Music Opportunities

Palm Beach Atlantic University's School of Music & Fine Arts offers an array of exciting opportunities. Living and learning at PBA, you'll be surrounded by some of the most impressive opprtunites anywhere. Vocal, Choral and Instrumental Performances. Unique Internships.  And top partnerships like The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Local Arts Organizations. 

Performances

  • 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.

  • 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.

The PBA Symphony is a full symphony orchestra made up of 60 students and local semi-professional players that present six concerts annually. This ensemble is committed to performing the finest standard repertoire available including works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius, etc. The ensemble also actively seeks to perform contemporary American music such as Ives, Copland, Gershwin, Hovhaness, Myaskovsky, Bowles, Lachert and Diamond. The PBA Symphony is under the direction of Dr. Lloyd Mims.

The Symphonic Band is a traditional woodwind, brass, and percussion concert band consisting of PBA music majors as well as non-music majors. This ensemble performs the major literature composed in the great tradition of concert bands around the world, including symphonic and chamber repertoire written and arranged for various combinations of instruments.

The music performed and studied by the Symphonic Band highlights the talents of the students, and illustrates how the band program in the School of Music and Fine Arts interfaces with musical organizations both on our campus and beyond. This group seeks to instill in each student the concept of “the pursuit of excellence” in both their musical development and their service to their community. 

Much attention and focus is devoted to expanding and broadening the proficiency, knowledge, and experience of each student.  The band performs numerous times during the year and is involved in a number of events, from “Workship” projects to performance tours. The Symphonic Band is directed by Dennis Hayslett, director of instrumental studies at PBA.

Recent Repertoire

The Symphonic Band’s repertoire during the past few years has included the following music:

Reed, Alfred; El Camino Real
LoPresti, Ronald; Elegy for a Young American
Smetana; Fanfares from the Opera “Libuse”
Holst, Gustav; Second Suite in F
Stravinsky, Igor; Music from "The Firebird”
Wood, Hayden: Mannin Veen
Goto, Yo; Funiculi Funicula Rhapsody
Whitacre, Eric; Cloudburst
Smith, Claude T.; God of Our Fathers
Reed, Alfred; Russian Christmas Music
Chance, John Barnes; Variations on a Korean Folk Song
Bernstein, Leonard; Slava!
Mozart/Slocum; Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Fillmore, Henry; His Honor
Prokofiev, Sergei; March, Op. 99
Maslanka, David; Give Us This Day: Short Symphony
Menin, Peter; Canzona
Nelhybel, Vaclav; Trittico
Persichetti, Vincent; Psalm
Copland, Aaron; An Outdoor Overture

Ticheli, Frank; Shendandoah
Shostakovich/Reynolds/ Hunsberger; Prelude Galop
Holst, Gustav; First Suite in E-flat
Hovhaness, Alan; Suite for Band
Grainger, Percy; Lincolnshire Posy
Piston, Walter; Tunbridge Fair
Jager, Robert; Esprit De Corps
Hanson, Howard; Dies Natalis
Maslanka, David; Tears
Bryant, Steven; Radiant Joy
Ticheli, Frank; Sanctuary
Wilson, Dana; Colorado Peaks
Holsinger, David; On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss
Camphouse, Mark; Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
Shostakovich/Hunsberger; Festive Overture
DeMeij, Johann; "Gandalf" from Symphony #1
Whitacre, Eric; October
Grainger, Percy; Gumsucker's March
Wagner; Elsa's Precession to the Cathedral
Persichetti, Vincent; Psalm for Band

Memberships

For membership in ensembles, contact the School of Music and Fine Arts at (561) 803-2400 or somfa_auditions@pba.edu for information on audition requirements for 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

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. For more information, visit their website.

Local Arts Organizations

Professional Arts Organizations

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

Preparatory Students

Preparatory Department 

The Preparatory Department provides opportunities for a large group of children both in public and private schools as well as homeschoolers to be involved in music instruction in our facility each week. Private lessons and classes are offered as well as performance opportunities in string instruments, piano, voice, harp, and select other areas.

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