Join the Ferris Concert Bands and Orchestra!

You are invited to play in Ferris’s Concert Bands and Orchestra!

WHEN/WHERE
Concert Band rehearses just once a week: Monday evenings, from 7:30-9:00 in the Music Center. It’s a hybrid University/Community Band.
Chamber Orchestra rehearses just once a week: Tuesday evenings, from 7:00-8:30 in the Music Center. It’s a hybrid University/Community String Orchestra.
Symphony Band rehearses just once a week: Wednesday evenings, from 7:30-9:00 in the Music Center. This is mostly just Ferris band students.

WHO
Our Ensembles are open to ALL Ferris students who are experienced brass, woodwind, string and percussion players.
The are no performance music majors at Ferris. Our student members loved playing in band and/or orchestra in high school, but they want to major in something else in college. Our music program is exactly just for these students – like you! It’s no-pressure, and not competitive. It’s just for the love of making music!

SCHOLARSHIPS!
Students who participate in an ensemble both semesters (Fall/Spring) can qualify for an annual scholarship, when they maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
Students get a separate scholarship for each ensemble they’re in!

INSTRUMENTS
We have many instruments to check out (for free), if you need one.

CREDIT (Gen Ed: Culture)
These ensembles can be taken for credit, as many semesters as you like. 1 credit per semester.
Up to 5 ensemble credits can count for the Culture Gen Ed requirement.
You may add any of these classes now, without any special approval by the instructor:
Concert Band: Music 262 (1 credit)
Chamber Orchestra: Music 271 (1 credit)
Symphony Band: Music 160 (1 credit)

OR NON-CREDIT
Students who do not need or want to take Band/Orchestra for credit can participate as a Non-Credit Student (free).
Credit status does not affect your potential scholarship. All students can potentially qualify for a scholarship for each ensemble they’re in, regardless of credit status.

HONORS “RSO” ACTIVITY
If you’re in the Honors Program, participation in a Band/Orchestra does count as an Honors RSO Activity, if you are not taking it for credit.

START-UPS
The Concert Band Interest Meeting was yesterday, on Monday, August 27 at 7:30 p.m., in the Music Center (but it’s not too late to join!).
I direct this band.
The Chamber Orchestra Interest Meeting is this evening, Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m., in the Music Center.
Dr. Dale Skornia directs this ensemble.
The Symphony Band Interest Meeting is tomorrow, on Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m., in the Music Center (no playing; just info).
Dr. Dale Skornia directs this band, as well as the FSU Athletic Pep Band (which meets next on Thursday at 7:00)

FIRST PLAYING REHEARSALS:
Concert Band: Monday evening, Sept. 10, from 7:30-9:00 in the Music Center (because there’s no classes on Labor Day Monday).
Chamber Orchestra this evening, Tuesday, August 28 at 7:00 p.m., in the Music Center.
Symphony Band: Wednesday evening, Sept. 5, from 7:30-9:00 in the Music Center.

LET’S GET TOGETHER AND TALK BAND/ORCHESTRA!
Please let US know if you’re interested in getting together to see if joining our band program is good for you!
Concert Band: Dr. Scott Cohen, RichardScottCohen@ferris.edu, 231-591-2777 (office)
Orchestra, Symphony Band & Pep Band: Dr. Dale Skornia, DaleSkornia@ferris.edu, 231-591-2537 (office)

Thanks! We’re looking forward to having you join our “Musical Family” here at Ferris!

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