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Department or Program Music
Course Number 242
Semester Hours 1
Frequency of Offering Each Semester
Course Title Orchestra
Catalog Description

The Winona Symphony Orchestra is a collaboration of WSU students and community musicians who rehearse together to perform four concerts a year. Repertoire ranges from the recognized orchestral monuments of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the less-explored, including music by local, living composers. Rehearsals are once a week for two and one-half hours. An audition is required for students who wish to enroll in orchestra. Students taking orchestra for University Studies must achieve at least a B letter grade for each semester of enrollment.

This is an existing course previously approved by A2C2    Yes

This is a new course proposal No

(If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4)

Department Contact Person for his course:

Dr. Paul Vance, Associate Professor of Music

Email: pvance@winona.edu

 General Course Information

The inclusion of professional and semi-professional musicians from the community greatly enhances the artistic and educational experience of student participation in the symphony orchestra The Winona Symphony Orchestra is able to perform repertoire which is challenging to the players and to the audience.

Rationale

USP Course Objective #1: explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline.

Upon completion of this course, the student will learn skills that will improve their ability to understand the musical language of the orchestral repertoire. The student will learn skills that will help them make appropriate musical/technical responses to the language of the works being rehearsed and performed.

USP Course Objective #2: use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretive performances.

Throughout this course, the student will engage in the processes by which a performer interprets or expresses a composer’s work.

USP Course Objective #3: understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to understand the cultural and gender aspects of musical expression through the performance of works by women composers and by male composers of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds.

USP Course Objective #4. engage in reflective analysis of their own artwork or interpretive performance and respond to the works of others.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to reflect on the success of their performance by a discussion of the merits and effectiveness of the performance experience.

 

This is a University Studies Course Approval – Syllabus

COURSE SYLLABUS

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Department of Music

WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Course Number:. MUS242 Course Title: Orchestra

Number of Credits: 1 s.h Grading: Letter grade only

Prerequisites: By audition only

Course Applies to: University Studies Course – Arts and Sciences (Fine and Performing Arts)

Required Course for String Music Education Majors

Catalog Description

The Winona Symphony Orchestra is a collaboration of WSU students and community musicians who rehearse together to perform four concerts a year. Repertoire ranges from the recognized orchestral monuments of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the less-explored, including music by local, living composers. Rehearsals are once a week for two and one-half hours.

 

This course fulfills the requirements for the Fine and Performing Arts category of the University Studies Program by including learning activities that promote students' abilities to:

1. explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline;

2. use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretive performances;

3. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression; and

4. engage in reflective analysis of their own art work or interpretive performance.

 

Objectives:

(Numbers in parentheses refer to the University Studies Program Fine and Performing Arts Outcomes listed above)

Major Objectives:

After completing this course the student will:

#1. Perform representative works of the orchestral repertoire, including works by living composers. (USP outcomes 1, 2 & 3)

#2. Demonstrate advanced ensemble-performance competence on an orchestral instrument. (USP outcomes 1 & 2)

#3. Attain an idiomatic response to diverse orchestral repertoire. (USP outcomes 1 & 2)

#4. Improve skills of adjusting intonation and shading of timbre in ensemble situations. (USP outcomes 1 & 2)

#5. Learn the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression via performance of works by composers of diversity. (USP outcome 3)

#6. Engage in a reflective analysis of the orchestral performances presented during the semester. (USP outcome 4)

Textbook:

Repertoire for the orchestra is selected from a full range of style periods and literature, with the work of at least one living composer prepared and performed each concert.

Assignments and Assessments:

  1. Rehearsals

The orchestra rehearses on Thursday evening each week of the semester, except on Thanksgiving and during the Spring break. (USP outcomes 1, 2 & 3)

2) Concerts

The orchestra performs two public concerts each semester. (USP outcomes 1, 2 & 3)

3) Evaluation of Public Performance

There will be a short discussion session following each orchestra performance in which students have an opportunity to reflect on the performance experience. This is done on the first rehearsal following the first performance of the semester and during the Final Examination period scheduled for Thursday evening classes. (USP outcome 4)

  1. The final grade for orchestra is based on regularity and punctuality of attendance at rehearsals, development of skills, and professional deportment at performances.

5) Students taking orchestra for University Studies must achieve at least a B letter grade for each semester of enrollment.

 

Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching Methods Utilized:

Rehearsal

Performance

Post-performance Discussion

The individual instructor will determine Grading and Grading Scale.