Our world music ensembles represent cultures from around the globe, bringing the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, India and more right here to Denver.
Practicing traditional music from around the world is an excellent way to acquire multicultural insight and understanding. It also allows students to explore new techniques with their instrument. Our world ensembles represent a range of music, including steel drum, Indian classical music and bluegrass music.
Participation in all ensembles is open to University of Denver students.
Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble
Director: Tom Miller
The Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble is a popular ensemble among students and concert goers. The group performs music from the Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, jazz, pop and contemporary styles.
No auditions are required, and the Steel Drum Ensemble is open to the entire University of Denver community. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday, 6-7:50 p.m. For more information, contact Tom Miller.
North Indian Classical Ensemble
Director: Sarah Morelli
In this ensemble, students practice the ornate and highly refined forms of North Indian classical music and dance — Hindustani music and Kathak dance.
The arts of India are distinguished by the close interrelationship of rhythm, melody and movement. All of these practices are encompassed by the term sangīt, and DU's North Indian Classical Ensemble is dedicated to these arts. Depending on student interest in a particular quarter, the group focuses on vocal music, instrumental music or Kathak dance. All of these areas of study are supplemented by exercises in rhythmic recitation.
The ensemble is led by Professor Sarah Morelli, who trained in Hindustani music with the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and in Kathak dance with renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das.
Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday, 12-1:20 p.m. If you are interested in participating, contact Sarah Morelli.
Director: Michael Furry
In this ensemble, students will receive instruction on proper bluegrass performance fundamentals with traditional bluegrass instruments (students must provide their own instrument), the harmony and rhythm of bluegrass music, the art of simultaneous playing and singing, the proper interpretation of the chosen repertoire per the composers' style, and the social and cultural influences that inspired the music. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
Auditions will be held on the first day of classes to determine ensemble parts. Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday, 4-5:50 p.m. For questions or audition information, contact Michael Furry.