Chamber Singers and Opera Workshop, Balinese Gamelan, Bard College Community Orchestra, Bard College Symphonic Chorus, Baroque Ensemble, Chamber Music (classical and jazz), Contemporary Jazz Composers Ensemble, Spontaneous Composition Ensemble, Women Composers Ensemble, Electroacoustic Ensemble, Georgian Vocal Ensemble, and Afro-Caribbean Percussion Ensemble.
Unless otherwise noted, each ensemble is for one credit. It is possible to participate in more than one ensemble and receive additional credit accordingly.
The Bard Georgian Choir is an all-vocal group that studies and performs traditional polyphonic songs from the Republic of Georgia (former USSR). Most songs are taught orally, and no previous singing experience or music reading skills are required. Special vocal techniques are also explored, including ornamented singing and yodeling. The group performs concerts at the end of each semester. Carl Linich, the choir’s director, has been a scholar, teacher and acclaimed performer of Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990, and is a founding member of Trio Kavkasia.
To audition, please contact Carl Linich directly at [email protected]
Sun Ra Ensemble
Adopted from the name of the Egyptian sun god, the visionary and icon known as Sun Ra was a pianist, poet, philosopher, and one of the 20th century’s most revolutionary musicians and thinkers. His music has influenced several generations and continues to inspire today. Taught by Professor Angelica Sanchez, this music workshop involves analysis of his compositions, improvisational strategies, and controversial philosophies.
See Ethnomusicology for more detailed information.