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CMPN1010: Creative Vocal Ensemble

Musicians from diverse backgrounds work together towards the creation of new work manifested in compositions, arrangements and performances for vocal ensembles (e.g. choirs or smaller consorts of voices). Lecture focus on the analysis of compositional techniques found in early music through to the contemporary era, encompassing an eclectic range of styles. Students experience the performance of these styles in a workshop situation by forming a ‘resident ensemble’ where ideas based upon the analysed techniques are tried out in a workshop situation. Online multitrack recording is offered as an alternative delivery method to live workshop situation. Composition-focused students benefit from feedback of their new works in the workshops, while performer-focused students may experience the process of creating new compositions or arrangements for the first time. A selection of student work will be presented in an end of semester concert by the Creative Vocal Ensemble. Students will be able to take these skills developed in this course into future professional situations as composers, performers, conductors and arrangers.

Code CMPN1010
Academic unit Composition and Music Technology
Credit points 3
CMPN1331 or CMPN1601
Assumed knowledge:
Sight singing; basic choral skills required; familiarity with music notation and music notation software

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a range of styles in vocal music composition through listening and performing
  • LO2. workshop new ideas in writing music for vocal ensembles, emanating out of studied examples
  • LO3. enable experimentation of composition ideas in a workshop situation with a variety of composition styles and techniques
  • LO4. study and practice relevant issues in setting of text, developing skills with the literary nature of the medium
  • LO5. gain experience in collaborating with other student composers by way of the workshop process and learning to receive feedback and to distil this into better creative outcomes.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.