Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles
The Music Department runs several instrumental and vocal ensembles, all of which are open to qualified student musicians in any class year and in any major. These ensembles perform on and around campus several times a year.
The Chorale is Saint Michael's large vocal ensemble. This group presents several public concerts throughout the year, and sings at college functions and local churches. The Chorale's Christmas Lessons and Carols Concert in December and Spring Family Weekend Concert draw a large audience from throughout the Burlington area. Most years the Chorale also joins forces with the choruses of other local colleges (Castleton University, Johnston State College, Middlebury College) to perform a masterwork with orchestra. Tours in years past have taken them around New England and to New York City and Washington D.C. Their repertory spans the centuries from the Middle Ages to the present day, including works by living composers, from different nations and cultures, and in a variety of languages, including classical works, spirituals, folksongs, and show tunes. In addition, there are several student-run a cappella vocal ensembles on campus, including The Sleepless Knights and Soulful Harmony (mixed), Mike Check (men), and the AcaBellas (women).
For instrumentalists, the Concert Band performs concert and symphonic band music embracing a wide spectrum of styles, the Jazz Orchestra performs music of the big band and swing eras, and the String Orchestra performs a variety of genres of classical music from the 18th through the 20th centuries. The Akoma Drumming Ensemble performs music and dance from West Africa, focusing on the tradition of the Ewe people of Ghana and related traditions. In any semester, there are numerous student bands playing at the Turtle Underground, the on-campus coffee house, and in downtown Burlington venues.
Another option for students interested in singing and playing is the Liturgical Ensemble, a part of Campus Ministry. This group of singers and instrumentalists is primarily composed of undergraduate students, but also includes adult members from the greater worshipping community. It provides vibrant contemporary music for worship and facilitates sung prayer in the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel at all Sunday liturgies and all major feasts, with an original and eclectic musical style utilizing African, Latin American and Irish flavors to compliment traditional hymn singing. The group’s leader Jerome Monachino is a skilled guitarist across jazz, rock and popular genres and frequently offers lessons or jams with students in his office.
Chorale - Nathaniel G. Lew - firstname.lastname@example.org
Concert Band - Brian McCarthy -email@example.com
Jazz Orchestra - Brian McCarthy - firstname.lastname@example.org
String Orchestra - Fran Pepperman-Taylor - email@example.com
Akoma Drumming Ensemble - Josselyne Price - firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Ensemble - Jerome Monachino - email@example.com