Ensemble 109 / University of Texas at Austin

Ensemble 109 rehearsal in the studio: The goal; maintain the individual soloistic sounds of each singer within the vocal polyphonic part-writing mostly not found in the popular arts. Solo performed by Jordan Ashworth. Both quartets sing the exact same 4-bar phrase.
 
With this new electronic mix of "On a Night Like This," you can strangely hear the vocal part-writing more clearly. Jordan's opening solo remains the same. Feel free to chime in if you prefer this mixing treatment or the original. Thanks to Nick Hager for the creating the new video matching this new 109 sound.
Meet the four men of 2015 Ensemble 109, auditioned from every major across the student body at the University of Texas at Austin. The women of 109 set a very high bar that only four men could meet.  Consequently; four men and twelve women, all equals in this musical vocal group.
Meet the women of Ensemble 109, Fall 2015. Auditions are open to any student registered at the University of Texas at Austin.  These singers below were chosen through a unique and intensive audition process.  Beyond having wonderful voices, their musical intelligence is very high.  These are qualities that TV audition shows simply do not measure. 
The Butler School of Music Ensemble 109 at the University of Texas at Austin directly supports the College of Fine Arts curricula in the recording, theatrical, and commercial arts. This vocal ensemble is designed for students of all majors who exhibit both aptitude and interest across
the vocal arts, especially those who seek training to become a recording "session singer," which may be the most valid and sustainable career in singing; inclusive of all genres.
Powell Studio Productions is ready for the 2015-16 singers of Ensemble 109, the Butler School of Music's elite recording and performing vocal ensemble.  We have installed eight new condenser microphones from the ceiling to accomodate the close-mic'ing techniques of the popular vocal arts without loosing the ensemble feel of all singers cutting vocals at the same time.
 
OUR HYMN TO SONG
Words & Music by Gary Powell
Written for Ensemble 109
January 20, 2014
 
"Our Hymn To Song" was born in 2014 from the grief of tending my suffering parents and yet while reconnecting with the soulful healing of unattended creativity and hope through this simple melody. To reap the benefits of music, one must sit with these lyrics and the stillness of the moment. I am so proud of Ensemble 109 today for delivering this untouched performance. Just 12 great singers standing in a circle. The studio was quiet and my heart was warmed. Occasionally, the gifts of life are perfect. That was today.
Ensemble 109 in Vocal Improvisation Exercises
Director Gary Powell improvises a piano part while singers improvise a melody using William Shakespeare's text as lyrics.
This is Ensemble 109 during their sound check today as the opening act for the 2014 Civil Rights Summit in Austin, Texas at the LBJ Library.
Ensemble 109 relaxes after delivering their performance of "The Spirit of Rosa" honoring Rosa Parks as the opening act at the 2014 Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas.  
Auditions are a bit unorthoix for Ensemble 109 where the "ear" is as hallowed ground as the voice itself. ~ Gary Powell
Ensemble 109 / University of Texas at Austin
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Ensemble 109, named after its course number, first came into the academic catalog at the University of Texas Butler School of Music in the Spring Read More
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