music students

 

 

Music Opportunities 

As a student in the Music Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University, you'll have opportunities to join and vocal and instrumental performances, find internships and partnerships to launch your calling!
 

Join a Performance or Chapter 

Oratorio Chorus - A large choral union performing the choral masterpieces of the centuries, usually accompanied by orchestra. No audition required. Directed by Dr. Geoffrey Holland.
 
Concert Choir - A select chorus of highly specialized voices performing choral repertoire of all periods. Audition required; auditions are normally held in April for the following year. Purchase of concert attire is required. Directed by Dr. Geoffrey Holland.
 
PBA Singers - A select group of voices performing chamber choir repertoire, motets and madrigals, as well as popular music. Members also are required to be in Concert Choir. Auditions are normally held in April for the following year. Purchase of concert attire required. Directed by Dr. Geoffrey Holland.
 
Women’s Chorale - A female choral group performing standard and popular SSA and SSAA choral literature. No audition required. Purchase of concert attire required. 
 
Opera Workshop (not an ensemble)  - A workshop setting that produces a small opera or operatic scenes; often produced with lighting and costumes. No audition required, although certain students may be assigned technical responsibilities for the class. Directed by Ms. Marilyn Mims.

Become a Member

Contact the College of Arts at (561) 803-2400 or somfa_auditions@pba.edu for information on audition requirements for those groups requiring an audition. In order to maintain an annual calendar of performances, membership in an ensemble normally requires participation for both Fall and Spring semesters of an academic year.

PBA Symphony - A community orchestra of students and local semi-professional players performing standard symphonic repertoire. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Purchase of concert attire required. Directed by Dr. Lloyd Mims.
 
Symphonic Band - A community band of students and local semi-professional players performing standard band literature of all periods. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Purchase of concert attire required. Directed by Dr. Dennis Hayslett.
 
Early Music Ensemble - The Early Music Ensemble performs music composed before 1750, using period techniques and instruments. The group consists of the Early Music Singers and the Early Music Instrumental Ensemble. Directed by Dr. Michael O'Connor.
 
Jazz Ensemble - A community ensemble of students and local semi-professional players. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Mr. Roget Pontbriand.
 
Brass Ensemble - Ensemble(s) of varying sizes and design performing chamber music for the concert hall and church. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Dr. Dennis Hayslett.
 
Percussion Ensemble - Ensemble(s) of varying sizes and design performing chamber music for the concert hall and church. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Mr. Seth Waxler.
 
String Ensemble - Ensemble(s) of varying sizes and design performing chamber music for the concert hall and church. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Mr. Patrick Clifford.
 
Wind Ensemble - Ensemble(s) of varying sizes and design performing chamber music for the concert hall and church. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Dr. Dennis Hayslett.
 
Guitar Ensemble - Ensemble(s) of varying sizes and design performing chamber music for the concert hall and church. Auditions are required at the beginning of each semester for new members. Directed by Mr. David Skantar.
 
Pop-Rock Lab Ensemble - A laboratory ensemble to perform music in contemporary popular genres; the ensemble will perform and record student projects as needed from courses within the popular music and mass media programs. Audition required. Directed by Mr. Roget Pontbriand and Mr. Mark Aliapoulios.

Become a Member

Contact the College of Arts at (561) 803-2400 or somfa_auditions@pba.edu for information on audition requirements for those groups requiring an audition. In order to maintain an annual calendar of performances, membership in an ensemble normally requires participation for both Fall and Spring semesters of an academic year.

Music Education Students subscribe to the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) chapter on campus and promote events of value in the world of music education. Membership is open to all music education students. CMENC provides resources, training, conferences and support to prospective music educators.

Partnerships

PBA is within walking distance of two major performing arts venues in downtown West Palm Beach.

The Kravis Center

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is second only to New York's Lincoln Center for the number of performances that are produced during the year. There are three major halls in the Kravis Center  and a number of smaller venues as well. PBA students frequently receive free tickets to attend many of the world-class events that appear there.

 

Local Arts Organizations

Professional Arts Organizations

Many of the faculty belong to Professional Organizations that foster the development of musicians and musical careers:
 

Internships

Music Education majors are assigned student teaching placement in Palm Beach County upon the recommendation of the Teacher Education Committee of PBA. In addition to the completion of the curriculum, you are required to pass First Screening and Second Screening before being submitted by the Teacher Education Committee to the Palm Beach County School Board for placement as student teachers.

Worship Leadership track students are expected to find paid or unpaid internships in local churches to fulfill final requirements for their degree. Opportunities are posted frequently in the student lounge of Vera Lea Rinker Hall (the music building) and in the Chapel offices.