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Instrumental Music

The Phoenix College Instrumental Music Program is comprised of twelve ensembles and classes open to community members, including private instruction:

  • Concert Band (MUP161), Dr. Rose French, Director
  • Community Orchestra (MUP159), Dr. Sarah Schreffler, Director
  • Beginning Band (MUP181), Dr. Rose French, Director
  • Beginning Orchestra (MUP181), Dr. Sarah Schreffler, Director
  • Jazz Orchestra (MUP163), Ryan Anthony, Director
  • Superstition Jazz Orchestra, Mike Crotty, Director
  • Phoenix College Jazz Combos (MUP163), Mary Petrich and Ryan Anthony
  • Mariachi Osos del Valle (MUP168), Mike Dominguez, Director
  • Chamber Music (MUP181), Dr. Rose French, Director
  • Percussion Ensemble (MUP190), Wes Hawkins, Director
  • Steel Pan Ensemble (MUP190), Wes Hawkins, Director
  • Flute Ensemble (MUP185), Dr. Sabrina Hu, Director
  • Guitar Ensemble (MUP169), Alex Resnick, Director
  • Jazz Improvisation (MUP164), Mary Petrich
  • Guitar Class I-IV (MUP127, 128, 227, 228)
  • Piano Class I-IV (MUP130, 131, 132, 231, 232)

Flute: Dr. Sabrina Hu
Clarinet: Erin Finkelstein
Oboe: Nikolaus Flickinger
Saxophone: Mary Petrich
Jazz Saxophone: Mary Petrich
Bassoon: Dr. Tom Breadon
Trumpet:
French Horn: Dr. Rose French
Trombone: Bruce Mansfield
Euphonium: Kevin Bock
Tuba: Kevin Bock
Percussion: Wes Hawkins
Classical Guitar: Pedro Perez, Alex Resnick
Violin: Dr. Sarah Schreffler
Viola: Dr. Allyson Wuenschel
Cello: Fred Chao
Bass: John Murray
Jazz Bass: John Murray
Electric Bass: John Murray
Piano: Dr. Nathan Uhl, Julie Tuttle
Harp: 

The Concert Band holds two concerts each semester, performing music from a variety of styles on each concert around a central theme. The Concert Band consists of music majors, college students, and community members and is open to all without audition. Instruments are available to rent by the semester through the college. Please contact Dr. Rose French (rose.french@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

The Community Orchestra performs two concerts each semester, performing music from a variety of styles on each concert around a central theme. The Concert Orchestra consists of music students and community members and is open to all without audition. Instruments are available to rent by the semester through the college. Please contact Dr. Sarah Schreffler (sarah.schreffler@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information. 

The Beginning Band is open to all who wish to learn to play an instrument—no prior experience is needed. The beginning band focuses on playing technique, how to read music, and includes one performance each semester. Instruments are available to rent by the semester through the college. Please contact Dr. Rose French (rose.french@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

The Beginning Orchestra is open to all who wish to learn to play an instrument, no prior experience is needed. The beginning band focuses on playing technique, how to read music, and includes one performance a semester. Instruments are available to rent by the semester through the college. Please contact Dr. Sarah Schreffler (sarah.schreffler@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

The Big Band at Phoenix College is comprised of music students and community members and open to all based on the needs of the ensemble. The ensemble performs two concerts each semester, collaborates with local composers and guest artists and holds one concert each year at the Nash. Please contact Ryan Anthony (ryan.anthony@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

Under the direction of Mike Crotty, the Superstition Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band that performs twice a semester at the Nash and serves as The Nash’s house band during the summer. Enrollment in this COMM_ED (Community Education) course is dependent upon an audition. Please contact Dr. Rose French (rose.french@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

Jazz Combos are an opportunity for musicians to gain practical and performance experience in various jazz styles in a small group setting. Combos are formed by available instrumentation and are assigned by the directors. Please contact Dr. Sabrina Hu (sabrina.hu@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

Established in 2019, Mariachi Osos del Valle performs traditional and contemporary mariachi music as well as the traditions surrounding the music. Mariachi Osos del Valle is open to community members and instruments are available to rent by the semester through the college. Please contact Dr. Rose French (rose.french@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

The chamber music course is open to all musicians; groups are determined by instrumentation of class members. This class focuses on traditional chamber music ensembles and contemporary combinations of instruments. Please contact Dr. Rose French (rose.french@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.

Practical and performance experience in various percussion styles. Percussion literature from a diverse number of world musical traditions. Western European art music, various African traditions, Indian music, Japanese music, Indonesian music, Mexican, Central, and South American music, and percussion compositions from the American Experimental Tradition rehearsed and performed. Concerts presented throughout the semester. Percussion techniques are studied and refined as they relate to the literature performed. Emphasis placed on reading and listening skills, increased aesthetic discrimination. Informed performance practice and skills on all percussion instruments and traditions. Please contact Wes Hawkins (wes.hawkins@phoenixcollege.edu) for more information.