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Performing Ensembles

North Lake College offers a variety of performance ensembles for credit and non-credit. All ensembles are open to qualified students with prior musical background without audition.  The ability to read conventional music notation may be required.  Contact the instructor for more information. Ensemble classes may be repeated for credit.

North Lake is currently expanding its ensemble course offerings. Watch this page for future updates. Students enrolled in any ensemble course may qualify to enroll in a 30 minute per week applied music (private lesson) course.

Fall 2016 Ensembles

Late Start Classes!
Register online through eConnect. Non-credit registration available through Continuing Ed.

All ensembles rehearse at the Central Campus unless otherwise noted.

Jazz Ensemble
TR 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
MUEN 1122.73201 1 cr hr
MUAZ 1000.75401 CE Non-credit

Jim Eger, Director
Open to all qualified instrumentalists. Performs jazz and rhythm & blues music from traditional to contemporary styles.  A limited number of instruments are available for student use.  For more information, call 972-273-3576. Additional saxophone and trumpet  players needed.

String Ensemble 
Mondays 12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
MUEN 1136.73201 1 cr hr
MUAZ 1000.75404 CE Non-credit

Alicja Usarek, Director

Open to all experienced violinists, violists, cellists and bassists. Performs literature for string orchestra with emphasis on proper technique, posture and bowing. For more information, call 972-273-3576. All instruments needed.

Vocal Ensemble
TR 12:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
MUEN 1151.73201 1 cr hr
MUAZ 1000.75405 CE Non-Credit

Tammy Kotara, Director
This new hybrid choral group performs a variety of music including classical, jazz, Broadway, and pop. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills such as basic theory/harmonization (scales, arpeggios and chord inversions), writing/arranging music, and sight reading. These vocal skills are essential for all musicians regardless of major or level of experience. For more information, call 972-273-3576.

Brass Ensemble
M 5:45 p.m.
MUEN 1133 1 cr hr
Open to all qualified brass players.


Jazz Improvization
TR 2:00 p.m.-3:20
p.m.MUEN 1121  1 cr hr
Available at the Central Campus
Satisfies CORE TIER 1 - Wellness and the Human Experience
Course Description: Study the art of jazz improvisation. This entry-level course is designed to introduce improv techniques including blues, ii-V progressions, chord-tone and modal improvisation. The course is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists. Music reading and some theory recommended but not required.


​Office Hours & Contacts
Jim Eger, Faculty
972-273-3576