Ensembles

If God has blessed you with the incredible gift of talent for creative expression, you'll find a vibrant, thriving musical community at Malone.

For music majors and non-majors alike, our musical ensembles provide opportunities for musical growth, relationship-building, and creative outlet which can enhance whatever degree you pursue. 

Whether you sing or play the piano or a symphonic instrument, we encourage you to participate in our choirs, bands, and other small ensembles. You will grow as a musician and gain other skills which can be used long into your professional life. 

Scholarships are also available for participation in our musical ensembles. 

Grow as a musician through ensemble participation:

University Chorale

The Chorale is a mixed chorus of 60 men and women dedicated to the performance of a wide variety of a cappella classics, as well as hymn arrangements and spirituals.

Marching Band

The Pioneer Spirit Marching Band is one of the most visible organizations on campus, performing for campus events, home football games at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, parades, and band shows.

Symphonic Band

The Malone University Symphonic Band meets during the spring semester and performs concerts in February and April. The ensemble consists of music and non-music majors, and performs standard and contemporary literature of the wind band, orchestral transcriptions, and popular music from radio and television. Membership is gained through audition; scholarships are also available through audition.

Malone Opera Theatre

Malone Opera Theatre (MOT) is a small mixed group of voices selected by audition. The group performs once per semester with a recital of excerpts of beloved opera classics.  This course is offered each semester.

Jazz Ensemble

The Malone University Jazz Ensemble, is a big band consisting of saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and rhythm section. They rehearse year-round and perform concerts on campus and throughout the community. Their repertoire includes swing, Latin, funk, rhythm & blues, rock, fusion, and contemporary Christian.

Chamber Choir

The Malone University Chamber Choir is an advanced choral ensemble of 24 mixed voices, selected by audition. This highly selective choir performs several styles of music, from a cappella classics to contemporary small-group works. Past performances include joining the Tuscarawas Philharmonic and Chorus, a tour through Italy, and a service-learning trip to the Republic of Kenya.

Men's Glee Club

The Men's Glee Club rehearses weekly using repertoire written specifically for men's voices, including traditional glee repertoire and a cappella arrangements of pop and contemporary praise and worship music. Directed by Darius McBride '16, this ensemble is open to all Malone men without an audition requirement.

Women's Concert Choir

Established in 1989, this ensemble is comprised of women representing a variety of majors. They rehearse weekly using repertoire written specifically for women's voices, from traditional literature to a cappella arrangements of pop and contemporary praise and worship music. Directed by Heather Curtis, this ensemble is open to all Malone ladies without an audition requirement.

Electro-Acoustic Ensemble

Offered each semester, the Electro-Acoustic Ensemble is a flexible ensemble consisting of electronic and acoustic instruments. Performances will be created using computer and/or hardware based sequencing in conjunction with live performances. A variety of styles will be performed with an emphasis on popular music.

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble has flexible instrumentation, and rehearses literature in a variety of styles. They perform on campus, and at church and community events in the Canton area. Students who wish to participate in the Brass Ensemble are also required to participate in the Symphonic Band.

Flute Ensemble

This chamber ensemble performs without a conductor, giving students a true chamber music experience. It utilizes four different instruments in the flute family, including the piccolo, alto flute and bass flute. The repertoire includes a variety of musical styles, from classical arrangements to popular tunes and holiday music. Students who wish to participate in the Flute Ensemble are also required to take Applied Flute lessons.

Percussion Ensemble

Percussion Ensemble is a flexible ensemble of instruments performing a variety of works from the literature, chosen based on the proficiency of the participants. The group performs one concert per semester and is directed by Scott Thomas. Offered at departmental discretion.

Piano Ensemble

The Piano Ensemble studies and performs music written for piano duet (four hands at one piano) and music written for piano duo (two pianos with one performer at each piano). The repertoire is chosen from a wide variety of styles including music from the classical, pop and sacred genres. Students rehearse in the piano lab as well as in the piano studios. Members of the Piano Ensemble perform at departmental recitals.