Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble

Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble

Director, Sean Bassett (sean.bassett@gcccd.edu)

 

The Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble is a performance group consisting of intermediate to advanced students. The emphasis of this class is on sight-reading and performance practice. Each semester the ensemble gives two concerts including one travel performance.

 

The Grossmont College Guitar Ensemble performs music from the renaissance, baroque, classical, and romantic eras of Western Classical Music as well as arrangements of modern rock, pop, video game, and film genres. While most of the music is performed as a larger guitar orchestra, there is and opportunity for students to play chamber works with other ensemble members at performances as well.

 

Students need to audition or have permission from the instructor to join the ensemble. For specific audition requirements, please refer to the information below under “Auditions.” Students who have previously enrolled in the course do not need to re-audition.

 

If you have specific questions about the audition process or joining the course, please feel free to contact Mr. Sean Bassett at sean.bassett@gcccd.edu

 

SPRING 2022 COURSE INFORMATION

 

Meeting Days and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30pm-3:45pm

Location: Rehearsals will take place on campus in Building 26, Room 221. All class meetings will take place on campus and in-person unless otherwise noted.

 

Dates: January 31, 2022 – June 6, 2022

 

Course Section Numbers: Add codes will be given to new members after the audition

MUS-148-8136 (new ensemble members enroll under this course number)

MUS-149-8137

MUS-248-8180

MUS-249-8181

MUS-050-8090 (for ensemble members who have completed the previous four courses only)

Auditions: Monday, January 31 at 2:30 pm in Building 26, Room 221. Please contact Mr. Sean Bassett for specific audition time.

 

Audition Process (approx. 10 min)

1. Perform two contrasting solo guitar works. The pieces should be played fingerstyle, preferably on a classical guitar.

2. Perform two major or minor scales, each two octaves (ascending/descending).

3. Sight read given excerpt (provided at the audition).

 

Application & Registration: Auditioning for Grossmont College ensembles require students to apply to the college (found on the Grossmont College homepage: www.grossmont.edu). Registration will occur upon successful audition into the ensemble.