With assistance of faculty member Dr. Darian Washington, The North Greenville Brass Quintet is a scholarship group open by audition. They meet for two hours of faculty supervised coaching each week and study the standard brass quintet literature. Representative literature from past performances includes works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Malcolm Arnold, Ingolf Dahl, and Robert Nagel. Performance opportunities for the Quintet are many, both on and off campus.
The North Greenville University
Concert Choir, composed of selected voices, is one of eight performing
ensembles in the Cline School of Music in the College of Fine Arts, and
is open to students from all academic majors. Membership is by interview
with the Director of Choral Activities. The Concert Choir offers a high
quality choral experience for future music educators, church musicians,
and performers. It provides music for chapel, and performs several
concerts both on and off campus each year, including a tour each spring.
It has been honored by being selected to perform on the state
convention of the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association,
the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting, and has performed
with the Greenville Symphony.
Under the direction of Dr. Darian Washington, the North Greenville Concert Band consists of both music majors and non-majors with permission of the director. The Band rehearses three times each week, and students may earn one credit hour per semester. The Concert Band performs a variety of literature combining sacred arrangements with standard and contemporary band pieces. The Concert Band also performs at Chapel services, Founders Day, Commencement, fall and spring concerts, and a Christmas Concert.
North Greenville University's Handbell Choir, established in 1999, meets twice a week. Students may earn one credit hour per semester and enjoy performing in chapel, schools, and other special events. The ensemble has played concerts in area churches in recent semesters. Membership is open to all students in the University, including those with handbell playing experience, and those who are wanting to learn an exciting new skill.
Under the direction of Mr. Charlie Parker, The North Greenville Jazz Band is open to instrumentalists by audition. Standard jazz ensemble instrumentation is used to trace historical jazz styles through performances. The Jazz Band meets twice per week and offers students the opportunity to learn improvisation through selected repertoire and via a small three to four piece jazz ensemble selected from within the band. The Jazz Band is available to perform for on and off campus events.
The NGU Marching Crusaders perform at all home football games, select away games, area parades, and high school competitions. The marching band was established in the fall of 2000 and is a scholarship-based organization in which funds are distributed between fall and spring semesters. The band is open to all enrolled students at NGU. The Marching Crusaders have been the featured ensemble for the 2006 Red Ribbon Week Parade in Greenville, SC, the White Knoll Silver Invitational, the Green Machine Invitational, and has appeared in the 2006 and 2010 Victory Bowls. The Marching Crusaders are under the direction of Phil McIntyre.
The purpose of the NGU Marching Crusader Handbook is to lay forth all of the rules, regulations, and guidelines for the members of the NGU Marching Band.
The North Greenville Singers are a chamber ensemble that performs a wide variety of choral literature. Membership is open to the student body by audition only. The group frequently sings for community events, local churches, campus chapels, as well as participates with the Concert Choir in a spring tour. The North Greenville Singers have participated in Madrigal Dinners, and combined with the theater department in musicals.
The North Greenville University Percussion Ensemble is open to anyone with permission of the director. The ensemble rehearses three hours each week and performs on campus each semester as well as at many other events around the campus and the community. They regularly perform a variety of musical styles in the standard percussion ensemble literature as well as world music and have performed alongside the Mass Communication department by accompanying the silent film, "The Balloonatic." Each spring, the percussion ensemble tours to high schools around the state of South Carolina. Featured guest artists have included Dr. Scott Herring, Dr. Brad Meyer, and Mr. Kurry Seymour. The ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Davis.
Under the direction of Dr. Michael Weaver, the NGU Orchestra is one of eight performing ensembles in the Cline School of Music and is open to students from all academic majors. Membership is by audition with the Orchestra Director. The NGU Orchestra provides a high quality orchestral experience for future music educators, church musicians, and performers. It performs sacred and standard orchestral masterworks providing music for chapel and for several concerts on and off campus every semester.
The integration of faith with orchestral performance is what sets NGU's orchestra apart from other university orchestras. Prayer before rehearsals and performances, mentoring by Christian artist- faculty, and the Christ-centered atmosphere of the campus foster each student's artistic, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
NGU Orchestra members are also invited to take part in orchestra mission trips. Eight NGU Orchestra students and three NGU music faculty participated in our most recent trip in March 2011 to Israel with well-known sacred orchestrator and church musician Camp Kirkland. They met orchestral musicians from around the United States, forming a 26-piece orchestra and performing six sacred concerts throughout Israel in eight days.Orchestra mission trips offer student musicians an opportunity to support a missionary partner while touring. The missionary partner arranges the concerts with a clearly articulated message about the gospel and a personal relationship with our living Savior. The speaking, music, and personal testimonies from the musicians and the missionaries is a great and powerful combination, presenting the gospel to unbelievers, and strengthening and renewing believers' love for the Lord.
Orchestra mission trips assist missionaries in building new relationships and strengthen existing ones; they provide a nonthreatening cultural event to which believers invite their family, friends and neighbors; and they assist missionaries in developing partnerships with congregational leaders in their homelands and help to broaden their support network of believers and churches back home in the United States.
North Greenville University Woodwind Ensembles are scholarship groups open to students by audition. The groups perform music from the standard literature. Performance opportunities for the group include Chapel on campus, concerts in area schools for elementary or junior high school students, departmental concerts. Occasionally, the group plays in area churches or other off campus venues. Students rehearse two hours per week.