Ensembles - Music Programs - Defiance College


Music Programs



DC Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers is a mixed SATB choral ensemble, open to all students at Defiance College. Repertoire contains music from all stylistic periods, including contemporary music, and consists of small-form choral music performed a cappella and/ or with chamber instruments. Frequent performances on and off-campus, including tours, are expected of this ensemble.
Rehearsals: Tues./Thurs., 11:00 am - 12:35 pm, Schauffler Hall 117.


Defiance College Choral Union
A large choral ensemble open to students, college personnel and the surrounding community. Repertoire consists of larger oratorios often performed with instrumental accompaniment. The group performs three times during the academic year including the W. Oscar Jones Choral Festival, Handel’s Messiah in December, and a spring oratorio.
Rehearsals: Monday evenings, Schauffler Hall 117.


DC Sisters 
The DC Sisters formed in the spring of 2013 to preform with the DC Big Band Sound. They were such a success, the ladies continued to perform with the band and on their own. The group now performs multiple times a year for holiday parties, fundraisers and music festivals. The founding members are Mandie Heil, Lindsay Kasmer, and Emily Wallace. 
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester, Schauffler Hall


 The 12 DCples 
The 12 Dcples was formed in December of 2013 as a group to sing Christmas carols around the Defiance community. The groups repertoire has expanded each year including the introduction or pop a cappella music. Group motto: "Spread the good tunes..."
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester, Schauffler Hall



Yellow Jacket Band
Defiance College introduced a marching band in 2013. Band members have the unique opportunity to influence the “Yellow Jacket Style” of our music and shows each year. The band performs at home football games, the Defiance City Halloween Parade and other special appearances. Band members are expected to attend pre-season rehearsals prior to the start of fall semester.
Rehearsals: Mon, Wed, Fri., 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Schauffler 117.

Defiance College Community Band
The Defiance College Community Band (DCCB) is organized to provide artistic performance opportunities for the Defiance community and provide a performance outlet for college and area musicians. The ensemble performs four major concerts per season as well as appropriate music for special occasions. There are no auditions required; however, musicians should be moderately proficient on their instrument.
Rehearsals: Tues., 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Schauffler Hall 117.


Big Band Sound
The "Big Band Sound" is an offshoot of the Defiance College Community Band. The jazz ensemble is in demand all across Northwest Ohio and plays several engagements throughout the year. This “Big Band” has generated a strong reputation and is a great outlet for instrumentalists who enjoy Big Band music.
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester.


Defiance College Pep Band
The Defiance College Pep Band meets during the spring semester to support athletic teams with music and school spirit. All students interested in playing an instrument with or without experience are encouraged to participate.
Rehearsals: Arranged, Schauffler Hall.


Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra
The Black Swamp Strings is open to DC students and members of the community. The ensemble performs two main concerts a year and often collaborates with other DC ensembles. The DC String Group consists of only DC students and performs for special events both on and off campus.
Rehearsals: Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Schauffler 117.
For repertoire and membership information, check out the website: www.blackswampsymphonyorchestra.weebly.com 


DC Chamber Groups 
Chamber music is available based on student interest and availability. Common chamber groups include brass quintets, woodwind choirs, and jazz combos. Performances vary from on campus events to local businesses and community events. Contact Music Programs staff for joining a group or forming a new one.
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester, Schauffler Hall


Percussion Ensembles 
The Percussion Ensembles is open to any Defiance College student with or without any prior percussion experience. The course outline changes each semester to customize to the involved students, but focuses on topics in percussion performance and history. The ensemble performs at the end of the semester on and off campus. The repertoire for this ensemble varies from classic percussion ensemble to modern, bucket drumming, world music, and "unusual" percussion instrumentation. 
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester, Schauffler Hall



DC Players
The DC Players is a student organization that assists in the development and production of the College’s twice-annual dramatic productions. Shows are produced through the Music Programs office, and students are encouraged to participate not only on the stage, but also in technical, assistant directing and orchestral roles.
Rehearsals: Arranged each semester.