Ensembles

Brookhaven's Music Department has both instrumental and vocal ensembles.

Instrumental Ensembles

Chamber Ensemble
The Chamber Ensemble explores music for duets, trios, quartets and quintets. Musical styles covered include classical, jazz, ragtime and popular music. Under the direction of Roy Allen Jr., recording artist and tenor saxophonist for the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Chamber Ensemble will perform on campus and throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth community.
Digital Music Studio/Composition
The state-of-the-art digital music studio at Brookhaven offers students a chance to explore different aspects of electronic music with an emphasis on composition. Students work with MIDI sequencing, notation, sound synthesis and sampling using a variety of synthesizers, computer platforms and equipment. The studio is under direction of Keith Umbach.
Flute Ensemble
The Flute Ensemble was organized in 1985 by conductor and flutist Dr. Pamela Youngblood. The group performs a wide variety of music using all members of the flute family, including the piccolo, alto and bass flutes. In addition to presenting concerts throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth community, the ensemble also performs on campus each semester. In 1995, this group was named the outstanding ensemble in the professional category at the Texas Flute Society's annual festival.
Guitar Ensemble
Internationally recognized classical guitarist and recording artist Carlo Pezzimenti directs the Guitar Ensemble. The students work mainly on chamber music and perform each semester.
Handbell Ensemble
The Handbell Ensemble offers both intermediate and advanced classes each semester and is directed by Bonnie Riddle. The ensemble consists of 12–14 students and performs three to four times each semester.
Harp Ensemble
The Harp Ensemble, directed by Cindy Horstman, is open to both lever and pedal harpists. The ensemble's repertoire consists of a variety of musical styles, with an emphasis on jazz-based harmony and improvisation. The ensemble performs two concerts per semester, and harpists are required to bring their own harp to each class and concert. Please contact Cindy Horstman for more information.
Jazz Combo
The Jazz Combo is under the direction of Roy Allen Jr., director of instrumental studies. The Jazz Combo explores beginning jazz literature for a small combo and rhythm section and performs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as at many on-campus events.
Electric Guitar Ensemble
This ensemble consists of electric guitars with a rhythm section. Students develop sight reading and improvisational skills while performing a variety of jazz styles, including swing, Latin, funk and blues.
Keyboard Ensemble
Directed by Octavio Gutierrez, the Keyboard Ensemble includes piano duos, duets and multiple keyboards. The Keyboard Ensemble class is open to all skill levels, and it explores a traditional, classical and pop/modern repertoire using a Roland digital piano lab. All musicians participate in an performance at the end of the semester. In 2006, the ensemble was invited to perform at the International Academic Festival at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico.
Lab Band
The Brookhaven Lab Band is a 17–20 piece band consisting of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and a full rhythm section. The group explores various jazz styles in a big band setting. Several performances are presented at Brookhaven and in the surrounding community throughout the semester.
String Ensemble
Under the direction of Octavio Gutierrez, the String Ensemble reads and performs literature for small ensembles.

Vocal Ensembles

Brookhaven Choral Society
Formed in 1986 and consisting of more than 60 auditioned singers, the Brookhaven Choral Society performs frequently in the community. The choir has performed at Dallas' Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; presented a featured concert with the City of Plano Civic Chorus at the Texas Choral Directors Association in 1992; and visited Munich, Salzburg, Graz, Vienna and Venice during its first European tour in the summer of 1998. The group now tours every two years, most recently in Italy. The Choral Society is directed by Melody Gamblin-Bullock.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Sue Cruse, this class focuses on performance in contemporary vocal styles, including jazz and popular music.
Opera Workshop
Directed by Susan Wyatt, this class provides students an opportunity to perform a repertoire from opera, operetta and musical theater.

Vivace
Vivace is a costumed madrigal ensemble that performs both sacred and secular madrigal and chamber choral music spanning the last eight centuries. Vivace is conducted by Melody Gamblin-Bullock.