School of Music
Non-Curricular Ensembles


School of Music
Mason Hall
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: (716) 673-3151

Student Opera Theatre Association and Hillman Opera

Contact: Julie Newell
These groups provide experiences with a variety of types of full-scale musical theatre works presented in cooperation with the Department of Theatre and Dance. Recent musical productions include The Merry Widow, The Marriage of Figaro, The Gondoliers, and Albert Herring.

Improv. Collective

Contact: David Rudge
The Collective is a student organization dedicated to self-expression through music improvisation, and to addressing the National Standards for teaching Improvisation. It is comprised of some of the most creative students in the School of Music, as well as non-music majors. We are a community of musicians which benefits from the courage of the performance major, skill of the music educator, creativity of the composition major, technology of the sound recording major, nurturing of the music therapist and most of all, from the “beginner’s mind” of the non-major. For us there are no wrong notes for we believe, as tribal people do, “If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance.”

"FJE" (Fredonia Jazz Ensemble)

Contact: Bruce Johnstone
In addition to the curricular Jazz Ensembles, students have the opportunity to participate in the non-curricular, Student Association-sponsored jazz group best known as "FJE." FJE is structured to to foster a wider understanding of and ability to perform different styles of jazz. The Jazz Ensemble has produced several records and won many national and international awards at festivals.


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