The Music Department serves approximately 1522 students and provides general, specialized, and vocational training in music. There are four full-time and fifteen adjunct music faculty members who are active professionals, performing throughout the San Joaquin valley. A comprehensive lower division Music Major course of study is offered to enhance students entry into university level programs. Courses offer the liberal arts student a more in-depth study of music and satisfy the Humanities requirements for transfer and AA-AS degrees. We are proud of our new music building, which opened in the fall of 2001. The state of the art recording studio and computer lab offer students the potential to combine technological and musical knowledge. Individual instruction is also available on all performance instruments and voice for music majors.
The College Symphonic Band under the direction of Jeff Bilden, is one of thirteen performance ensembles at College of the Sequoias. Comprised of 50 members playing woodwinds, brass and percussion, they are an auditioned group selected from students from 13 high schools in the Tulare and Kings County areas. The College Symphonic Band performs several concerts each year and performs annually at the Collegiate Wind Band Festival held at California State University, Fresno. Their repertory includes contemporary wind band literature as well as traditional literature for bands composed by Gustav Holst, Richard Strauss and John Philip Sousa.
The COS Student Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Bilden, is one of thirteen performance ensembles at College of the Sequoias. This jazz band is comprised of 20 members playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. They are an auditioned group selected from students from 13 high schools in the Tulare and Kings County areas. The band performs several concerts each year and performs annually at the Reno Jazz Festival, consistently winning awards and achieving “Superior” ratings. Their repertory includes contemporary jazz band literature as well as traditional literature for bands composed by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Stan Kenton
The COS Adult Jazz Bands, under the direction of Jeff Bilden and Bill Butts are two of thirteen performance ensembles at College of the Sequoias. These jazz bands are comprised of 20 members playing saxophone, trumpets, trombone and a rhythm section. They are an auditioned group selected from adults throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The bands perform several concerts each year as well as presenting the highly acclaimed Winter and Spring Jazz Showcases, featuring famous Jazz performers as guest artists. Their repertory includes contemporary jazz band literature as well as traditional literature for bands composed by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Stan Kenton.
The COS Concert Choir is a select group of 75 – 85 auditioned singers, made up of approximately 30 different majors. The Concert Choir performs several concerts each year and has also joined forces with the Tulare County Symphony, performing Mozart’s Requiem, Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Ninth. The group performs at collegiate choral festivals each semester throughout California, and sponsors the Visalia Fall Invitational High School Choral Festival. The Choir has performed for the American Choral Directors National Convention in Los Angeles in 2005 and toured Italy and Vienna performing the Verdi Requiem and works of Eric Whitacre.
The Chamber Singers is the top choral ensemble at COS consisting of 26 – 30 advanced singers. They have performed at Collegiate Choral festivals in Biola, Fullerton, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno and Visalia. The COS Chamber Singers were honored to perform at the ACDA Western Division convention in 2004 in Las Vegas where they received a standing ovation.
The COS Men’s Chorus host the annual “Real Men Sing!” festival each October. We perform for over 200 middle school boys. Special guests have been Dr. Dan Jackson from Point Loma University and The Sons of the San Joaquin and The Premier Men’s A Cappella Group from Indiana University – Straight No Chaser.
Music Degree Requirements:
Music Vocal Emphasis
Music Theory Composition
For further information contact:
Fine Arts Secretary