Degree and Ensembles

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Amarillo College Music Major 

Amarillo College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. We currently offer an Associate of Science degree in Music and it is designed to transfer to any four-year public institution in the state of Texas.

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Orchestra

Amarillo College Chamber Orchestra  

The Amarillo College Chamber Orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for both students and community members to perform in an advanced string orchestra.There is currently a healthy cross section of people in private business, doctors, school orchestra directors, etc. participating in the orchestra. Also, of course, there are the excellent AC students. Even non-music majors can use the Chamber Orchestra as a non-core curriculum elective option for their degree plan. Some selections recently performed include Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony”, Warlock’s “Capriol Suite and Tschaikovsky’s Finale to “Serenade for Strings.” The orchestra meets each Thursday evening during the fall and spring semesters. 
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Amarillo College Concert Choir    

Amarillo College Concert Choir is an auditioned group consisting of both music and non-music majors. Committed to the performance of outstanding literature from the Renaissance through the present, Concert Choir has performed for the Texas Music Educators Association convention and the Southwestern Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. The group has toured annually since 1988, traveling throughout the state of Texas as well as to New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, New York, and Washington, D.C.  Many former members of this choir enjoy successful careers as professional musicians and music teachers.

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Amarillo College Guitar Ensemble/Chamber Music    

Amarillo College/Chamber Music Guitar Ensemble meets  as a group of 4 – 8. The literature includes compositions written for guitar ensembles and arrangements of pieces originally written for other settings, ranging from solo instruments such as piano to full orchestras to jazz standards. The ensemble brings individual skills to bear effectively on a collaborative effort. 

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Amarillo College Community Concert Band

Offered for academic credit or through continuing education/personal enrichment. A musical outlet for both college students and local community members continuing their instrumental performance beyond high school, the group focuses on traditional concert band literature. Offered for academic credit or through continuing education. Meets Mondays 7:00-9:45 p.m.
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ProTools and Recording Arts

Compose, record, edit, and mix high-quality music or sound for picture—on a Mac or PC—using Pro Tools, the industry-standard audio production platform. Design the perfect setup for your needs with a wide array of Pro Tools solutions—from hardware interfaces and consoles to software, plug-ins, and more.

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Amarillo College Jazz Band  

Study and perform jazz, rock, swing and modern experimental compositions for a small combo.
Offered for credit, membership by audition only. Jazz Band Ensemble is now offered through Continuing Education! 
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Piano Ensemble

For piano students, instructors and those who just love to play! Explore, rehearse and perform a variety of literature for piano ensemble, increase knowledge of lesser-used repertoire, and hone individual reading and ensemble skills at all levels. Bring your passion for music and be ready for some fun! For more information contact Diego Caetano at d0581368@actx.edu For additional information please call (806) 371-5340.
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Amarillo College Vocal Jazz

Study and perform a capella and modern experimental compositions for a small vocal combo.
Offered for credit, membership by audition only. For audition information, please contact Nathaniel Fryml at 806.371.3544.
 
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Amarillo Master Chorale 

Amarillo Master Chorale (formerly Amarillo Civic Chorus) celebrates over 35 seasons of serving the Amarillo community with beautiful choral music. AMC is an auditioned professional-level community choir affiliated with Amarillo College that specializes in the performance of quality choral literature. They began performing in 1980 under the direction of Dr. George Biffle, and four years later, they acquired a non-profit status with elected board members and by-laws. Civic Chorus became affiliated with Amarillo College in 1985 with the help of music chair Dr. Dale Roller. The chorus was conducted by Dr. Richard Nance from 1985-1992 and, under the leadership of Dr. Steven Weber (1992-Spring 2016), changed its name to Amarillo Master Chorale in 2009. The Chorale is excited to welcome Nathaniel Fryml as Artistic Director, Fall 2016. For further information about Amarillo Master Chorale, please visit our website or call 806-371-5344..
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Amarillo College Suzuki Program 

Our supportive learning environment is the perfect place for parents and children to develop a creative, cooperative learning partnership. Since 1977, the AC Suzuki Program has offered highly qualified and trained Suzuki instructors to support and train growing talent in all students. Weekly private and group instruction, monthly Play-ins, solo recitals and the annual group recital are all components of this complete Suzuki experience.  Instruments currently offered include violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute and piano.
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Amarillo Opera  Opera Workshop

Amarillo Opera was founded in April 1988 by Mila Gibson, Opera Workshop and Vocal Professor at Amarillo College from 1982-2000. The company’s first production, Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, starred Gibson who also served as producer, director, costumer and publicist. The success of that initial production led to the incorporation of Amarillo Opera with Dr. Merrill and Catherine Winsett, H.R. and Thelma Fulton and Gibson as Founding Directors and Gibson as General Director, with complete administrative and artistic responsibility for the company. BRAVO, the Amarillo Opera membership support group, was established one year later with 75 charter members under the leadership of Founding President, Dr. Bill Byrd. Since the beginning, a strong working relationship with Amarillo College has enabled the company to grow artistically, financially, and administratively. Today, Amarillo College continues to provide administrative facilities, rehearsal and performing spaces, and a line item budget to assist with production expenses. In September 2009, David O’Dell succeeded Gibson as Amarillo Opera’s General Director, with the 2010-2011 Season marking the first season entirely planned and executed under his leadership. In August 2018, Mary Jane Johnson was named the Amarillo Opera's General Director.
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