Students at Carroll College have the following options for participating in Music:
MUS 129-130 Carroll College Choir - Open to all students who can demonstrate basic skills in singing and pitch retention. The Choir rehearses three days a week and performs regularly at campus events and for Mass at the Cathedral of St. Helena twice a semester. The choir also presents a major concert each semester. A limited number of choral scholarships are available for participation in the Carroll College Choir to returning and incoming students. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Psurny Jr.
MUS 131-132 Pep Band - Students may participate in the college's Pep Band, which performs at home football and basketball games. Rehearsals are Thursdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Patrick Harris.
MUS 199 Music Practicum provides students with the opportunity to receive credit for participation in community ensembles such as the Helena Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, subject to openings. Must be approved by Carroll music faculty.
MUS 229-230 Chamber Choir - The Chamber Choir is the premiere choral ensemble on campus. Membership is limited to 16 singers, and openings are filled by competitive audition. The Chamber Choir rehearses three days a week and presents a major concert each semester. The Chamber Choir represents Carroll College in the community by presenting choral programs at local events and on regional tours. The Chamber Choir is also active in presenting concerts at College Admission Visit Days and in performing for public and parochial High School music programs across Montana. Typically, all students in the Chamber Choir receive financial aid in the form of a Choral Music Scholarship, available to returning and incoming students. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Psurny Jr.
MUS 231-232 Jazz Band is dedicated to building a repertoire of jazz standards and developing skills in jazz improvisation. The band performs each semester for events both on and off campus. Jazz Band is offered for one credit and is open by audition to students who have experience playing an instrument, including flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, and drums. Previous jazz experience is helpful but not a prerequisite. With the exception of piano and drums, musicians in the Jazz Band provide their own instruments. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45-5:00 p.m. Scholarships are available by audition only. Auditions will include a prepared piece of the student's choice, sight-reading, and improvisation. For more information or to schedule an audition, contact Dr. Lynn L. Petersen.
MUS 235-236 String Ensemble - Open to String Players: Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass. The Ensemble will rehearse and perform a variety of music that is appropriate for the college level string ensemble. The String Ensemble will perform at a semester end concert, as well other playing opportunities within Carroll Colleges departments, Talent Shows, and possible tours locally or with Carroll College Choir. Prerequisites: Private or high school orchestra experience of at least 3 years. Permission of Instructor required. Each semester. May be repeated for credit.
MUS 475 Applied Music - Applied Music provides students with the opportunity to receive credit for advanced private instruction in music with qualified music teachers in the community (Helena Music Teachers Association, Montana State Music Teachers Association). Must be approved by Carroll music faculty.