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MUSIC 3GR3A Ensemble:Chamber Orchestra

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Susan Barber Kahro



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: 5:00 - 6:00PM or by appointment

Course Objectives:

This performance course provides students with skills development in orchestral training and ensemble performance while exploring a variety of orchestral repertoire. Students are expected to learn assigned music quickly, and to demonstrate continuous progress in all the skills that are appropriate to the ensemble: listening, tuning, balance, blend,musicality, style, rhythmic precision, dynamics and flexibility in phrasing.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

orchestral repertoire as assigned, pencil, access to listening examples, accessories required by individual instruments (mutes, doughnuts for cellists, reeds etc.)


Method of Assessment:

Marking Scheme

End of Term Performance Tests: 40% (2 tests @ 20@ each)

Students will be required to perform orchestral excerpts from the term’s repertoire at the end of each term. Students will be expected to perform the excepts without errors, to reflect the musical instruction provided during rehearsals, and to demonstrate fluency in all of the ensemble skills.

First Term - Monday, November 13, 2017, 6:30 - 9:30PM (by individual appointment):

Second Term - Monday, March 12, 2018, 6:30 - 9:30PM (by individual appointment)


Participation: 20%

Each student’s willingness to accept direction, and his/her efforts to incorporate the instructor’s suggestions into his/her performance at each rehearsal and concert will be appraised. Because of the co-operative and experiential nature of this course, irregular attendance by any student is seriously detrimental to the progress of the ensemble. If a student must miss rehearsal, s/he must inform the instructor by email before the expected absence with relevant documentation. Absences, excused or in-excused, will directly affect the student’s skill development, and will be reflected in his/her grade for this component. Promptness is also expected and lateness will also have an impact on a student’s grade. Assistance with ensemble set up/tear down is also required.


Preparation/Progress: 40%

Specific assignments for preparation and individual practice will be given weekly. Appraisal of each student’s success in this area will be based on her/his ability to easily perform her/his individual parts, and to adapt to the give-and-take of ensemble rehearsing. Students are expected to learn assigned music quickly, and to demonstrate continuous progress in all the skills that are appropriate to the ensemble: listening, tuning, balance, blend, musicality, style, rhythmic precision, dynamics and flexibility in phrasing.

Students in this course will receive a grade of at least 25% by March 10, 2018.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Attendance and punctuality are integral to a successful class, and essential for performing ensembles. All members of the Chamber Orchestra are expected to attend ALL rehearsals and concerts listed in the course schedule. Unexcused absence from the ensemble’s scheduled dress rehearsals or performances will result in a failing grade.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Program 1:

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART           Symphony No. 24 in Bb, K. 182

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH              Flute Concerto in G, H. 445 

    Soloist: Dr. David Gerry

Arthur HONEGGER                           Pastorale d’été 

Ottorino RESPIGHI                           Gli uccelli (The Birds)

Program 2:

Baltic Brilliance

Repertoire TBA


Other Course Information:

Fall Term Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                Wilson Hall

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                   “

Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, October 9, 2017 Reading Week – no rehearsal                

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                Togo Salmon Hall

Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM                 Wilson Hall

Friday, November 10, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM                         “

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 2:00-4:30PM PRE-DRESS REHEARSAL “

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00AM-12:30PM DRESS REHEARSAL “

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3:00-5:00PM CONCERT                  “

Monday, November 13, 2017, 6:30-9:30PM End of term solo performance test of orchestral excerpts (by individual appointment)

Winter Term Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:30-8:30PM                Wilson Hall

Monday, January 15, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, January 22, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, January 29, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, February 5, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, February 12, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, February 19, 2017 Reading Week – no rehearsal

Monday, February 26, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM                         “

Monday, March 5, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM                         “

Friday, March 9, 2017, 7:30-10:00PM                Togo Salmon Hall

Saturday, March 10, 2017, 2:00-4:30PM PRE-DRESS REHEARSAL Wilson Hall

Sunday, March 11, 2017, 10:00AM-12:30PM DRESS REHEARSAL        “

Sunday, March 11, 2017, 3:00-5:00PM CONCERT                       “

Monday, March 12, 2017, 6:30-9:30PM End of term solo performance test of orchestral excerpts (by individual appointment)

All rehearsals and concerts take place in Wilson Concert Hall except where noted.