ensemble playing and musicality.

Magnolia Flute Ensemble - Fall 2020 (VIRTUAL OFFERING)

Where: Off-Campus
This ensemble is for beginning flutists who want to have fun in a small ensemble setting. Open to adults and seniors who are beginning or returning to their journey on the flute. Join TMS flute instructor Jane Berkner for an engaging online forum for continuing beginner and intermediate flutists. Through online sessions, participants will receive instruction and fine tuning of both flute-playing and performance skills. Each session will include play-along opportunities, with content designed around the music of the day

Magnolia Flute Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
This ensemble is for beginning flutists who want to have fun in a small ensemble setting. Open to adults and seniors who are beginning or returning to their journey on the flute. Prerequisites: Knowledge of major scales up to 3 flats and 2 sharps (at least one octave), and ability to read music with basic rhythmic notation. If you're unsure which of our flute ensembles is right for you, please contact Linda White (lwhite@themusicsettlement.org) or Jane Berkner (jberkner@themusicsettlement.org).

Percussion Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
The Music Settlement's Percussion Ensemble can best be described as a high-energy and exciting musical experience. This ensemble utilizes traditional and non-traditional instruments, from mallet instruments and drums, to trash cans and parts of the body. Prerequisite: Intermediate skill level or above.

Settlement Singers Active Adult Choir - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
The Settlement Singers is a co-ed ensemble for active adults (55+) interested in expressing themselves through music. Designed to foster a creative and social experience, participants will practice breathing and vocal techniques, gain performance skills, learn to read rhythms and pitch patterns, and memorize text and music. Each semester course will culminate in a celebratory performance for friends, family, and the community.

Settlement String Quartet Program - S1 (Blended Offering)

Where: University Circle, Off-Campus
Looking for an opportunity to play chamber music this semester? Students will participate in weekly 45-minute long string chamber music coaching in hybrid format: alternating weekly between online sessions, and in-person sessions at our University Circle campus. Led by String Department Head, Eva Mondragon, the course will also feature special guest coaches such as members of the Cavani String Quartet, and Derek Snyder. Coachings begin the first week of November, for a total of 10 coachings. The course will culminate with a final performance event, either live streamed from the BOP STOP, or a video-based performance project. Individual scheduling of coachings will be determined once students enroll and groups are formed. Please note: probable coaching windows are Tuesdays 6:30p -8:30p, or Wednesdays 6:00p

TMS Klezmer Ensemble - UC Fall 2020

Where: University Circle
Come experience the joy of playing traditional Jewish folk tunes, and learn some Yiddish culture and history along the way in our community Klezmer band! Klezmer music is a soulful music that uses very distinctive models and scales for melodies, and improvisation. Open to strings, brass, winds, piano, and percussion. Advanced beginner skill level and up. Familiarity with D major and minor scales, 2 octaves, is recommended. Familiarity with harmonic and melodic minor scales is also helpful. Please bring your own instrument. Adults of all ages are welcome as well!

TMS Klezmer Ensemble - UC Spring 2021

Where: University Circle
Come experience the joy of playing traditional Jewish folk tunes, and learn some Yiddish culture and history along the way in our community Klezmer band! Klezmer music is a soulful music that uses very distinctive models and scales for melodies, and improvisation. Open to string, brass, wind, percussion, and voice. Advanced beginner skill level and up. Familiarity with D major and minor scales, 2 octaves, is recommended. Please bring your own instrument. Adults of all ages are welcome!

Youth Latin Jazz Band - OC Spring 2021

Where: Ohio City
Students will learn Latin Jazz arrangements, soloing and improvisation, and ensemble playing while covering styles from Cuban, to Brazilian, to Puerto Rican and beyond. Open to students in grades 8-12 with a minimum of one year private study on drums, percussion, woodwinds, brass, bass, guitar, and piano.

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