Performance Ensembles

  • Concert Band

  • Concert Choir

  • Jazz Band

  • Aires Show Choir

  • World Drum Ensemble

  • Electronic Music Composers



The music department offers opportunities in band, choir, jazz band, vocal show choir (CC-Aires), World Drum Ensemble, vocal performance workshop and small ensembles.

Performing Ensembles

The music department at RCTC offers a wide range of traditional and unique music performance
opportunities through various music ensembles. Traditional ensembles such as choir, band, jazz band, and show bands are available to all students. Other unique opportunities include the World Drum Ensemble, as well as original music composition, instrumental recitals, and various small ensembles performances opportunities. Here is a list of our primary performance ensembles:

Aires Show-Choir
Variety of choral and performance style is the predominant feature of the ensemble including vocal jazz, show, choral and chamber. Extensive work with choreography and public performance make this ensemble "performance intensive". Music expression, stage presence, audience dynamics and singing technique are stressed. The ensemble is open to all students by audition.

Jazz Ensemble
This ensemble of approximately 25 students features performance of standard and contemporary jazz repertoire. The ensemble performs in various concerts each semester and is open to all students by audition.

World Drum Ensemble
This ensemble presents an opportunity for students to participate in World Drumming through the practice and performance of World Beat Music from various cultures. Styles studied by the group include: Samba Batucada, Samba Pagode, Maracatu, Ijexa, Forro, and others from Brazil; Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, Cha cha, Guiro, Comparsa, Bembe (Cuba) Bomba, and Plena from the Caribbean; as well as Bell Processionals, and Hand Drumming from West Africa. Students will practice these styles in twice weekly rehearsals. Performances will include a major concert each semester. This ensemble is open to all students regardless of music reading capabilities.

Electronic Music Composers
Students who have completed the electronic music composition sequence offer a performance each semester of contemporary electronic-based compositions. The concert features works created and performed for live and video featuring surround-sound playback featuring eclectic creations using contemporary styles and genres.

Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
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