Ensembles

String Orchestra

Directed by Mr. Ben Blazer
Location: Aaronson Hall (2nd floor) 
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm every Saturday
Requires Audition: Yes, beginning of school each year

Ensemble synopsis coming soon.

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Wind Ensemble

Location
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am every Saturday
Requires Audition: No

Ensemble synopsis coming soon.

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Jazz Orchestra

Directed by Mr. Jason O’Mara
Location: Klein Hall (2nd floor)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm every Saturday
Requires Audition: Yes, beginning of school each year

The Jazz Orchestra is a 17 person “big band” made up of the top performers at CMSP and is by audition only.  The group is limited to 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 5 trumpets, bass, drums, piano, and guitar and meets once a week for 2 hours.  Students taking part in this group get experience playing traditional and modern big band music by historical arrangers such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  Topics cover include advanced musicianship, critical listening, improvisation, movement, and expression.

The ensemble performs at the end of each semester, once a year at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, and randomly throughout the year at select events.  The students are also presented with special clinics by professional guest jazz musicians and educators from time to time.

The goal if this ensemble is to help develop confidence, individuality, team work, respect, and superior musicianship through the study of traditional big band music.

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Jazz Workshop

Directed by Mr. Elijah Thomas, Mr. Jacob Hernandez
Location: Room 200
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm every Saturday
Requires Audition: No

Prepare to have fun!  The Jazz Workshop is for young, aspiring student musicians of all levels 3rd grade through 12th grade that wish to learn about and play jazz in a small jazz combo setting.  The ensemble meets once a week for 1.5 hours and includes improvisation exercises, jazz listening sessions, jazz theory, jazz history through the study of select standard jazz repertoire (jazz standards) and weekly improvisation.  The ensemble performs at the end of each semester, once a year at Chris’ Jazz Cafe, and randomly throughout the year at select events.

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Ensembles are only open to current CMSP students who are actively taking lessons and have paid all required fees. Fees can be waived with proof of financial hardship.