Music Program

Music Ensembles

Vocal Ensembles

The Marist College Singers involves about 200 students performing in a variety of ensembles.   The Marist Singers perform full choral concerts, ranging from classical to popular literature, touring both regionally and nationally.  The choir is also the centerpiece of Marist's annual Ecumenical Service of Lessons & Carols.  The ensemble is split into a Freshman Women's Choir for first year treble voices, and a larger mixed ensemble for upperclass women and all men.   In order to audition for the select Chamber Choir, students must be active members of the Marist Singers or Freshman Women's Choir.  

Chamber Choir is by audition only at the beginning of every semester, giving students the opportunity to challenge themselves with more advanced choral music.  Chamber Choir is offered additional performing opportunities, and has performed regionally, nationally, and recently performed with the World Choral Festival in Salzburg, Austria.   Members of this ensemble must be active members of the Marist College Singers or Freshman Women's Choir.  

The Chapel Choir provides support and reflection for the students who attend the liturgies of the Chapel at regular masses each Sunday and on other occasions at religious services. The Choir involves student musicians, soloists and choir singers to minister to the prayer needs of the Campus community. A student has the option to take Chapel Choir for one course credit or elect to earn priority points for participation in this group. As the Catholic students on campus depend on Chapel Choir for the weekly Sunday liturgy, the regular participation of all members of the choir is vital to our service.  Although highly encouraged, students in this ensemble are not required to be members of the Marist College Singers or Freshman Women's Choir.  

  • Charles & Mabel Conklin Chapel Endowment Scholarship: Each year a scholarship is awarded to an incoming Catholic man or woman singer who has prior experience in a Catholic church choir, appropriate grades and the talent and willingness to commit to improving the musical efforts of the Chapel Choir. For further information, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services and the Campus Minister for Liturgy. Renewable for one additional year only after review by the Director of the Chapel Choir.

Gospel Choir is currently at its peak, with high membership and enthusiasm.  Competitive and touring performance arrangements are in the works. Although highly encouraged, students in this ensemble are not required to be members of the Marist College Singers or Freshman Women's Choir. 

Time-Check (all male), Sirens (all female),  and The Enharmonics (co-ed), are Marist's student-run, auditioned a cappella groups.  The  groups perform at a wide array of on and off campus functions throughout the year.   To audition and maintain membership, students must be active members of the Marist Singers, Band, or Orchestra programs.  

 

Wind and Percussion Ensembles 

The Marist College Band involves approximately 150 students performing in a variety of ten ensembles. The namesake and largest of these ensembles is the Marist Band.  Students in the program fully participate in both concert band and athletic band settings.   The Marist Band performs full symphonic concert programs of standard band literature, tours nationally, prepares a halftime show each Fall for performance at home football games, and performs at Marist home basketball games and at the MAAC Basketball Championship Tournament each spring.   In recent years, the Marist Band has performed at the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania,  and the New England Collegiate Marching Band Festival.   In order to audition for the select Wind Symphony or participate in any of the chamber ensembles, students must be active members of the Marist College Band.  

The Wind Symphony is a select group of auditioned instrumentalists. The course will foster the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of challenging music written or arranged for the modern wind ensemble.  To audition and maintain membership, students must be active members of the Marist College Band.

Brass Ensemble is a chamber ensemble where students gain familiarity with a broad range of literature for brass. Precision, intonation, and interpretation are studied. Open to all students with a school-level proficiency. Offered every semester, musicians in this ensemble must be active members of the Marist College Band.  

Flute Choir provides a continuing musical performance experience for flute players.   This ensemble fosters the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of music written or arranged for flute ensemble. Offered every semester, musicians in this ensemble must be active members of the Marist College Band.  

The Jazz Foxes is the Marist College jazz ensemble.  The ensemble rehearses and performs a wide range of music written or arranged for jazz ensembles from all musical periods. Offered every semester, wind players must be members of the Marist College Band.  

Handbell Choir provides students the opportunity to continue handbell performance as well as introduce beginners to ringing technique.   Along with the Marist College Singers and Orchestra, this ensemble is a musical feature of Marist's annual Ecumenical Service of Lessons & Carols.  Offered every semester, musicians in this ensemble are not required to be members of the Marist College Band.  

Percussion Ensemble provides a continuing musical performance experience for mallet and battery percussion players. The ensemble fosters the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of music written or arranged for Percussion Ensemble, to also include experimental percussion ensemble arrangements.  Offered every semester, musicians in this ensemble must be active members of the Marist College Band.  

Woodwind Ensemble provides a continuing musical performance experience for double reed, clarinet, and saxophone players.  The ensemble fosters the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of music written or arranged for woodwind choir. Offered every semester, musicians in this ensemble must be active members of the Marist College Band.  

 

String Ensembles

The Marist College Orchestra provides a continuing musical performance experience for string players.  The ensemble will foster the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of music written or arranged for orchestra.   The Orchestra is featured annually at Marist's Ecumenical Service of Lessons & Carols and spring concert series, Harmony on the Hudson.  Offered every semester, members of this ensemble are not required to be members of the Marist College Band.

The Chamber String Ensemble provides string players additional performance opportunities for literature ranging from world music and classical chamber music to arrangements of popular music.   Offered every semester, members of this ensemble should be active members of the Marist College Orchestra.  

The Guitar Ensemble provides a continuing musical performance experience for guitar players. The course will foster the growth of musicality through the rehearsal and performance of a wide range of music written or arranged for Guitar Ensemble. Offered every semester, members of this ensemble are not required to be members of the Marist College Band.