The Music program at Clark offers students an abundance of experiences in music theory, instrumental and vocal performance training, music appreciation and music history. Courses are designed to prepare the music major for advanced studies while providing the non-major with the skills and background to fully enjoy music as a cultural pursuit.
Most of our concerts are free and open to the public.
Standards for Membership in Performing Arts Programs
Clark College does not discriminate in membership of performing arts programs. The performing arts programs: affirm a commitment to freedom from discrimination for all members of the college community. The responsibility for, and the protection of, this commitment extends to students, faculty, administration, staff, contractors, and those who develop or participate in college programs. It encompasses every aspect of employment and every student and community activity. The college expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Harassment is a form of discrimination. (WAC 132N-300)
To ensure a standard of musical excellence in productions and to create a compelling learning experience for students, the college does reserve the right to limit participation in performances based upon musical skills or abilities. To ensure a spirit of collaboration, respect, and civility, the performing arts programs also reserves the right to limit participation in musical travel and/or performances based upon attitude, and ability to work in teams.
For specific course descriptions and requirements, see the following descriptions listed below.
CONCERT BAND: MUSC 180, 181, 182, 280, 281, 282
Open to students with experience performing on brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The Clark College Concert Band performs a wide spectrum of standard concert band and contemporary wind ensemble literature in a minimum of one concert per quarter. Topics include musical excellence, and skills for teamwork and leadership. No auditions are necessary to enroll, but the student must be able to perform on their instrument at a level commensurate with the difficulty level of the music being performed. Before enrolling, students may also be asked to meet with the director and/or provide a recommendation from a prior music director or musical peer of the instructor’s discretion, in order to assess if the student’s goals are appropriate for the overall goals and needs of the Clark Bands.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE: MUSC 195,196, 197, 295, 296, 297
Open to students who perform on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, and drum set. Topics include performance techniques of jazz styles and repertoire and introduction to a wide variety of jazz subjects from improvisation and jazz history to understanding Latin/Afro-Cuban jazz rhythm. Additional topics include musical excellence and skills for teamwork and leadership. Jazz improvisation skills are not required, but strong music reading skills are required and instrumentation in the ensemble is limited. Acceptance into the ensemble will be assessed at the beginning of the term by audition. Students may also be asked to meet with the director and/or provide a recommendation from a prior music director or musical peer of the instructor’s discretion in order to assess if the student’s goals are appropriate for the overall goals and needs of the Clark Bands.
WOMEN’S CHORAL ENSEMBLE, CHORALE, CONCERT CHOIR: MUSC 137, 138, 139, 237, 238, 239, 153, 154, 155, 253, 254, 255, 183, 184, 185, 283, 284, 285
There are three choirs at Clark College. Membership in all three choirs occurs either by audition (see attached audition evaluation) or by interview/recommendation. The Choir Director will accept vocalists by requesting prospective choir members to perform a pre-chosen piece indicative of the level of skill necessary, by interview, or by recommendation. Students will be contacted by the choir director for an audition/interview to determine acceptance for that term. Vocal balance in each choir is essential to the success of the choir; therefore, the needs of the choirs are fluid. Students interested in singing in a Clark College choir are encouraged to contact the director before the beginning of each term to determine needs of the choir for current or future terms.
ORCHESTRA: MUSC& 150, 151, 152, 250, 251, 252
The Clark College Orchestra is a collaborative music organization composed of students, faculty, and community members. The Orchestra Conductor will accept musicians by requesting prospective members to play a pre-chosen piece indicative of the level skill necessary, by interview, or by recommendation. Students who enroll in MUSC& 150, 151, 152, 250, 251, 252 will be contacted by the conductor for an audition/interview to determine acceptance for that term.
Each term the music selections for the Orchestra change, and therefore the needs of the Orchestra are fluid. We encourage all students interested in the Orchestra to contact the conductor before the beginning of term to determine Orchestra needs for current or future terms.