Ensembles - Music Programs - Defiance College


Music Programs



DC Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers is an auditioned SATB choral ensemble, open to all students at Defiance College. Repertoire contains music from all stylistic periods, including contemporary music, and consists of small-form choral music performed a cappella and/or with chamber instruments. Frequent performances on and off-campus, including tours, are expected of this ensemble. Rehearsals: Tuesday/Thursday, 11:45 – 12:35, Schauffler 117.


Defiance College Choral Union
A large choral ensemble open to students, college personnel and the surrounding community. Repertoire consists of larger oratorios often performed with instrumental accompaniment. The group performs three times during the academic year including a fall community choral concert, Handel’s Messiah in December, and a spring oratorio. An audition is required for participation and may be taken for credit (MU 134 Concert Choir). Rehearsals: Monday, 7:00 – 8:20pm, Schauffler 117.


DC Players
The DC Players are an informal group of students who assist in the development and production of the College’s twice-annual dramatic productions. Rehearsals: Scheduled each semester.



Yellow Jacket Band
Defiance College introduced a marching band in 2013. Band members have the unique opportunity to influence the “Yellow Jacket Style” of our music and shows each year. The band performs at home football games, the Defiance City Halloween Parade and other special appearances. Band members are expected to attend pre-season rehearsals prior to the start of fall semester.

Defiance College Community Band
The Defiance College Community Band (DCCB) is organized to serve the musical needs of Defiance College, provide artistic performance opportunities for the Defiance community, and provide a performance outlet for college and area musicians. The band is comprised of not only college students, but includes adult musicians of all vocations as well as area music instructors. The ensemble performs four major concerts per season as well as appropriate music for special occasions. There are no auditions required; however, musicians should be moderately proficient on their instrument. Participation in the band may be taken for credit if so desired (MU139 Concert Band). A complete syllabus is issued at the first rehearsal for the band on the first Tuesday after Labor Day. Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Schauffler Hall 117


Big Band Sound
The “Big Band Sound” is an offshoot of the Defiance College Community Band. The jazz ensemble is in demand all across Northwest Ohio and plays several engagements throughout the year. This “Big Band” has generated a strong reputation and is a great outlet for instrumentalists who enjoy jazz music. No audition is necessary. Rehearsals: Determined each semester.


Defiance College Pep Band
The Defiance College Pep Band is a student organization that provides a musical outlet for DC students centered on school spirit and support of the athletics teams. All students, regardless of musical ability or experience, are encouraged to participate with the group. Rehearsals are established to coincide with preparation for playing opportunities. The Pep Band plays for home football games, home basketball games for men and women, and other special appearances including the Defiance City Halloween Parade. Rehearsals: Determined each semester.


DC String Group
The DC String Group is a student led ensemble that is assisted by members of the Black Swamp String Orchestra. They perform periodically throughout the year at a variety of social functions and Defiance College Music Programs concerts. Rehearsals: Determined each semester.

Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra
The Defiance College Black Swamp Symphony Orchestra (DCBSSO) is comprised of DC students, community members and area music educators from throughout the NW Ohio region. Membership come from a variety of experience levels, and all are welcome! Repertoire is selected to best suit the ensemble, and picked from classical masterworks to contemporary pops. The BSSO meets Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30pm in Schauffler Hall room 117 on the Defiance College Campus and will perform five concerts during the 2015-16 season. For repertoire and membership information, check out the website: www.blackswampsymphonyorchestra.weebly.com