Frequently Asked Questions - Music Program

The following are FAQs asked by prospective and current USciences students.

 

Do I have to take an ensemble for academic credit or can I join just for fun?

The vocal and instrumental ensembles may be taken as one credit courses. They may also be experienced without academic credit, just for the enjoyment of playing or singing.

Can I register for an ensemble for more than one semester?

You may register for any ensemble as many semesters as you like. Many students will register to play or sing in their chosen group(s) throughout their USciences careers.

Does the university provide instruments?

The university has a few instruments available for loan and playing. There are multiple pianos on campus, two drumsets, and various percussion instruments. We have two Pbones available for trombone players on campus without an instrument of their own, and also a baritone saxophone. Other students generally must provide their own instruments in order to join the Kingsessing Players and must have a basic competence in playing it.

What ensembles/classes are offered each semester?

Typically, up to nine different ensembles and two lecture-format classes are offered each semester. Please check WebAdvisor for current semester offerings.

Do I have to audition?

All of the instrumental groups are open to knowledgeable players without any audition. The Chorus is open to any person who wishes to sing, regardless of background or experience. Singers can expect to audition for the Chamber Choir and the Keytones.

What performance opportunities are available?

Both the Kingsessing Players and Singers perform concerts at the end of each semester and have opportunities for outreach playing within the community. Concert attendance is required each semester, and responsible commitment to any other chosen performance is expected.

When do the ensembles rehearse?

  • The Chorus rehearses Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm.
  • The Chamber Choir rehearses Monday evenings from 8:00-9:00 pm.
  • The Keytones rehearse Wednesday evenings from 8:00-10:00 pm.
  • The Jazz Ensemble rehearses Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • The String Ensemble rehearses Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm.
  • Percussion, Guitar, Brass and Wind Ensembles tend to be smaller in size and these are typically listed as “to be announced” (TBA) on WebAdvisor.
  • All instrumental ensembles rehearse for one hour per week and any TBA rehearsals are set during the drop/add period of registration, according to students’ available rehearsal time.
  • All students are encouraged to check WebAdvisor for official meeting times and room locations for all music rehearsals.

What does it mean if the ensemble or class I want to register for is listed as TBA?

A course time is listed as TBA (to be announced) to allow for greater scheduling flexibility. You should go ahead and register and immediately send your current class schedule (with class and work conflicts) to the director of the ensemble. Every attempt will be made to schedule the course during a time when all interested and registered students can attend.

Is there a practice room available?

Yes, Wilson 215 is the practice room set aside for individual use.

How do I get the key to practice in Wilson 215?

You fill out an application sheet for each academic year. These applications are kept in the lobby of the East building. Your name is put on a users' list for the room. The list is kept by the front desk attendant in Wilson Hall where you can exchange your ID for the key. Always remember to sign the room out in the Wilson 215 schedule book for the length of time you intend to practice.

Can I reserve the practice room in advance?

Yes, you can sign the room out in advance of your practice time in the Wilson 215 schedule book.

What if there is already someone practicing in Wilson 215?

Check the schedule book and come back at the next open time. 

Are there costs associated with membership in any of the groups?

There are no membership fees or dues. Students are required to obtain black and white performance dress of their own (black slacks, socks, and shoes, white button down shirt, dark tie for men; black slacks or skirt, white blouse with sleeves, low-moderate heel black shoes for women). Women may purchase a standard black performance dress for Chamber Choir (or wear all black), and Chamber Choir men may purchase a tie in the school colors or wear a solid gray or maroon tie. Music and folders are provided to musicians but must be returned at the end of the semester.

Contact:

Dr. Kim Robson

Address:

Office Location: East Building, Room 107
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-7542

Email:

k.robson@usciences.edu