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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.

Degrees & Certificates in Music

ARTS & SCIENCES 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 on 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 on 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.

Program Outcomes

Music 

  1. Identify the basic aural skills and theory knowledge needed to be an effective musician.
  2. Demonstrate musical ability on his/her principle instrument (vocal or mechanical) at the collegiate level in a solo setting.
  3. Demonstrate musical language both aurally and in writing.
  4. Analyze and interpret basic music literature.
  5. Explain representative composers and their works in both oral and written form.

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.  This ensemble is currently inactive.

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, Wednesdays, 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 the 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


2019 - 2020 Music Scholarships

 

Dates:  February 22 or March 1st, 2019

Time: After 1 pm
Where: LRC 107

Scholarships are available for accompanists, vocalists, and instrumentalists. Scholarships are open to music and non-music majors  Everyone who is auditioning needs to prepare one music selection.  An accompanist will be provided for instrumentalists and vocalists.  

To apply for a scholarship, complete the following steps:           

  1.  Schedule an audition date & time by contacting Sara Alstat at
  2. Complete the "Liberal Arts Scholarship" application HERE
  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 2020 - TBA

Evening Performances:  7:00 pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday in April 
Matinee Performance: 2:00 pm Sunday in April 

Tickets are $12/person.  To purchase tickets, call 618-437-5321 x1467.  Tickets usually go on sale a few weeks before opening night. 

RLC Theatre

 

 

Past Spring Musicals

 

 

 

2019 - 9 to 5: The Musical
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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


Music Associate Professor
Phone Extension: 1817
Building: North Oasis
Office: 148
M.M. & B.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale | A.A., John A. Logan College 

Music News


  • RLC has a full schedule of events for Diversity Week

    UPDATE — Due to ongoing health concerns with COVID-19, Rend Lake College has canceled the following event. RLC is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff and the public and is working to limit large gatherings during this time. For up-to-date information on the college’s plan moving forward, visit rlc.edu/coronavirus.     INA, Ill. (March 9, 2020) — Diversity of culture and purpose are...
  • RLC announces audition dates for 'Little Women'

    INA, Ill. (Dec. 17, 2019) — Rend Lake College is seeking a Jo, an Amy, a Meg, a Beth — and everything in between — for the spring musical “Little Women.” Auditions will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the RLC Theatre. Callbacks will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 in the RLC Theatre. A matinee...
  • 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)...

Links



Arts & Sciences Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1288
Email:
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Arts & Sciences
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Arts & Sciences



 

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