The Alma Choir is the primary touring choir in the Alma choral program. The Choir’s reputation for excellence, its many traditions, and its ambitious performing, touring and recording schedule attract a group of talented students for whom choral singing is an important part of their lives. Alma Choir members are drawn primarily from the junior and senior classes. The singers have all earned their way into the Alma Choir through membership in the College Chorale and/or the Women’s Glee Club. To schedule an audition contact Will Nichols. See our web page for more information.
Alma College Percussion Studio
The Alma College Percussion Studio, founded in 1989 by David Zerbe, is a multi-faceted performance ensemble. The group performs traditional chamber music as well as world music, jazz and steel drum music. Members of the ensemble are in demand throughout the state as private instructors and percussion ensemble and marching percussion coaches. In addition, the percussion ensemble co-hosts the Alma College/Hohner Institute of Percussion Summer Percussion Workshop in affiliation with Yamaha Corporation of America’s “Sounds of Summer Camps,” a comprehensive two-week hands-on workshop providing participants with a broad experience in instrumental percussion performance.
Alma Symphony Orchestra
The Alma Symphony Orchestra is a regular class (MUS 152) that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30-12:50 as well as Wednesday evenings. Students must audition, although ASO does have players at all levels and everyone is encouraged to join the group. The orchestra performs four concerts a year as well as a children’s concert; it publishes a brochure and has a new CD of the group. Generally, students who have played in their high school band or orchestra and are interested in continuing to play their instruments are encouraged to talk with conductor Murray Gross about the orchestra. See the ASO Website.
The College Chorale is the largest choir on campus and is open to all Alma students based on live auditions. Membership is drawn primarily from the freshman, sophomore and junior classes. Chorale focuses on developing the musical skills and singing abilities of each member, providing singers the chance to rehearse and perform great choral music from the United States and around the world and fostering the physical, intellectual and spiritual enjoyment of singing. See the College Chorale Website.
The Women’s Glee Club is the first ensemble in the Alma College choral program and it draws many of its 40+ members from the freshman class. However, the joys of singing treble music and the easy camaraderie of the group lead many women to sing with the Glee Club throughout their years at Alma College. All of the women in the Alma Choir and the College Chorale have sung in the Women’s Glee Club and many continue to do so as their schedules permit. The talented membership of the Women’s Glee Club makes it a very special choir. The addition each year of 30-40 freshmen singers to a core of “seasoned veterans” has helped make the Alma College Women’s Glee Club an outstanding choir. The Glee Club performs in all the major concerts, including Homecoming, the Festival of Carols, and the masterworks concert each April. Glee Club Website
Kiltie Marching Band
The Kiltie Marching Band performs at all home football games and parades. The band also has performed at Disney’s Epcot Center, The Detroit Thanksgiving Parade, three NCAA Division III play-off games, in exhibition for the Hastings Marching Invitational and for public school programs in Michigan. Also, the band hosts the annual Alma College/Hohner Institute of Percussion High School Marching Band Invitational. This event, now in its seventh year, brings over 1,000 young musicians to campus to perform and be critiqued. Membership in this ensemble is open to all Alma College students by audition. See the Kiltie Marching Band Website.
Kiltie Wind Ensemble
Under the leadership of David Zerbe, the Kiltie Wind Ensemble performs the finest college-level wind band repertoire from Grainger to Ives. The Kiltie Wind Ensemble has performed throughout mid-Michigan and collaborated with guest artists and clinicians such as Donald Hunsberger and Vincent Persichetti. See the Kiltie Wind Ensemble Website.
To expose the greater Alma community to a variety of new and exciting choral literature, Off-Kilter is a 24-voice a cappella ensemble. Since its founding in February 2011, Off-Kilter has been completely student run. Every aspect of the ensemble from auditions to music selection to getting gigs is handled by the students. It is our goal to bring the Alma Community a varied repertoire. Our founders thought it was important to expose the students both in the choir and in the community to music they might not otherwise get a chance to sing. We meet twice a week and have performed a variety of concerts. See the Off-Kilter Facebook Page for more information.
Sigma Alpha Iota
SAI is the Theta Eta chapter of the national women’s music fraternity. The group is a sisterhood whose focus it is to promote the cause of music in our community and around the country. They have an invested interest in music, and to become a sister, one must have enrolled in a music class or be currently taking a music class. SAI sisters put on annual musical performances such as the Holiday Musicale and A Celebration of Women in the Arts. They do fundraisers for music education programs and support national philanthropies oriented at music support. To get involved, students can go to the monthly events, or come visit the SAI room in Bruske.