May 22, 2024  

Music and Performance Organizations

BREATHE TRUTH sparks social awareness issues through live theatre events within the Doane community, as well as the community at large. A Brighter Way, Actors Company will perform scenes based on current issues written for and by Doane students. After each presentation there will be mediated audience talk back sessions available that will foster positive awareness.

Adviser: Rhonda Lake

Student Leader:  TBA

COLLEGIATE CHORALE MUS-192, A well-balanced mixed choir Of 50-60 voices, Collegiate Chorale performs several times a year on campus and off-campus as opportunities arise. The group tours each spring with the Women’s Chorale. No audition required.

Conductors: Kurt Runestad & Staff

CONCERT BAND MUS-190,Concert Band is open to all students. Auditions for chair placement take place in the fall. Performances include two scheduled concerts per semester and participation in important university ceremony functions. Participation in the Concert Band can be used to partially fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. Prerequisite: Audition.

Conductor: Jay Gilbert

DOANE CHOIR MUS-191, During annual national tours, the choir has presented concerts in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, San Antonio, Phoenix, Tucson, Pasadena, San Diego, and at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Since 1989, the choir has also embarked on six international tours, appearing in Austria, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Switzerland. In the past decade, the Doane Choir has performed a number of choral-orchestral works with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln Chamber Orchestra, and the Nebraska Symphony Chamber Orchestra. They have also frequently collaborated with the choirs of Abendmusik, at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln. The choir has worked with such noted guest conductors and artists as Simon Carrington, Bruce Chamberlain, Eph Ely, Joseph Jennings, Craig Hella Johnson, Kyle Ketelsen, Weston Noble, Alice Parker, Doreen Rao, Constantina Tsolaninou, Eric Whitacre, and Jonathan Willcocks. Recordings of the choir are available for purchase from the Doane Bookstore, and are also sold at most Doane Choir concerts. Additionally, the choir’s most recent CDs, Precious Lord (2008) and Doublewide (2010), are available for purchase in electronic format from iTunes,, and other online music retailers. Auditions for uppclassmen occur in the spring and first-year students are auditioned in the fall. Membership in the ensemble is a year-long commitment.

Conductor: Dr. Kurt Runestad

DOANE FORENSICS is open to any student interested in intercollegiate speech competition. Students travel to forensics tournaments throughout the region and compete in public address, oral interpretation, and limited preparation peaking events. Scholarships may be available to students with prior competitive speech experience.

Adviser: Nathaniel Wilson

President: Andrew DeCamp and Alyssa Bouc

DOANE PLAYERS The purpose of Doane Players is twofold: to provide a support group for the theatre program of Doane University and encourage interest in the participation and study of theatre. The range of activities varies from acting to scene building, painting, costuming, publicity, sound, lighting, etc. Theatre involvement provides the opportunity to develop skills and work with others on a common project. Doane Players is open to all students.

Adviser: Robin McKercher

President: Carl Santiago

DOUBLEWIDE MUS-197, is a highly select group of 12-16 men. The name of the group is derived from the fact that it used to have eight members: a double quartet. Doublewide sings in a variety of a cappella styles (including classical), but focuses on popular styles: doo-wop, vocal jazz, gospel, spirituals, and barbershop. Highly competitive auditions for the group occur each fall and the group rehearses twice a week during the academic year. Doublewide tours twice annually, once with Doane Choir in the late winter and again in the spring with Doane’s jazz choir, Jazz Unlimited. The group has performed in about 15 states over the last decade, and also sang at the NMEA fall music convention in 2005. All selected members must also hold membership in Doane Choir. Membership in the ensemble is a year-long commitment.

Musical Director: Kurt Runestad

JAZZ ENSEMBLE MUS-193, The Doane Jazz Ensemble is an ensemble that performs a variety of jazz, rock, Latin, swing, and fusion styles. The jazz band is open to all students by audition or permission. Rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm The jazz band generally performs twice a semester. The possibility of travel opportunities is dependent on the performance requests the ensemble accepts. Additionally, the Jazz Ensemble often joins the Symphonic Wind Ensemble on its annual tour. Prerequisite: Audition.

Conductor: Staff

JAZZ UNLIMITED MUS-194, Directed by professional jazz singer and arranger Kara Baxter, Jazz Unlimited is Doane’s vocal jazz ensemble. Jazz Unlimited typically has 14-16 members, and often performs with a three-piece rhythm section. The group rehearses twice a week, and sings challenging music of many styles, including standard and contemporary jazz, swing, Latin, ballads, and pop/rock arrangements, both acapella and with rhythm section. The students perform a “Cocoa and Carols” concert in December each year, featuring soloists and a few Christmas arrangements, in addition to their regular repertoire. In the spring they tour Nebraska with the Doane men’s acapella group, Doublewide. JU also performs at the ACDA Vocal Jazz Festival in Columbus, Relay for Life at Doane University, and in various local venues on and off campus. Highly competitive auditions for the group occur each fall. Membership in the ensemble is a year-long commitment.

Musical Director: Kara Baxter

STRING ENSEMBLE MUS-196, The String Ensemble performs on several departmental concerts as well as in conjunction with the choral department’s major works, such as the Spring 2008 performance of Bach’s Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4). Membership is determined by audition.

Conductor: Tracy Sands

SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE MUS-195, The premier wind-based ensemble of the university, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble is open to students by audition. Continuing students audition in the spring and new students audition in the fall. Selection is based on these auditions and ensemble instrumentation. Members rehearse four times a week for a total of four-and-one-half hours. Participation in the ensemble can be used for partial fulfillment of the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. The ensemble generally schedules two to three performances a semester and performs on an annual tour. Tour locations have included cities such as New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. A significant portion of the tour’s costs have generally been paid for by the university, allowing students to travel at minimal cost. Prerequisite: Audition.

Conductor: Dr. Jay Gilbert

MIGHTY TIGER MARCHING BAND plays for all home football games and a few additional athletic events during the fall semester. It is open to all students. Members attend nine one-hour rehearsals. Participation in the Tiger Pep Band can be used to partially fulfill the Aesthetic Perspective requirement of the Doane Plan. Prerequisite: none.

Musical Director: Terry Rush

WOMEN’S CHORALE MUS-198, Founded in the fall of 2010, this choir of treble voices is the newest addition to the Doane choral family. The Women’s Chorale sing at several on-campus Doane concerts and tours and with Collegiate Chorale in the spring. No audition required.

Conductor: Staff