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Bower School of Music and the Arts

Student Involvement

 
 

 

Art Student Organizations

FGCU Design Club is dedicated to sharing content and conversations related to Design, Career Networking and design related issues. https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/DesignGroup

Photography Club https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/photographyclub

Arts Exploration Club https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/fgcuartsexplorationclub

 

Music Ensembles

Membership in all university ensembles is available both to music majors and non-music majors. Music major auditions for ensembles occur at the time of a student’s audition for the program. All ensembles perform in concert at least once each spring and fall term, sometimes alone and sometimes in collaboration with other ensembles. All ensembles are committed to high standards of rehearsal, study and performance. Auditions for non-majors are scheduled by contacting the conductor of the specific ensemble.

String/Symphony Orchestra
The String Orchestra performs music from all genres and time periods. Chamber music experiences are available for members of this ensemble. Future plans include the String Orchestra and select wind and percussion students to combine to form a University Symphony Orchestra. Contact:  Dr. Rod Chesnutt, rchesnut@fgcu.edu

University Choir and Chamber Singers
The University Choir and Chamber Singers perform choral literature from various style periods and vocal traditions. The Chamber Singers are chosen from the membership of the University Choir at the beginning of the Fall semester each academic year.
Conductor:  Dr. Trent Brown, trbrown@fgcu.edu.

Concert Bands
The Bower School of Music offers a wide variety of Concert Bands such as Wind Orchestra [auditioned], Symphonic Band [non-auditioned], Jazz Ensemble [auditioned] and Chamber Winds. Members get an opportunity to read a variety of concert band literature and perform with guest conductors and soloists. This is an excellent opportunity to continue valuable high school musical training and to further develop your talents in musical performance. Conductors:  Dr. Rod Chesnutt, rchesnut@fgcu.edu  & Professor Troy Jones, tvjones@fgcu.edu.

Basketball Band
The Basketball Band performs at many of the FGCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball Games and is an integral part of the excitement that is FGCU Basketball! This auditioned ensemble performs pop, rock and jazz ranging from Big Band to today’s contemporary favorites. Coordinator:  Dr. Rod Chesnutt, rchesnutt@fgcu.edu; Conductor:  Professor Troy Jones, tvjones@fgcu.edu

Music Student Organizations

Student Advisory Council
The Bower School of Music Student Advisory Council consists of elected members of the student body representing the various performance areas. The Council seeks to promote effective communication between students, faculty, staff, and administration of the Bower School of Music. The Council considers issues affecting students’ experiences at the School and work to promote students’ artistic and educational growth. Faculty Advisor: Cathy Albergo.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
The FGCU Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) provides opportunities for professional growth for students following a course of study related to choral music. The group hosts presenters, plans trips to conventions, and supports choral music in Lee County. Faculty Advisor: Trent R. Brown.

American String Teachers Association (ASTA)
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual development opportunities, and access to a collegial network of colleagues from throughout the string profession. Faculty Advisor: David Cole

The National Association for Music Education (CMENC)
Chapter 1230, a collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education and of the state organization, Florida Music Educators Association.
The chapter sponsors bi-monthly meetings with guest speakers and enlightening dialogue about all aspects of music teaching. Open to music majors. Faculty Advisor: Louise Patrick.

Kappa Kappa Psi Mu Upsilon Chapter  https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/kkpsi
Kappa Kappa Psi operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that is required of his/her band. Our goals are to provide the band not only with organized and 24 concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership and social contacts. The honorary nature of membership is based on our premise that “it is an honor to be selected to serve” this band, its department of music, its sponsoring institution, and the cause of band music in the nation's colleges and universities.
Faculty Advisor: Rod Chesnutt

The Composers Guild https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/composersguild

 

Theatre Student Organizations

Eagle Theatre  https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/EagleTheatre

Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society  https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/APO

Improv Club  https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/improvclub

FGCU Dance Company  https://fgcu.collegiatelink.net/organization/DanceCompany