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Ensembles and Studios - Columbus State University

The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music

Ensembles and Studios

Schwob Guitar Division

The Schwob Guitar Division is directed by Dr. Andrew Zohn. The Guitar Division offers extensive study in classical guitar performance with emphasis on both solo and ensemble repertoire. Students participate in multiple recitals throughout the course of each year. Guitar students may seek a Bachelor Degree of Music in Performance or Music Education, and Master of Education. Current and former students of CSU have been awarded prizes from several major national competitions including the American String Teachers' National Association, The South Carolina Guitar Competition, The Georgia Music Teachers Association, and the CSU Guitar Symposium. CSU guitar students have also been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program "From the Top," which showcases America's finest young classical musicians.

Schwob Orchestral Activities

Schwob Orchestral Activities - Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Professor Paul Hostetter, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities. The Schwob Philharmonic is the primary ensemble, performing two programs or more per semester. The repertoire is formed from the standard canon, a mix of contemporary music, and concerti performed with internationally acclaimed artists, esteemed faculty, and student concerto competition winners. The Philharmonic works with the chorus, serves as the orchestra for both operas and musicals, and is open to qualified students by audition only.

Schwob Wind Ensemble Activities

Schwob Wind Ensemble Activities - The area of Wind Ensemble Activities at Columbus State University is directed by Dr. Jamie L. Nix, the Hal J. Gibson Distinguished Chair in Conducting. This area includes the nationally-acclaimed Schwob Wind Ensemble and the Schwob Wind Orchestra. All ensembles perform wind band and chamber winds repertoire from the standard canon to the cutting edge of contemporary art music.

Schwob Vocal Ensemble Activities

Schwob Vocal Ensemble Activities are under the direction of Dr. Ianthe Marini, the Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Faculty Chair and Director of Choral Activities. This area includes the Schwob Singers (our auditioned ensemble comprised mostly of music and theatre majors), the Choral Union (comprised of students across the University and members of the community), and the Chamber Singers (a small ad hoc ensemble that sings for small townwide and University events).  Additionally, Marini is the faculty advisor to the student-run Gospel Choir on Main Campus, currently directed by student Christopher Thomas.  The Schwob Singers are committed to singing a diverse set of repertoire from the Medieval to Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th and 21st Century repertoire, and music of the American tradition (jazz, musical theater, African American Spiritual, Gospel, American folk, shapenote), and folk songs from the Around the Globe. The Choral Union is committed to singing the large choral/orchestral masterworks, and often collaborates with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Past collaborations have included Verdi Requiem, Brahms Requiem, and Carmina Burana, among others of the canon. The Schwob Singers have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall, and were also recently awarded Third Place in the National Ernst Bacon Memorial Competition, which awards excellence in performance of American repertoire.  They have traveled to Selma and Montgomery and sung at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, and have made a name for themselves as advocates for humanity through music.  The Choral Activities Department is committed to collaborating with the Schwob Philharmonic and the Schwob Wind Ensemble, as well as with the Bo Bartlett Center, the dance department, and the theater department.

Schwob Jazz Ensemble

Schwob Jazz Ensemble - Under the direction of Dr. Jordan Vanhemert, the Schwob Jazz Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of the Schwob Jazz Studies Program. This 17-piece large jazz ensemble focuses on presenting the best in contemporary and classic big band music. Comprised of many of the finest musicians at the CSU Schwob School of Music, the group actively performs for diverse audiences in Columbus and throughout the southern United States.

Schwob Contemporary Ensemble

Schwob Contemporary Ensemble - This adventurous group is directed by Professor Paul Hostetter the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities, and performs music by composers of the 20th and 21st century. It sometimes uses multimedia including sophisticated electronics and film, and it hosts composers including Shulamit Ran, Mathew Rosenblum, Bruce Reiprich, Lewis Spratlan, Andrea Luque-Karam, and many others. This ensemble presents the most advanced musical challenges in the Schwob School of Music.

Schwob Opera Theatre

Schwob Opera Theatre - Schwob Opera Theatre is directed by Dr. Joshua May. This ensemble provides a comprehensive program of training and performance experiences for our singers. Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to perform in full opera productions, chamber operas, scenes, and concert events across our community. Schwob Opera Orchestra collaborates with our ensemble as part of our mainstage productions in Bill Heard Theatre.

Schwob Percussion Studio and Ensemble

Schwob Percussion Studio and Ensemble is directed by faculty artist Dr. Paul Vaillancourt. The ensemble is very active, performing, touring, premiering and recording new works. Students also perform regularly in solo recitals and chamber music concerts.

Small Ensemble Opportunities

The Schwob School of Music provides extensive opportunities for chamber music. For more information on these chamber ensembles, contact your applied professor.

  • Bassoon Quartet
  • Brass Trio/Quartet/Choir
  • Clarinet Quartet/Choir
  • Double Reed Ensembles
  • FluteTrio/Quartet/Choir
  • Guitar Duo/Quartet
  • Horn Quartet/Choir
  • Mixed Ensembles
  • Piano with Brass/Strings/Winds/Voice
  • Popular Music Ensemble
  • Saxophone Quartet
  • String Duo/Trio/Quartet/Quintet/Sextet/Octet
  • String Virtuosi
  • Trombone Quartet/Octet/Choir
  • Trumpet Quartet/Ensemble
  • Tuba-Euphonium Quartet/Choir
  • Viola Ensemble
  • Vocal Chamber Music
  • Woodwind Trio/Quartet/Quintet
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