Music Department

Signal Peak Campus
Phone: 520-494-5399
Fax: 520-494-5435


Student Performing Organizations

          Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Choir     (download Windows Media Player)

The CAC Jazz Ensemble meets on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 1:30 – 2:45 PM. Their repertoire consists of standard and progressive jazz literature in the swing, Latin, and rock idioms. An emphasis is placed on learning and developing improvisational skills.The CAC Jazz Ensemble performs one concert on campus per semester, as well as, numerous gigs throughout Pinal County and Arizona. The ensemble is directed by Professor Rick Moore. Membership in the ensemble is contingent on director approval.

The CAC Jazz Choir is an auditioned group that performs jazz and popular music in the vocal style. Some show choir choreography is involved. Occasional study of madrigal and ensemble singing is incorporated into this group. Jazz Choir has three daytime rehearsals a week and one night time rehearsal a week. The choir has many performances throughout the surrounding communities in competitive vocal festivals as well as on the college concerts. Auditions for jazz choir are traditionally held in May of each year.

Community Performing Organizations

Bell Choir Ringers - A choir which studies bell music using five octaves of handbells. A wide variety of repertoire ranging from transcriptions to original compositions specifically for bells is performed. The Bell ringers meet once a week. They perform at college concerts as well as community and statewide performances.

College Choir - Performance of the great choral music from the Renaissance to the 21st century are highlighted in this course. Theory and musicianship is incorporated into the learning experience to hone sightreading skills. Two sections are offered; a daytime section, full-time student, which meets three days a week, and a nighttime section, traditionally community people of all ages, which meets one night a week. This choir performs two concerts a year.

Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble      (download Windows Media Player)

The Central Arizona Community Wind Ensemble consists of approximately 50 members from 6 Pinal County communities. The age range of the ensemble is 14 – 85 years old. Professions of ensemble members include: doctors, educators, business owners, law enforcement officials, ranchers, students, and retiree’s. The ensemble performs a wide range of standard concert band literature, as well as, lighter works. Rehearsals occur on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:50 pm. The Wind Ensemble performs one concert on campus per semester through the Arts In The Desert Series. The ensemble is directed by Professor Rick Moore. Membership in the ensemble is open to all who enjoy and wish to continue playing their instrument.

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