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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 - Instrumental and Associate of Fine Arts Music - Vocal.  The AFA in Music 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 (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 (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 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 Sara Alstat, 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.

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Scholarships


2018 Scholarship Auditions

 

Dates:  February 21, February 23 or February 28
Time: After 1 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.  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
  2. Complete the "Liberal Arts Scholarship" application. 
  3.  Submit two (2) letters of reference.  High school guidance counselor and music teacher preferred.

For additional information, please contact Sara Alstat at .

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Spring Musicals


Spring 2018 - THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Performances:  April 5 - 7 @ 7 pm & April 8 @ 2 pm

Tickets are $12/person.  To purchase tickets, call 618-437-5321 x1467.  Tickets will be available on March 19, 2018

AUDITIONS - January 16 @ 6 pm

RLC Theatre

 

Past Spring Musicals

 

The Wizard of Oz

2017 - The Wizard of Oz  

Godspell

2016 - Godspell

 
 

RLC Spring Musicals

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

Spring Musical South Pacific

2011 - South Pacific

 

Faculty & Staff


Dean of Liberal Arts
Phone Extension: 1790
Building: North Oasis
Office: 145
 
Administrative Assistant for Liberal Arts
Phone Extension: 1263
Building: North Oasis
Office: 134
 
Music Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1817
Building: North Oasis
Office: 148
A.A., John A. Logan College | M.M. & B.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Music News


  • Meet the cast: RLC's 2018 Spring Musical "The Addams Family"

    Rend Lake CollegeSpring Musical 2018 Directed by Sara Alstat THE ADDAMS FAMILYBook by Marshall Brickman and Rick EliceMusic and Lyrics by Andrew LippaBased on Characters Created by Charles Addams Thursday - SaturdayApril 5 - 7, 20187 p.m. SundayApril 8, 20182 p.m. All tickets are $12. Tickets will be available Monday, March 19. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at (618) 437-5321 or (800) 36...
  • Musicians sought for RLC Concert Band, Choir

    INA, Ill. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Rend Lake College’s two music ensembles – the Concert Band and Concert Choir – are looking for talented musicians to join the ranks for the Spring 2018 semester. The ensembles are tuition free and registering now. Concert Choir (MUSI 1159), under the direction of Sara Alstat, RLC Music Associate Professor, is a vocal ensemble that performs in concerts and at college fun...
  • Auditions set for RLC Spring Musical “The Addams Family”

    INA, Ill. (Dec. 21, 2017) – Join the most infamous “creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky” American family this year by auditioning for the Rend Lake College Spring 2018 Musical “The Addams Family.” Auditions for the show will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16 with callbacks set for Thursday, Jan. 18. The musical will open in the RLC Theatre April 5-8. Actors over the age of 16 are invited to a...
  • Burkitt's bass puts RLC on Ozzy's stage

    INA, Ill. (April 18, 2017) - It’s safe to say that there aren’t many from Christopher who can claim to have opened for iconic rock star Ozzy Ozbourne. Yet, come August, Christopher’s very own Jake Burkitt will be able to put that down on his already growing list of musical accomplishments. Burkitt, a Rend Lake College Music student, is the bass player for one of Southern Illinois’ hottest bands, L...
  • Meet the cast: RLC's 2017 Spring Musical "The Wizard of Oz"

    Rend Lake CollegeSpring Musical 2017 Directed by Sara Alstat THE WIZARD OF OZBy L. Frank BaumWith Music and Lyricsby Harold Arlen and E. Y. HarburgBackground Music by Herbert Stothart Thursday - SaturdayApril 6 - 8, 20177 p.m. SundayApril 9, 20172 p.m. All tickets are $12. Tickets will be available March 20. To order tickets, contact the Box Office at (618) 437-5321 or (800) 369-5321, Ext. 1467. V...
  • RLC graduate finds success in Music Business

    INA, IL (Oct. 25, 2016) - Community colleges offer students the opportunity to explore their interests at a higher academic level without the worry of university costs hanging over heads. Sometimes, those explorations help further a passion and turn it into a career. Jayne Ballantyne of Pinckneyville knew she loved music. She even knew that she wanted to pursue Music Business as a career path, but...

Links



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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