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Performance Opportunities for music students

Performance Opportunities for music students


Recital class – Students sign up on their own to perform in weekly classes, which are attended by faculty, students and friends; no grade is given. A great way to try out new works or get used to public performance.

Whittington Competition – An annual competition provides students with the opportunity to perform as soloists with orchestra, in arias, or concerti.

Stephens Competition -- For pianists; provides a cash prize, a public performance, and the opportunity to be adjudicated by outstanding pianists from around the nation.

American Choral Directors Association -- BSC has an active student chapter of the ACDA , open to all students interested in choral music. Students attend regional and national conventions and participate in local activities.


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    Vocal ensembles:

    BSC Concert Choir

    Select mixed ensemble open to students by audition; tours extensively, including appearances at Lincoln Center in New York and in Europe, and performs major works with members of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Also performs an annual carol service and has several CD recordings. Auditions are held each May for the following year.

    Hilltop Singers

    Unaccompanied chamber vocal ensemble of 16 singers, all members of the Concert Choir; performs for schools, churches, and civic groups. Members receive scholarships. Auditions are held each May for the following year.

    Southern Chorale

    Mixed-voice ensemble; performs each December at the annual Carol Service and presents a spring concert on campus. Auditions are held each term.

    BSC Opera

    Presents a fully-staged opera with professional orchestra every other year, and staged scenes twice each academic year. Recent full productions include Die Fledermaus (Strauss), The Comedy on the Bridge (Martinu), The Impressario (Mozart), Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), The Consul (Menotti), and La Boheme (Puccini).

    Musical theatre

    BSC’s Theatre Department hosts an intensive program in musical theatre; roles are open to all students by audition. Recent productions include RENT, Next to Normal, and Spring Awakening.

    One A-Chord Gospel Choir

    Twenty-member student/alumni group focused on spiritual and cultural inspiration and fellowship, performs each spring.

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    Instrumental ensembles:

    Symphonic Band

    The focus of the BSC Symphonic Band is to increase students' quality of performing on their instrument at a collegiate level. In the Fall Semester, the Symphonic Band spotlights its individuals through the annual Prism Concert. In the Spring Semester, the ensemble prepares major works for winds and percussion to perform on tour, in local venues, or for special occasions. Fine and Performing Arts scholarships are connected to the Symphonic Band and General Band scholarships may also be provided with course credit.

    Panther Pride Marching Band

    “The Pride” has been establishing itself as an ensemble comprised of leaders and it continues to generate students of remarkable character. The Marching Band supports the College’s athletics at home football games, typically 4-5 per fall term. The Panther Pride Marching Band is one of the best ensembles to begin life-long friendships at BSC. Fine and Performing Arts scholarships are connected to the Marching Band and General Band scholarships are provided to all students enrolled for course credit.

    BSC Jazz Band

    The Jazz Ensemble performs big band and combo literature from various areas of the jazz repertoire. Students have the opportunity to perform as a soloist in several styles such as standard jazz charts, Latin music, funk, and several types of dance music. This group regularly performs off-campus to represent the College in the Birmingham community. Enrollment is open to all BSC students with prior experience and ensemble credit is available.

    Guitar Ensemble

    Students in this ensemble work on music written specifically for guitar ensemble and allows students to experience music of great composers who didn't write for the guitar. This ensemble meets twice per week and previous study in classical guitar is required. A recital is planned during the academic year and ensemble credit is available.

    The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra

    The RMCO is open to BSC students on a space-available basis. The orchestra performs regularly on campus and throughout central Alabama. Each year, the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra accompanies the winners of the Birmingham-Southern Whittington Competition. Rehearsals are held on Sunday evening in either the Hill Music Building or the Phillips Building at BSC. Students may register for orchestra ensemble credit.

    The Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra

    Under the direction of Roderick Cox, the ASYO is an ensemble dedicated to giving young musicians the opportunity to learn and grow through the rehearsal and performance of great orchestral music in a highly professional setting. Members of the ASYO work regularly with the musicians and conductors of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and perform concerts spanning from standard orchestral repertoire to pops and chamber music. Audition information can be found here. Rehearsals are held on Sunday afternoon in the Phillips Building at BSC. Students may register for orchestra ensemble credit.

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    Recital Class


    Students sign up on their own to perform in weekly classes, which are attended by faculty, students, and friends.  The Recital Class is a great way to try out new works or get used to public performance.  Performances take place in the Hill Recital Hall on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM.  Music faculty consent is required; no grade is given.

    Recital Class Performance Form

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    Health and Safety for Musicians


    Every music student, faculty and staff member should become familiar with the documents on Maintenance of Hearing Health and Vocal and Musculoskeletal Health and Injury Prevention linked below, providing basic information regarding the maintenance of hearing health, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention.

    Maintenance of Hearing Health

    National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS)
    Occupational Noise Exposure (OSHA)
    "Music Induced Hearing Loss and Hearing Protection," by John F. King
    NASM-PAMA Advisories on Hearing Health

    Vocal and Musculoskeletal Health

    Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)
    "Athletes and the Arts: Educating Today's Musicians to Keep Them Healthy and Active"
    The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique 
    Teaching the Art of Movement in Music 
    Dalcroze Society of America 
    NASM-PAMA Advisories on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health
    Protect Your Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health Every Day