The Temple College (TC) Music Program offers a wide selection of opportunities for all students. Music majors at TC acquire knowledge to pursue careers as music educators and performers through a curriculum emphasizing musicianship and scholarship. Study can lead to the Associate of Arts degree in Music and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who have majors and minors outside of music are encouraged to participate in music courses, ensembles and applied instruction for a better perspective on the humanities and improved self-expression. We invite you to come join us in the study, performance, and enjoyment of music at Temple College. Please contact us for additional information if you are interested, at (254) 298-8555.

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Sara Harris Baker

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Temple Symphony Chorale

The Temple Symphony Chorale is the largest vocal ensemble at Temple College with an average of 40-50 members. Comprised of both outstanding community and student members from the Central Texas area, the group is the official vocal ensemble of the Temple Symphony Orchestra. Literature varies from the Renaissance to Contemporary with the group performing at least one concert per year with the orchestra as well as their own individual concert each semester. Music majors often lead section rehearsals, which gives them experience toward their future careers in teaching music. All members play a vital role in the ensemble, and are given opportunities throughout the year to perform solos with the group. In addition, members have the opportunity to compete for a place in the Texas Jr. College All-State Choir each fall. TC has placed many students in this prestigious ensemble, which performs every year at the Texas Music Educators Association Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Temple College Symphonic Band

The Temple College Symphonic Band comprises the finest wind and percussion players from TC’s campus and the central Texas region. Using the best literature from the Renaissance to the present day, the ensemble operates as a fully modern band. Repertoire is selected to expose performers to a wide range of musical languages, as well as a variety of technical, intellectual and aesthetic challenges, enhancing the development of students and professionals alike. Section seating in the ensemble is rotated from piece to piece, giving many players solo opportunities and all performers a diversity of experiences.

The Symphonic Band has given four world premiere performances since 1995 and has become one of the premiere community college wind ensembles in Texas. In addition, many of TC’s wind and percussion students receive honors every year including selection to Texas Community College All-State Concert Band, Percussion Ensemble and The College Band Directors National Association’s Small College Honor Band.

The Temple College Orchestra

The Temple College Orchestra is a 64-member ensemble, under the direction of Mary Fairlie, is dedicated to musical excellence while promoting the enjoyment of music. Members of the orchestra are students, amateur musicians from all walks of life, music teachers and professionals who come together once a week to make music together. They live in Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Hewitt, Waco, Rockdale, Salado and Round Rock.

The orchestra performs standard repertoire from a range of musical styles and performs one concert each semester. In addition, they provide the music for commencement every other year.

Participation is open to any interested musician who has former orchestral or band experience, or to any student who has studied his or her instrument for five years.

Temple College Jazz Ensemble

The Temple College Jazz Ensemble is a twenty-piece big band comprised of traditional college students. The group performs a minimum of four concerts per year and participates in local/regional high school and jazz festivals. Performing a wide variety of literature from traditional to contemporary, the ensemble gives one the opportunity to work on playing jazz style and challenges the student rhythmically, technically, and harmonically. Selection is based on audition.

Vocal Point

The Vocal Point, the show choir of Temple College, is a select group ranging in size from 12 to 16 members that are selected through an audition process and must have dance skills. Performing primarily Broadway/Pop style music, the Vocal Point performs a minimum of one large concert on campus each semester, as well as performing in a wide variety of venues in the community. Members are often featured on solos as well as small ensembles in addition to the group’s many large theatrical/dance numbers. Traveling extensively throughout the state, this ensemble represents the best of Temple College.

Temple College Jazz Combos

The Temple College Jazz Combos have gained popularity over the past few years, giving instrumentalists, as well as vocalists, the freedom to perform in a small ensemble. Group styles vary widely depending on ensemble members’ contributions. There have been one to four combos per semester, depending on student participation and interest. Selection is based on audition before the fall semester begins.

Temple Jazz Orchestra (TJO)

The Temple Jazz Orchestra, founded and directed by Tom Fairlie, began as a collaboration of students and adult musicians from the area and has become one of the premier professional jazz ensemble in Central Texas. TJO boasts the best professional jazz musicians and educators from an area surrounding Temple, including musicians from Waco, Killeen, Belton, Austin, and other communities.

The Temple Jazz Orchestra, its members, has received recognition at several nationally known jazz festivals including the UNC Greeley Jazz Festival, the Loyola University (New Orleans) Jazz Festival, the Sam Houston State Jazz Festival and others.

TJO has performed with Ron Wilkins, Marvin Stamm, Bob Mintzer, Russel Ferrante, Eric Marienthal, Allen Vizzuti, Bill Watrous, John Fedchock, Henry Brun, Kevin Mahogany, Gary Foster, Ernie Watts, Lew Soloff, Frank Mantooth, and others.

Vocal Jazz

The Temple College Vocal Jazz is a 10-16 piece vocal group that performs with a live rhythm section. Performance in this ensemble is challenging, fun and exciting. Each member has the opportunity to sing solos and learn to improvise by “scat” singing. This ensemble performs a wide variety of music from traditional jazz standards to pop/funk. Participation is based on audition and/or instructor recommendation.

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Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association:

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Symphonic Band to present hits from the ’80s June 22

June 8, 2017
The Temple College Symphonic Summer Band will perform a program titled “Like, Totally the ’80s,” on Thursday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College Campus. This program... read more

12th annual Temple College Band Invitational to be held May 17-18

May 15, 2017
Twenty-nine bands from middle schools, junior high schools and high schools throughout Central Texas will perform in the 12th annual Temple College Band Invitational May 17-18. The Temple College Band Invitational offers school bands the opportunity to gain performance experience... read more

May 7 voice recital will feature Hollywood favorites

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Students in Teri Johnson’s voice studio at Temple College will give a recital on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre, which is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. The performance is free... read more
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