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Music


Welcome to the Rend Lake College Music Program! We offer many opportunities for students who wish to pursue music as a career or get involved for the love of it!

The Music Program at Rend Lake College offers two (2) degrees in music; Associate of Fine Arts in Music Performance - Instrumental and Associate of Fine Arts Music Performance - Vocal.  The AFA in Music Performance will prepare a student for majoring in music.

With its dedicated artist faculty and growing performing ensembles, Rend Lake College provides students with a first-rate musical education at an affordable cost. Students can reap the rewards of a low-cost education and individual attention at RLC while preparing for a four-year university.

 

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Degrees & Certificates in Music

LIBERAL ARTS DIVISION

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (Instrument Option) — Degree

Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. This degree will require a total of 64 credit hours. General Education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or music faculty advisor for more information.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1101 Rhetoric and Composition I 1 (3)
  • MUSI 1101 Music Theory I (3)
  • MUSI 1103 Aural Skills I (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music I (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 1145 Piano Class I (1)
  • MUSI 1161 Concert Band I (1)
  • Elective (1)
  • Elective – Social Science (3)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • ENGL 1102 Rhetoric and Composition II (3)
  • MUSI 1102 Music Theory II (3)
  • MUSI 1106 Aural Skills II (1)
  • MUSI 1111 Music Literature (3)
  • MUSI Applied Music I (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 1146 Piano Class II (1)
  • MUSI 1161 Concert Band I (1)
  • Elective – Life Science 2 (3)

Third Semester (17-18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1 (3)
    or Higher-Level Math (3-4)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2101 Music Theory III (3)
  • MUSI 2103 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music II (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 2161 Concert Band II (1)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (15-16 Cr. Hrs.)

  • COMM 1101 Principles of Effective Speaking (3)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2102 Music Theory IV (3)
  • MUSI 2104 Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MUSI Applied Music II (Principal Instrument) (2)
  • MUSI 2161 Concert Band II (1)
  • Elective – Physical Science 2 (4-5)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Required: One Life Science course and one Physical Science course (at least one laboratory course).

note iconIt is suggested that students enroll in an ensemble each spring and fall while in pursuit of the AFA degree.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE (Vocal Option) — Degree

Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. This degree will require a total of 64 credit hours. General Education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or music faculty advisor for more information.

► Total = 64 Hours

First Semester (15 Cr. Hrs.)

Second Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

Third Semester (17-18 Cr. Hrs.)

  • MATH 1107 Contemporary College Math 1 (3)
    or Higher-Level Math (3-4)
  • MUSI 1127 Applied Music I (Keyboard) (1)
  • MUSI 2101 Music Theory III (3)
  • MUSI 2103 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MUSI 2120 Applied Music II (Voice) (2)
  • MUSI 2159 Concert Choir II (1)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)
  • Elective – Humanities (3)

Fourth Semester (15-16 Cr. Hrs.)

1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.

2 Required: One Life Science course and one Physical Science course (at least one laboratory course).

note iconIt is suggested that students enroll in an ensemble each spring and fall while in pursuit of the AFA degree.

 

Ensembles


The RLC Music Program is home to four (4) semi-professional ensembles; RLC Community Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Jazz Band. In addition, we offer many other performing opportunities including the Annual Spring Musical, Student Recital, and much, much more! RLC Music Ensembles are open to ALL students as well as community members.

Community Orchestra

The RLC Community Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Ryker, performs on campus several times a year including; the RLC Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Concerts. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters. The Community Orchestra rehearses Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm. This ensemble is tuition FREE.

Concert Band

The RLC Concert Band, under the direction of Joseph Ryker, performs on campus several times a year including; the RLC Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Concerts and the RLC Annual Foundation Dinner. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters. The Concert Band rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:00 – 11:50 am. This ensemble is tuition FREE.

Concert Choir

The RLC Concert Choir, under the direction of Sara Alstat, strives to create beauty in the choral art through concert performances for the college and surrounding communities. This ensemble performs a wide range of sacred and secular choral literature. Auditions are required and are held the first week of the fall and spring semesters. The Concert Choir rehearses Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 12:00 – 12:50 pm. This ensemble is tuition FREE.

Dinner Theatre

The RLC Dinner Theatre, under the direction of Sara Alstat, is a 2 hour entertainment extravaganza with singing, acting, comedy, and a four course meal. College credit is available for participation in this ensemble. Auditions are required and are held during first week of September.

Past Performances
2006 - Jester “The Body” Ventures Forth
2007 – The Ring of Truth
2008 – Beowulf, The Son of Beocoyote
2009 - "Teeny Bob" The Demon Pet Groomer of Sweet Street
2010 – Alice in Blunderland
2011 – Starting Here, Starting Now by Maltby & Shire

note icon Dinner Theatre is currently inactive

Facilities


RLC Music Facilities

In 2013, the RLC Music Program underwent renovations, thanks to funding gathered by the RLC Foundation and provided by music alumni, enthusiasts, faculty, staff and the community. More than $100,000 was raised through the Foundation's campaign "Extreme Makeover: Music Division" to upgrade both the facility itself and the equipment used by students, including remodeling the practice rooms, upgrading music rooms, and purchasing expensive equipment such as risers, lockers and a library system.

Calendar


Event Date/Time Location Cost Featuring

Fall Orchestra Concert

3 p.m.
Thursday, November 13th

RLC Theatre FREE RLC Community Orchestra

2016 Fall Concert

7 p.m.
Thursday, November 17th
RLC Theatre FREE RLC Concert Choir & Jazz Band

Auditions - 2017 Spring Musical
"The Wizard of Oz"

6 p.m. 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

6 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RLC Theatre

N/A N/A

Callbacks - 2017 Spring Musical
"The Wizard of Oz"

6 p.m. 
Thursday, January 19, 2017

RLC Theatre N/A

N/A

 


Scholarships


2017 Scholarship Auditions

 

Dates:  Friday, February 24, 2017 or Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: Starting at 2 pm 
Where: LRC 107

Scholarships are available for accompanists, vocalists, and instrumentalists. You do not need to be a music major to receive a scholarship.  Everyone who is auditioning needs to prepare one music selection as well as be prepared to sight-read. An accompanist will be provided for instrumentalists and vocalists.  

Anyone choosing to audition needs to do the following:              

  1. Schedule an audition date & time by contacting Sara Alstat at 618-437-5321 x1817 or . 
  2. Complete both the "Liberal Arts Scholarship" application & the "Music Program" application. 
  3. Get two (2) letters of reference from a high school guidance counselor. 

For additional information, please contact Sara Alstat at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1817 or .

Click on the links below to download the scholarship applications:
Liberal Arts Academic Award Application | RLC Music Scholarship Application

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Spring Musicals


Spring 2016 - "Godspell"

Godspell

Past Spring Musicals

 

RLC Spring Musicals

  2015 - Les Miserables | 2014 - Little Shop of Horrors | 2013 - Into the Woods

Spring Musical South Pacific

  2011 - South Pacific

 

 

 

Faculty & Staff



Liberal Arts Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Liberal Arts
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Liberal Arts

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